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DIY Solar Sale: Do It Yourself! Get Off the Grid…

Do It Yourself Solar Power Sale!

Get Off the Grid: DIY Solar Sale!

At last you can afford to get off the grid! DIY SOLAR CELL PANEL KITS are on sale.

We are also offering a FREE 18-page Solar Energy Report and a weekly newsletter with info re DIY energy projects, solar kits, and cool stuff we find from around the world!

Get great savings now on 36, 72, and 190 Pre-Tabbed Solar Cell Systems. All systems come with:

1. Grade A 3″x6″ Evergreen pre-tabbed solar cells;

2. bus ribbon (for panel connections);

3. a flux pen (for soldering cells and wires);

4. blocking diodes (to keep panels from draining the batteries).

Kits also include DIY solar-panel guides and videos, and a DIY Energy Audit Starter Kit. Supplies are limited and kits are priced to sell fast, so ORDER, NOW!

Ask us about our DIY Wind Turbine Kits, DC Charge Controllers, and AC Power Inverters, too. We can help you get off the grid while on a budget. And don’t forget to grab the FREE 18-page solar-energy report!

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  1. Ray says:

    We all need to get off the grid. I like your web site!

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Clay Pot Refrigeration: COOL!

Hurricanes, earthquakes, fires, floods, black-outs…there are many reasons one might find oneself without electricity. Though I wouldn’t choose to experience disaster of any sort, I do tend to enjoy the enforced quiet and temporary disconnection.

The biggest and most immediate downside of being “powerless” is the lack of refrigeration. Food is expensive and spoils (relatively) quickly. Enter the low-tech refrigerator made of clay-pots, sand, water, and a towel! Perishables saved. This little DIY gem is definitely going into my bag of tricks.


  1. Victor says:

    That is amazing. It will work even better if ice is in there. I wish summer wasn’t over this would be great at the river. -V

  2. ben taylor says:

    wow awesome

  3. Rick L says:

    I definitely will try this. I am looking for any way to help me move off the grid. If I set these into the ground and made a drip system to keep the sand wet maybe this would be almost like having a refrigerator.

    1. martin says:

      very clever

  4. Amy says:

    This video made me wish I had a cold one right now! Maybe one day they will make regular size refrigerators like this that only uses a little bit of electricity to keep the sand wet. If they were good I would buy one. I am changing everything in my house to be more green but not using electricity for refrigeration is almost impossible.

  5. rob says:

    interesting. looks easy too but it takes a long time to get cold. i would get some giant clay pots and put ice in there to make it go faster.

  6. Cyd E. says:

    What a great idea. I am seriously going to try this! Cyd

  7. Heather says:

    Cool idea!

  8. sean says:

    excellent idea. i wonder if this would work for a pot big enough to hold a couple of cases of beer.

  9. Len says:

    You have a lot of interesting ideas here. Nice blog. -L

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Recycled Plastic Bottles: Everything Old Is New Again

Turning one thing into something else (and finding uses for the allegedly useless) has been a lifelong and instinctive habit. Now it’s called “recycling,” but “hate to see anything go to waste” still works, too. These beautiful solar lights are created using 2-liter plastic bottles, purified water, bleach (to keep the water clear), and film canisters (to protect the bottles’ caps):

It might be difficult to find film canisters in the digital age, but the canisters which hold diabetics’ test strips are plentiful and quite possibly a better fit. The lights require no maintenance, although Alfredo Moser, the Brazilian inventor, suggests changing the water every five years. I gotcher green technology right here. And it’s virtually free!

The barn of my dreams has at least four per stall (these lights are perfect for use with Drojo SIPs, which are easily cut with a hot knife), and a plethora down the center aisle. I look forward to seeing them in various stages of moonlight, as well. Ingenuity is exciting, and these solar lights — each of which is equivalent to a 50-watt or 60-watt bulb and provides natural light — are ingenious.

