Did you know you can cut your water use by 10 gallons a day by switching toilets? That a new washer and dryer could save you almost $150 a year? These are just two of the dozens of tips, tricks, facts and projects packed into the free Green Home Guide, the second in our series of digital special issues called Genius Guides, designed to make you an expert on one of the core PopSci topics. You can click through our animated home to see the worst spots for wasting power, air and water. Or explore our interactive map to get energy cost and CO2 stats for each of the 50 states. We've also got stories of three ambitious homeowners who have taken energy savings to extremes, heating their house with a room full of sand or powering it with a waterfall.
Our goal is to use this experiment in digital publishing—with Zinio in our case—to both learn something about creating content for an emerging medium and give you far more information than we could in a print issue, in an easy-to-navigate and entertaining manner. As a magazine maker, I love that this format has all the depth and interactivity of a Web page, yet with the immersive quality of a print publication. And I think our design is pushing the envelope for what can be done on a digital page. I'd love to hear your feedback on the Green Home Guide—from the experience of opening it to the navigation inside to the content itself. Help us figure out where this is headed and how we can keep producing both the content and the medium you want to use.
Great, here are some other ways to save energy:
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That's great that this is being offered free of charge. Thanks!
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I can't wait to look through the guide. I've focused a lot on energy saving products on my blog and Popular Science has given me some great products and technology to write blogs about.
The goal of Mapawatt Blog is the same as the Green Home Guide: getting readers to understand that saving energy, the environment, and money are all related!
I can hardly wait to start building some solar hot water heaters, Ive been rounding up material to build one. Now, all I need is info on building the whole system ! I plan to use it in my cabin in Tennessee, along with solar P.V.s and a new type of wind turbine that's due to come to market later this year.so hopefuly I can not only go Green, but build as much of the system as possible to save some "Green" but with the help of "Pop Sci"D I Y this is do able
that is something i should try.
Thanks to PopSci for putting this guide together! I learned several new things from it, but was particularly interested in the sand bed house. I've been searching for more details on that without too much luck. (most of what I find is about 2' of sand under floors as thermal mass) If anyone has good links, please share them.
Oh, one note on the Zinio format... really not too happy with that. I've forwarded pointers to the guide to two people that haven't been able to read it. One runs OpenBSD, not sure what the issue was for the other. Open standards such as html, Acrobat, jpeg and even ASCII text are much more useful for sharing information. I was even having trouble navigating the guide using the Zinio program - too many buttons to click on to view all the content.
You can really save a lot of money following this guide! I especially like the low flush toilets because that really makes a big impact. I'm a huge advocate of GREEN :)
It is always positive to receive something for free. When it is on a topic that appeals to many it is more than a bonus it is a great sign that the companies involved believe in their products, rather than seeking any opportunity to make money. Great concept.
No longer available... Would be nice if there was an updated, working version still available.
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