Posts made in March, 2011

Color of the Year…

Posted By on Mar 31, 2011

This blog is a homework assignment in disguise.  I have a few questions for you:

  1. How often do you redecorate, including wall colors/finish?
  2. Which rooms do you redecorate most often?
  3. What is your normal redecorating plan? Ie: use same furniture, new wall color, curtains & accents…
  4. How long does it take for you to redecorate a room?

I’m asking these questions because HGTV’s latest newsletter is titled Hottest Colors for Spring 2011.  There is an article in it about the Color of the Year: Honeysuckle (which by the way is pink).  These titles got me thinking.  If there is a color of the year, are we suppose to redecorate yearly?  How about the Hottest Color of the Season!  Redecorate every 3 monthes?!

So, I ask you.  Am I abnormal to think redecorating on an annual basis is craziness?

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Geothermal Heat

Posted By on Mar 28, 2011

A recent article in the Portland Press Herald was brought to my attention “Maine Voices: Another solution to our oil dependency: geothermal heat.” This article came across my desk days after sitting with our well drilling subcontractor, Goodwin Well & Water, to discuss this topic.  Goodwin Well & Water is accredited for Geothermal installation and service.

Geothermal Heat works basically on the same principles as air conditioning.  Heat will transfer from a warmer area/substance to a colder area/substance.  In the case of an air conditioner, heat is drawn out of the air within a home by circulating it thru the unit which is filled with a coolant.  The heat in the air transfers to the cooler temp of the coolant.  Geothermal or geoexchange works the exact opposite.  Ground water temperature remain constant year round at 45-50 degrees.  During the winter months this temperature is much higher than the climate temperature.  So with the use of the geoexchange unit, the heat is drawn out of the ground water to heat a home.  During the summer months the ground water temps are much lower than the climate temperatures so with the use of the same geoexchange unit, heat is drawn out of a home by the cooler ground water temps.

Now if you are like me, you are skeptical about how water that is 48 degrees will keep your home at a comfortable 70 degrees…

For more information, check out these links:

Consumer Energy Center: Geothermal Heat Pumps

Ground Source Heat Exchange

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T t t t Tax Time… AHH!

Posted By on Mar 25, 2011

April 15th, a day many people dread, is now just over 20 days away.  It is crunch time for finding, organizing, tabulating and cross checking receipts.  Whether you prepare your taxes or use an accounting or tax prep company, each of us faces the stress of this process.  About half of this stress comes from a deep seated fear of the IRS (after all they did take down Al Capone), and the other half comes from all of the unknowns.  Understanding the process and finding answers to your questions will help alleviate some of the stress.

Here is a link to a page filled with information pertinent to tax season, from finding all available deductions to fixing an error. E-How Tax Time.

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Anxiously Waiting for Spring

Posted By on Mar 24, 2011

There are signs of Spring everywhere…  Robins are slowly returning, puddles abound as snowbanks slowly recede, temperatures are reaching into the 40’s on a regular basis!!!  Facebook is loaded with posts from people raking their lawns and cleaning out flower beds.  Obviously, these facebook users do not live in Maine.  We are still 4-6 weeks from raking lawns, at least 2 months from cleaning out flower beds and months from it being a safe bet to plant anything… (Why do we live here again?!)

If you’re as anxious to play in the dirt as I am, don’t despair! I stumbled across a great project to help us getting ready for gardening season.  By making seed tapes now, we can have our gardens laid out and planted in no time!

Easy-to-Use Seed Tape by HGTV

April vacation is right around the corner, get the kids involved in this fun, and easy project.  Study shows, children are more likely to eat vegetables if they participate in gardening!

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Renovations that add Appeal

Posted By on Mar 23, 2011

The real estate market is definitely a buyers market right now.  This means sellers need to be proactive in the selling process.  Making your home more appealing than others on the market, may help your home sell faster and/or for more money.  Check out this website for cost effective renovations buyers are likely to see as value added updates.  Even if you aren’t selling your home, many of these projects are timeless investments for your home.

Smart Money Makeovers by HGTV Pro

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