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What do tiny houses have to do with a “Household”?

Sep 03, 2013 Comments Off on What do tiny houses have to do with a “Household”? by

The old adage claiming that “change is the only constant” seems to apply to the make up of the family unit according to a new study put out by the US Census Bureau. This graphic representation shows how the makeup of the family unit has changed since 1970. When you take a look at why […]

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Build Better, Not Bigger (Tiny Houses Ain’t So Bad, or Are They?)

Jun 13, 2013 2 Comments by

Let’s forget about lifestyles for a moment…and stress….and economic reasons….and environmental concerns….and social impact. Let’s just talk “Better” when it comes to building tiny houses. I like to call this “Smart” thinking. If you could start with a fresh piece canvas and design your house without thinking about building material types, here are some actual […]

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Why is the Tiny House Movement Growing?

May 10, 2013 Comments Off on Why is the Tiny House Movement Growing? by

“A funny thing happened on the way to my retirement…and it doesn’t feel right.” That comment was made just last week when a woman and I were talking about the economy and how she saw her fast approaching retirement. We were talking  about the tiny house movement, energy costs, inflation at the grocery store, and how to stretch […]

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Why People That Choose To Build Tiny Houses Make a Difference?

May 06, 2013 Comments Off on Why People That Choose To Build Tiny Houses Make a Difference?

This wonderful video describes the truth of people and their environment in a way that anyone can understand. The tiny house movement and modern tiny houses are, in a way, a rediscovery of the the fact that earth, water and sky are interdependent. This isn’t “tree hugger” or “environmentalist wacco” propaganda. It’s a way of […]

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What do Women Really Want in a “Green Home”

Feb 03, 2009 2 Comments

It is commonly said that women make 80% of the buying decision when purchasing a house. Therefore, it’s crucial to understand what influences the buying decisions of this market segment.

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Carbon Emissions

Feb 02, 2009 Comments Off on Carbon Emissions

What would it mean to the nation if houses didn’t use natural gas, propane or electricity produced by fossil fuel consuming power plants? How much would it affect a consumer’s buying decision to purchase a Net Zero or Grid Free house?

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Household Energy Use

Feb 02, 2009 1 Comment

What are the economics of solar PV and thermal systems over the life of the house?

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Power Generation in an Emergency

Feb 02, 2009 1 Comment

Natural disasters are coming to the forefront of many people’s minds. Ice storms this winter leaving people without power for a week or more in freezing weather or hurricane’s Gustov and Ike devastating coastal communities with outages of 3-4 weeks or more are making people aware of the need for some kind of emergency or local power generation.

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So, what does solar power mean to you?

Jan 27, 2009 1 Comment

The world woke up to the fact that it has finite resources and will pay more for energy, clean water, food, cars, and products of all kinds in the very near future. Price shocks like $5.00 per gallon gas or “fuel adjustment” charges on utility bills rock our budgets and literally make us change our behaviors.

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