Orange crush

Orange Harvest

I get the feeling that I know what I’ll be doing for a few days. Juicing!

New Year

“Thank you” to all of you, new readers and old, that have been constant readers of the PTF journal. As always, we are indeed very grateful for your continued support as there are many choices in journal’s these days. Wishing you all a bountiful & blessed new year.

Greening Our Home Through RRRRR-eb-ates!

This is the year that we get serious and take steps to “green up” our vintage 1917 home in making it more efficient and take advantage of the “Green Rebates” the City of Pasadena has to offer.   Because of our home’s pre-war time construction (before central air and heat) there are many already “green features” that are common in such old houses. With that we are definitely off to a good start and wouldn’t change such “old fashion” building sense – just improve upon it with the newer efficient products.

Next on the agenda is windows and truthfully we aren’t looking forward to that job. The windows will/are going to be a “pane.” 72 panes to be exact!  Of course, we love the fact that our house has so many windows (natural and energy efficient day lighting – can’t beat it) so much in fact that during the day we do not even have to turn on any lights.   Back to the windows, the City of Pasadena offers $2.20 a sq foot rebate on dual pane windows and doors so we’ll be trying to find reasonable prices on windows.

The City of Pasadena also offers a $100 rebate on solar attic fans and we are looking into investing in such a system to cool the attic during the summer months.  

Other projects on the agenda in ’07 are finally putting in the compost and dual flush toilets (also rebated by the City of Pasadena), complete grey water pond/system, cisterns, take out the remaining concrete left on the driveway and put in permeable pavers.

And last but not least – gutters! This old 1917 house never had gutters, but was constructed with a huge overhang of 3 foot eaves that are commonly found on craftman/bungalow homes. Now that we [almost] have a roof over our head that is “rainwater safe” we will be able to put in some gutters (no hiring folks to do this simple job – we want this journey to be a “DIY path of green construction” as much as possible)

What type of gutters are we looking at? Certainly not plastic – more like metal gutters.
The roof should be finished today and the City is supposed to come out for an inspection tomorrow. Stay tuned for photos of the completed metal roof operation. Speaking of the City and roof, perhaps one day they will offer residents incentives/rebates for installing metal roofs making Pasadena an even more greener and sustainable city.

Pasadena’s THINK GREEN Campaign

PTF is proud to be a part of one of the Pasadena’s upcoming events inGreen Building[PDF]

For residents, the city is offering a series of workshops on green building techniques products that will save money on energy and water costs:

Greening Your House Part I: Do-It-Yourself

This workshop will introduce participants to small, manageable improvements for their homes that will help themachieve long-term reductions in their energy and water bills, and create a safer indoor environment for their family.The discussion will highlight City programs that provide incentives and rebates for many of these home improvements.

Greening Your House Part II: The Bigger Picture

Participants will learn design techniques and products that will further reduce their energy and water needs, with afocus on major remodeling efforts. Improvements include window replacement, increased insulation, shade trees toreduce energy needs, the use of solar orientation of the home to take advantage of the sun, gray water systems thatreuse water where appropriate, and rainwater catchment systems.

Exterior Green – Landscaping for the Environment

This workshop will focus on green building landscaping techniques. Participants will learn about the benefits of usingdrought-tolerant native plants, and about irrigation techniques that minimize water use, sustainable landscapingmaterials and storm water management practices that reduce runoff and potentially reduce irrigation needs.


Pee-cycling {New Scientist}

You recycle your household waste. You buy locally grown food, fit low-energy light bulbs and try not to use the car unnecessarily. Maybe you even irrigate the garden with your bath water. But you’ve still got an environmental monster in your house. Your toilet is wrecking the planet.
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She’s L.A.’s pedal pusher {LA Times}

It scares her to ride her bicycle to work. A vague prickle of apprehension follows her along Sunset Boulevard and down Spring Street on her way into the teeming core of the city. But she rides anyway. Her faith in the future of the bicycle overpowers her dread of the cars that rule these impatient streets.
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  1. Brian says:

    Pee-cycling link is broken. Should be:

  2. Tiffany says:

    Beautiful site! What you are doing is an inspiration for urban dwellers everywhere. Thx!!

  3. Jeff S. says:

    Looks like the roof is coming along nicely. I look forward to seeing the final pictures. Who manufactures the roof panels?

    Regarding the windows, you might consider simply adding a pane to the exterior of your existing sashes. I saw this done on This Old House. It was easy enough that a contractor did it in his van on the jobsite.

    The additional piece of glass is wrapped with a tin aluminum frame. They simply routed an exterior rabbet around the perimeter of the existing panes on the sash, and then placed the framed pane into the new pocket, and used some small aluminum clips to keep it in place. The thin aluminum frame can be painted to match the sash. This is not a storm window since it is mounted flush to the sash itself, not the window trim.

  4. Amy says:

    Thanks so much for all the articles you are linking to. I appreciate the research you’ve put in to find quality ‘greening’ articles. It’s broadening my awareness (loved the NoMix toilet!).
    Thoroughly enjoying the blog. It has been my homepage for a couple months now, and my husband and I hope to visit the homestead someday.
    Thanks again.