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8 Water-saving solutions for your home

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The drought in California is breaking records, and recent data suggests that the state may have just one year of water left. Local agencies have taken on a number of large-scale projects to ensure that the water keeps on flowing through farms and households, using everything from desalination plants to make seawater drinkable to massive water reuse and reclamation endeavors. But there’s plenty that the average person can do at home—from harvesting rainwater to retrofitting bathrooms—that can help to conserve water and make it through drier years to come. Read on for our top 8 water-saving ideas, whether you’re in the heart of the drought or beyond.

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Easy Earth Day crafts you can make using recycled materials

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This Earth Day, why not roll up your sleeves and celebrate by turning recyclable materials into fun, functional, and fashionable crafts for your home? From toilet paper rolls to yard clippings, all of that stuff you would usually toss can be transformed into classy decor. Not sure where to start? Check out HomeTalk’s board of 13 DIY upcycled ideas for some chic, trendy ways to show your gratitude to Mother Earth.

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7 Weird and Wonderful Uses For LED Lighting Technology

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It’s amazing to think that just a few years ago, many people thought of LEDs as nothing more than the tiny red lights in our laser pointers but my, how the times have changed! With more and more people realizing the energy-efficiency benefits of LED lighting, it seems that everything from headlights to TVs to even clothing and wallpaper are now being lit up by the versatile lighting technology. Unlike incandescents, LEDs are super-compact, don’t emit heat and use just a fraction of the energy – plus their flexible, plastic design allows them to be used in a wonderful variety of innovative ways that other types of lighting just can’t touch. We’ve seen so many weird and wonderful uses for LED lighting lately that we decided to put together a roundup of our favorite examples for your viewing pleasure. Click through our gallery to see some of the quirkiest, most interesting uses for LEDs that we’ve ever seen.

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6 Scrumptious Meals You Can Cook in a Dishwasher (Yes, You Read That Right)

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DIY: How to create a vertical garden with upcycled wood pallets

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If you were wondering how to turn your balcony or a small backyard into a green oasis, look no further: a pallet garden is an ideal solution that gives you the chance to plant a whole bunch of flowers and herbs into a space that’s only several square feet in size. These simple wooden structures are now one of the most popular foundations for building furniture, gardens, and art pieces. In this article, we will go through the process of building a pallet garden step by step.

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Celebrate Easter with these 6 fun vegan-friendly Easter egg alternatives

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Love the festive Easter spirit but wish it were more vegan-friendly? You’re in luck—we’ve rounded up six vegan-friendly ways to decorate Easter “eggs” to let you enjoy this old-school tradition without causing harm to any animals in the process. From wooden eggs to chocolate-filled papier-mâché eggs, these fun alternatives are not only vegan-approved—most are recyclable and eco-friendly to boot. Read on for the full list!

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HOW TO: Decorate Easter eggs using flowers and foliage

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Easter season is upon us, and many families enjoy decorating eggs as a way to celebrate and spend time together. You’re not stuck fiddling with messy dye kits from the grocery store, however. Decorating eggs with flowers and foliage is just as easy! As a bonus, it’s an excuse to get your family—especially those rambunctious little ones—outside for a while, to take in the crisp spring air and forage for little natural gems to take home and affix to your Easter eggs. Read on to learn how simply and elegant your Easter eggs can be with this natural approach to holiday decor.

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7 indoor plants that purify the air around you naturally

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DIY: How to Make Your Own Herbal Tinctures

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Many people who take an active role in their own health and well being also tend towards naturally-sourced nutritional supplements and remedies for minor ailments, such as taking a cup of chamomile tea to alleviate insomnia, or a peppermint infusion to soothe an upset stomach. In addition to serving as drinkable herbal delights, tinctures can be effective remedies for a variety of health issues, from anemia to PMS, and can also boost your immune system. Many herbs and flowers are now ready to be harvested, so read on to learn more about medicinal tinctures, and how you can make your own at home.

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Uber to roll out self-driving cars after receiving numerous complaints against drivers

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Hot on the heels of Elon Musk’s comment that he expects self-driving Teslas to be available by summer, Uber has announced that it is rolling out its own fleet of autonomous vehicles in select markets. The troubled transportation company, which has been at the center of controversy surrounding its driver screening process and passenger safety, said the move was a way to “better protect [its] customers by removing the human element.”

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Man Hacks Prius to Run on San Francisco MUNI Electric Bus Power Lines

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When we first spotted this crazy picture of a Prius driver hitching a free energy ride on San Francisco’s MUNI power lines, we couldn’t believe it! Equipped with a giant trolley pole, the Franken-Prius hacks into the same overhead electrical system that propels the city’s buses, getting free power from San Francisco‘s public transportation infrastructure.

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Portland architecture students build incredible outdoor stage from 520 recycled pallets

How do you design an outdoor music festival which leaves no trace? That was the goal of Pickathon founder Zale Schoenborn when he and his team envisioned an eco roots music festival in the outskirts of Portland Oregon. Since it was launched in 1999, Pickathon Music Festival has been the only waste-free and plastic-free outdoor music festival in the US, featuring solar-powered structures and an outdoor stage designed to be dismantled and recycled at the end of the concert. When students from Portland State University were tasked with designing a recyclable stage for the 2014 concert, they rose to the challenge with an incredible structure built entirely out of recycled shipping pallets. Check out this exclusive behind-the-scenes video that documents the development of this portable stage, which will help to ensure that the wild concert experience will leave no trace on the surrounding environment.

