It's suddenly hot outside. Which has me trying to figure out how to DIY a little shade for the patio and love the idea of a shade sail. I've been looking around for inspiration and love the ones pictured here:
In recent years, it seems like tankless hot water heaters have been all the rage. In fact, we replaced our old electric water heater with one a few years ago and have no complaints. But some situations might steer you towards a tank style heater - like a bigger household, availability of natural gas, and cost. Fortunately, there are a few new tank options on the market that are far more efficient than the ubiquitous electric heaters we’re used to seeing.
Ahh, crawl spaces - those lovely subterranean areas that often consist of dirt, cobwebs and feelings of claustrophobia. Even though we may try to avoid them, improving an existing crawl space is actually an important step in greening your home. Retrofitting these areas not only addresses energy efficiency and moisture problems, but for those living in a small home, they can also be turned into valuable storage space!
We're always joking around at the Unplggd office about how easy it would be to implement sci-fi elements into our homes without making it look like something out Tron, but we never feel like the tech has ever been well-implemented. Until now, of course, where we're finally starting to see the first baby steps in the exploration of USB-powered desk fans...
It may be spring, but it still can get a little chilly. These slick heating devices don't have any fans, so they don't circulate dust or allergens and will never dry out the air. They're also silent and and the wall-mount feature offers energy AND space efficiency; these type of heaters can manage to heat up 40% more space than regular heaters.
While there's been a lot of excitement recently about passive homes and Passive House Certification, one of our favorite go-to building techniques is passive solar design. It is actually different from Passive House and the technique has been around for ages. It is a very simple design concept wherein the building relies on its local climate and the sun for heat, instead of mechanical or electrical systems.
With the glorious onset of Daylight Savings time, and the first official day of Spring happening this coming Sunday, I am determined to remind myself of the things I like about my apartment in the winter, before I get swept up in wide-open windows & sundress weather...