5 Tips to Cut Your Electricity Bill With Energy Efficiency Expert David Johnston

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Cutting back on your energy usage is one of the best ways to bring down your electricity bill. But did you know that making simple changes to not just your wattage consumption but the way your home retains and expels air can dramatically transform the way you experience your spaces and use electricity? Joining us this week to share 5 Tips on how we can better green our homes is green visionary and sustainable pioneer David Johnston who focuses on easy changes you can make with your appliances, air exchange, insulation and even windows that will pave the way to dramatic savings. Undoubtedly an expert on all things energy, David shares his over 30 years of experience and gives us a snapshot of some of the best ways we can reduce our energy consumption by up to 50%!

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Interview: Ruud Visser transforms old churches and water towers into incredible modern homes

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VIDEO: Wolf Pups Get the Hiccups Too

We have a lot more in common with our furry wolf friends than most people realize, and an annoying little case of the hiccups is no exception. The star of this little video is Nikai; an 8-month-old gray wolf who lives at the New York Wolf Conservation Center. He’s probably the most adorable hiccup-er we’ve ever seen, and watching him is a perfect pick-me-up for a chilly winter day. (Be sure to crank up the volume so you can hear his little meeps.)

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VIDEO: How to Make Delectable Vegan Red Velvet Cupcakes for Your Valentine

Wondering what sweet treats to give your Valentine this Friday? Here’s a delectable recipe that is sure to delight. Follow along as Inhabitots’ pint-sized pastry chef Petey Rojas shows you the easy steps to making his yummy vegan red velvet cupcakes in this adorable video. We promise that your better half will love them—and it wouldn’t hurt to whip up a batch for yourself too!

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INHABITAT INTERVIEW: 8 Questions with Architect Tom Kundig

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VIDEO: How to Winter-Proof Your Home, With Eco-Blogger Starre Vartan

If you’re worried about keeping warm and cozy these next few months, look no further than our video on how to button up your home for the cold season and cut your utility bills while you’re at it! We’ve enlisted the help of green energy expert Steve Schappert to take eco-fashion blogger and author Starre Vartan through a home energy audit and winter weatherization home makeover. Watch the video above to find out where Starre’s home was lacking when it came to energy efficiency, and learn how you can pinpoint and remedy similar problems in your own home.

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This flipped-over giant tortoise gets by with a little help from his friend

We all get into tight spots on occasion, and it’s at times when we’re particularly vulnerable that a helping hand from a friend is much appreciated. This giant Galapagos tortoise at a zoo in Taipei found himself in a bit of a pickle when he rolled over onto his back and couldn’t flip over on his own. Fortunately, his buddy was nearby and was able to help him out.

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VIDEO: How to Make an Edible Terrarium Snow Globe

To learn how to make an incredible DIY edible snow globe that will impress all of your friends at your next holiday party, read on….

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How to find a wolf sanctuary near you and meet some wild wolves!

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Did you know that there are wolves living near you in almost every state in the country? Sadly most of these wolves are not living in the wild, but in wolf sanctuaries, which are conservation organizations set up to protect them and help grow their population enough to be re-introduced to the wild. Wolves once inhabited most of North America, from coast to coast, but as humans spread across the states over the last century, these majestic, intelligent creatures (ancestors of “man’s best friend”) have become nearly extinct. Wolves have died out both due to habitat loss and also due to active human hunting and trapping. Today they can only be found in the wild in Canada, Alaska, Montana, Idaho, Minnesota, Wisconsin and Wyoming, whereas they once lived everywhere. Wolf sanctuaries are trying to help protect highly endangered wolves and reestablish populations in places where they once lived.

I personally had no idea that there was a population of over 20 wolves living near me in New York City until I heard about the New York Wolf Conservation Center from Subaru as part of an “Adventure Roulette” initiative. I recently had the chance to visit this wonderful wolf sanctuary less than an hour from the city, and it was an incredible experience! It was amazing to meet and be able to “speak” with these magnificent, super-intelligent animals. If you howl at them, they’ll even howl back at you! Read on to find out more about these wolf sanctuaries, as well as where you can meet some wolves in your local area. Surprisingly, they are almost everywhere — probably in your backyard too!

