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

November 2003

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Snakebite Symptoms

While specific symptoms of a poisonous snakebite vary among individuals, the University of Maryland Medicine website ( says some of the most common symptoms include: bloody-wound discharge fang marks in the skin and swelling at the site of the bite severe localized pain diarrhea burning convulsions fainting dizziness weakness blurred vision excessive sweating fever increased thirst loss of muscle coordination nausea and vomiting numbness and tingling rapid puls


California Energy Commission 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 Suggestions to make homes and business more energy efficient with a list of energy-efficient products.

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.

Put a Nail in That Window Leak

Did you know a single window can leak $20+ a year in energy costs? It's sad but true. One way to block that leak is with nails. Let me be more specific -- Liquid Nails. The makers of this powerful adhesive now have a new product called Windjammer. Just apply a clear bead between the window frame and the glass for a draft-tight, waterproof seal that doesn't take away from the look of your window like bulky plastic films. After the season, it just peels away without a trace. No caulk gun is needed, and because it peels up, you can also use it to keep doormats or even Christmas lights in place.

Make Room for the Sun

According to the Annual Builder Practices Report by the National Association of Home Builders Research Center (NAHBRC) in Upper Marlboro, Md., 102,000 sunrooms were added to homes in 1999, 103,000 in 2000 and 130,000 in 2001. The National Association of the Remodeling Industry in Des Plaines, Ill., estimates sunrooms account for more than 500,000 remodeling projects each year.Sunrooms come in a diverse range of styles, sizes and designs. They're known by many names: sunroom, Florida room, garden room, conservatory, greenhouse, sunporch, patio room, solarium, and the list goes on.

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