Apply for Your Energy-Efficiency Dollars
There's money available to consumers who've invested in home and small business energy efficiency improvements and projects in 2009. DSIRE (Database of State Incentives for Renewables & Efficiency) is a comprehensive source of information on state, local, utility, and federal incentives and policies that promote renewable energy and energy efficiency. Click on your state for a extensive list of incentives -- sources, Web sites, information. Established in 1995 and funded by the U.S. Department of Energy, DSIRE is an ongoing project of the N.C. Solar Center and the Interstate Renewable Energy Council. If you've installed energy-efficient or renewable energy technology on your property, you're likely entitled to incentive money. Many applications are due by year's end though. Eligible projects include energy-efficient lighting, windows, furnaces, water heaters, solar panels, air conditioners and more. There's a lot of $$$ available so do take advantage.
Tool or Gardening Product
Metal Garden Wagon
Using a wheelbarrow isn't always the easiest way to haul plants, bags of fertilizers and soil, pots, or structural objects. Sometimes a flat platform on four wheels is better. My 2' by 4' steel wagon with wide wheels continues to serve well after three years. It can carry 1/2 ton. With a long handle, it maneuvers easily around corners, over stones and uneven terrain. Prices range from $119 to $219 -- with or without detachable side racks or side rails.