Posts made in August, 2008


A New Addition to Your Home


Posted By on Aug 9, 2008

Your new home is all built, but you have one problem, too many mosquitoes. Well, it’s time to build an addition then – a bat house. This is the original green solution to pesky mosquitoes, wasps, beetles and moths. Did you know that a single bat can consume over 600 mosquitoes in just one hour? That’s what I call pest control. Forget the chemical sprays, invite the bats to play! Bats like small dark spaces to live. Building a bat house can be fun and it can be a family project. Here are some easy directions from This Old House – so get started today. Build a new bat house!

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Electricity 101


Posted By on Aug 7, 2008

Typically we leave electrical issues to the electricians, but it would be nice to have a certain sense of what the electricians are doing within our home, so that we can be assured we are getting what we want and what we paid for. It is far less expensive to make sure the electrical work is done correctly while we are in the building process, than it is to correct it later. Electrical work is one of those things that we need do have done before the sheetrock is up and painted to perfection. Otherwise we might have to put a hole in our wall to put in the electrical items we forgot and then try to patch it up to match the original. I don’t know about you, but the patching thing never works quite right for me. It always looks less than perfect and well, it looks, you know, like a patch. Visit this sight to learn the basics about the electrical make up of your new home. Taking a moment to make sure you are asking the correct questions will keep you from having to patch things up later. Click here for a few tips…..or if you think you know all about electricity and love taking quizes, try some of these electrical quizzes.

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The Green Machine


Posted By on Aug 7, 2008

The Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago has a great exhibit for the green enthusiasts. It is a 2500+ square foot home that the museum touts as “the greenest home in Chicago.” It first caught my eye because it was built using modular building technology. It is comforting to know that we are definitely on the right track when we say our systems built homes are inherently green. This particular home was built with all of the latest technology and you can learn all about it at the Museum’s website. The one item I loved more than anything was what I have deemed the green machine. It’s actually known as a trek bike, and you can see it in the children’s bedroom at the museum. The idea is fantastic. The children have to peddle the trek bike approximately 30 minutes to generate enough power to play their favorite video game. Now that’s what I call a win-win situation. Exercise first, then play the video game. Motivating – fun – and totally green! I wish it had been available when my children were younger. Read everything about the greenest home.

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