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The top 7 Inhabitat videos of 2014 — Which was your favorite to watch?

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This year we had a blast producing some incredible DIY videos and video interviews, and you all seemed to like them! From an amazing DIY edible water bottle to a tour of a wild wolf sanctuary, check out our most-talked-about videos of 2014 and vote for your favorite today!

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Inhabitat's Top 9 Interviews of 2014

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In the past year Inhabitat had the privilege of speaking with a variety of talented designers, architects and thinkers. We chatted with Bianca Bosker about architectural mimicry and Boyan Slat filled us in on his brilliant ocean cleanup array. David Benjamin introduced us to the world’s first mushroom tower and we learned about improving water quality in New York City. The minds behind Maison Durable Portneuf educated us about cold-climate construction and Koen Olthius taught us how to embrace rising sea levels. James Dyson talked to us about using his famous vacuum technology to clean rivers, Elora Hardy taught us about building with bamboo and Yves Behar turned his design eye toward architecture. Which interview was your favorite? Check them out and let us know!

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INTERVIEW: We Talk With Prefab Home Architect Toby Long

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We at Inhabitat are bona fide prefab lovers. And while we tout the benefits of the prefab process every day, it’s also important to step back and examine the potential of the prefab market, its opportunities, and how it can be maximized to produce even more sustainable, affordable, and high-quality structures. Toby Long, of CleverHomes, has been one of prefab’s pioneers with the MiniHome and NowHouse. I had a chance to sit down with him and discuss the prefab “movement,” and how he sees it maturing in the future.

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VIDEO: Orphaned baby Indonesian orangutan named Rickina

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Did you know that orangutans share 97 percent of our DNA? Like us, they have complex emotions, family bonds, and a love of drawing and music. Rickina is a little orphaned orangutan who’s being cared for at the IAR Ketapang Orangutan Rescue Center in Borneo, after being confiscated from a man who claims that her mother dropped her and ran away when she saw a stranger in the forest. Rickina has a horrible wound on her head that the man says was caused by his machete when he bent down to pick her up, but considering that mother orangutans will fight to the death to protect their young, his story is “suspect”, to say the least. In this video, Rickina is making some new friends, who will hopefully lessen her anxiety at being away from her mother.

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3D-printed prosthetic legs allow Derby the dog to run for the first time

The popularity of 3D printing has exploded in recent years, and one of the most innovative uses for this technology has been that of prosthetics—for people and animals alike. We’ve seen prosthetic limbs for ducks, and now a pair of 3D-printed legs is allowing a very special dog named Derby to run for the very first time in his life. Born with disfigured front legs, Derby has only been able to get around with the help of a cart purchased by his adoptive family, but now, with the help of a team of 3D engineers and veterinarians, Derby is able to run.

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INTERVIEW: Smart Tips on How to Green Your School from Aimee Østensen of the Manhattan Country School

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Studies show that sustainable learning environments can be a big advantage for students, improving their well-being, happiness and even their cognitive processes. But how can parents ensure that their children’s classrooms are as green as they can be? We recently spoke to Aimee Arandia Østensen of the Manhattan Country School about the best ways to implement an eco-friendly curriculum at your child’s school. Read on for her tips here!

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This sweet dog and lion duo proves that friendship transcends all barriers

This sweet dog and lion duo proves that friendship transcends all…

Meet Honey the dog and Kwanza the white lion cub: a pair of best friends at the Darling Downs Zoo in Queensland, Australia. Kwanza's mum wasn't producing enough milk for him, so the…

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What's the deal with this green cat?

What's the deal with this green cat?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-OJMIqVrON0 Don’t adjust your color balance, because that cat is actually green. The people of Varna, Bulgaria have been mystified by an oddly-hued…

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HOW TO VIDEO: Make Delicious Raw Almond Cranberry Christmas Cookies!

HOW TO VIDEO: Make Delicious Raw Almond Cranberry Christmas Cookies!

