The Commerce Department reported Wednesday that housing starts reached an annual rate of 791,000 last month, the lowest level since the department began tracking starts in 1959. The rate tumbled 4.5% from the revised reading of 828,000 in September.
Note also the magnitude of the drop in the chart below— it is unprecedented, having easily surpassed the 1982 collapse, the present circumstances have now become slightly worse than the 1973-75 fall.
A grim report ….but nothing we didn’t already suspect. An unfortunate reality for the contruction industry. In the end, demand will determine the supply. As we recently learned, supply does not create its own demand. It’s an interesting path we’re on ….eh?
Listen on Sunday 2/21 as my guest John Sutter of ABS (Applied Building Science) explains the Sonoma County Energy Independence Program (SCEIP) and how it is creating jobs for the local construction industry, and how he has re-invented his own business to accomidate his interest in environmental issues, reducing his clients carbon footprint..and utility bill, as well as sustaining his business. It’s a perfect shift.
Listen in Sunday from 9-10 am 1350 KSRO or streaming live at www.ksro.com. Continue reading National Housing Starts Lowest Since Tracking Began in 1959
Lemons are NOT just for Lemonade. Lemons offer multiple purposes around the home and are perfect for green cleaning solutions! Lemons are great to use as cleaning agents because they have an anti-bacterial effect and are thought to contain antioxidant and anti-carcinogenic properties.
If you are the DIY’er and like to make your own green cleaners, here are 5 uses for lemon to try the next time your ready to freshen-up the house!
- Microwave cleaning- Have stains or odors in the microwave? Heat a bowl of water and lemon slices in your microwave for 1 minute; then wipe out. Stains will be easier to remove and old food odors neutralized.
- Toilet cleaning- Mix 1/2 cup borax and a cup of lemon juice for a toilet cleaner that will leave the toilet cleaning and smelling fresh.
- Glass cleaning- Mix 4 tablespoons of lemon juice with half a gallon of water to make an effective green window cleaner.
- Fridge cleaning- Half of lemon stored in the refrigerator will help control unpleasant smells.
- Kitchen drains- Hot lemon juice and baking soda is a good drain cleaner that is safe to use in septic systems. If you have a garbage disposal, toss in some lemon peels occasionally to keep it smelling fresh.