Save Money on Heating + Cooling Costs

Save Money on Heating + Cooling Costs

As summer heat sets in, here are some simple, but effective ways to save money on your cooling costs now and heating costs during the winter:

  • Keep blinds and curtains closed to keep heat from the sun out during the summer
  • Leave the thermostat alone or install a programmable one, to avoid frequent temperature changes
  • Keep conditioned air inside – don’t run your kitchen and bathroom fans too often
  • Make sure your home is airtight – seal leaks in drafty doors or windows and add insulation where needed
  • Use nature’s energy to heat your home during the winter by opening blinds and curtains to let sun in during the day
  • Keep your HVAC system clean – change filters, and keep leaves and debris away from outdoor units
  • Replace or update your system if it is over ten years old – invest in Energy Star appliances

Read the original list, from Angie’s List here.

#YesOn1631 for Green Jobs + Clean Energy

#YesOn1631 for Green Jobs + Clean Energy

people holding clean air and clean energy signs

Washington State has a chance to put a groundbreaking environmental initiative on the ballot this year! Initiative 1631 will put a price on pollution and invest in clean energy like wind and solar, as well as healthier forests, and clean air and water across the state, creating thousands of local Washington jobs.

We encourage you to learn more and join us in supporting this diverse coalition of businesses, nonprofits, and communities fighting for a healthier future for all of us. Read more or volunteer here.

Below is the endorsement from Chris, the  NW EcoBuilding Guild’s executive director:

Call to Action for Climate Justice: It’s a critical time to get more involved if we’re serious about leaving a habitable planet to future generations.  Many Guild Members and partners support Yes on I-1631 a proposed initiative to put a price on carbon pollution in Washington.  Organizers are now racing the clock to get enough signatures to put it on the ballot in November.  You can:

This Initiative gives the Guild a chance to live up to our mission statement which includes “Encourage building practices that dramatically reduce carbon emissions… to create optimal conditions for human health and community.”  I urge everyone to do what you can to help!

Best wishes!  Chris van Daalen, Executive Director | chris@ecobuilding.org

Free Workshop: Salvaged Cabinets 101

Free Workshop: Salvaged Cabinets 101

Salvaged cabinets are one of the most popular ways to incorporate reclaimed materials into a remodel. Like most salvaged material, working with salvaged cabinets presents many rewards, as well as a few challenges.

Join our very own Doug Elfline on Saturday, March 10, 2018 at Second Use Building Materials SODO to gain an understanding of how to shop for salvaged cabinets, prevent common installation mistakes, identify the different types and parts of cabinets, and determine what type of cabinets are the best fit for your project.

Please RSVP to maryanne@seconduse.com at your earliest convenience to reserve your spot.

Saturday March 10, 2018

11am-12:30pm

3223 6th Ave S Seattle, WA 98134

RSVP on Facebook

 

In Support of the Duwamish Tribe

In Support of the Duwamish Tribe

Those of us lucky enough to live and work in the Greater Seattle area have the Duwamish Tribe to thank as the original owners and stewards of this land. The Duwamish were finally granted federal recognition by the Clinton administration only to have it revoked by the Bush administration and therefore have been denied the resources given to many other tribal communities. The Real Rent Duwamish Campaign encourages individuals and businesses in our community to give back and offer our support to the Duwamish. Please consider joining Mighty House and others in our community in saying thanks.
Join us! And read more from The Stranger here.

 

Self Deploying Pop-Up Homes

Self Deploying Pop-Up Homes


A company called Ten Fold Engineering is now offering pop-up structures that build themselves with the touch of a button! They can be folded back up and moved on a truck bed just as easily. Read more here.

Have you ever wanted to live with mobility, add an office space, or go off-grid? We are happy to help in thinking through the utility installation, foundation, and how one of these (or any other type of prefab unit!) might work on your site. Just let us know!

Tips for Mold Mitigation

Tips for Mold Mitigation

Mold and moisture mitigation is essential in the Pacific Northwest. The tips below can help you improve your indoor air quality (IAQ) and keep you and your family healthy! Mold needs moisture and warmth to grow. Here are some ways to mitigate its growth:

  • Vacuum and clean regularly with a vinegar solution (more green cleaning tips here).
  • Check plants, furnishings, or stored items for mold before bringing them into your home
  • Properly ventilate kitchens, bathrooms, and laundry areas with exhaust fans or opening windows.
  • Promptly clean up spills, condensation, wet surfaces or any other source of moisture.
  • Make sure the walls and attic of your home are properly insulated.
  • Regularly inspect your home for leaks, discoloration, or wet spots and repair them.
  • Increase warm air flow by moving large objects a few inches away from the inside of exterior walls.
  • If you do see mold growth, clean the area with detergent, mild bleach, or call a professional cleaning service.