Everybody loves sweet treats at the holidays, but many of us who are trying to stay in shape would rather consume healthy sweets packed with protein, good fats, fiber and vitamins than…

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INTERVIEW: We Chat With 16-Year-Old Tiny House Builder Austin Hay

INTERVIEW: We Chat With 16-Year-Old Tiny House Builder Austin Hay

Austin always thought it would be cool to build a treehouse, but once he found out you could build homes on a trailer to make them mobile, he quickly changed his mind. Basing his house…

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INTERVIEW: We Talk to Natural Machine’s Lynette Kucsma About the Foodini 3D Food Printer

INTERVIEW: We Talk to Natural Machine’s Lynette Kucsma About the…

Inhabitat: So to start, tell me about how the Foodini and Natural Machines came together. Lynette: It started a little bit over a year ago. There are four founders in the company and I…

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VIDEO: Young seal pups play with divers near the Scottish coast

VIDEO: Young seal pups play with divers near the Scottish coast

Seals are truly beautiful creatures, aren't they? With their dark, liquid eyes and ready smiles, it's easy to see how people can develop such a kinship with them, and how stories about…

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VIDEO: Meet Shadow—A Wolf Pup at the San Diego Zoo

VIDEO: Meet Shadow—A Wolf Pup at the San Diego Zoo

Shadow, a wolf pup living at the San Diego Zoo, gets some play time with his caregivers in this "awww"-inspiring video. He's exploring all kinds of new scents, tastes, and textures,…

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VIDEO: A Baby Elephant's First Trip to the Ocean

VIDEO: A Baby Elephant's First Trip to the Ocean

Incredibly intelligent, empathetic, and just gorgeous to admire, elephants form close friendship bonds with those around them, and have strong connections with their family members.…

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HOW TO: Make Easy, No-Bake, Vegan Pecan Pie Bars For a Gluten-Free Thanksgiving

HOW TO: Make Easy, No-Bake, Vegan Pecan Pie Bars For a Gluten-Free…

Thanksgiving is almost upon us and families will soon be whipping up a storm in kitchens across America. But if spending hours preparing a feast is not your idea of fun, then this…

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Black Friday? How About Buying NOTHING for the Holidays?

Black Friday? How About Buying NOTHING for the Holidays?

This morning Americans across the country arose at ungodly hours, braving the dark, cold, and unruly crowds all in the name of SHOPPING. Each year Black Friday marks the upcoming…

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INTERVIEW: Inhabitat Speaks to Amie Hamlin, Executive Director of the Coalition for Healthy School Food

INTERVIEW: Inhabitat Speaks to Amie Hamlin, Executive Director of the…

PS 244Q received a lot of attention last year when it became the first school in New York City to start serving an exclusively vegetarian menu to its students. We recently got a chance…

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VIDEO: How To Make Yummy Vegan Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffin Cupcakes

VIDEO: How To Make Yummy Vegan Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffin Cupcakes

Pumpkin pie might be tried and true, but if you want to make a unique fall treat that will have your friends and family begging for the recipe, check out our scrumptious vegan pumpkin…

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INTERVIEW: HOK's Yann Weymouth Discusses Designing the Hurricane-Resistant Salvador Dalí Museum

INTERVIEW: HOK's Yann Weymouth Discusses Designing the…

This article was originally published in October of 2011. Earlier this year we reported on the opening of the stunning Salvador Dalí Museum located in St. Petersburg, Florida. The…

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INTERVIEW: Mike Chen of Made in Space Explains How 3D Printing is Going into Space

INTERVIEW: Mike Chen of Made in Space Explains How 3D Printing is…

Previously on Inhabitat we've written about Made in Space’s ambitious plans to bring 3D printing to the International Space Station. But how will such technology work when everything…

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VIDEO: Olafur Eliasson's Solar

VIDEO: Olafur Eliasson's Solar "Little Sun" LED Lamp Lights Up Lives…

Artist Olafur Eliasson explores the importance of turning artistic potential into environmental action in this inspiring video created by VICE for The Creators Project. Eliasson…

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