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Going Solar at Home: Solar Panel Basics

Save money on electricity and reduce your carbon footprint by installing photovoltaic panels. This guide will help you get started Full Story
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Lori B
This was a good article, but it didn't even touch on the tax incentives that are available to Offset cost. A friend of mine recently had Panels installed. her husband wrote a blog about it and their electric cars too. http://insideevs.com/ev-pv-ev-owners-realization-solar-makes-perfect-sense-seattle/
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martinjj
What is the "carbon footprint" of manufacturing the solar panels and has this been taken into account when discussing how the "carbon footprint" is reduced by installing solar panels? Let's not be fooled into thinking that solar is completely "clean" - the manufacture of the solar panels is just as resource intensive as any other manufacturing process.
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Off the Grid: Ready to Pull the Plug on City Power?

What to consider if you want to stop relying on public utilities — or just have a more energy-efficient home Full Story
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loishapi
HEALTH CARE CAVEAT TO "THE EARTH-BOUND": Looks divinely simple and free until you need health care. If "Off The Grid" means far from the big city, it will mean no medical schools, hence no teaching hospitals, therefore STAY SAFE AND HEALTHY. Should you need medical care you will be far from adequate, farther from good, nowhere near the best; let me tell you, having lived walking distance to some of North America's great medical centers, in USA and Canada, "you don't know what you've got 'til it's gone" (Joni Mitchell). Darlings, imagine, passing out in Bloomingdale's and waking up in Walmart. Or worse, a flea market. Off the grid, don't get sick or injured and expect to thrive or survive. Just saying... should you after all your hard work and sacrifice, get seriously sick or injured 'off the grid' of civilization" you will need horseshoes up your ying-yang in luck, and a whack of cash socked away - but not in a bale of hay. Don't get me wrong, aside from all that caveat, (after the hard work building and collecting water and purifying it, before dying of thirst or exposure to the elements) from here it looks like unsustainable clean fun, peace & quiet. For the healthy, able-bodied. Fabulous, darling!
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Michael Davidson
Feel I have to respond to a few comments here.

Ddelora raised the issue of the environmental impact of battery storage technologies. Everything we produce has an environmental impact - cars, fridges, tellies, nuclear power stations, gas power stations, over head lines...... everything.

Some people are making choices about how much stuff they have and what they use it for - the people opting for self generation are saying I'm happy to have and use less stuff so I can afford to live the way I want.

Then there are comments being swapped about economics and paybacks of self generation. Well as a lifetime electricity industry professional I can let you know that the same discussions apply.

Manyeople would be go smacked to know how much it cost a to connect to the mains and how long the payback is. 25 years doesn't come into it - some paybacks are thousands of years. It all works on averages. People who don't use much energy subsidise those who do, those who are supplied by relatively little transmission and distribution infrastructure subsidise those who use more, older assets subsidise newer ones. It's regulatory and accounting slight of hand that used to work really well - as long as people keep using more and the grid keeps growing it works.

Put some disruptive technologies in there and exacerbate with some changed economics and it can all come unravelled quick smart.

What you'll find is people who say off- grid is expensive tend to be those who are benefitting from grid economics - people who use a stack. If they do the numbers they can't compete with grid prices because they need to buy lots of what are now relatively expensive equipment. For other people who use less it can be made to work. What is happening is that people who lots of energy from the grid are being subsidised by those who use less therefore when they do a cost comparison they are are comparing true cost with subsidised cost and stay where they are.

What energy companies are starting to see is this: more people are investing in solar which means they have less energy to spread costs over so there's upward pressure on average prices , same with energy efficiency - through regulation and customer choice appliances and homes are becoming more efficient.

So as efficiencies come in and prices fall for new technologies and as more and more customers disconnect from the grid, either partially with PV or entirely, the economics of the grid will fall apart - well at least for residential customers and SMEs.

Just watch !! You'll know it's happening when energy companies start trying to block customers from connecting PVs and batteries to try to block competition from new technology, new tariffs come in that will try and charge customers what they cost to supply so that they reduce the burden of cross subsidies on customers who are likely to disconnect and to reduce accelerating average prices. They'll start to promote electric vehicles to replace lost load - but only with time of use tariffs.

Have a look to see what your utility is doing....

But like I said - where the sun shines they're doomed.
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decoenthusiaste
Here are a couple of interesting directions. I do think the current track lights are de"track" ing from the ambiance you want to create. LOL I'd remove or replace with small LED's.
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'Clown' car ..what, like yer aqua green chev p/u Merle? Which I personally like...but can't speak for all...and note some may well 'object' to seeing parked on yer driveway...and 'see' as an old relic or eyesore...just as you seem to object to others making what in essence are really rather minimal changes to update 'their' home to suit 'their' tastes and lifestyle. Note also the gal in this piece also 'inherited' those painted white wood ceilings you detest...and a few other changes from prior homeowners...and in essence made no major interior changes and only minor exterior front and rear landscape changes...which IMO I really like...and I don't please easily. Find sometimes designers in these Houzz pieces totally tear the Cr*p out of the homes ...to maybe justify their fees...and the end result is horrid ...when only maybe minor changes or tweaking were really necessary.

