Archive for April, 2009

Pt. 2: Rain Harvesting for Your Home - Water Storage

Pt. 2: Rain Harvesting for Your Home – Water Storage

Apr 28, 2009 |  by  |  Water Conservation  |  Share

Part two of the rainwater harvesting series brings us to water storage tank materials. The first question I had was what are the most common materials and does it make a difference which material I choose? What I found is that the two most common tanks materials to choose from are corrugated steel or polyethylene (plastic). There are other options out there (cement, stainless steel, and other varieties of metal), but they’re not as common. Based on my findings, here is my conclusion: go with plastic unless you plan to collect truly massive amounts of water, in which case a metal storage container might be a better fit. Read More

Pt. 1: Rain Harvesting for Your Home – The Basics

Pt. 1: Rain Harvesting for Your Home – The Basics

Apr 27, 2009 |  by  |  Water Conservation  |  Share

After reading the rainwater harvesting blog entry on Montpillard.com, I got to thinking about the topic again in a much larger capacity than my two previous articles on the subject. I started thinking that a rainbarrel sounds pretty wussy-like. I mean, if you’re going to collect rain, collect some RAIN – use it for non-potable purposes such as toilet flushing, washing clothes, and garden/lawn irrigation. And seeing as how we intend on moving to Texas in about a year, harvesting rain will be of even greater importance to us since the amount of rainfall throughout the year in those parts can be pretty slim. Read More

Powerzoning: Can It Really Boost Your HVAC Efficiency?

Apr 25, 2009 |  by  |  Craftsman Archives  |  Share

Fact or fiction: Can PowerZoning cut your energy bills and conserve energy on the cheap?

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Add Splash to Your Backyard with a Water Garden

Apr 24, 2009 |  by  |  Craftsman Archives  |  Share

Adding beauty to your backyard can seem quite challenging, or is it? Check out these 6 easy steps......

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Steam Punk Computers: A Great Fit for Old Homes

Apr 23, 2009 |  by  |  Craftsman Archives  |  Share

Paying tribute to an era long gone - Richard Nagy provides a face to the term Steam Punk and takes craftsmanship to a whole new level.

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