For a fresh take on wind power, look no further than the height of your roof. Imagine tiny windmills spinning along its perimeter, and you have a picture of AeroVironment’s Architectural Wind system, designed for urban and suburban use. These small, quiet windmills use the updraft created by building walls to derive electricity from wind speeds as low as 5 mph, but can withstand gusts up to 100 mph. Canopies and screens to protect avian life are available.
To learn more, call 626-357-9983 or visit www.avinc.com/wind
If you’re sick of gulping chlorine, and lying red-eyed in a deck chair after swimming in your chlorine-treated swimming pool, there is an alternative. EcoSmarte pool cleaning systems offers an alternative to chlorine, and salt water pools. Their natural oxygen technology is 100% chlorine-free. The system manages and removes minerals without the use of salt or brine discharge, and is reputed to be easy to use, safer, and more effective than either traditional methods or a salt water pool.
This is how it works. Every time your pump runs, the ECOsmarte oxygen electrodes deliver a non-chemical shock to your water when the water passes through the pressure line. Once per week you test your pH and copper levels. You will switch the button on your Electronic Control Unit and ionize for 4 – 8 hours depending on your pool size and bather load. This will put copper in your pool — copper is a great algaecide and deadly to viruses.
The EcoSmarte system runs pools at a safe drinking water level, according to the EPA. Their faq says that if you were to 2 gallons of pool water treated by their system, you would ingest the same amount of copper found in a multiple-vitamin — definitely better than gulping a gallon of chlorine while that expensive hair coloring job you just had done goes green.
get more info @ ecosmartepool.com or request pricing from their contact page @ ecosmartepool.com/contactus
There’s a new product on the market for dog owners who want to pamper their four-legged friend between grooming visits. It’s called Sexy Beast (yes, really) and it’s a 100 percent vegan, 100 percent safe, veterinary dermatologist approved collection of canine care products.
Consisting of a botanical spray (Fresh), plant-based powder (Powder), luster mist (Gloss) and Signature Fragrance (made with bergamot, patchouli, mandarin and nutmeg oils), the line is chic enough for humans, and perhaps easily mistaken. I got a hold of a Sexy Beast sample myself and have to admit—I don’t mind the musky scent, in fact, it smells a little “too human” for my dog… and it’s definitely a little too pricey for my lazy Labrador.
If your poodle needs pampering, visit www.sexybeaststyle.com. (Prices start @ $26)