What Fruit Flies Taught Me About Sustainable Living

Posted on May 05,2015 by CarlSeville in fans

Last summer my house developed a fruit fly infestation, due to the fact that I had a lot of fresh fruit sitting around ripening on my counters. I recall once using aerosol bombs to get rid of them, but I figured this time around I would look for a slightly less toxic solution. A quick web search turned up details for a standard fruit fly trap, consisting of a jar with a little cider vinegar and dish soap, covered with clear plastic with a few holes in it. The flies are attracted to the vinegar, fly in, get coated with dish soap, and drown in the cider.

Keeping Cool in Hot Weather

Posted on May 05,2015 by AlexWilson in air conditioning

If yesterday’s forecast was correct, today may be the hottest day of the year for much of New England—with temperatures rising into the mid-90s. This may not draw much sympathy from friends in Austin, Texas where today’s temperature may rise to 100 in this unusually hot summer, or in Phoenix, where it’s projected to warm up to 107 (well below the season high of 116), but for southern Vermont, the mid-90s is pretty hot.

Are Solar-Powered Attic Ventilators Green?

Posted on May 05,2015 by Peterbilt in fans

At face value, attic exhaust fans make a lot of sense: if your attic is too hot, you force more air through it to cool it down. To be efficient, you use a solar-powered attic exhaust fan. When the sun is shining and heating up your attic, that’s when the photovoltaic panel wired to the exhaust fan powers the fan. Pretty slick.

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