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Where I am now

It has been an interesting last few years. I definitely have not been able to keep up on this site like I had hoped, but I have much that I want to update it with. If I can keep the speed of this site moving smoothly, I hope to be able to keep things coming along at a decent pace :)

Last October I moved out of, and sold, the house that I built back in 2007 in Newberg, OR... and bought a house in Eugene, OR that was built in 1955. I consider this kind of my practicum house. As many of you already know I have a passion for making things more efficient, more sustainable.  The house I was in was already pretty good for what it was, and I didn't feel I could aptly find ways to help people become more sustainable in a price efficient way, by already being at the higher end that I was on my journey.

I needed to start at the beginning, or close to it.

So to start things off, here is my baseline:

Lets start by doing a comparison of what I moved from, to what I moved into:

House Built in 2007
(Old House)
House Built in 1955
(My New House)
Market Price 309,900 229,000
Heated Square Feet 1800 1550
Rooms 3 4
Bathrooms 2 2
Property Size 6,500 sq ft 11,250 sq ft
Heating Central Furnace Central Furnace
Cooling Central AC Central AC
Water Heater Gas Heated Tank Gas Tank-less
Range Gas Gas
Oven Electric Gas
Electric Utility PGE EWEB
Natural Gas NW Natural NW Natural
General Insulation R19 R8 (*1)
Garage Double Car Wide None

*1 Most of the old portion of the house is still Lath and Plaster R8 insulation that hasn't been updated. However the addition from 2006 has R19 batt insulation, and the old Master Bedroom has dense packed blown in insulation.

My main goal is to make the 1955 house more sustainable than the 2007 house, as well as accessible. The difference between the two houses was $59,000 and that is my primary starting seed to get things going. Since I moved in on October 20th, 2015 I have had to make some adjustments and spend some $ already just to fix a few issues. I also had some moving expenses to take care of which took even more out of my starting seed, but this IS a learning experience.

So, right now: I have roughly $21,000 left to work with after moving, having a front ramp installed, having to replace the furnace and AC (Had a Carbon Monoxide issue, so did one update earlier than planned. Converted from the furnace and AC to a ductless mini-split system)

I have also started classes at Lane Community College for the Energy Management Program. Last year I started back in school for Electrical Engineering, but determined I wanted something that I could have more potential to be able to work within the residential sector more than a basic EE degree.

Welcome... Back?

Welcome welcome welcome. 2016. Much has happened, and I can't wait to update you all... but for now I have been having to undo the damage that spammers and other crackers have done to my site. Yep, I haven't had the time or energy to even want to have to deal with it... However, now I am fighting back. Comments have once again been completely disabled and now my blog is only viewed from my main site... but, at least I am back up.

Welcome Back

It has been a while! I have been so busy, but I am glad to be back!!! I think I may have gotten rid of the spammers finally. Sometimes simple means are the best and I am sorry for any legitimate people wanting to read my site from certain IP address ranges, but I highly doubt that when there are 10's of thousands of page views from a small IP range that the IP range is valid to be viewing my site (And it is repeated over time... so not even a search engine!)

Already I have noticed a speed increase so I look forward to seeing how my site does now!

Again... WELCOME BACK! We are here to stay!

TBone Handle

Link to TBone's Website


Link to Bartok Innovation


Made in the USA

Black color is over 90% recycled material

Advantages of its use-

The "T-Bone" is an innovative travel product that has been designed to improve the comfort of the traveler when they are pulling wheeled or rolling luggage. The easy to use and compact product extends the length of the handle of the rolling bag and allows the user to stand more erect, allowing a more proper posture with the result being fewer backaches. The molded plastic product is sized to fit almost all luggage with extendable handles, yet is small enough to be easily stored in the luggage. A supplied strap and buckle allows the product to be clipped on the outer area of the luggage, if the user so desires. The improved posture, easy storage after use, and comfort in the hand should provide considerable market interest in the product.

The simple yet elegantly designed travel accessory extends the luggage handle so taller user’s posture is more erect, which greatly reduces back fatigue and improves the health of the traveler. The handle is shaped with finger grips but can be manufactured with a different configuration for those travelers with arthritis, carpel tunnel, or other health related issues.

