Archive for January, 2013
If you are planning a move, or want to transport some large objects to your new home without renting or driving a truck, you might want to consider becoming a POD-person. We’re referring to the increasingly ubiquitous portable storage units being used all over the country. If you haven’t used one yet, or haven’t seen them in your neighborhood, it’s likely you might see one soon.
Last year, as part of a move from, I contacted a local company that offers portable storage units for rent. At first, I rented two 5x7x8 weatherproof boxes, so that I could remove personal items and some furniture from the house, to prepare it for sale. After the sale of the property, I rented 4 more units, in order to pack the rest of my household goods and prepare them for shipment north. These storage units were a great help in moving. In previous moves, all of the packing and transporting of stuff needed to take place in a very short period of time, usually one or two days, driven by the high cost of long-term truck rental. And apart form the time factor, better yet, I didn’t need to drive the loaded truck when it came time to transport the storage units north, instead, the storage company trucked them to their final destination for me.
As the reality of Global Climate Change has been increasingly accepted around the world, it’s presumed effects have prompted examinations of how we live out lives. One of the principal changes that have been quick to take hold to cope with the new realities is the emergence of Green Building. This is the application of the adage ‘reduce, re-use, recycle’.
Traditional construction processes generate enormous waste streams, and now many green building services are emerging as a result of a gap in the market. If we move toward employing more environmentally sensitive design and construction techniques and materials, it would have a huge impact on a wide range of areas. Reducing the construction-related solid waste streams that are now routinely buried in landfills and using renewable resource-derived building materials and energy efficient appliances and lighting would result in lowering the carbon footprint of our homes and vacation retreats.