8000 2-liter plastic bottles can be recycled and used to make a classroom or workroom.

Recycled 2-Liter Plastic Bottles

My dream home-slash-studio may be an adobe Drojo (with a hydroponic garden attached to the kitchen [and a central, enclosed courtyard]), but a smaller version of this classroom made of recycled 2-liter plastic bottles is now my dream potting shed.

Building a stand-alone classroom requires approximately 8000 2-liter plastic bottles (2000 would make a great workroom, and 4000 2-liter plastic bottles would be positively decadent). Looks easy enough. A fun DIY project for a beautiful Spring weekend (after a winter spent collecting 2-liter plastic bottles)…


  1. howard says:

    great idea i will try this

  2. Diane Stevens says:

    What a fantastic idea!! The building is charming. I am wondering how to go about collecting enough empty plastic bottles as we never buy sodas. I am so glad I found your lovely blog!

  3. Nancy says:

    Too cute! This kind of building would be good for my chickens and I would not need many empty bottles to make a nice coop. You have unique things I never saw before. I hope you will post more.

  4. Lars says:

    This idea is so simple I wish I thought of it. I built a small garden shed with beer and wine bottles and concrete but I like this better and it would be less work. This is the best way I have seen to recycle plastic bottles and keep them out of the landfills.

    1. Laura P. says:

      It is amazing what people are making now with recycled plastic bottles. The idea to use them so people can have lights is great. I would never think to make a building that way but it is so cute! I am glad I found your blog. LP

  5. dan steele says:

    clever concept. I can get as many empty bottles as I need easy so I might try this in my back yard. – dan

  6. Nina says:

    My boys drink so much coke I should have enough empty bottles to make one of these buildings every month! I will stop putting them in the recycling and see if I can make a good one to keep my garden things. I agree it is very cute. Nice blog! Nina

  7. Anna says:

    These are both fantastic ideas!! The lighting from the recycled bottles is amazing and the building is beautiful. If you make a potting shed from recycled bottles I hope you will post pictures here. – Anna

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Indoor Gardening: DROJO Speeds the Plow

DROJO hydroponic growhouses are perfect for indoor gardening.

Indoor Garden w/ Heirloom Tomatoes

“Glyphosphate pollution is so omnipresent in the US that the frequency of detection ranged from 60 to 100% in both air and rain.” – GreenMedInfo

Glyphosphate is Roundup, the gift which keeps on giving. Thank you, Monsanto [and SourceWatch].

Considering Roundup’s negative effects upon the health [Project Censored], it’s frightening to realize that shopping for produce is the new minefield.

“Roundup shows adverse effects in all standard categories of toxicological testing, including medium-term toxicity, long-term toxicity, genetic damage, effects on reproduction, and carcinogenicity.” Remember when air and rain were good things? “Frequency of detection ranged from 60 to 100% in both air and rain.”

A greenhouse is one way to grow indoors — but seasonal temperature changes and too little or even too much sun can be a gardening problem for much of the year. DROJOs’ superlative R-values make four-season growing both possible and a pleasure. Not too hot, not too cold, it’s always juuuuuuuust right.

Drojos’ superior green construction properties were designed to ensure that your garden will flourish for decades. Although strong enough to have easily passed thorough testing (by engineers using Miami-Dade Protocol PA 203 criteria) at the Hurricane Test Laboratory, a Drojo can be easily modified with advances in hydroponics and other indoor growing systems.

Stand-alone Drojo grow houses are an excellent investment, but we are also happy to convert any standard construction plan’s architectural and engineering specifications for use with Drojo SIPs, free of charge. And going Drojo provides manufacturing jobs for American workers, so there’s never been a better time to add an indoor garden to your home! Imagine a doorway leading from your kitchen to a never-ending harvest for you and your family (with enough left over for friends). Drojos make great root cellars, too!

