Category Archives: Green Building Heating, Power, Plumbing & Waste Systems

Components and systems for heating/cooling, power, plumbing, and waste management that go into our homes so that we can live our lives self sustainably in the 21st century in an Eco friendly/energy thrifty manner.

Passive Solar Gain Technologies For a More Sustainable Home

Diagram illustrating Passive Solar Gain using the Sun and Architectural Design for a Sustainable HomeUtilizing the sun can go a long way to freely and efficiently heating your home during the daylight hours. A building that is intentionally sited to Face the Southern Exposure taking into account the arc of the sun and the maximum exposure of daylight hours will enjoy Free Heating. Passive Solar is a beautiful thing. The direct heat or light of the sun can be captured and utilized. Here are some designs that need only be placed in the direct line of the sun to get the job done.

Wood Stove Incinerating Toilet

What is an incinerating toilet you ask? One that literally burns off all your waste leaving nothing behind but a small amount of sanitized ash that you can dispose of in your flower bed if you wish. The advantages are no plumbing, septic or water, no electricity or reliance on fossil fuels, nor special products…

Storburn: The Incinerating Gas/Propane Toilet

What is a Gas or Propane Incinerating Toilet? Whatever you are picturing right now is probably close. Combine a toilet with a gas fireplace and ‘Le voila’ a toilet that burns your waste into a nice bit of ash that is completely harmless and ready to be dumped in your flower bed. The advantages are…

Incinolet: The Electric Incinerating Toilet

What is an Incinerating Toilet? Burn baby burn! Waste is incinerated using either electricity, propane, gas or even wood into a harmless ash that can then be disposed of any way you want. The beauty of this system is that it requires no water, no plumbing, no septic fields, and very little maintenance on the…

The Clivus Multrum Composting Toilet

Much to my surprise the guy who invented the Clivus Multrum was neither Clivus nor Multrum.  I know, weird eh?  Guess that’s what happens when you ‘ass-u-me’. Doe! Actually, the dude who invented it was a Swedish engineer back in 1939 by the name of Rikard Lindstrom, and the toilet was named after its unique…

The Outhouse

‘Privy‘, ‘Johns‘, ‘the Crapper‘, ‘the Can‘, or just plain old Outhouse is by any other name the classic, timeless ode to the original (in my opinion) composting toilet. In layman’s terms you dig a hole for the latrine and place a small building over it for protection and privacy to do your business. Over time…

The Eco John Incinerating Toilet, SR series

What is an Incinerating Toilet? In a nutshell it burns off all the waste into a completely safe little bit of ash, which you can then dispose of in the garbage or your flower garden if you choose.  It requires no plumbing, nor septic fields, nor water which is a beautiful option to traditional methods. …

Sun-Mar Composting Toilets

I can’t speak to all makes and models of Sun-mar’s full range of products, but I can comment on one in particular; the ‘Excel’ that retails in mainstream places like Home Depot.  I LOVE that composting toilets are making their way into the big chains because if the ‘Depot’ is carrying it, it can’t be…

The Humanure Toilet

First off let me just bow to Joseph Jenkins, author of the ‘Humanure Handbook’, when I say Bill and Ted style, “We are not worthy”. This man has single-handedly come up with the most practical, sane, hygienic, and useful means of dealing with human waste that I have ever heard of.  This is no light…

Why go Geothermal?

Geothermal is a method of tapping into the constant and reliable earth temperatures as a means to heat or cool your buildings or your home.  In laymen terms a hole is dug deep down into the earth, and a pipe inserted to form a loop that comes back into your home allowing the transfer of…

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