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

September 2003

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Getting With the Program

There are several different makes and models with varying features. It shouldn't be hard to find one to suit your needs.Programmable thermostats automatically change temperature settings at predesignated time intervals over a 24-hour period.

Ins and Outs of Moisture

Water is essential to our survival, yet it can be detrimental to our homes. Water damage is common, costly and devastating to millions of homes across the country. The Institute for Business and Home Safety has put together a guidebook to help homeowners identify early warning signs of excess moisture in order to prevent major structural damage.

Let There Be Light

Have you ever thought about building an outdoor kitchen, adding a pool or hot tub, running decorative lights along your driveway or adding electricity to a detached garage? Many homeowners are afraid to work with electrical wiring and prefer to hire an electrician. While we certainly don't want to minimize the risks of working with electricity, this is one area where a knowledgeable homeowner can save a lot of money, if he or she is willing to learn the basics.

More Than Just Hot Air

This boiler uses automatic burner modulation ranging from 57 percent to full fire, preventing short cycling.Technology changes in heating equipment have been pioneered in the United States by manufacturers of forced hot-air furnaces.

Your Tap Water: Fit or Failing

A recent report from the Natural Resources Defense Council graded the municipal drinking-water supplies of 19 major U.S. cities, and they were found to be lacking. While none of the cities failed outright, only Chicago earned a rating of excellent, and that was in only one of three categories tested.

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