And that's what i liked with this design ...the fact that the gal worked with what she had and made only modest tasteful changes...which IMO made a big difference! Only to then have to endure endless negative comments from someone like yourself...who I'm guessing see's themselves as some sort of Eichler purist...with to much time on their hands...and thinks that such tasteful changes will somehow bring down property values. I think just the opposite!

I live in Toronto, but just back from long wknd in San Fran where my wife and friends were doing a trail run. And as usual I loved walking around San Fran feasting my eyes on all the incredibly beautiful architecture ...that was so well maintained! And like Boston and Chicago, San Fran obviously had strong architectural societies that did a magnificent job to 'protect' it's architectural heritage...which I applaud...especially since we here in Toronto really dropped the ball in that area....but at the same time...I also recognize that outside of these obvious core tourist areas...while it's 'nice' to have some sort of well meaning managed thoughtful residential/suburban architectural group maintaining some sort of limited overall neighbourhood standards....it's just as easy for some of these groups to get hijacked by a few strong purist radicals who end up going overboard...and otherwise dictating their intolerant views on others....which is certainly not what I would have expected from such groups in the free and democratic USA...maybe communist China or the old USSR...or current Russia...but not The USA! And I'm not poking fun here either...I'm serious...as I believe we need to keep for 'intolerant' views...whether it be in a neighbourhood architectural society or country.

Love to 'chat' longer Merle...but not sure it'll really do any good...and besides...gotta take care of some work and then get ready for a Xmas party...where I'm sure I'll be hob nobbing with a bunch of well off yuppie folks that will be telling me all about their latest renos:) Now I'm poking fun:)

Keep well!
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Merle Duckett
1957 Chevy pickup is restored to original stock like my Eichler house-in a garage except for cruising and shows. Thx.
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'Clown' car ..what, like yer aqua green chev p/u Merle? Which I personally like...but can't speak for all...and note some may well 'object' to seeing parked on yer driveway...and 'see' as an old relic or eyesore...just as you seem to object to others making what in essence are really rather minimal changes to update 'their' home to suit 'their' tastes and lifestyle. Note also the gal in this piece also 'inherited' those painted white wood ceilings you detest...and a few other changes from prior homeowners...and in essence made no major interior changes and only minor exterior front and rear landscape changes...which IMO I really like...and I don't please easily. Find sometimes designers in these Houzz pieces totally tear the Cr*p out of the homes ...to maybe justify their fees...and the end result is horrid ...when only maybe minor changes or tweaking were really necessary.

And that's what i liked with this design ...the fact that the gal worked with what she had and made only modest tasteful changes...which IMO made a big difference! Only to then have to endure endless negative comments from someone like yourself...who I'm guessing see's themselves as some sort of Eichler purist...with to much time on their hands...and thinks that such tasteful changes will somehow bring down property values. I think just the opposite!

I live in Toronto, but just back from long wknd in San Fran where my wife and friends were doing a trail run. And as usual I loved walking around San Fran feasting my eyes on all the incredibly beautiful architecture ...that was so well maintained! And like Boston and Chicago, San Fran obviously had strong architectural societies that did a magnificent job to 'protect' it's architectural heritage...which I applaud...especially since we here in Toronto really dropped the ball in that area....but at the same time...I also recognize that outside of these obvious core tourist areas...while it's 'nice' to have some sort of well meaning managed thoughtful residential/suburban architectural group maintaining some sort of limited overall neighbourhood standards....it's just as easy for some of these groups to get hijacked by a few strong purist radicals who end up going overboard...and otherwise dictating their intolerant views on others....which is certainly not what I would have expected from such groups in the free and democratic USA...maybe communist China or the old USSR...or current Russia...but not The USA! And I'm not poking fun here either...I'm serious...as I believe we need to keep for 'intolerant' views...whether it be in a neighbourhood architectural society or country.

Love to 'chat' longer Merle...but not sure it'll really do any good...and besides...gotta take care of some work and then get ready for a Xmas party...where I'm sure I'll be hob nobbing with a bunch of well off yuppie folks that will be telling me all about their latest renos:) Now I'm poking fun:)

Keep well!
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1957 Chevy pickup is restored to original stock like my Eichler house-in a garage except for cruising and shows. Thx.
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12 Deadly Decorating Sins

