Settling In 2

Well, it has been awhile, but I am finally getting dug out of most of the boxes and have a good portion of the improvements made.  We still need to paint, carpeting has been put on the back burner.

However, we Did install some of those solar tubes (a really cool kind of skylight that can be put almost anywhere in the house)  We installed two of them in the office and family room to increase the amount of light in the house. We want more, but that is what the budget will allow.  This helps cut lighting needs.  Our heating bill was Much higher than in our old home, so we had an energy evaluation done with some recommendations for improved insulation and weatherizing our windows better–we will probably do this this summer.  Yikes, I am starting to sound like an eco-geek…Well, this area is big on that kind of stuff!  Is solar in the future?….probably not with the cost of installation!

My newtest toy – a Kindle electronic reader (Amazon), is an eco-smart but not so budget smart  gadget…However, I am on a mission to get rid of the books that take up so much space.  This may or may not help, but it is fun to play with.

Most of the plants I brought with me are now in the ground, and the garden is looking good.  It is warmer here, and I actually have hope that my tomatoes will ripen before September.  We will see!