Breaking Ice Dams with Lady’s Lingerie

Tweet Pin It Do you have ice dams on your house?  While the long term solution to preventing ice dams is proper air-sealing and insulation under your roof, people with ice dams want to know what to do now, not next spring. A good way to deal with them in the middle of winter is using […]

Turn down your water heater to save energy

Tweet Pin It Many water homes have their water heaters turned up too high. Many health codes used to call for hotter temperatures for home water, to ensure that dishes and clothes got clean enough. However, science has taught us that in most cases, it is the act of rubbing the items, the agitation, that […]

Upgrading Historic Church Pendant Lights to LED

Tweet Pin It Have you noticed that many churches have the same lantern-style chandeliers? Our church and my mother’s church both have them. Jon and I can’t help ourselves, but we notice the lighting wherever we go.  We don’t necessarily notice how bright it is or how classy the fixtures are, but we do notice […]

Troubleshooting Modern Appliances

Tweet Pin It This has not been a good year for us with major appliances.  During the summer our refrigerator died and the weekend before Thanksgiving, our dishwasher died a long, drawn-out death. We firmly believe in the FOUR R’s – Reduce, Reuse, Recycle and Repair. Therefore, before we decided to throw in the towel […]

Are 3D Printers Green?

Tweet Pin It As someone who likes to create new things, I have been following the 3D Printing revolution from the sidelines for a couple of years.  Until now, getting in the game required spending over $1,000 and dozens of hours, which for a toy or at best hobby, was just too much for us. […]

Save Water with Every Flush – American Standard Champion 4 Max Review

Tweet Pin It In honor of World Toilet Day on November 19, 2013, we replaced one of our toilets with a WaterSense 1.28 gallon per flush  American Standard Champion 4 Max and could not be happier. Alicia says that she never before thought she would have an actual opinion on a toilet beyond the shape […]

Home Depot recycling holiday lights again

Tweet Pin It Home Depot is offering up to $5 off LED Holiday Lights when you recycle incandescent light strings again this year.  From now until November 17, 2013 you can get up to $5 off new LED Christmas Lights in exchange for recycling your old incandescent light strings. Here is the summary from Home […]

Saving Water with a New Toilet

Tweet Pin It Water it’s the key to life. Over the human span water has been the most fought over resource and it is one of the most important resources for sustaining life on this planet. Access to clean potable water is a requirement for a happy and healthy life.  Water is essential to grow […]

Lush Green Lawns Are Not Natural

Tweet Pin It Americans have come to value green lawns.  Thick, homogeneous, bright green grass is a sign of prosperity.  Have you ever asked yourself why?  As any homeowner can tell you, lush green grass takes a lot of maintenance, added nutrients, chemicals and plenty of water. While it might be a sign of prosperity, […]

Jon’s Reading Wish List for DIYers

Tweet Pin It I wish I had more time to read and make things.  For now, I will just have to share the books I just added to my wishlist after reading the 15 great books for making your own gadgets article on TreeHugger. Projects to Get You Off the Grid: Rain Barrels, Chicken Coops, and […]