Oct 30

Being Self-Sufficient: From Survival to Living Life to the Fullest

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A man with a stable job in his own chosen profession must be so blessed and fortunate these days. In the past, you go to school, earn some degree and there you have a decent job with a salary enough to feed your family and perhaps attain some of your dreams. You earn masters degree or doctoral degree coupled with your skills and years of experience, you become part of the executives.

Now, time has changed and it has changed a lot. Though you may have finished a degree or a masters degree for that matter, the competition is so hard that you hardly find a job. When you get one, chances are you are under-employed i.e you have a job that is totally distant from your educational background and perhaps from the skills and interests that you have. Most of the time you will just accept it because you have nowhere to go to earn a decent living.

The how to build biodome greenhouse dot com (howtobuildbiodomegreenhouse.com) team went into a sort of brainstorming this past weekend. Along the ordinary exchange of ideas, we came up with the idea of setting up another page on how to be self-sufficient. It is intended to give visitors and readers of the biodome greenhouse site, tips on how to be self-sufficient in order to live a simple, healthy and more fulfilling lives in the midst of these hard times. It is our hope that we help you not only to merely survive but more importantly to live it to the full.

Read more on how to be self-sufficient today…

Nov 15

My Top 5 Reasons for Producing my own Food

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Part of living a self-sufficient life is being capable of providing food for yourself and for your family. There are a number of ways by which you make it happen. Among the ways are: (a) simple gardening at home, (b) urban gardening (container gardening like the picture on the left – 6 water spinach in less than a square foot using bamboo and used water container supported by tie wire), (c) aquaponics and hydroponics system – combining aquaculture and horticulture, (d) poultry raising for meat and eggs, and (e) indoor mushroom growing. There are still other ways and we are hoping that we get to them in detail in the weeks to come.

Question is: Why exert a lot of effort to produce your own food when you can buy them? Continue reading…

Nov 17

Growing Mushrooms Indoors

Grow Mushroom Indoors

When I was a small child, I used to walk around our yard and the vacant/idle spaces in our place. I can still clearly remember that I could see a lot of “growing umbrellas’  around where the domesticated animals would pee. My grandfather would tell me not to touch them because they are poisonous while my grandmother would ask me to stay away from it for some dwarfs live there and might be irritated by my disturbing presence. I never knew that such kind was a fungus and some variety are edible while some are poisonous or harmful to humans when taken as nourishment.

My experience about mushrooms was limited to this. However, that all changed when I attended a trade fair. It featured products of the different towns and local governments in our place. To my surprise, I met many familiar ‘umbrellas’  growing out of a plastic bag with a small opening. Oh! Once again, I encountered the mushrooms courtesy of the local department of agriculture. To my surprise too, they were selling the plastic bags with mushrooms so I purchased three pieces for less than a dollar each. I brought them home and followed the attendant’s instructions.

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At home, I placed them in our kitchen. Twice a day, I would spray them with water from the rain (they discouraged the use of chlorinated water). After several days of wait, some “ears” were bulging out of the hole. Whoa! Mushrooms! We harvested them cooked them for lunch. It was tasty, organic and of course healthy. I am looking forward to making a room for my mushrooms and hopefully harvest more for our consumption and who knows, for selling purposes.

Learn how to grow your mushrooms now.

Oct 17

Woodworking with Greenhouse

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In building your greenhouse, you may have to consider basic knowledge in woodworking so as to equip your dome with the necessary woodworking for its indispensable structures like the trellis and wooden plant boxes…as well as furniture like:

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1. swings
2. benches
3. bird house
4. wagon
5. playhouse
6. doors
7. beehives
8. bridge projects
9. tables
10. wishing wells

and many more woodworking plans that will make it more of a green dwelling for everyone that you can call a home – for your family and friends.

Check out how clear, detailed and easy their instructions are. Find ease in their amazingly understandable full-colored diagrams like the plan you see below:

Find great advice for your future Woodworking Projects! This module contains all the basics and essentials for your woodwork projects in your greenhouse.

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Oct 16

Solar & Wind Power Handbooks

Solar Power

Solar Electricity Handbook

The conversion of sunlight into electricity generates Solar Power. This is the best innovative way of harnessing the power of the sun. How does Solar Power work? One genius way of harnessing solar power is called concentrating solar power. It works by using mirrors in order to reflect and focus the sun rays thereby providing heat powering a generator system.

More popular is the use of solar panels or photovoltaic panels which we see in the roofs of homes, edifices and even on a large scale land area. Understand more with: Solar Electricity Handbook – 2014 Edition: A Simple Practical Guide to Solar Energy – Designing and Installing Photovoltaic Solar Electric Systems.

