LA Times Home & Garden Roundup 01.16.10

LA Times Home & Garden Roundup 01.16.10

Abby Stone
Jan 16, 2010

Rain's expected to start Sunday, just in time for the Golden Globes, the official start of awards season in LA, and continue through the week. If you're not dreaming of winning an award, you might want to dream of other things. Like what you'll plant come spring, in which case, you might want to check out OXO's new line of tools for the garden. Or maybe you dream about living a little closer to your job? Scott Trattner shares how he made that dream a reality. There's also an array of eco-friendly products you might want to check out, that'll also help you save for a, ahem, rainy day.

Cushy new garden tools from OXO: OXO, who makes some of our favorite tools for the kitchen, has come out with a line of garden tools. With non-stick coatings and comfort grip handles, as well as OXO's knack for rethinking every item to make it more efficient, we can't wait for spring.

Beach bungalow sprouts a modern addition: Most of us spend way too much time in our cars; we'd be happy to have the opportunity to make our morning commute to work a lot shorter. Many of us also wish our homes were bigger (in case you're not sure if your home qualifies as small, check out Gregory's post). Scott Trattner jumped at the chance to make both of these wishes come true when he and his wife Sharonne found a rundown beach cottage close to his job in Venice and then decided to expand the original 900 square foot house. Check out the result.

Cool air + airgator: Cool way to save 5 gallons a day: Come summer, it's not uncommon to walk under an air conditioning unit and be hit with drops of water. Seems like such a waste. Jim Pohlman thought so too and came up with the airgator. The collected water may not be good for humans to drink but plants will love it.

Smart meters give real time power use: Seems like your monthly meter reader's job will soon go the way of the telephone operator and the parking attendants who collect money at the local mall. Southern California Edison, Pacific Gas and Electric, and San Diego Gas and Electric are upgrading customers to meters that can transmit real-time data about electricity use wirelessly back to the utility company and eventually to the consumer so they can monitor themselves.

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