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

November 2003

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Solar Homework

The major blackout in the Northeast this past summer emphasized our reliance on electricity - and the need to explore alternative sources. While conservation can do much to bring down costs, adding solar components to your home can also make a significant difference in your wallet and in the environment.

The Un-Wired Lifestyle

Multiple computers sharing one printer, family photos stored on a PC shown on a large-screen TV, music files stored on a computer but played through a stereo system, no more waiting to go online until someone else finishes, digital images displayed on any PC in the house showing the view from a wireless camera aimed at the baby's crib or the front door - the possibilities for work, play and security that are offered by wireless networking at home are extensive and expanding rapidly.

SOLAR SOUNDS COOL - BUT WILL IT WORK FOR ME?

California Energy Commission www.energy.ca.gov Here you'll find A Guide to Photovoltaic System Design and Installation, containing guidelines for residential PV-system installers. Although written for California installers, much of the information is relevant to installers across the United States. Energy Star www.energystar.gov Suggestions to make homes and business more energy efficient with a list of energy-efficient products.

Living in a Maine Solar House

It was a typical winter night along the southern coast of Maine. We were getting battered with a lot of snow and ice. When my wife, Debbi, and I awoke around sunrise, the land was covered with a fresh foot of white powder, and the sun was just breaking through the clouds. That peek of sun through the clouds was important for us.

The Creepy and the Crawly

The brown recluse is also called a violin spider because of the markings on its head.Rattlesnakes, coral snakes, copperheads, black widows, brown recluse spiders. They're the dreadful creatures that frequent our nightmares or otherwise give us the heebie-jeebies. And rightfully so - their bites can be deadly.

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