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

September 2007

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Bristling at Waste

Think about your paintbrushes. The handles never need replacement - just the bristles, right? So why do you have to buy a whole new brush? The theory behind the Envirobrush is a solution to this problem. The bristles can be easily removed and replaced by flipping a small clamp on the brush handle. The bristles, held together by a solid block of plastic at one end, are sold separately at a fraction of the cost of a full brush, the manufacturer says. The Envirobrush comes in three widths up to 2.5 inches. www.envirobrush.com

Cooler Attics Prevail

For many homeowners, the attic is a neglected dumping ground. If you live in a house with an attic accessible by folding stairs or some other means, perhaps you use the space for storage. If your home has only a scuttle hatch hidden away in a closet, chances are you've rarely been in your attic or given it a second thought.

7 Better Home Innovations

The beginning of a new year is a great time to evaluate your home and plan projects for the coming months. So what better way to start 2005 than by catching up on the latest developments in home systems and technologies? We've identified seven noteworthy innovations that can make your home a more efficient, more environmentally friendly and more comfortable place to live.

Smart Ideas for the Home

Track Attack What if you could put up track lights using only scissors? Sounds like a cutting-edge idea, huh? Well, ease of installation is the driving concept behind Valo Instant Track Light Kits from LitesNow. Installation, which takes about 15 minutes, involves applying a peel-and-stick track to the ceiling or wall and then clipping lamps to the track. Simply plug the low-voltage system into an existing wall outlet, and voila! instant track lighting.

Hiring the Right Installer

When it comes to automating your home, selecting the right contractor to install the smarts in your living space is a crucial decision. If it is done methodically, and you do your homework before calling a home automation installer, the selection process is easier, and satisfaction is almost assured. The first step is yours, and it is an important one: Read and plan. Educate yourself about what is available in the various areas that interest you. List as many wants and desires as you can.

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