Wednesday, October 31, 2012

The Blog about how to Blog

The first step is to go to the blogger login and enter your user name and password. Sorry I can't post that here. 

This is the page Blogger open too. The information here changes from time to time. To get to our blog you click on the link in the red circle. There is also a pen button to the right that will take you directly to the posts. 

The next page is full of blogger stats. This is a cool page to look at. As you can see since I stopped blogging every our stats have started to drop. This is bad and the reason I'm Blogging about Blogging. The goal it to teach my office how to Blog. To look at the blog you click on the link in the red circle. "Veiw Blog"

Now it is time to go to the blog drafting page. To get there you click on the link in the red circle. "NEW POST"  The new post will become the new first page of the blog. 

Here is the blog editor. It is a simple word processor. The tool bar on top has all the basic item you need to write a simple blog. There is a preview button to see what it looks like live. After you like what you see you can post the blog live. 

Blogger is simple to use. You can find tricks by Googling Blogger training.  When my office staff get good at posting I may teach them some HTML. Now that is dangerous. 

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Action 9: Risky circuit breakers endanger homes

Federal Pacific Panels - Potential Fire Hazzard

Federal Pacific Panels - Potential Fire Hazard
Federal Pacific panels continue to fail and cause fires and even deaths...  WFTV Channel 9 in Florida has posted on it's Website two very informative videos describing how these panels could potentially cause a house fire.  Both videos contain testimonials of people who have had house fires due to the panels failing to trip.  The videos are packed with great information that could be used during a presentation with a potential homeowner or posted on your website.  
Many builders in the early 1980's used these panels because of there low cost.  FPE went out of business in the early 80's, any home built in the early 80's or before could potentially have a FPE panel installed.... 

Action 9: Risky circuit breakers endanger homes

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

PSCA Home Tour

Passyunk home tour
Last week was a busy week for Bill and Debbie Lutz, owners of Gen3, who graciously decided to showcase their home for the Passyunk Square Civic Association’s annual Home Tour! The PSCA is a Pennsylvania non-profit corporation whose main goal is to improve the overall quality of life within its neighborhood. PSCA works to preserve the historic character of the neighborhood and promotes creating and maintaining a strong bond between residents, businesses, and institutions. Since Gen3 is also dedicated to working with our neighbors to update the electrical wiring and features in their homes to improve the safety and equity of their largest investment, we decided the two groups are a perfect fit and are happy to become more involved in our community by supporting the PSCA.  The annual Home Tour, which took place Saturday, October 13th, is one of the PSCA’s most successful and important fundraisers. This self-guided tour of homes throughout the Passyunk Square area serves as a great way to share ideas on renovation and contractors, as well as a great opportunity to get to know your neighbors. 

Bill and Debbie worked hard to get their home ready for the community event by finishing their home renovations to show off in the tour! In particular, Bill and Debbie’s home showcased many of the different electrical and lighting options a homeowner can include in their home renovations, especially with a focus on energy efficiency. These “green” upgrades gave the community plenty to think about when it comes to the safety, quality, and creativity of many electrical features, not to mention an increase in the value of their homes!        

Philadelphia Rooftop Decks
Another great feature of Bill and Debbie’s home is their beautiful rooftop deck. With everything needed for a grand outdoor extravaganza, it definitely brings a little more of the great outdoors to the Passyunk neighborhood! This is a great example of how to embrace the outdoor space within the city.
Green, outdoor space is a vital component to a healthy and active community. These types of areas are also important for sustaining a social, ecological, and environmental well being. Green spaces provide room for recreational activities as well as growing local food, and community gatherings. They also create many habitats that are home to different species of birds, fish, and insects.  These spaces also help the environment in natural processes such as rain water infiltration and carbon dioxide absorption. Outdoor environments within the city give the community a great place to connect, a happy place to grow, and an important place to protect.