Sunday, April 29, 2007
Wednesday, April 04, 2007
The new "Perfect Home Survey" is an inside look at current homeowner attitudes toward their houses, remodeling activity, and windows and doors. Independent research firm Knowledge Wave International conducted the nationwide online study.
Managing energy costs is going to be a priority for homeowners, especially those with older homes. The survey found that nearly a quarter of respondents have windows (22.6 percent) and doors (23.6 percent) that are drafty and inefficient. Using the same percentages, roughly 13 million single-family homes in the United States are wasting energy resources. We were so excited when Home Depot finally came close to us. It used to be 100 miles away and now we have one in Crescent City, CA; which is only 25 miles from us. We plan to buy our windows a few at a time. My husband can do anything when he sees the vision (it's my job to put the vision in front of him). By next year, we should have the front windows replaced in our 1970's ranch.
That's no surprise, according to Rod Clark, a product marketing manager at Jeld-Wen, due to the fact that the average age of U.S. homes is 32 years old.
"Energy efficiency is going to be a big topic in 2007 as fuel costs continue to rise and homes continue to get older," said Clark. "Our survey shows that many homes would benefit from energy efficient windows and doors, which can save homeowners hundreds of dollars per year. Energy-efficiency technology has also come a long way since the 1970s."
According to the survey, it's likely that many homeowners will take action in 2007 to enhance the energy efficiency of their homes and take advantage of a federal tax credit for installing energy-efficient products, which expires at the end of the year. Fifty percent of respondents are aware of the tax credit, and 43.1 percent will either definitely or probably undertake projects to take advantage of the tax break before it ends. We should all take advantage of a tax credit! My son in Napa, CA, is replacing all of his windows and saved because California's tax credit for doing this. I think he said he is saving two thousand dollars! His feeling is that he cannot not do it. His home was built in the early 1980's.
Overall, 13 percent plan on upgrading windows and exterior doors in the next 12 months.
Wanted: curb appeal The survey also gauges other attitudes related to windows and doors. The study found that curb appeal is a hot topic among homeowners, and that they recognize the role that doors play in enhancing exterior appearance. More than 87 percent feel a new front door definitely or probably adds value to overall curb appeal, while slightly more than 70 percent say the same about garage doors.
Jeld-Wen discovered in the survey that most homeowners inherited their front door along with the house, and a majority says their current door does not reflect their personal style. When asked if they selected their front doors, an overwhelming 65 percent said they had not, and 58 percent said they would have chosen something different.
"Owners want to be proud of how their homes look, and the survey clearly shows that front doors are a matter of personal taste," said Shane Meisel, product marketing manager at Jeld-Wen. "This finding is a great opportunity for builders and remodelers to reach out to homeowners and offer an upgraded front door that better reflects the buyer's personal style."
Other notable findings from the "Perfect Home Survey" include:
Rise of the ranch.Given a choice between eight architectural styles, 26.2 percent of respondents said ranch was the type of home in which they would most like to live. Contemporary (20 percent) was the second most popular style. Other choices, ranked in order, were Old World Mediterranean, craftsman, cottage, colonial and Victorian. Tudor was the least popular design.
Garage as most common entrance. When asked to identify which exterior door they use the most when entering the home, the garage door was the number one answer among both men (42 percent) and women (41 percent). The front door was close behind as the second-most -used entrance.
Happy at home.The flurry of real estate activity driven by a hot market in the past couple of years seems to have helped homeowners land their dream homes and locations. The survey found that 79 percent of respondents currently love both their neighborhood and their house.
Making noise about noise. Noise is the number one neighborhood complaint in U.S. cities, according to the U.S. Census. The survey supports this finding as 49 percent of respondents say their home is not quiet and would benefit from sound-reducing products, including doors and windows.
The survey results also revealed a few interesting disparities between men and women when it comes to remodeling. Both genders agree that the kitchen is the one room they want to change the most; however men are almost three times as likely to want to remodel a child's room, while more women single out the master bedroom and small closets as top remodeling priorities. In addition, more than twice as many men as women say they are planning to change the garage door in the next 12 months. Yae! That makes me want to change it more!
Monday, April 02, 2007
Aeroponic Gardening System
We have just been introduced to the AeroGarden Kit. This is truly an amazing way to grow your herbs and vegetables in your home all year long without worrying about sunlight and the weather.
The Aerogarden kit includes:
The AeroGarden measuring
Base 6" x 16"
Hood 10.5" x 19"
Height 15.5" to 21"
One Salad Green Seed Kit which includes
Pre-seeded bio-dome seed pods
How to take care of and how to harvest guide
Recipes for your home-grown vegetables
Built-in Plant Lighting System
The AeroGarden makes it possible to grown anywhere in your home
The AeroGarden makes it possible to grow anytime of the year.
