Posts made in July, 2008


How Green is it?


Posted By on Jul 7, 2008

I just ran across this incredibly comprehensive green check list. It is from a company in Seattle Washington, so some items are listed as a Washington state standard, but the list is helpful for anyone trying to get a handle on green building. There is so much to learn and so many ways we can go green, it can be overwhelming. This checklist puts everything you can think of in a nice orderly manner. It reminds us that green building isn’t all about the structure we are building, but it’s also about maintaining the site and water at the building location. Review the checklist. – it will give you a lot to think about.

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Photovoltaic Systems


Posted By on Jul 7, 2008

What’s that? It’s the newest in solar power where the conversion into electricity is immediate, as opposed to creating water power which then converts into electricity. The demand for this renewable energy systems is going up by 20-30% per year so they must be doing something right. If you would like to read additional information about photovoltaic systems click here on the free informational site Toolbase Services. They offer some great information that’s not boggled in technical details, plus additional links to get further information.

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Creative Workspace


Posted By on Jul 7, 2008

We all know what the buzz is these days…..saving on gas mileage. A lot more employers and employees are reaching agreements for one or more days of telecommuting. Once upon a time everyone always went into the office from 8am-5pm, but times are changing. With secure and fast internet connections, we can work from our computers at home. So, now we’re left figuring out how to incorporate a home office into a home that may not have space for one. I found that the website for My Home Ideas had some very creative thoughts on how to put an office space into places you never would have considered. They have ideas for the more traditional offices, also, and if you are building a new home don’t forget to incorporate some of these great ideas. If your boss has not agreed to let you stay home to work yet, it’s still great to have a space to become more organized in paying bills and keeping track of appointments. If you have the space ready for personal use, then when the boss does suggest telecommuting, you’ll be one step ahead!

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Volatile Organic Compounds


Posted By on Jul 7, 2008

Or VOCs as they are fondly referred to. VOCs are found in the off gassing of harmful chemicals and pollutants commonly found in solvent-based finishes, adhesives, carpeting, particleboard, and many other building products. One of the more common ways that VOCs escape into our living habitat is through paint, stains and sealers. Safecoat paints and primers offer a full range of ecologically safe enamel paints as well as other safe sealants and stains. The paints are taintable with zero VOC colorants in a variety of shades. Their products are fully LEEDS certified and they are available throughout the U.S. The air we breathe is polluted enough with everyday toxins. Check out the Safecoat website at www.safecoatpaint.com, to view their full range of environmentally safe products. They offer downloadable spec sheets on their products so you can compare them to other products you might be considering. Using zero VOC paints and stains can help our immediate surroundings to be a little more healthy – and that’s a good thing.

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Home Owner’s Insurance


Posted By on Jul 7, 2008

If you are a first time shopper for home owner’s insurance, here are a few tips for saving money. These are common areas that most all insurance companies will allow discounts for. First, you will need to decide how big of a deductible you are comfortable with. In general the higher deductible on your policy, the lower the cost. After you decide your deductible ask about discounts:

  • Discount for using same insurance company for both auto and home insurances
  • Discount for having smoke detectors
  • Discount for having a burglar alarm
  • Discount for have a sprinkler system
  • Discount for not living in a flood zone
  • Disccount for being 55 or over
  • Discount for a radon or natural gas detector

Of course you should shop several insurance companies and find out which ones offer the best deals. And finally, make sure you ask for an explanation for anything that is in fine print. It’s better to not have any surprises. Know what to expect before that incident occurs – the one that causes you to call your insurance agent.

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