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A Greener Use for Beetle-Killed Trees

Colorado has millions of acres of pines throughout its forests that have been killed by an infestation of beetles. New Town Builders, a residential homebuilder in Denver, Colorado, has begun using salvaged wood from these trees for the structural framing of homes it is constructing. The company was approached about building a single demonstration home using wood from lodgepole pine trees which had been killed by the mountain pine beetle. New Town found that the wood was discolored but structurally sound and has now begun using the “blue wood” for all of their framing.

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Illuminate and Insulate with CanCoverIt

David Hanacek of EcoCycle Solutions loves to think up practical, cost-effective building products that make a big impact on efficiency. Take his Flow-Thru Finisher for example, a handy little caulk gun attachment that helps get adhesive exactly where and how you want it.  Before that, it was a clog-free drain device and lightweight steel shipping pallets.  But it’s his new invention, the CanCoverIt, that gets him most excited.   After all, what looks like a ho-hum, odd-looking box is actually a breakthrough invention that can save countless kilowatts and millions of dollars for homeowners. Read more »

How to Install a WaterSense Toilet

EPA WaterSense Toilet

When we bought our 1958-model home, it was newly painted but there wasn’t much else that was new about the place.  The toilets were old and less efficient than modern-style commodes, especially some of the WaterSense versions on the market.  One might think it’s expensive to replace an old toilet with a water-efficient model, but it’s not.  I was able to swap out mine for less than $120, all costs included.  Here’s how:
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