Thursday, April 07, 2011

Home Repairs for Spring


1) You know to clean out the gutters, but make sure the downspouts are clear and drain several feet from your house to prevent foundation damage. Estimated cost: up to $200. “If you can do it, fine, but don’t be a Tim Allen and hurt yourself,” says Kurt Solomon, president of the American Association of Home Inspectors.

2) Hire a pro to tune up your air conditioning system and furnace. “If you don’t,” says Bill Shaw, a contractor in Houston, TX, “you’re wasting electricity and putting more wear and tear on those units.” Estimated cost: $100-$150.

3)Hire a pro to seal your roof. “They’ll catch the insidious things, like the flashing on your vent stacks and the other protrusions on the roof,” says Shaw. Estimated cost: $150-$200 for minor repairs.

Last, consider doing a short, yearly review with a contractor or home inspector who can spot looming problems. In some cases the service is free, or the fee you pay will count toward any work they do.

Monday, March 28, 2011

300 Years of Fossil Fuels in 300 Seconds

This weeks video presents a visual of our dependence on fossil fuels and poses the question, "where are we heading?"

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

P.S. Today was world water day

The international observance of World Water Day is an initiative that grew out of the 1992 United Nations Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED) in Rio de Janeiro.

Chris Perry who worked for Pixar just aired this short video just for today titled "The Incident at Tower 37"

Sustainable Landscapes

Via American Society of Landscape Architects

'According to a report from the Sustainable Business Network of Greater Philadelphia, one inch of rainwater hitting one acre of asphalt over an hour yields 27,000 gallons of water.

Green roofs, bioswales, bioretention ponds, and permeable pavements are a few key examples of local green infrastructure, and all work by turning hard asphalt surfaces into green, absorbent ones. For example, Green roofs can retain 40-60 percent of stormwater hitting rooftops."

Watch the video to learn more.

Friday, March 04, 2011

Solar Decathalon Coming soon!

Every two years since U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon competition takes place in Washington DC, showcasing an array energy innovation.

By the way, this year the solar decathalon will not be held on the national mall but in West Potomac Park.
I'm starting to see a lot of projects previews and thought I would share a few that looked interesting to me. Click on the pictures and titles to learn more about each project.

First Light House - New Zealand

Water Shed - University of Maryland

Team Hawaii

List of Teams:

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Pretty Cool- Oil-Cleaning Robot Army

If only BP had been prepared... or everyone for that matter. Well it seems that the BP oil disaster has caused others to become better prepared for such tragedies and possible future problems with our oil dependence.

Check out this robot created by by MIT's Sensable City Lab.
Check out the video of the "seaswarm" bot.