10 Easy Tips for a Beautiful Water-Efficient Spring Garden

1. I woke up this morning to a deafening racket. Without regard for my attire, I shot out of the house to see what was making such a clatter. The sewer […]

By |May 16th, 2014|SLO County Locals|0 Comments

Saving Water: Finding the Most Efficient Water Heating Method

The saying, don’t throw the baby out with the bath water came from a time with the whole family used the same water—icky.   They saved a lot of water, but […]

By |March 4th, 2014|SLO County Locals|0 Comments

How to Navigate Lighting Design: Energy Regulation Inspires Creative Interior Design Solutions

The Bright Side of Title 24 Lighting Design
When my sister was about three years old, she stuck a bobby-pin in a plug outlet. It knocked her back about 10 feet.  […]

By |January 30th, 2014|SLO County Locals|0 Comments

Work productivity hurt by too much noise: a guide to softening the blow

During a typical day at the office, the air-conditioning is whirring, fluorescent lights are humming, muzak is playing, conversations are echoing, phones are ringing, the printer is spitting out paper, […]

By |November 27th, 2013|SLO County Locals|0 Comments

Gardening in a Box, Pot, Bag, or… Up a Wall

Claudia Harmon Worthen is the principal designer at EcoPlanners LLC, a network of sustainability experts in building and interior design.

Tired of chasing gophers?  Love flowers, but no time to garden?  No […]

By |October 9th, 2013|SLO County Locals|0 Comments

Man, Dry Earth, and the Economy

It’s dry as a biscuit, a bone, a mummy, a stick, as dust.  Whatever you call it, this photo I took last year of shriveled red earth was taken in […]

By |August 22nd, 2013|SLO County Locals|0 Comments

EcoPlanners: How to Create Beautiful, Healthy, and Edible Gardens

Claudia Harmon Worthen is the principal designer at EcoPlanners LLC, a network of sustainability experts in building and interior design: ecoplanners.llc@gmail.com.
Lettuce stroll through the garden, plucking and eating along the way.  Fragrant […]

By |July 11th, 2013|SLO County Locals|0 Comments

Edible Weeds: Free Food in Your Backyard

The Native Americans who lived in California could not have survived without uncultivated plants and trees.  During the Great Depression, some people survived by eating weeds along the roadsides.  Native […]

By |May 8th, 2013|SLO County Locals|0 Comments

Edible Tires? From Soybeans to Orange Oil

Soy you bean thinking about buying new tires? Have you bean losing sleep worrying about a blow-out? What to buy? Where to go?  Thanks to the soybean industry, your choices will be even more diverse. […]

By |April 2nd, 2013|SLO County Locals|0 Comments

EcoPlanners: What is an EcoBroker?

How would you like to supplement your financial resources for the rest of your life without getting off the couch? Is it legal? What’s the catch?

It’s simple—just build or purchase […]

By |March 7th, 2013|SLO County Locals|0 Comments