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Inhabitat is hiring contributors to cover the 2015 Milan Furniture Fair!

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Heads up design fans – are you a writer, photographer, designer, or media professional planning to attend the 2015 Milan Furniture Fair next month? Inhabitat is looking for a few great contributors to report on the best green designs from this year’s show! We’re offering you the opportunity to share your photos and writing with our audience of millions of readers around the world – and many of our Milan correspondents continue on to become regular Inhabitat contributors. The fair is coming up quick on April 14th, so we’re looking for correspondents who are currently based in Milan or who are already planning to attend this year’s events.

If you think you’d make a fantastic Inhabitat contributor, send an email to editor[at]inhabitat.com with the headline “Milan Furniture Fair Contributor” and the information below. Please note that only contributors who are currently based in Milan or who are already planning to attend the Milan Furniture Fair will be considered.

1. Tell us a little about yourself and why you would make a great Inhabitat correspondent.

2. Send us 2-3 samples of your writing

3. Send us 2-3 samples of your photography (or a link to your online portfolio).

We’re looking forward to hearing from you!

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Easy DIY ways to stay warm without turning up the thermostat

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Spring has officially sprung according to our calendars, but Old Man Winter’s refusal to leave has many of us still shivering in our britches. The drawn-out cold weather has probably also taken a toll on your wallet, with money flying out every time you crank up your thermostat. Instead of using up all that expensive energy, why not try some DIY ways to stay warm that won’t break the bank? Whether it’s creating your own 5-minute heater, using a knitting hack to fix up your own chunky blanket, or insulating your house with little to no effort, check out Hometalk’s clipboard of easy DIY ways to stay warm without touching the thermostat!

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6 green spring cleaning tips to help organize and simplify your home

6 green spring cleaning tips to help organize and simplify your home

TIP 1: Crush Clutter Nothing creates a feeling of claustrophobia faster than too much stuff. Before you can clean anything, you have to get rid of some those unused items causing…

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Guerilla gardening: strategies for greening up your neighborhood

Guerilla gardening: strategies for greening up your neighborhood

Regardless of whether you are an urban, suburban, or rural dweller, there is inevitably a patch of neglected turf in your neighborhood that might need a bit of TLC to green it up. If…

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How Juniper Ridge creates wilderness perfume that smells just like the great outdoors

How Juniper Ridge creates wilderness perfume that smells just like the…

Bearded visionaries, a tricked out van, and lots of herbs. This isn't a flashback to the 60's - it's just another day at Juniper Ridge. Founded by Hall Newbegin, Juniper Ridge bottles…

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5 great reasons to build a geodesic dome home

5 great reasons to build a geodesic dome home

Domes. They’re kind of weird looking. They don’t exactly fit into those perfect little neighborhoods you see when walking around a cute downtown or a clean cut suburban gated…

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Growing trees from seeds: which seeds work, and which won't

Growing trees from seeds: which seeds work, and which won't

If there are any trees in your area, you may have noticed that a couple of major changes come over them at the end of summer and the beginning of autumn. Branches end up laden with…

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5 vegan Irish recipes for St. Patrick's Day

5 vegan Irish recipes for St. Patrick's Day

Saint Patrick's day is this coming weekend, and people will be donning green and quaffing Guinness to celebrate this quintessential Irish holiday. Although a lot of traditional Irish…

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Reading your weeds—what's your soil telling you?

Reading your weeds—what's your soil telling you?

So, it's mid March, which means that the summer growing season is a few short weeks away, and many springtime plants will be popping up soon. Although you might already be starting…

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6 Cool designs that bring people and animals closer together

6 Cool designs that bring people and animals closer together

People & Mice Mouse Mates is Dutch designer Roel de Boer's playful hanging artifact created for mice. This peculiar and interactive structure combines strings, springs, slides and…

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6 Places You Can Find Trash to Transform into Treasure

6 Places You Can Find Trash to Transform into Treasure

Photo via Shutterstock 1. Thrift Stores Go to any town or city and you are bound to find a thrift store. Whether its run by Salvation Army, Goodwill, SPCA or owned by a private…

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7 amazing projects by 2015 Pritzker Prize winning architect Frei Otto

7 amazing projects by 2015 Pritzker Prize winning architect Frei Otto

Roof for the 1972 Munich Olympic Stadium Designed in collaboration with Gunther Behnisch, the roofing for the 1972 Munich Olympic Stadium was considered a pioneer in lightweight…

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Win a wonder sponge that removes bacteria using just water + a luxurious Coyuchi air-weight bath towel

Win a wonder sponge that removes bacteria using just water + a…

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5 Ways to kick off your green spring cleaning with feng shui principles

5 Ways to kick off your green spring cleaning with feng shui…

Image via Shutterstock 1. Look Under Your Bed Our beds are tied closely to our personal energy, but we often forgot or avoid cleaning underneath them. While you’re down there, maybe…

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6 Most stunning examples of 3D-printed buildings

6 Most stunning examples of 3D-printed buildings

Smith|Allen's Biodegradable Woodland Structure California-based architecture studio Smith|Allen built Echoviren, the world’s first structure made using 3D printing technology.…

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Recycled diamonds provide an ethical choice for glittering milestone gifts

Recycled diamonds provide an ethical choice for glittering milestone…

  "Diamonds are forever" might have been the title of a James Bond film, but that statement is actually very true: these sparkling little bits of ultra-compressed carbon are…

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