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KEEPING WARM(9)

January 9, 2013

Modern homesteaders, what’s your fave way/tip to keep your home warm?

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SMART METERS REALLY SMART?


Posted by Anais Dervaes | January 23, 2012

There’s a controversy cropping up over the new smart meters in cities all across America. What are Smart Meters and what are the dangers?

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CURTAINS!


Posted by Anais Dervaes | January 18, 2011

As ya’ll know, we don’t have central heat and this old 1917 house can be drafty. Obviously, curtains on windows, especially thermal, can keep a room warmer in winter and cooler in summer.

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HUNG OUT TO DRY


Posted by Anais Dervaes | January 10, 2011

Well, since I have never had a dryer to use (except when visiting friends or traveling), I cannot comment on using a dryer from firsthand experience. All I know is that an electric clothes dryer is an energy hog.

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LIVING WITHOUT AC


Posted by Anais Dervaes | September 28, 2010

We were spoiled this summer! With the second coolest summer ever recorded there was more sweater time than swim suits. But Nature sure wasn’t going to let us go into fall and winter without one hot blast and, boy, is it a good one. Yesterday, it was the hottest day ever recorded in downtown LA. 113

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DISPATCHES FROM THE URBAN HOMESTEAD pt 1


Posted by Anais Dervaes | March 9, 2010

Wow, ya”ll put up a great bunch of comments/contributions to the Time Management post – check it out if you missed it.   Thanks for some great dialogue! There’s lots happening here on the urban homestead, I can’t even begin to start with details.  So I am going to let pictures do the “talking.” Once again [...]

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GOING OFF THE AC


Posted by Anais Dervaes | July 26, 2009

I just wrote about not being able to work the AC at the last event saying it was good practice for the future. I picked up that quite a few people were uncomfortable with the room being warm but if only they knew it has hip and trendy now!  With this latest article in the NY [...]

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LIGHTS OUT


Posted by Anais Dervaes | March 29, 2009

Earth Hour came and went like just another evening here on the urban homestead – in the dark. Here’s an entry from last year talking about how we power down How many of you powered down and unplugged last night and how many of you will continue to incorporate these new habits on a daily/weekly/monthly [...]

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The URBAN HOMESTEAD’S SOLAR PROJECT FEATURED IN KIDS BOOK


Posted by Anais Dervaes | February 6, 2009

Back in 2003, we self installed 12 solar panels on our garage roof. The City of Pasadena solar rebating us 2/3rds of the cost.  This was something that we couldn’t pass up!  They made solar affordable to common resident.  By producing our own green power, it was one more step in making the Urban Homestead more [...]

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BRRRRRRRR


Posted by Anais Dervaes | December 14, 2008

Headlines like “So Cal braces for winter storm”  have been teasing us for the past few days leave us wondering where this phantom storm is.  We haven’t had a lick of rain only dreary and cold temperatures instead. A chance of rain was predicted Fri, Sat, Sun now they are changing the weather forecast to chance of [...]

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