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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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J.Russell Bailey, I didn't write nor insinuate that you were a troll. I stated that debate attracts trolls.

I have also been here for 6+ decades. During that time I lived in wild, completely off the grid, for over a year. I've done pretty much everything a person can do to be entirely self-dependent and I am woman who is only 5'1". I gave up driving, sold my car, and rode my bike 6 miles to and from work and for everything else for a decade. I'm not writing this to increase your esteem of me but because during all that time I have learned that debate often doesn't solve problems but creates them. Conversation and an exchange of ideas without debate is not an indication of shallow thinking. I have found that there are some persons who tend to index other people into groups indicated by some derogatory name they've invented are often short sighted and unyielding in their own view points. That certainly doesn't mean everyone is.

I, just as nearly everyone else on this planet has also, have learned more through cooperation than through debate. If you learn more through debate, then more power to you. But you are mistaken if you believe for a moment that people who don't want to debate are shallow thinkers who don't what they believe or why they believe it. They just don't want to debate with you.
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Angelle Powell
We recently had a 5.5kW solar system installed. Our cost after receiving state and federal rebates will be about $6000. We're not trying to save the planet, nor will it save us any money until the loan is paid off. It was a personal decision...just something we feel is important for us.
My house faces south so the majority of the panels are on the front of the house. A friend told me she wouldn't have done it because they are ugly. Definitely not my concern.
We are now closing in on our first full month of solar production and I estimate they will have provided about half of our power consumption. I'm content with those results.
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Design Workshop: Reasons to Love Narrow Homes

Get the skinny on how a superslim house footprint can work wonderfully for your site, budget and quality of life Full Story
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Eric Reinholdt
@rerdle - here are a few exterior views of the long houses that are on my boards currently...two are dogtrot variants and one has a separate studio/guest wing addition. Plans are available on my site: http://thirtybyforty.com/plan-packages/
Good luck...!
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may2000
As an avid organic city gardener I enjoyed your article. Maybe I will seriously think adding bee keeping to my list of gardening activities.
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Great Plants for Lush, Low-Water Gardens

Water restrictions making your garden look washed out? Give it living color with unthirsty grasses, flowers and succulents Full Story
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My favorite childhood memory is from one summer at the lake. My family was staying at our cottage and one day, my father, who liked to wander in the woods, came back so exited. Everyone else was too busy doing their own thing, but me, as in character, was simply splashing my feet in the lake - sitting on the dock. I followed my dad, and he brought me to a place that was formerly swamp. Large trees, but no underbrush or plants--- simply a padded carpet of moss under the tree canopy. It was so beautiful, I can still see it to this day. I tried to find the moss room years after as an adult, but it wasn't there. It must have been a result of the climate conditions for that year, I'll never forget it though- it still exists vividly in my memories.
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7 Things to Do Before You Move Into a New House

Get life in a new house off to a great start with fresh paint and switch plates, new locks, a deep cleaning — and something on those windows Full Story
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vanessamary
I took me years to figure out that I should go in and replace every switch plate so that they are cohesive throughout. I thought I had discovered something original but I guess not.
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JAN MOYER
Moving often involves negotiated closing dates. It is far rarer for people to move, and have the opportunity to attack a home in an real decorative way! Generally the house is pretty clean, as the last thing that happened prior to move, was inspection for closing! A better idea is to come prepared to clean things like the interior of the refrigerator, as in take it totally apart to be scoured. Even one day for cleaning and sanitizing the important spots like kitchen and baths will help make you at home. If you KNOW you will be painting/remodeling in any major way soon upon arrival, perhaps arrange to store some things for a later move to the home. Don't waste money on "temporary" decorative window treatments other than simple privacy in bedrooms and baths, or where you're blinded by sun if you can help yourself! Redishade makes some good ones that will do the trick until you decide what privacy options best suit your style and your home. In most cases, you will find the "privacy" was left behind by the previous owner, as all fit those windows......no point in taking them with. If you're stuck with a prior owners ugly decorative treatments? Remove them!!
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lasa
Get the carpets cleaned professionally. if you want to refinish wood floors do it before you move in. It gets everywhere and into everything. Unless you are moving into a fixer upper don't bother with the repainting most home owners re paint before selling they tend to paint neutrals. If you know the colors you want go for it. And no new window treatments unless privacy is an issue save your money to get what you want once you have the house done up
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cadsaxl
I really appreciated that the former owner of our old (but clean, thank you) house left tags labeling the water cutoff valve, appliance warranties, and other important things to know. It might be nice to have an article about how to hand over a home gracefully, as well. Thanks for this great info, Bud!
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charleee
We just changed our front door lock from keyed to a numeric keypad. We will never, ever lock ourselves out again! And the next owner can just change the code without having the expense of a new lock. The next owner AFTER I die because I'm never moving again.
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7 Must-Dos on the Day You Show Your House

Don’t risk losing buyers because of little things you overlook. Check these off your list before you open the front door Full Story
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kaysarasara
Good article, although one of my pet peeves when going to an open house is when they have every light on in the middle of the day. I realize it is a "thing" with agents, but I want to see what the house looks like with the natural light. I have turned off lights to see the actual light in a house before.
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deblambert
Prospective buyers will walk all the way around the yard, clean up all dog poo!
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anneowl
Not sure why but I when I was looking for my next home I never particularly liked the ones with the smell of fresh coffee or bread. Maybe because it is a bit cliché or it came across that they were trying too hard. Flowers on the other hand were a nice touch.

As for personal items i.e. photos or knick knacks, I don't mind a couple here and there as I am looking for a home not a show place. A house devoid of any can look uninviting which is the exact opposite of what you want when you want to sell.
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jeanstryker
Be careful with the music. I went to an open house once where "soothing" music was playing, and it was just awful, cheap "elevator" muzak. It wasn't an insurmountable obstacle, but it got in my way. Don't put anything in your buyer's way.
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horsedancer_1
SS, being one of the "spatially challenged" I totally agree that having furniture in a room helps me see if my own will fit. When we toured our current house the owners had a king-sized bed in the master which allowed us to see how much room was actually there. When we moved into the empty house I would have never believed that room was big enough had it been empty on the day we toured.
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How to Harvest Rainwater for Your Garden

Conserve a vital resource and save money by collecting stormwater for irrigation in a barrel or tank Full Story
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wyndyacre
When water freezes, it expands. Here in Canada and much of the United States, winter temperatures below freezing means the water barrel needs to be drained and put away or turned upside down for the winter. Don't forget this fall chore or your water barrel will split and be ruined!
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Wayne Lee
One might check their State Water Laws. Here in Colorado, and probably the other Upper Basin States, Colorado, Platt, Arkansas and Missouri Rivers, that rainwater legally "Belongs" to someone/some State downstream. We are not allowed to collect it, it must go downstream.
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