The AeroGarden emits full daylight spectrum light that is energy efficient without natural sunlight.
Smart AeroGarden Technology
The AeroGarden has a self-contained reminder system in the control panel.
Automatic reminders that alert you to with no needed setup:
- fertilize the plants
- turns off and on the lights automatically
- Seed System that is "Plug 'n Grow" Bio Dome ready for the AeroGarden
- Drop in the seed to simply watch it grow
You are automatically reminded to water or fertilize the seeds
- Germination is 100 per cent guaranteed.
- The pre-seeded grow pods are in their own miniature greenhouse
- Very fast seed germination.....sometimes as fast as 24 hours!
The AeroGarden Chamber
Salad Greens Seed Kit or the Gourmet Herb Kit will come with your AeroGarden. You can harvest in three weeks and harvest 4-10 salads per week for up to 2 months. Herb seed kits grow seven varieties of fresh herbs that begin harvest in five weeks.
Questions Often Asked:
What is Aeroponics?
Aeroponics is a dirt-free growing method where plant roots are suspended in air within a 100% humidity, highly oxygenated growing chamber. Because the roots are bathed with ideal levels of nutrients, water and oxygen, plants grow significantly faster, are healthier and have a higher nutrient content than plants grown in soil.
How Big is the AeroGarden?
The AeroGarden has the footprint of a breadbox and is sized to fit conveniently under most cabinets. The AeroGarden measures 16" long by 10.5" wide by 15.5" high when it is first set up with the lights at the lowest possible setting and 21" high at the highest level when the plants are getting taller.
Are the nutrient tablets organic?
The AeroGarden nutrient tablets are organic, according to current AAPFCO (American Association of Plant Food Control Officials) standards.
Can I mix seed Kits?
Yes, the seed kits can mixed, but it is recommended that you only do this after gaining experience in gardening. This is recommended because:
Plants grow at different rates and have different leaf sizes, some faster growing plants in mixed kits could over-shadow and block the light from slower growing plants. Experienced gardeners will know how to avoid this.
Our nutrients have been specially designed for the group of plants in each kit. If you mix the kits, the plants could be under or over fed.
Your AeroGarden comes with pre-set light cycles according to kit type. If you mix kits, you could be not optimizing your plant's growth by giving it too much or too little light.
When will new Seed Kits be available?
We will be introducing new Seed Kits on a regular basis. We just added strawberries in February.
Current Seed Kits Are:
Seeds coming soon:
The Salad Bar Series:
The Strawberry Patch ™
7 Sweet Rubies Strawberry plants
The Master Gardener Seed Kit. The Master Gardener Delux has everything needed for a full year of growing except your favorite plant seeds. Specifically designed reusable split-apart baskets allow easy transplanting into soil make your AeroGarden an excellent seed starter for your outdoor garden. Included a year suppoly seed pods, nutrients and an easy step-by-step planting and growing guide.
Baby Bell Peppers
Wildflowers and more
How much energy does the AeroGarden use?
The AeroGarden system has been designed for maximum efficiency. The entire system uses less energy than a single 60-watt light bulb.
What kind of light bulbs does the unit use?
The AeroGarden uses full-spectrum compact fluorescent bulbs exclusively designed for the optimal amount and type of light needed for robust, healthy plant growth.
How Long will my plants Live?
Cherry tomatoes and Chili Peppers will grow for 6-7 months and you will be able to start harvesting in about 10-12 weeks. That gives you approximately 4 months of continuous harvests.
Salad Greens will grow for 4-5 months and you can begin harvesting after only 3 weeks. This gives you about 3-4 month of continuous harvests.
Gourmet Herbs, International Basil, International Gourmet series (French, Italian and Japanese) and Cascading Petunias also grow for 4-5 months. You can start harvesting your herbs and basil in about 4 weeks, giving you 3-4 months of continuous harvests.
How much time do I have to spend taking care of my AeroGarden?
Although all of our seed kits are very easy to take care of, some require more interaction than others when it comes to tending and harvesting. See the guide below:
Salad Greens-5 minutes per month
Herbs & Petunias-2 minutes per week
Tomatoes & Chile Peppers-5 minutes per week
How long can the AeroGarden be left unattended? What if I travel a lot?
A newly planted AeroGarden can be left unattended for up to 2 weeks. Some mature gardens may need to be watered as often as twice a week. Larger more mature gardens may need water more frequently.
When can I begin to harvest?
It depends on which seed kit you have. You can begin harvesting lettuces and basils 3 weeks after planting your garden and then enjoy continuous harvest for months. Other herbs will take about 5 weeks to be ready to begin harvesting. Fruiting plants will take longer to harvest about 10-12 weeks for cherry tomatoes and chili peppers.
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