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This week at Treehugger -Learn how to build your own wind-powered generator. Finding new life for dead fluorescents. And, how to build your own lightweight camping stove.

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DIY Wind Power TreeHugger reader and former DIY Eco-Tech Contestant (which was sponsored by MAKE) Ben Jandrell is sharing his technical prowess with the world. His new venture, gotwind.org, gives info on the basics of DIY “small scale renewable energy.” From picking electronics to alternators and how to put it all together, Ben has an ever growing number of plans and instructions to help you build a wind generator in your own back yard. Even though much of the info you will need to get going is free of charge, it certainly looks worth it to shell out the $5 to get detailed instructions on some of the more advanced wind generators. If alternators and generators get you going, gotwind.org will get your gears moving.

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Thereís Still Light After Death: Castor Canadensisís Recycled Tube Light So what do you do with a stack of fluorescent lights after they have flickered their last watt? Make a light out of them, of course. Castor Canadensis bundled some old fluorescents together and cleverly placed a run-of-the-mill incandescent bulb inside. The result is a functional industrial chic light that saves stacks of old work lights from hitting the landfill.

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Fire-Fly Stove by Mo-Go-Gear (or go DIY) Backpackers rejoice! When it comes to making sure you have something hot to eat (or drink), there is no weight like lightweight. TreeHugger found some great recycled commercial options as well as a few links on how to build your own lightweight alcohol camp stove. So don’t be like those suckers who can only roast marshmallows, go make yourself a stove and heat up some real meals.

 

That is it for this time, look for more TreeHugger goodies next week.