Who wants the TV to be the focal point of a well designed room...
Please enjoy this guest blog from our favorite interior designer, Randy Trainor. Visit her at http://www.crtinteriors.com/ She provides so much wonderful information through her website, blog and newsletter. Be sure to sign up, shes worth the click! Many of my clients are making the switch from their old TV’s to the new flat screen televisions. From an interior designer’s point of view this is wonderful because it means they can get rid of the bulky entertainment cabinet. Or can they? Once we determine where the flat screen is going and whether or not it will be hung [...]
I love my Google account. No matter where I am, I have access to my mail, calendar, documents, pictures and news. The free tools (Analytics, Webmaster, Places, Maps…) have been invaluable in my job as DC Home Systems webmaster. So, when I read a recent blog about ‘Google PowerMeter’ my curiosity was piqued. Google offers a free web based energy monitoring tool. The site displays your energy consumption and related costs and allows you to view the data in a day, week or monthly view. The program will calculate a projection of future consumption based on current [...]
Adjusting the lights in your home through programmed controls is becoming more and more desirable, not only for the convenience but also for reducing energy consumption and costs. This technology is more widely available than ever before. Thanks to recent product innovations, retrofitting your current lighting to controllable lighting is as easy as replacing a light switch. You can choose to replace one switch or have as many as 200 switches programmed on to the system. Start with just a single room or area and expand the system to the most logical spaces. The right dimmers, switches and keypads talk wirelessly to a central [...]
Automated and motorized window treatments will enhance your control of energy costs both in winter and summer. In winter, shades that automatically lower at dark will block heat from leaving your home. Conversely, in the summertime, shades that automatically lower during peak sunshine will prevent heat from coming in your home and straining your air conditioner. Fabrics come in an excellent variety of styles and colors. You need a certified professional to properly design, measure and install the ideal treatment for your home. Additionally, if you have a lutron or litetouch lighting control system, you can most [...]
an update on the Bat Cave
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