Category Archives: Products

Vinegar and Baking Soda

Household chemicals. Probably some of the most dangerous things we have around. Have you ever really looked at the labels on some of that stuff? My wife and I have a rule (seems like we have lots of rules, huh?) that relates to food and is making its way into many aspects of our lives. And that rule is we […]

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CFLs and LEDs

In addition to the thirty second rule, we went through our house and replaced quite a few of our light bulbs with CFLs (compact fluorescents) ad some LED (light emitting diodes). We started with the exterior porch lights. This was because we leave our porch lights on all night for security. And, since we live in a house that sits […]

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Paper or Plastic? Neither!

I remember when I would go to the grocery store and the clerk would ask “paper or plastic?” We typically would say “paper” because it was easier to recycle. Our garbage company picks up recycles, but doesn’t do plastic bags. And we’d always forget to take our plastic bags back to the store. So they’d pile up in our recycle […]

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Dual Flush Toilets

One simple way to save water is with a dual flush toilet. This one, the “Persuade” by Kohler, has a standard flush of 1.6 gallons plus an optional flush of 0.8 gallons — cutting water use in half. To word this delicately, for most of our flushes, the 0.8 gallon option will be adequate. This will save a large amount […]

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sip panel construction

Probably one of the key features of our plans is the use of Structural Insulated Panels (SIPs). These are four foot wide panels of oriented strand board sandwiching full, solid insulation. They are more expensive, but eliminate studs and several intermediate steps. They also eliminate the cold-bridge of studs in a typical wall. So, while a standard 2×6 wall will […]

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sustainable AND affordable?

So… I called today on a great-sounding product. It’s a countertop material made entirely from 100% recycled beer and glass bottles.  It’s $125 to $175 per square foot. If this is made from “garbage” stuff, why so expensive? If sustainable isn’t affordable, it isn’t truly sustainable.

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