How to Make a Terrarium in 5 Steps

December 19, 2017 by  
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Florida power company scraps nuclear project, will pursue solar power instead

September 1, 2017 by  
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A controversial nuclear project won’t be moving forward in Florida . Power company Duke Energy Florida filed a proposed settlement agreement with the Florida Public Service Commission (FPSC) that would end the Levy Nuclear Project – which customers were paying for before it was even begun – and prioritize grid modernization and solar energy . Part of the settlement includes a four-year plan to install 700 megawatts (MW) of solar in western Florida. Ratepayers have forked over around $800 million for the Levy Nuclear Project, which was first proposed in 2008. In 2013, Duke Energy Florida cancelled construction and engineering agreements, although they said they hoped to return to the project. The Levy plant would have offered 2.2 gigawatts of power. $150 million remained in costs, which the company said they would have recovered via rates, but under the settlement customers won’t have to pay more money for the nuclear project that never got far off the ground. Related: Abandoned nuclear power plant given new life as a solar farm Under the revised settlement, the company would invest in grid modernization efforts like smart meters and as much as 50 MW of battery storage . They’d install over 500 electric vehicle charging stations. They also plan to put in 700 MW of solar power, including the 74.9 MW Hamilton Solar Plant, which they hope to begin building in early 2018. The solar plant, the company’s sixth, could power over 20,000 homes. Residential customers could see their average monthly bill cut by $2.50, according to Tampa Bay Times, although they won’t be reimbursed for the $800 million. 1.8 million customers receive power from Duke Energy Florida, and the settlement means their bills might go up a little bit less than the company recently forecast, according to Tampa Bay Times. Duke filed for a 8.5 percent increase from the present rate last week, which under the new settlement would be a 4.6 percent increase. Duke Energy Florida said in a statement they anticipated a decision from the FPSC by December. Via Ars Technica , Tampa Bay Times , and Duke Energy Florida Images via NASA and Duke Energy Facebook

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Old converted church hides gorgeous modern interiors in London

September 1, 2017 by  
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An old Victorian-style church in London was transformed into a gorgeous modern home that belies its historic exterior. Purchased by local interior designer Gianna Camilotti in 2013, this late 19th century church was gutted and converted into a contemporary home and office that still retains the building’s historic charms. Gianna Camilotti Interiors designed much of the furniture in-house within the Grade II-listed property. Located in Chingford, North East London, The James Spicer Memorial Church Hall School had served as a school and meeting place. In 2013, Camilotti snapped up the property and gave the tired building a luxurious makeover . The goal was to create a unique space that could accommodate intimate gatherings of friends with “an atmosphere of London piano-bars.” The award-winning church conversion project was recently put up for rent on Portico . Related: Historic Missouri church rises from the ashes with an eco-friendly twist The 237-square-meter building’s original vaulted doors and windows were preserved and the curved oak beams exposed. The interior features an open-plan design with a spacious living room, dining area, and kitchen on the first floor and a master bedroom with ensuite bathroom as well as a second bedroom on the upper floor. The vaulted ceiling reaches 9 meters in height in the middle of the home. Luxury amenities include underfloor heating installed throughout the interior, granite countertops, a self-playing digital piano, and an assortment of furnishings designed by Camilotti. The lavish interiors also open up to an outdoor garden area and patio with seating. + Gianna Camilotti Interiors Via Contemporist Images via Portico

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Woman attempts to cross Irish Sea in giant hamster ball

March 18, 2016 by  
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A British TV presenter attempted to cross the Irish Sea between Northern Ireland and Scotland in a zorb — a plastic orb that is essentially a human-sized hamster ball. While it may sound a little bit crazy, the challenge was for a good cause: Lindsey Russell was supporting Sport Relief , a UK fundraising organization that challenges participants to walk, run, swim or cycle to raise money for good causes. Read the rest of Woman attempts to cross Irish Sea in giant hamster ball

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New law in Italy forces supermarkets to donate unsold food to those in need

