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

March 2003

Edit ModuleShow Tags

Helpful Websites

Department of Energy: www.eren.doe.gov/wind American Wind Energy Association: www.awea.org National Wind Technology Center: www.nrel.gov/wind Department of Energy wind maps: http://rredc.nrel.gov/wind/pubs/atlas Wind Energy Resource Atlas: http://rredc.nrel.gov/wind/pubs/atlas

Ventilation Discourse

Good ventilation is important to your comfort and safety, as are a reliable heating system, smoke alarms and a dry basement. It will help to protect the occupants from irritating pollutants and potentially dangerous gases like carbon monoxide. Well-planned ventilation also helps to manage moisture and reduce the likelihood of mold and mildew growth.

How to Cure a Wet Basement

How many times have you looked at your basement and thought how great it would be to have a playroom, a home office or a family room/entertainment center - if only it didn't get wet? Dampness is the leading reason that most people do not fully utilize their basement. Yet in many cases the causes of wetness can be eliminated or at least controlled. It is critical that you fix moisture problems before you tackle a basement remodeling job. What Causes Wet Basements? Wet basements are a common problem throughout much of the country.

Take the Kink out Of Your Hose

Take a look behind your dryer. Chances are the back of it is about five or six inches away from the wall and the vent hose resembles a snake. These tight bends in the exhaust hose can accelerate lint accumulation, which in turn reduces the dryer's efficiency and poses a possible fire hazard.

The ABCs of VOCs

Edit Module
Advertisement