Innovative solutions for creating healthy, efficient, eco-friendly homes

January 2003

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Ancient Kings and Modern Thrones


Take the Chlorine Out of Your Shower

Take the Chlorine Out of Your Shower While chlorine is used almost universally in the treatment of public drinking water, there is a growing body of research to suggest that it may pose a few dangers as harmful as those it is supposed to eliminate.

Selecting Trees and Shrubs

Besides their beauty for your own enjoyment, trees and shrubs contribute significantly to your property value without increasing your property taxes. Here's an investment that grows in aesthetic and dollar value every year, while potentially reducing lawn work and related costs. Trees and shrubs can also reduce your cooling and heating bills by providing shade in summer and windbreaks in winter.

Engineered Wood

  An I-joist is a wood version of a steel beam. Their structural performance is much better than old-fashioned dimensional lumber.

Keeping a Healthy Oil Tank

1. Legs are solid and level 2. No rust, weeps, wet spots or excessive denting 3. No drips or signs of leakage around the filter or valves 4. Oil lines are encased in a protective tubing. 5. Nothing in danger of falling from above (i.e., snow or ice) 6. Vent is open and not clogged by anything 7. Overfill whistle is unobstructed and audible when filling the tank 8.

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