Green Building

How To – Design Ideas For Green Kitchen Makeovers

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    Search : SLH9-448SS Vent-A-Hood Emerald Series 9" x 48" x 21" Under Cabinet Hood (1200 CFM) - Stainless SteelThe amount of time that we spend in our kitchens seems to ever be growing so improving one of the most important parts of our home is something we all can benefit from.

    When choosing green products for our kitchens it is always important to take a close look at the cost vs the benefit. If you find …

    Portland Oregon Giving You $50 To Plant A Tree

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      Can one tree make a difference?

      Well to find out it won’t cost you anything if you live in Portland, Oregon.

      Every tree planted in Portland contributes to cleaner rivers and streams. So, if you plant a tree on your residential property, you can receive a rebate of up to $50 for native trees.

      Receive a credit on your utility bill (50% of purchase price up to $40, up to $50 if the tree is a Willamette Valley native)

      Rebates …

      China Won’t Allow Export Of Metals Used In Green Technology

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        Well if you were wondering when the Green Jobs might start showing up to help Americans who are now unemployed and get us off dependence of fossil fuels it won’t be any time soon says the Chinese Government.

        In an announcement released January 2nd by Chinese officials the country that controls 97% of the metals that are used in Green Energy Technology Products will reduce and eliminate the export of raw material with the intention of controlling …

        How To – Manage Your Property In Fire Zone Areas To Reduce Danger

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          http://www.yourepair.com/yrblog/wp-content/HLIC/6f647d0d548a83adb065ca8569f6ee94.jpgNo matter where you live fires that start outside of your home can effect your home. If you live in the country you could have a brush or field fire. If you live near a park or wooded area a forest fire could cause you problems. If you live in the city homes around yours could catch on fire and spread to your home.

          There are a number of locations around the country that see …

          US Energy Secretary Says Paint The World White To Stop Global Warming

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            Steven Chu, the Nobel prize winning physicist appointed by President Obama as Energy Secretary, wants to paint the world white. A global initiative to change the color of roofs, roads and pavements so that they reflect more sunlight and heat could play a big part in containing global warming, he said May 26th 2009.

            This is an interesting concept that every home owner has thought about in the depths of a summer heatwave. If  I had put on white shingles …

            Google Is Mowing Their Grass With Goats

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              In an effort to reduce their use of gasoline to mow the fields around their buildings google has decided to bring in a herd of 200 goats every few weeks and let them eat the grass.

              Unfortunately the cost is close to the same, something that could be done away with if they reduced the number of goats and made them permanent employees but the idea is simple.

              Many Internet tech companies are at the leading …

              Things You Can Do For Earth Day That Will Also Save You Money

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                YouRepair has been reading a lot of info about Earth Day and much of it is removed from our own families and homes. Many of the ideas are great and if you have the resources and time to do it then you will be helping but others are pretty useless.

                So far we have seen suggestions of adopting turtles or other wildlife (this is fine but how much really ends up helping them). We have …

                Tumbleweed House Company – Selling Homes Smaller Then An Average Shed

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                  A few years ago we took notice of prefabricated home builders and one of the strangest has to be Tumbleweed Tiny House Company.

                  Tumbleweed sells shed sized homes most only offering about 300 square feet of space. You do the math thats 18×18 feet square.  Just a little larger then a large garden shed and smaller then the average garage.

                  The Idea behind the company was to build homes with as little impact on the environment …

                  State And Community Colleges Offer Alternative Energy Boot Camps

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                    A number of State and Community Colleges mostly in Western States have started offering Job Readiness Bootcamps in the fields of Alternative Energy.

                    Students take a one to six week course in unison with business that makes them ready for new green technology jobs.

                    One of these colleges is Shasta College that offers a range of different professional development courses. Training people in everything from SIP Insulated Panel construction for home and business building industry to …

                    New Tax Incentives For Metal Roofing

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                      The Federal Stimulus Package of 2009 has included better incentives for moving to metal roofing. The total cost of retrofitting or building a home with a metal roof is not covered but with better incentives and rebates the cost of replacing your existing roof with a metal roof can help push people in that direction.

                      Choosing a metal roof has many benefits.

                      Resistance to fire in areas where wild fires cause damage is a serious consideration. Many counties in California have …