Archive for October, 2008

Going Green without Spending Green

October 24, 2008

While I generally refrain from writing do-it-yourself oriented posts, I picked up some tips last night at a Home Depot Energy Clinic that I couldn’t resist sharing. These ideas really are so easy, anyone can implement them.  Better yet, you can go green without having to spend a lot of green. In fact, keeping your home’s energy bill low as we enter the winter season just might count on it.

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Hurricane Ike Hero

October 17, 2008

I received a wonderful note from a gentlemen named Andy Coats. Andy has been working with volunteers on hurricane disaster relief since Hurricane Katrina in 2005. His blog, The Missionlog at http://www.missionlog.wordpress.com/, is an extraordinary narrative and visual account of Hurricane Ike’s devastation. Andy reports that the devastation in coastal Texas is very severe — equal and sometimes worse than the damage from Katrina in New Orleans.

Overshadowed by the election and economic meltdown, it is easy to forget about the horrible destruction in this part of the county. Disaster recovery can be a very long-term endeavor (in my case it took a year-and-a-half to completely rebuild my home). Andy’s blog provides a wealth of information about how you can help.

Is your Contractor Green?

October 7, 2008

Eco-Friendly Faucet

Eco-Friendly Faucet

In addition to being great for the planet, green construction practices can also be wonderful for your wallet. Plus, it isn’t nearly as hard to have a green construction site as you may think. Following are some simple guidelines to ensure that your contractor stays green throughout your home remodel or repair. (more…)