March 18, 2016 by  
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Italy’s  government is preparing to approve a measure that will require supermarkets to donate unsold food to those in need. Following in the footsteps of France, where a similar law became effective earlier this year, the arguably food-obsessed Mediterranean nation seeks to cut down on the enormous amounts of food that go to waste each year. The proposed legislation will require supermarkets to donate unsold or unused food to organizations that use it to feed hungry people, making it both a win for the environment, society and the economy. Read the rest of New law in Italy forces supermarkets to donate unsold food to those in need

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The Winery That’s Never Purchased A Wine Bottle

December 16, 2015 by  
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At Bunker Hill Winery, things are just a little bit different. Well, make that a LOT different. This family-owned sustainable winery in Parrish, Florida is serving up unique wines in eco-friendly packaging and sharing their commitment to the…

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Check out this adorable igloo made entirely out of recycled milk jugs

January 3, 2015 by  
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Looking for a creative community project? We spied this adorable milk jug igloo over at Diary of a Working Mom and it just screams the perfect way to get people together and get creative . The cozy little igloo was made using hundreds of milk jugs and a little bit of cardboard. Make your own to create a fun getaway for the kids (or young at heart). READ MORE > Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: build your own igloo , diary of a working mom , DIY crafts , diy igloo , diy kids crafts , igloo project , Inhabitots , inhabitots crafts , milk jug crafts , milk jug igloo , recycled milk jugs

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Redditor Builds Incredible Hobbit Hole Camper Trailer From Scratch!

January 3, 2015 by  
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Most hobbits seem to be the stay-at-hole types – but there are a few who yearn for adventure. Redditor Samm1t has built an amazing hobbit hole camping trailer to take all the comforts of home with him as he embarks on his travels. Starting from scratch, the whole trailer took two months cost a little over $2,000 to construct. The 46″x78″, 4′ tall camper features a lovely round door, a faux grass roof, LED light bulbs, and a removable mattress – and it even has custom cabinetry and a spice rack. Read the rest of Redditor Builds Incredible Hobbit Hole Camper Trailer From Scratch! Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: adventure , camping trailer , elevensies , green design , green roof , hobbit , hobbit hole , hobbiton , imgur , led light , lord of the rings , reddit , samm1t

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INFOGRAPHIC: How Green is Your Workplace?

November 11, 2014 by  
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If you work in an office building, take a look around you right now. From where you’re sitting, would you say that your office is fairly proactive as far as energy efficiency is concerned? What about supplies? Using recycled paper for printers can save thousands of trees every year, and using eco-friendly cleaning products goes a long way for both the health of the planet, and the employees present. From carpooling to switching off electronics when everyone leaves, there are many different ways to make a workplace more eco-friendly. Check out the infographic after the jump to find out how you can help make your own work environment  a little bit greener . Read the rest of INFOGRAPHIC: How Green is Your Workplace? Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: “office building” , clean air , eco-friendly cleaning products , electronic vampires , energy efficient , green office , infographic , infographics , Office , office space , recycled paper , workplace , workplace health , workspace

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DIY: Learn How to Make a Cool Cube Lamp Using Recycled Corrugated Cardboard

July 5, 2013 by  
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Linda Rose’s  Cube Lamp shade is made completely out of recycled cardboard. Linda designed the lighting fixture thinking about the unique texture of materials and the subsequent effect it would have when filtering light. The lamp is composed simply of two parts: A cardboard lamp base with a LED; and a shade made with many strips of cardboard glued together into a cube. Want to make one of these sweet lighting fixtures for yourself? All you need is some corrugated cardboard and a little bit of patience. Visit  Instructables  for the complete how-to. Via Instructables The article above was submitted to us by an Inhabitat reader. Want to see your story on Inhabitat ? Send us a tip by following this link . Remember to follow our instructions carefully to boost your chances of being chosen for publishing! Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: cardboard lamp , cube lamp , cube light , DIY , diy cube lamp , green lighting , instructables , linda rose , recycled cardboard , recycled cardboard lamp        

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