VETERAN’S SMART HOME:
The Next Home crew and I got to visit with the award winning actor Gary Sinise at the home of an injured veteran. Gary, star of NCIS New York, Apollo 13 and Forrest Gump, has established The Gary Sinise Foundation a foundation that builds homes for severely injured veterans. We got to meet with him and learn about the foundation and the new homeowner, SSGT Jason Ross. Jason is a US Marine and a hero who was severely injured in combat. Gary’s foundation built him a specially designed smart home that allows him, and his family, to cope with his injuries better.
SMALL SUSTAINABLE BUILDINGS
Many people today need extra space in their homes or on their property. Whether they need extra storage, a home office or space for a relative… we wanted to find a cost effective, sustainable option for people who aren’t builders themselves. In addition to many styles and colors, they make custom buildings too.
We found a company Tuff Shed makes small buildings that makes efforts to manufacture their buildings with environmentally friendly materials.
A great alternative to renting space – saves money, time, and energy.
Some of the building options – my favorite is this first one
TECHNOLOGY FOR THE HOME OFFICE
For sensitive equipment, like office or home theater equipment, I want to have surge protection and battery backup. During power outages battery backup provides constant power to equipment that needs it.
Next, we checked out some simple solutions to protect our electronic investments and organize all our devices that need to be charged. Panamax has some great solutions.
I’ve often been concerned about protecting my home electronics from power surges. Electronics, from the audio components and TV to the new refrigerator with a motherboard (or two), are expensive. Some parts of the country have regular power surge problems.
In the past, people put surge protectors on their audio, video/TV equipment and computers but now, with technology and motherboards built in to our refrigerators, dishwashers, washers and dryers, etc. we need more protection.
Power strips are the way to go. You can buy small ones, to fit behind your refrigerator (or electric toilet – more on that in Episode 11) or larger ones that can accommodate USB charging as well.
I don’t know about you but in m household there are more and more devices that need USB charging.
I use one like this in my kitchen – I plug my small appliances in and charge my phone