Are your room designs suffering from a few old habits? It may be time to change your ways Full Story
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Joyce
After all the designers tell us what we should like and not like, it's all about how you love your own home and decor style. I do agree with some of the overdone, or paint color ideas, but after all not all of us are multimillionaires to be able to afford everything we want. Some of us get what we can afford and that includes the sofa set that comes in leather with sofa, loveseat and chair that match. As far as leopard goes.........well I didn't think anyone with design sense didn't have leopard in their home! LOL I love leopard but I have a sister that wouldn't put anything leopard in her home if you paid her a million dollars. But she loves my house and my decor. She raids my storage closet where I keep things that I recycle depending on my mood. I'm fortunate to have a very large walk in storage closet/room (10'x11') in my home so I can easily change things up when I want to. As far as beige walls go, if you like them then do it. If you want color, then do it. It's a personal thing and not everyone is going to agree with you. Live in your homes for the "now", not when you are going to sell your home one day down the road. If you have to paint when you sell, then paint everything neutral.......but enjoy what you like now, tomorrow is never guaranteed.
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I think being mindful of scale is very important. And I agree that proper lighting is absolutely essential.
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What to Know Before You Buy Teak Outdoor Furniture

Learn about finishes, weathering, care and that age-old oil debate to get the teak furnishings that suit you best Full Story
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Georgia
Any advice on teak root furniture? It's my very very favourite! It is just so gorgeous! Will it weather the same way outdoors as the wood from the trunk?
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Houzz Tour: A Contemporary Home on a Working Farm

Rural Wisconsin provides the bucolic setting for a barn-inspired home that fosters comfort and connections Full Story
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halbanes
cordybrown and others who want to buy a barn: if you are a do-it-yourself kind of family and cultivate contacts in the country, you can find yourself a barn for a thousand dollars cash and you will have all the beautiful virgin lumber you need. Craig's List and Ebay are some places to start. It's where I did my research, before I decided to sell.

It's a lot of work to take down a barn and you may want to have someone on your team who is familiar with construction processes. You'll need a lot of muscle and brawn to handle big pieces that weigh hundreds of pounds, a cherry picker to remove the roof and get to the rafters, a lot of nails to be removed on site before the wood is loaded for hauling, a big rig to haul the lumber, a place to store the lumber out of the weather until you need it, some sort of numbering system to know what sizes and kinds of lumber you have and exactly where it is in the stored stacks. Require a tetanus shot for everyone working on the project. Take the barn down in the winter. And watch out for snakes and other resident wildlife. And be sure there is a road to haul out your treasures from the deconstruction site. And of course, lots of photos of the wood and pieces you especially like and ways to keep track of where they are stored.

I am quite serious - this is what the buyer of my barn did - and that's just skimming the surface. But my point is this: it can be done and you can have your dream home with the lumber you salvage. Sweat equity.
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Absolutely stunning!!
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'Clown' car ..what, like yer aqua green chev p/u Merle? Which I personally like...but can't speak for all...and note some may well 'object' to seeing parked on yer driveway...and 'see' as an old relic or eyesore...just as you seem to object to others making what in essence are really rather minimal changes to update 'their' home to suit 'their' tastes and lifestyle. Note also the gal in this piece also 'inherited' those painted white wood ceilings you detest...and a few other changes from prior homeowners...and in essence made no major interior changes and only minor exterior front and rear landscape changes...which IMO I really like...and I don't please easily. Find sometimes designers in these Houzz pieces totally tear the Cr*p out of the homes ...to maybe justify their fees...and the end result is horrid ...when only maybe minor changes or tweaking were really necessary.

And that's what i liked with this design ...the fact that the gal worked with what she had and made only modest tasteful changes...which IMO made a big difference! Only to then have to endure endless negative comments from someone like yourself...who I'm guessing see's themselves as some sort of Eichler purist...with to much time on their hands...and thinks that such tasteful changes will somehow bring down property values. I think just the opposite!

I live in Toronto, but just back from long wknd in San Fran where my wife and friends were doing a trail run. And as usual I loved walking around San Fran feasting my eyes on all the incredibly beautiful architecture ...that was so well maintained! And like Boston and Chicago, San Fran obviously had strong architectural societies that did a magnificent job to 'protect' it's architectural heritage...which I applaud...especially since we here in Toronto really dropped the ball in that area....but at the same time...I also recognize that outside of these obvious core tourist areas...while it's 'nice' to have some sort of well meaning managed thoughtful residential/suburban architectural group maintaining some sort of limited overall neighbourhood standards....it's just as easy for some of these groups to get hijacked by a few strong purist radicals who end up going overboard...and otherwise dictating their intolerant views on others....which is certainly not what I would have expected from such groups in the free and democratic USA...maybe communist China or the old USSR...or current Russia...but not The USA! And I'm not poking fun here either...I'm serious...as I believe we need to keep for 'intolerant' views...whether it be in a neighbourhood architectural society or country.

Love to 'chat' longer Merle...but not sure it'll really do any good...and besides...gotta take care of some work and then get ready for a Xmas party...where I'm sure I'll be hob nobbing with a bunch of well off yuppie folks that will be telling me all about their latest renos:) Now I'm poking fun:)

Keep well!
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Have used Matthew and his crew at Tridelphia Landscaping twice now, and on both occasions it was an excellent experience and they were a pleasure to worK with. ...
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