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Icicles and Ice Dams

Snow is every child’s dream. The falling flakes mean sledding and snow forts, snowmen and snow angels, cold noses and wet mittens.

 It’s common knowledge that Indoor Air Quality is on the decline. Of course, we all assume Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) is a problem in someone else’s house, but not yours. You use “green” cleaners and change your filters regularly but is that enough? IAQ can cause or exacerbate illnesses like asthma or emphysema and with pollution being the single largest environmental health risk according to the World Health Organization; maybe it’s better to be sure. Luckily there are some relatively inexpensive products & services available to check your IAQ.

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Anna loves her house. She loves its big front window; she can sit by and watch the kids head off to school in the morning. She loves the back porch where she can see the sunset. She loves the half finished basement where she can escape the ruckus upstairs and get some of that never-ending laundry done. She even loves the bathroom, with its big tub & lock on the door to keep the kids out.

As the weather gets colder & we spend more of our days inside, its important to take a few minutes to evaluate your home's Air Quality- why it matters & what you can do to protect your family's health & happiness.

We are proud to announce that we have been accepted into Pearl’s prestigious Contractor Advantage Network. Working with an elite network of highly-skilled contractors, agents, and brokers as well as savvy homeowners who prioritize health, energy-efficiency, and low home operating costs, Pearl-certified homes command a 5% sales price premium.

Roof

  1. Before winter hits, make sure you do a visual inspection of your roof to look for maintenance issues. Look for damaged shingles or missing tiles. If you have flat roof-top, look for surface bubbles in the membrane material or missing gravel. All these issues can contribute to energy losses and larger damages, whiche means later you might find yourself paying twice the price.  

Human kind is powerful, sometimes we like think we are more powerful than we actually, but sometimes we might be in denial how big of an impact our daily actions have.

 

Extreme weather

Climate change and extreme weather. Let' s stop denying the connection between these two and look at some facts.

What role might human-caused climate change be playing in all of this? 

Stink Bugs, Kalamazoo, MI

What are these Stink Bugs anyway?

The ocassional invador's propper name is Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB). It is an invasive species from Asia that arrived in Pennsylvania in 1996. The stink bug earned its name from its tendency to release an odor when disturbed or when crushed.

 

 Harvest Fest, Scotts, MI

For the majority of human history, we had to work extremely hard for the food we ate. It is so easy  to forget all about it nowadays, with groceries stores open 24/7. Before the mass production  times, people worked for months to have enough food. Harvest Festivals used to be time when people could relax and have fun for the first time in months! Very different from Harvest Festivals today, when we are actually looking forward to have the opportunity to touch and work with our food.

Solar power



Solar energy can be used for many different purposes. It can be used to generate electricity in places that lack a grid connection, for distilling water in Africa, or even to power satellites in space. Let’s focus on the photovoltaic part of the spectrum. What are the advantages and disadvantages of photovoltaic house system.

 

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