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

November 2003

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Fix That Drip

Imagine looking up at the ceiling of your living room and finding a water stain - or even worse to suddenly feel water dripping on your head. The stain is something of a mystery, leaving most homeowners wondering exactly where the water is coming from. The idea of tearing apart a home to fix a leak can give the average homeowner a sick feeling in the pit of their stomach. Often, leaking shower drains cause these stains. Drain assemblies can start to leak for several different reasons, but poor installation practices and old age are often the culprits.

The History of Solar Housing

Location, location, location - the crux of every homeowner's dream. Living in the 21st century offers options of setting up base camp almost anywhere - atop a mountain, in the woods, on the beach or in the desert. Extreme climatic conditions can be managed inside the house with the push of a button.

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.

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.

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