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The other more delicate topic is that of waste - namely human waste. He has a link to someone who specializes in "humanure". This is the process to convert toilet waste and other kitchen waste into compost based fertilizer for growing plants and veggies. There is a link from John's site to someone who has specialized in this area of expertise. The guy claims that he been using human toilet waste compost material to fertilize his vegetable garden for 27 years. It is quite interesting, but to make it successful, you need to have lots of sawdust - preferably cedar to kill the smell.
The next progression in building in the desert is to skip the thick walls altogether and just build the home into a bluff underground. You get 6 feet or more under the desert and the temps won't vary much at all.
Good idea. I remember seeing this idea in the Western movie "The Unforgiven". It sticks in my mind cause that is how the Indians got the cattle on top of their roof. I guess?? it would be ideal if the hill were on your south facing wall. But even if not the south wall it should still help some.
...It gets bloody damn hot out there as most can testify and even with insulation, fans, etc. - it's still damn hot...I for one appreciate the modern conveniences of the 21st century - especially chilled air...
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