Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Continuing Education Available!

Well, the year is ending and maybe you just haven't gotten around to attending any continuing education classes. Now's your chance! Check out this link to find out all the details on this upcoming opportunity, especially if you fit the description of residential contractor, remodeler, construction supervisor, HVAC contractor; architect; home designer; building official; home inspector; energy rater or consultant; residential/light commercial material supplier; construction, design and structural engineering student or faculty. Space is limited, so sign up soon!

The speakers are:
Paul LaGrange, LSU AgCenter Building Science Educator
Dr. Claudette Reichel, LSU AgCenter Professor, Extension Housing Specialist and Director, LaHouse Resource Center

The title of the seminar is " Keep It Dry: Moisture Control Flaws and Fixes". 
Thursday, December 19, 2013 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM (Central Time)
LaHouse Resource Center
2858 Gourrier Ave.
LSU campus (near Alex Box baseball stadium)
Baton Rouge, Louisiana 70820

See you there! 

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Beautiful Recycling - Paper Bag Floors

"Paper or plastic?"
You usually hear this question come out of your grocery cashier's mouth, but what about answering this question when redoing the floors in your home? Yes, you can use brown paper bags to make beautiful floors.

Don't reach for your glasses. You read correctly. Using brown paper bags to cover old floors can make an absolutely beautiful (and resourceful) addition to the decor in your home. Take a look at this DIY blog posting by Ashley from Domestic Imperfections. Who knew that recycling brown paper bags was not just for covering school textbooks back in the 80's?

Saturday, December 29, 2012

Conservation Is a Very Large Part of Being Green

Old people know stuff......See the story below. We could learn a few things.
Being Green  (borrowed from a social network post)

Checking out at the store, the young cashier suggested to the older woman, that she should bring her own grocery bags because plastic bags weren't good for the environment. The woman apologized and explained, "We didn't have this green thing back in my earlier days." The young clerk responded, "That's our problem today. Your generation did not care enough to save our environment f or future generations." She was right -- our generation didn't have the green thing in its day. Back then, we returned milk bottles, soda bottles and beer bottles to the store. The store sent them back to the plant to be washed and sterilized and refilled, so it could use the same bottles over and over. So they really were truely recycled.
But we didn't have the green thing back in our day.
Grocery stores bagged our groceries in brown paper bags, that we reused for numerous things, most memorable besides household garbage bags, was the use of brown paper bags as book covers for our schoolbooks. This was to ensure that public property, (the books provided for our use by the school) was not defaced by our scribblings. Then we were able to personalize our books on the brown paper bags.
But too bad we didn't do the green thing back then. We walked up stairs, because we didn't have an escalator in every store and office building. We walked to the grocery store and didn't climb into a 300-horsepower machine every time we had to go two blocks.
But she was right. We didn't have the green thing in our day.
Back then, we washed the baby's diapers because we didn't have the throwaway kind. We dried clothes on a line, not in an energy-gobbling machine burning up 220 volts -- wind and solar power really did dry our clothes back in our early days. Kids got hand-me-down clothes from their brothers or sisters, not always brand-new clothing.
But that young lady is right; we didn't have the green thing back in our day.
Back then, we had one TV, or radio, in the house -- not a TV in every room. And the TV had a small screen the size of a handkerchief (remember them?), not a screen the size of the state of Montana. In the kitchen, we blended and stirred by hand because we didn't have electric machines to do everything for us. When we packaged a fragile item to send in the mail, we used wadded up old newspapers to cushion it, not Styrofoam or plastic bubble wrap. Back then, we didn't fire up an engine and burn gasoline just to cut the lawn. We used a push mower that ran on human power. We exercised by working so we didn't need to go to a health club to run on treadmills that operate on electricity.
But she's right; we didn't have the green thing back then.
We drank from a fountain when we were thirsty instead of using a cup or a plastic bottle every time we had a drink of water. We refilled writing pens with ink instead of buying a new pen, and we replaced the razor blades in a razor instead of throwing away the whole razor just because the blade got dull.
But we didn't have the green thing back then. Back then, people took the streetcar or a bus and kids rode their bikes to school or walked instead of turning their moms into a 24-hour taxi service. We had one electrical outlet in a room, not an entire bank of sockets to power a dozen appliances. And we didn't need a computerized gadget to receive a signal beamed from satellites 23,000 miles out in space in order to find the nearest burger joint.
But isn't it sad the current generation laments how wasteful we old folks were just because we didn't have the green thing back then?