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

May 2003

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Smart Energy Savings

Caulking and weather-stripping begins at construction and continues throughout the life of the home. Done properly, it can be extremely effective and economical.More than 30 years have passed since the Middle East oil embargo made Americans aware of energy prices. But for many people, the lessons haven't hit home.

Essential Elements

Here is a list of the 16 essential nutrient elements for plant growth. From the Soil Primary macronutrients: NitrogenPhosphorousPotassiumSecondary macronutrients: CalciumMagnesiumSulfur Micronutrients: BoronChlorineCopperIronManganeseMolybdenumZinc From the Air CarbonHydrogenOxygen

Organic Fertilizers

Organic soil amendments surround organic compost. Clockwise from 1 clock: azomite, sul-po-mag, black rock phosphate, seaweed meal, greensand, soybean meal, gypsum pellets, lime and an organic blend. If you garden, you should fertilize.

Ruling Out Radon

The PVC pipe in the garage is installed at a prescribed pitch along the ceiling. Once it is run up into the storage space above the garage, a 1.5-amp fan is installed and plugged into a standard electrical outlet.

A guide to the language of cellular technology

CDMA (Code Division Multiple Access) - The most common digital technology in which information is digitized, assigned a unique code and spread over the entire bandwidth available to the phone. The receiver uses the same code to reassemble the signal. CDMA allows as many as 10 separate calls to occupy the same amount of space as an analog call. TDMA (Time Division Multiple Access) - The first digital cellular technology to hit the market.

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