We can all do our part to help prevent flooding in our neighborhood by making sure street drains are clear of leaves and other debris. Here are a few tips from the folks at Seattle Public Utilities:
- Avoid piling yard waste near the street where they can wash into drains. Put them directly into your yard waste bin instead!
- Use a rake to clear leaves from storm drains to keep them from getting clogged.
- Watch for traffic when clearing drains. Work from the curb, not the street and make sure children who want to help are supervised.
- Report clogged drains and flooding to SPU at 206-386-1800.
More information and resources here.
The Seattle Times recently published an article highlighting the ways that simpler, subtler backsplashes are becoming more and more popular. Here are some of their best tips, alongside a Mighty House spin.
From The Seattle Times:
- It’s worth hunting for high quality ceramic or porcelain.
- Choose a neutral color or coordinate it with your countertops – you won’t get tired of it and neither will buyers down the road.
- Get creative with shape or arrangement instead of color, like choosing hexagonal tiles or laying them vertically instead of horizontally.
- If you cook a lot, be sure to stay away from big grout lines and marble so you won’t have to waste time scrubbing them down.
- A backsplash is not always required in a kitchen – depending on how you cook and clean. It’s also a feature that’s easy to add on later!
- Glass tile is another great option and it’s even better if you can find it as recycled material or salvaged!
- Natural stone, such as marble, is a mined non-renewable resource, so we discourage using it whenever possible.
- Stainless steel behind the stove is easy to clean and has a simple, minimalist look.
Check out more backsplash inspiration on our Mighty House Flickr page and read the full Seattle Times article here.
Over the past month, extreme weather patterns and record breaking storms have devastated countless families, friends, and neighbors in our hemisphere. As the climate changes, we will see these impacts worsening and continuing to hit the most vulnerable communities the hardest. Linked below are organizations that work to reach and support the most vulnerable in these trying times:
As housing prices in the Puget Sound Region continue to climb, folks are coming up with innovative ways to put homeownership within reach. CoBuying involves unmarried couples, friends or family members buying a home together and sharing a mortgage payment. And it’s on the rise! There are even services like GoCoBuy.com that will help you through the process. More here.
Seattle will experience a 90% solar eclipse. Are you planning to view it? Be safe! Check out this guide from NASA on how to do so without damaging your eyes. And remember, that the eclipse is only safe to look at when the moon is totally blocking the sun or if you are wearing certified solar glasses. You can pick up a pair from your local library branch! More info here.
Is it Sunset for Solar Incentives?
The solar industry has relied heavily on government rebates and incentive programs to put the costs of purchasing and installing a system within reach for many homeowners. However, federal incentives are set to start declining in 2019. Initially Washington State programs were scheduled to follow suit in 2020, but now many solar companies are breathing a sigh of relief that the state legislature recently passed a bill extending those incentives through the year 2030. Hopefully, this extension will allow customers and businesses to “wean off” the incentives instead of having to jump off a cliff just three years from now! Read more from The Seattle Times.
Solar Roof Tiles now Available from Tesla
Tesla is no longer only in the business of electric cars. Their recently released solar roof tiles provide homeowners with the ability to create an all around carbon reduction in their home. While these solar tiles are expensive, the overall cost of a solar roof will likely be less because of the significant energy savings over the lifetime of your roof. Additionally, Tesla is offering a guarantee that they will replace /repair any tiles for lifetime of your home or infinity (whichever comes first). Taking these factors into account means that a solar roof can cost as little as $21 per square foot. Check out the Solar Calculator here.
Support Solar with your Checking Account
Did you know that you can promote solar energy in Washington with your debit card? Puget Sound Cooperative Credit Union is now offering a Green Rewards Checking account, which is free to sign up for, earns cash rewards for you, and helps fund their socially responsible banking actions! This year, the credit union will be donating to Puget Sound Solar. More info here.