Sustainable Saturdays

Teach the Trades

As I work through my goals for 2018, I am focusing on the workshops I offer. I plan to increase my offerings so I can teach the trades to people who are interested in seeing if it may be a good career choice for them. There is a shortage for people in the trades now because people were interested in other careers. I was lucky to have shop class in school and learned the basics of woodworking, metal working, electronics, and automotive repair. I use these skills often, both in my personal and professional capacity.

Lawn Maintenance

Proper lawn maintenance
Proper lawn maintenance

Lawn maintenance does not involve a lot of chemicals and work, it just takes a little time and effort. I break lawn maintenance into a few categories including soil maintenance, equipment maintenance, and finally turf maintenance.

Dryer Cleaning

Dryer cleaning
Dryer Cleaning

Last year I made a Sustainable Saturday post about checking and cleaning your dryer vent. This week I will talk about the next level, especially if your dryer is taking longer than it used to. Dryer cleaning is not just about the outside, it includes the inner workings of the machine itself.

Clearing Clutter

Wood rack
Wood rack

Every fall I go though my shop and garage to reduce the clutter that happens though the year. Clearing clutter is an ongoing process but every so often I need to do a more thorough job. My wood shop is in my basement and the garage houses my mechanical repair shop (sometimes a car).

Indoor Air Quality

Shop air cleaner
Air cleaner in shop

Indoor Air Quality is important to me, especially since I spend a lot of time in my home working. Having a new furnace has made me go through and seal things up more, clean dust out of my shop (I just bought an air cleaner for the shop), and make sure that my vents are working properly.

Furnace upgrade

Old furnace and water heater
Old furnace and water heater

My last post was about setting up my shop after cleaning it out for new machanicals. Well, the new furnace and water hear were installed and are up and running. My old furnace was original to the house so it was 60 years old.

Rain Garden Class

This weekend I will have my first rain garden class of the year. I reach out to the community to show homeowners the importance of reducing storm water runoff into the watershed by installing a rain garden and/or cistern. The past few years my rain garden class has had a good turnout and people leave with the intentions of seeing if it is something they want to take on.

Lawn Care

Now that it is spring many homeowners are starting to get ready to take on outdoor improvements. I have tilled a couple gardens already this year, a month ahead of when I usually do. Lawn care is another thing that is on many people's minds, I hope they choose wisely if they decide to apply fertilizers or pesticides.



I am doing some work in my bathroom this week and installing a bathroom fan. Ventilation is often overlooked or done improperly, so this weeks Sustainable Saturdays is about installing a proper vent in your bathroom. I will cover other vents for the kitchen in a later article when I take that on this spring. Ventilation is an important about keep the IAQ safe for your family. If done improperly it can cause more problems than it will solve, so I wiil cover the basics.

Lead Test

This weeks Sustainable Saturdays is for people who own a home built before 1978. This is inspired by a client I am helping get a water damaged wall patched and ready to paint. Being an EPA certified RRP I went through the process of using a lead test kit before starting the work. Drywall and plaster can be difficult to get an accurate reading, so I used lead safe practices anyway.