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.

Stress-Free Additions

American homeowners are increasingly looking to add to their home's size and its value as well. According to the National Association of the Remodeling Industry, the most popular remodeling jobs are new kitchens and room additions, and one of the most popular reasons for the work being done is to increase the home's value. Since most home additions are beyond the realm of even skilled do-it-yourselfers, architects and builders are often directly responsible for a project's completion.

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.

Choosing A Chain Saw

Made to look inordinately scary in horror movies, the chain saw is nonetheless an important tool for any homeowner with woody plants on or near their property. From trimming for landscape improvements to home construction (and destruction) applications, a chain saw can be invaluable, particularly during storm-related emergencies or when getting some low-cost winter heat from cordwood. But it's important to choose the right chain saw for the jobs ahead.

You're Fired

Most of us never think about our fire extinguisher. We assume that when we need it, it will work. But fire extinguishers lose pressure over time. That's not something you want to learn while there's a fire burning in your home. Mija has developed a home fire extinguisher that has an active electronic monitor. Called En-Gauge, it signals an alert (both visible and audible) when the extinguisher is removed from its location, when it loses pressure or when the battery is low.

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