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Modern living at its best. Ideas for the modern, environmentally conscious and sometimes techy homeowner that wants to improve their home, make it more efficient, beautify it … or is just looking for some downright cool ideas.
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Design Squish Blog: VERTICAL HERB GARDENS - gardening, planting, nature, garden, sustainable lifestyle, do-it-yourself, creative environmental options, craft, organics, gardening, planting, flower ...

Design Squish Blog: VERTICAL HERB GARDENS - gardening, planting, nature, garden, sustainable lifestyle, do-it-yourself, creative environmental options, craft, organics, gardening, planting, flower ... | Modern Home | Scoop.it

Don't have enough space in your small backyard or even balcony but still want to grow some herbs or just have some nice greenry? How about a vertical planter garden?

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Retrofit Your Home With Radiant Heating

Retrofit Your Home With Radiant Heating | Modern Home | Scoop.it

Mmmmhhh .. who doesn't like nice warm feet? How about some radiant heating instead of having that loud old furnace blow the dust through your place and maybe push some hot air through too? Looks like there is a lot of good to be said about radiant heating.

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Tankless Hot Water Heaters

Tankless Hot Water Heaters | Modern Home | Scoop.it

Personally I really like the idea of tankless water heaters. The upfront cost compared to convential tank-based heaters is certainly higher, but the simple fact that a tank-based water heater spends all this energy on keeping the water in the tank hot - even though I only need hot water a couple of times the day, that just bugs me.

Tankless water heaters don't have that problem and hence seem to generally be a much more efficient choice to me. Something worth looking into.

 

Here some more related resources:

http://www.rinnai.us/tankless-water-heater/ultra/  
http://www.rheem.com/products/tankless_water_heaters/
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tankless_water_heater#Tankless_heaters
http://www.tanklesswaterheaterguide.com/
http://www.consumerreports.org/cro/appliances/heating-cooling-and-air/water-heaters/tankless-water-heaters/overview/tankless-water-heaters-ov.htm 

 

 

 

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Bifold doors

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Thought that bifold doors are just an ugly old relict from the 70-ies and 80-ies? Well, think again and check out some of these modern bifold doors that you can get these days to 'bring the outdoors in'.

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Nest - The Learning Thermostat

Nest - The Learning Thermostat | Modern Home | Scoop.it

Meet the Nest Learning Thermostat...

 

Love it! I know, I know, just like other people have said before: "Thermostats? Really". Yes, really!

Checkout nest's web site for all the good reasons why these thermostats are not only beautiful eye candy, but actually a really smart choice for the modern home owner. I'm definitely sold!

Timing of Nest's announcement couldn't have been better since I am currently in the market for upgrading my old and inefficient thermostats. 

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Modern fire

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I know, I know ... "Nothing beats a real woodburning fireplace". I've heard that before ... and honestly I felt the same way until I actually had my first 'real woodburning fireplace'. I mean: I love the crackles, the look nice .... but they make a huge mess, take a decent amount of maintenance and honestly: they are not necessarily the most 'environmentally friendly' ;o)

Anyway, nothing against woodburning fireplaces, but check out the beautiful modern gas fireplaces you can get these days: clean, elegant and easy to take care of: just flip the switch for some instant heat :o)

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Geothermal Heating Systems and Pump

Geothermal Heating Systems and Pump | Modern Home | Scoop.it

Heating costs can get quite crazy depending on where you live. Electric heating, oil,wood .... lot's of choices, none of them really 'great' from an environmental point of view. Why not tap straight into Mother Earth's reserves?

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