NEED TO KNOW Living Large: A Look inside The “Tiny House” Movment… Given the state of the current economy, a growing number of Americans with ordinary lives are choosing to scale down — way down. They call themselves the “tiny house” movement. Need to Know visited one of the movement’s proponents, Dee Williams, at her small home in Olympia, Washington. Williams says that the downsized living arrangements bring her a sense of contentment. Need to Know airs Fridays on PBS. Watch full-length episodes of Need to Know at


Tony House Building and Desgning Workshop 2014



Just Added to our 2014 ALL-HANDS-ON Tiny House Building and Design Workshop in Collierville, TN, right outside Memphis….

Kent Griswold– of, and honcho behind Tiny House Magazine

AND MORE TO BE ANNOUNCED!!!! Check out this cool flyer that Kevin Fitzpatrick did….

Ar the workshop, we’ll TOUR SIX (or MORE) Tiny Houses! And BUILD Two! SPACE IS LIMITED!

-Derek “Deek” Diedricksen

Natural Gas Prices will Soar by 2015

Phil Flynn is senior energy analyst and a futures account executive at Chicago-based The Price Futures Group. He is one of the world’s leading energy market analysts and a daily contributor to Fox Business Network, where he provides market updates and analysis. HAI managing editor Sumit Roy recently caught up with Flynn to discuss the latest developments in the energy markets.naturalgasfutures

HardAssetsInvestor: Natural gas has been rallying recently, and now it’s at a seven-month high. Is it solely cold weather that’s driving up prices?

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Phil Flynn: A lot of it obviously is the cold temperatures. It’s been cold, and based on the weather forecasts we’re seeing, it’s not going to get a heck of a lot warmer. In the next two weeks, we should see some substantial drawdowns in inventory. Having said that, yes, it is definitely the cold weather that’s given us this dynamic move, but you don’t want to underestimate the non-heat-related demand. There is demand growing everywhere.

While the cold weather seems to be overshadowing that right now, it’s definitely a story that’s going to continue. Manufacturing businesses are going to take advantage of these low natural gas prices and you’re going to see the non-heat-related demand continue to grow.

It’s going to continue to astound people. Our exports are a lot stronger; we’re going to be seeing a lot of natural gas going to Mexico, and they’re approving additional exports a lot more quickly than anybody thought possible.

Weather’s definitely your headline, and we probably wouldn’t be moving up like this if it weren’t cold, but there’s definitely more to it than just the weather.Read more HERE

Household Electric Bills Skyrocket

Electric bills have skyrocketed in the last five years, a sharp reversal from a quarter-century when Americans enjoyed stable power bills even as they used more electricity.

  • More electricity use at homes and higher prices are driving up power bills.

    File photo by Jim Cole, AP

    More electricity use at homes and higher prices are driving up power bills.

File photo by Jim Cole, AP

More electricity use at homes and higher prices are driving up power bills.

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Households paid a record $1,419 on average for electricity in 2010, the fifth consecutive yearly increase above the inflation rate, a USA TODAY analysis of government data found. The jump has added about $300 a year to what households pay for electricity. That’s the largest sustained increase since a run-up in electricity prices during the 1970s. read more HERE