Wind Power

Wind Energy Handbook

Wind Power refers to the conversion of raw power of the wind into a more useful form of energy. Wind turbines are nowadays common and it converts wind energy into electrical energy used to power motors, home and office appliances as well as industrial equipment while windmills are famous for converting wind to mechanical energy.

It is environment-friendly and does not require a lot of land space for operations. Get more information with the Wind Energy Handbook.

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Oct 09

My Top 10 Electricity Saving Tips

1. Wash Clothes in Bulk. Washing clothes in your washing machine in small number is a lot like washing in bulk in terms of electrical consumption. However, washing in small batches would mean repeating the whole process for the minimum laundry output thereby increasing your consumption several times. So, save not only your electrical consumption/bill but also a lot of cash for your water, soap and fabric conditioner as well as a lot of time and effort which can be spent for quality time with oneself, others and service to fellowmen. Speaking of clothes, wash on sunny days and make the most of the sunlight to dry clothes so as to abstain from using your spin dryer.

2. Wise ironing or pressing. To save energy, do ironing only on clothes that require it like the ordinary clothes that you wear at home/yard. It is also practical and helpful to iron clothes during the day in a well-ventilated place so as not to use extra lights and extra fans for cooling your room. Towards the end of your ironing session, turn off and unplug the flatiron and press smaller linens like handkerchief, table napkins and the like to maximize the use of the remaining heat.

3. Use alternative sources of energy. Electricity can be so costly nowadays. Actually in my own experience, it practically eats up one to two-fifths of my monthly income as a private employee. Oftentimes, the electric bill does not only cause a pain in the pocket but most especially a pain in the head knowing that inability to pay can cause your disconnection at any moment after the bill was delivered to your home. An alternative source of energy for your home is the best solution. Actually, anyone can make a homemade power plant for efficient and energy-saving means. Certainly though, the alternative sources are quite expensive, it is worth the investment in the long, long run. Imagine a rent-to-own homemade power plant, after a year or so, you do not only provide power for your home but generate income as well.

4. Turn off and unplug appliances/devices when not in use. With the advent of remote controlled devices, we tend to turn our appliances/devices into standby mode when not in use. Though convenient, the downside of this lies in the vampire consumption of energy – a term used for the small amount of power consumed by unplugged appliances/devices. It would be best then, not just for saving energy but also for safety, that we unplug them when not in use.

5. Use hand-powered kitchen tools whenever possible. Kitchen tools nowadays and tools in general are most convenient when they come as electric-powered. If you wish to save energy, try using hand-powered tools to help you in your project. This will make your activity more fun and participative when you invite your beloved/housemates/significant others to join you use these tools.

6. Replace old appliances. When you find some appliances with the least expected output, probably it’s high time for you to change it. Change or replace them with the energy saving and power-saving ones so that you will not have to spend a lot of electricity to appliances that do not give you the best results.

7. Use LED. Light Emitting Diodes lamps are becoming so popular today and indeed it should be. Despite the fact that LED lamps consume lesser energy, it also last longer eliminating the need to purchase one bulb after another. The good thing with LED’s is that they do not need to warm-up in order to reach the desired luminosity to illumine a room. Since it does not give off so much heat, it reduces cooling expenses. Again, LED’s, just like the alternative sources of energy (homemade power plant), are costly depending on the kind and quality.

Well, if you know that it lives up to 50 times an incandescent lamps and 3-5 times longer than fluorescent lamps, you will never think twice of purchasing one.

8. Use a Solar Oven or Solar Cooker. Instead of using electric stove for cooking food or heating water, try using Solar Oven or Solar Cooker. It uses the rich energy from the sun to arrive at its purpose. Just take note of some facts before owning one. Use this especially when the sun is great in your area. Food preparation and cooking may take longer time.

9. Adjust thermostat on cold days. As of this writing, the cold days are past approaching. It is best to monitor the level of temperature from the outside so as to adjust the air-conditioner’s thermostat to lower level. Air-conditioners need not to exert so much effort and consume more energy these days. Adjusting thermostat means adjusting your energy consumption as well.

10. Clean cooling appliances/devices. Dirt and dust affect the efficient cooling services of electric fans and air-conditioners. When they are free from dirt and dust, they consume lesser energy to cool down our room temperature. Dirty and dusty ones sometimes even contribute to the humidity inside a room.

Save Electricity! Save Cash! Save Time! Save Effort! Save Mother Earth!

Sep 21

Welcome to howtobuildbiodomegreenhouse.com!

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