You can own one of six US lighthouses for about $10K heres how

August 4, 2017 by  
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If you’ve ever dreamt of snuggling up in a lighthouse with a cozy book and hot cocoa, now’s your chance. The U.S. federal government is auctioning off six fairy tale-like lighthouses, and the starting prices begin at just $10,000. For potential B&B owners, retired folk or history fans, it offers a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. Though the government will retain ownership of the “land” under and surrounding each property, successful bidders will have a chance to restore, renovate and redevelop the property to its former glory. Before seafarers used a GPS and other tech-enabled navigational apparatuses to navigate, lighthouses warned of dangers, such as rocks, shoals, reefs and similar hazards near the shore or port. Now, many of the historic lighthouses are obsolete, which is why the U.S. Coast Guard and the federal agencies are auctioning off the properties. The auctions opened on July 18 and are being hosted by the U.S. General Services Administration . Beginning bids range from $10,000 to $15,000 — a steal, some might say. To bid on a property, would-be buyers need to put down deposits ranging from $5,000 to $10,000. Upon investing in the property , lighthouse owners then need to restore the building by adding modern amenities and getting it up to code so civilians may visit. Related: Denmark’s 116-year-old lighthouse transformed into a giant kaleidoscope One lighthouse being auctioned off, the historic Chesapeake Bay lighthouse , is just two miles from the Baltimore shores. The other five being sold are on Michigan’s Great Lakes. The most expensive, by far, is the Minneapolis Shoal Light which is situated on the Great Lakes Public Trust bottomlands in Lake Michigan. Its bidding will extend until August 15th. The Craighill Lower Range Front Light Station , located off North Point State Park in the Chesapeake Bay, is also for sale and will be auctioned until September 15th. Each lighthouse has a fascinating history which you can read more about on the GSA Auctions government website . + GSA Auctions Images via GSA Auctions

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You’ll never guess why Trump wants to scrap the Energy Star Program

May 2, 2017 by  
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We’re all familiar with the little blue star label on home appliances that tells us how much electricity it will use. The EPA’s Energy Star program is about as uncontroversial as they come: it is a win for consumers and saves billions of dollars. But for some reason, Trump wants to toss the program out. Why would he want to do a thing like that? It probably has nothing to do with the low Energy Star ratings his properties have… right? Beyond rating appliances, Energy Star rates commercial buildings in a voluntary scoring system. Coincidentally, Trump’s properties tend to rate lower than other comparable buildings. In fact, 11 out of 15 of his skyscrapers in New York, San Francisco and Chicago rate low. The Mayfair Hotel, for instance, has a rating of 1. On a scale of 1 to 100. Related: Trump is switching off the EPA’s invaluable public data service This is all speculation, of course. The program does have some critics, but given all the other promises Trump  made on the campaign trail, this seems like an unnecessary fight to pick. Ditching Energy Star will undoubtably help Trump, because investors and tenants usually take note of a building’s efficiency when decide to invest. It’s all just par for the course in Trump’s White House: another day, another grift. via Daily Kos and NPR lead image via Flickr

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CORKIGAMI: Cool Seating Designs Made from Eco-Friendly Cork!

October 14, 2013 by  
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Cork is very flexible and it is also quite strong. The creatives at  Carlos Ortega Design  wanted to apply the versatile material to their new furniture designs and so they created a series of CORKIGAMI chairs  inspired by the Japanese art of paper folding. Their cool seats aim to take the properties of cork to the limit by bending and pressing sheets of 4mm thick cork into curvaceous shapes for a truly modern form. The resulting pieces are stunning shell structures that are not only strong enough to support the body, but also visually appealing, lightweight, and green! + Carlos Ortega Design The article above was submitted to us by an Inhabitat reader. Want to see your story on Inhabitat ? Send us a tip by following this link . Remember to follow our instructions carefully to boost your chances of being chosen for publishing! Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: “green furniture” , carlos ortega design , cork chairs , cork design , cork furniture , cork seating , corkigami , eco cork , eco-friendly furniture        

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Microsoft Hohm Lets Users Compare Energy Use with Neighbors

May 27, 2010 by  
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The Hohm website, Microsoft’s home energy management application, now provides users with energy efficiency scores for their properties that can be compared with scores for neighbors and households elsewhere in the country.

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National Trust to Sell Their Own Food Products

November 26, 2009 by  
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Image from the National Trust: Cotehele, Cornwall The National Trust used to just preserve old and historic country houses so that the public could visit them and soak up their history.

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TED Talks: Architecture in the Future that Repairs Itself?

November 23, 2009 by  
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Scientists Developing Swarms of Miniature Drifting Robots to Patrol the Ocean

November 21, 2009 by  
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The National Science Foundation has just awarded researchers at UC San Diego a $1million grant to develop small robotic devices that will drift with the ocean currents to study the mechanisms that support plankton and other tiny marine creatures.  Swarms of the autonomous underwater explorers (AUE’s) could provide a window into the underlying factors that drive broader ocean processes, by more precisely focusing on localized data on currents, temperature, salinity, pressure, and other properties.

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Rice University Cooks Up Nanotube Stew

November 3, 2009 by  
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Researchers at Rice University have announced the discovery of a new breakthrough method for producing carbon nanotubes in bulk fluids.  Rice’s new nanotube “stew” could spur the inexpensive mass production of carbon nanotube-based products, much like the plastics industry employed bulk loads of melted polymers as a cheap base for making everything from medical equipment to polyester shirts to plastic bags, and countless other things in between. Rice’s nanotube research was sponsored in party by U.S.

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