The "T-Bone’s" ergonomic shape also provides additional comfort during use by providing the proper ‘pull’ angle for the taller user. The product can be logoized with a business or school logo, the handle can be shaped to resemble a sports ball or figure, or it can be shaped and marked with a known cartoon figure or other well-known image.

The "T-Bone" does not require the use of snaps, straps, or hooks to make it work. Simply placing it in the handle and pulling upward engages it. Pushing downward releases it. After use, the compact product can easily be stored away in the bag for later use. If the hands need to be used for getting tickets, paying at a concession counter, etc., the toggle can be deployed so the product does not slip down the handle.

The "T-Bone" is injection molded from injected nylon. This plastic is very durable and is typically used in this type of environment. The plastic can be supplied in almost any color, so a distinctive color may be chosen to enhance the product recognition factor, which can dramatically improve the market adoption of the product. The curved shape at the lower end of the device can accommodate handle center-to-center spacing of 4" to 10".

The product is designed to be aesthetic and effective in the application. The ease of use and the inexpensive components provide good marketability for the manufacturer. The traveler benefits from improved posture, easy storage after use, and comfort during use, which should provide rapid market adoption of the product.

Promotional Travel

Give your brand the potential to travel across the globe with a promotional TBone!

From business meetings and corporate conferences to summer vacations and family visits, there are so many different occasions and events that require travel. Whatever the scenario, no matter what the destination, you can help travelers be prepared for whatever adventures lie ahead with various travel items. The TBone Luggage Extension Handle is an item your clients and employees need when they venture beyond their normal boundaries. By providing clients and employees with these travel items customized with your company's name and logo, you can ensure they will be prepared, and your brand will be well promoted every time they use it.

A Promotional Travel Gift for Internal and External Use

Promotional travel items make great gifts or giveaways to current or potential customers, especially for those companies that relate to the travel industry. Airlines give out the TBone for promotion  at a trade show, hotels offer the TBone as a gift for important guests, or travel agencies  provide the TBone to returning clients.

Businesses use TBone promotional giveaways internally as well. Companies can give a customized, private label TBone to their employees that do a lot of traveling for the business as a gift of appreciation. The TBone would also make a perfect holiday gift as many use that time to visit family and go on vacations. In this sense, the customized TBone will bring you great brand visibility when they are used, and promote a positive perception. The TBone is sure to be appreciated by recipients.

Advantages of Private Label

Private label brands are those offered by retailers. There are various advantages for the retailers to go for private label brands. The advantages include

  1. Control over pricing of the product/service,

  2. Put forth own ideas on marketing plans,

  3. Create personalized image which in turn leads to higher customer loyalty,

  4. Higher control on production, marketing, distribution and profits,

  5. Give their own inputs, additional materials, logos, tag lines, etc.

  6. Customer's changing preference - drive towards private label products.

These points provide an edge over the other brands. Private label brands are available in a broad range of varieties from food to cosmetics. These brands help create a personalized and unique brand for retailers. Retailers with pretty good private label brands will be able to create better sales opportunities for themselves. They can build value and recognition from  the customers. Private brand products allow retailers to differentiate their products from competitors' products, and provide consumers with an alternative to other brands.

Pricing and availability subject to change without notice.  All logos shown in product photos are for demonstration only.  Your products will have your own custom imprint.

This post was contributed by Larry Moad. This Post is Un-Altered and is still in it's original state. As such, the views expressed here may or may not be the same views as Charles Siegfried. To submit your own articles, send them to

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Might be changing up my blog program

If you have visited in the last few days, you may have noticed that sometimes the site has been locked up... What has happened? Well, apparently I have gotten so much traffic this year that my program I am using is having trouble keeping up with the increased traffic and logging all the additional information (Like user visiting stats that help me better determine how to work the site)

I may just stay with this one but find a way to better optimize the database usage from my end, weather with a cron job or otherwise. I would like to be able to log all of the data long term, but do not want to diminish the ability of the server.

I thank everyone that has been using the site and hope to add more content here in the near future that you all will enjoy!