Today on Next Home we get to be a part of a solar installation in the OC. Kyocera Solar www.kyocerasolar.com installed a large system on a beautiful home. Check out our aerial drone photography on this episode – it’s really cool! This is one of the best ways to reduce your energy costs at home. And if you drive an electric car, the solar system charges your car for free – eliminating 2 bills and benefiting the environment too.
Investing in solar saves money over time but it also increases the value of your home, and helps the environment by turning to clean energy.
TIP – There maybe tax credits and rebates available in your area and you can get free evaluations from local companies in your area. Look for an experienced company and installer – Kyocera has been around 40 years, is a multi-billion dollar company and they provide excellent training for installers.
Next on this episode of Next Home we take a deep dive into the world of paint recycling. Here at the project house we’ve painted the entire building, inside and out, in different colors and finishes, and we have quite a bit of leftover paint that we’re finished using. And I’ve always had an area in the garage where we store our leftover paints. So I wanted to find out where can we take it and how can we recycle it? We absolutely don’t want this paint to end up in landfills.
We’ve partnered with a great new non-profit organization that helps people recycle paint. PaintCare. PaintCare is an awesome non-profit organization established to represent paint manufacturers (paint producers) to plan and operate paint stewardship programs in the US in those states that pass paint stewardship laws. PaintCare has programs in eight states: California, Colorado, Connecticut, Maine, Minnesota, Oregon, Rhode Island, and Vermont. Most PaintCare locations are at paint retailers who volunteer to take back paint. These retailers take back paint during regular business hours making paint recycling and disposal much more convenient for the public.
On this episode of Next Home we’re visiting two paint recyclers to learn about paint stewardship and paint recycling. My first stop is with Brian Brittain, the President and Founder of Acrylatex in Azusa California. Brian has an amazing facility for recycling paints. My favorite part of the tour was seeing the huge paint mixers! Brian has invented a new environmentally friendly ground cover material out of the dried up paint ‘hockey pucks’ in the bottom of the paint cans. This material used to end up in the landfills but not anymore. Good job Brian!
Next we’re meeting with another paint recycler Marty Bergstedt, President of Amazon Environmental Inc. Marty’s company also recycles paint but mixes the ground up hockey puck material with sawdust to create a new kind of fuel. Very cool!
I’m a coffee person! I’m been using this Jura Giga 5 to make some great coffee drinks. Beautiful design… cool programmable tech control panel… two bean grinders… frothy, foaming perfection… I’m in love… need I say more…?