putting up a building for a solar installation, go green, Husband and son use chains and a come along

Putting up a Building for a Solar Installation

We moved this functional but small building out of the corner of the property to make space for a building we built DIY from used oilfield pipe. We've constructed it in stages, and have done almost all labor ourselves. These early stages took nearly a year to complete.

reusable bowl covers from a shower curtain, bathroom ideas, home decor, window treatments

Reusable Bowl Covers From a Shower Curtain

Ever have a bowl that needs to be covered and it doesn't have a lid... and of course you just ran out of aluminum or plastic wrap? No need to fear! You can make your own reusable covers! These bowl covers are made from a shower curtain and some elastic, and can be made to fit over any bowl or container! They can be washed and reused and can be made in a jiffy! We want to help you DIY, so some of the materials in this post are linked to sellers. Just so you know, Hometalk may collect a small share of sales from the links on this page.

from candle to solarabra , lighting, outdoor furniture, repurposing upcycling

From Candle to Solarabra!

I ran across this candle holder chandelier at a thrift store. I just knew what I wanted to turn it into... a Solarabra! You can see more of my crazy creations here

ten tips to save you money

Ten Tips to Save You Money

We all want to save money and some of the biggest money wasters are simple things we never really think about. Here are some tips for an “ah ha”, green saving moment!

heating home recycled cans, go green, hvac

Yes, You Can: Heating a Home With 240 Recycled Cans

Think you're looking at a pile of cans ready to be recycled? Well, you are, but they may not be going to the recycling plant. Instead they're being used to generate solar power, and a fairly good amount of it!

understanding the stack effect, go green, home maintenance repairs, how to, hvac, This diagram shows how air leaks in and out of a home due to the Stack Effect

Understanding the Stack Effect

Do you know what "Stack Effect" is? It is probably a good idea to learn all you can about it. because it significantly impacts your home's energy consumption and overall comfort. Here's a video demonstrating its effects.

six pros and cons of filtering your water, home maintenance repairs

Six Pros and Cons of Filtering Your Water

Whole house water filters are installed by placing a filter system in the main water supply of your house and causing all water running into the house to go through the filter. A whole house water filter essentially cuts out the need for other types of filters or buying bottled water. To see if a whole house water filter is right for you, check out the following pros and cons of this type of filter.

5 ways to make your home energy efficient in the summer, home maintenance repairs, lighting, 1 Windows and Doors

5 Ways to Make Your Home Energy Efficient in the Summer

As temperatures climb, it’s more important than ever that your home remains energy efficient.

how to make a rain barrel from a trash can

How to Make a Rain Barrel From a Trash Can

Did you know that with a few simple modifications to a trash can, you can make a really useful rain barrel for cheap? For a budget of only $35, we made an eco-friendly rain collector. Now our water utility bill has been practically cut down to $0 when watering our organic garden.

how to make a solar oven, diy, go green, how to, outdoor furniture, woodworking projects

How to Make a Solar Oven

Making your own solar oven is one way to cut down on electricity usage. Even a basic solar oven can be used to defrost and perform as a slow cooker. Here are instructions for a basic solar oven that won't cost much to make.

how to complete 5 easy cheap new year s resolutions for your home

How to Complete 5 EASY & CHEAP New Year's Resolutions for Your Home

It’s the start of a new year and the start of a new and exciting things for Monk & Nun AND FOR YOU! We want to share in your journey and invite you into ours and with that....we will be posting updates about what we at Monk & Nun have been up to, exploring some of the latest trends and hopefully work with you as you continue to make your house a home. Let's start with the 5 tips and tricks to kick the New Year off right!