The 8 x 12, 12 x 12 and 8 x 24  are our standard sizes for indoor-gardening hydroponic grow houses intended for use in residential areas, but custom Drojos are no more expensive per square foot. Delivery is four-to-six weeks from date of order, and each of the three standard units can be erected by two people in a matter of hours. Depending upon the cladding desired, a Drojo hydroponic grow house can be completed and “outfitted” in one long day or a weekend.

Contact us today for further information, a personal design consultation, and/or a quote. We’re here to help you assure that your family’s diet contains high-quality nutrients, not lethal toxins. And that your children and grandchildren will know the taste of a real tomato. Go Drojo, go green, go organic!

DROJOs Are Made in the USA of Recycled & Recyclable Materials

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  1. Cathy says:

    Thank you so much for this! I like that you have so much free information anyone can use. Most blogs only tease to sell things. Bookmarked!

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DIY Green: Drojos & EarthTainer Hybrid Gardening

Free DIY EarthTainers help save water and provide organic produce for your family.

Free DIY EarthTainers

Drojos make wonderful grow houses for hydroponic and hybrid gardening. It’s both a shame and an inescapable fact: our food sources now require protection from all-too-many forms of pollution.

Chemtrails, radiation (and irradiation), mercury and Monsanto are but a few of the dangers we face, and growing one’s own fruits and vegetables — although a step in the right direction — is most unfortunately not as safe as growing the produce indoors.

Drojos (and hydroponics) make four-season growing possible in any climate and provide greater control over water and soil purity. A Drojo is also much better than a hoop tent as, unlike the tents, the Drojo will last for decades.

Although we highly recommend indoor gardening with hydroponic growing techniques, we have recently become fans of Ray Newstead and his revolutionary DIY EarthTainer Project (the free plans for EarthTainers made available by Gary Ibsen’s Tomato Fest):

The EarthTainer Project is intended to bring sustainable, organic gardening to both rural and urban gardeners worldwide with a 100% self-contained eco-system design that does not waste water. The closed-loop watering system concentrates all of the water to the plant – and not to weed production nor run-off. Water reduction of up to 75% can be achieved.

“The EarthTainer is not a “product” — there are none for sale, thus it doesn’t compete with commercially available self-watering container products. Rather, it is a “design concept” made available as “freeware” for your private use and enjoyment. Just remember to please make a donation to the Feeding America Organization if this design does bring you happiness.”

So whether employing standard hydroponic technology, EarthTainer’s hybrid gardening system, or any other of a number of indoor gardening techniques, contact us today for your free Drojo quote! We will be happy to help you create the sustainable indoor organic garden (residential, community, or commercial) of your dreams. Green Drojos and green thumbs are a match made in heaven!

Don’t forget — Drojos’ green building system components are Made in the USA. Growing nutritious foods for your family provides good jobs for the American worker and donations which support your favorite causes. Go green for a better world. Today!

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Living La Vida Verde

Mobile vet clinic will soon be ready for anything.

Mobile Emergency Vet Clinic

The award-winning DROJO green building systems have been in use both nationally and internationally for more than twenty-five years.

This mobile veterinary clinic will soon be used by emergency responders in areas hit by natural disasters, proving the technology is limited only by one’s imagination. So, just IMAGINE!

Drojos are perfect for creating both residential and commercial structures, and there’s nothing better for a barn, kennel, or hydroponic grow house than a Drojo. Architectural plans and drawings will soon be available at is a non-profit corporation, and 75% of the proceeds from each project will be donated to related charitable concerns (the remaining 25% will be used for animal rescue). Build homes and 75% of our proceeds house the homeless; build dormitories and 75% of our proceeds fund scholarships; build hydroponic grow houses and 75% of our proceeds provide Drojos for inner-city gardens — it’s just that easy! Go green for a better world.

Made in the USA, provides manufacturing jobs for American workers.

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  1. don says:

    interesting wish i could afford to build a green house now

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