BuildDirect Blog: Life at Home

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Nan Fischer

Nan Fischer has been living and building green for over 35 years. She writes from personal experience and backs it up through her extensive resource library. Nan’s emphasis on the BuildDirect blog is about how to make your dollar stretch further, while also moving toward a more sustainable lifestyle. She is a major contributor to the BuildDirect green blog. Nan also blogs on the website of her seed business, sweetly seeds.

indoor herb garden window winter
Don’t let snow and 0º temperatures stop you from gardening! It is possible to grow herbs and vegetables inside for yummy, nutritious organic food all winter. The price of produce always shoots up in cold weather, but you can...
succulent houseplant top view
Think twice before turning your thermostat up as winter encroaches. Lowering the temperature in your house is an effective way to save natural resources, cut your heating bills, lower CO2 emissions, and reduce your carbon footprint. If you are...
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With the cost of solar plummeting, it is more and more tempting to go off-grid. It certainly is more economical than before, and people want to live cheaply and with the planet, maybe as rebels, maybe as environmental stewards....
kitchen waste
  It’s the peak of harvest season, which means lots of vegetable washing, chopping, cooking, freezing and canning. That means lots of food scraps, water usage, stock making, recycling and composting. I am by nature a frugal person trying...
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I was saddened to read about the community gardens along the Arbutus corridor in Vancouver being bulldozed. The article stated that gardens tended by families, some for 20 years, on an unused railroad track right-of-way had to be removed....
alternative housing yurt
When you hear the phrase ‘alternative housing’, what do you think of? Energy efficient? Solar? Water catchment? Green building and energy saving properties should be mainstream, but what else constitutes ‘alternative’? Out-of-the-box thinkers, rebels, recyclers, frugalistas and those who...
When I read this article about using farmland for large solar arrays, well, I was speechless! I was shocked, angry, appalled, and thought how can anyone be so stupid to use friable land for solar arrays? The only point...