Lego-Style Living

July29, 2013 by Jeff in Uncategorized

Watch the video here

 

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to take up as little space as possible? I don’t mean that you wouldn’t exist or you’d become insignificant to others.  Nor am I encouraging people to cut back from their normal lives.

 

I am referring to people who waste-not and want-not.  People who use their resources as efficiently as possible.  People like Christian. His 24 square-meters lego-style house is full of surprises.  He thought about what he needed in a home, not what he wanted.

 

There are a few things to take out of this video.  Thanks to the revolutionary style of this efficient apartment, I have a new appreciation for simplistic living.  I am re-thinking my lifestyle because I know there are areas where I over-complicate my life.

 

Christian’s video does not make its viewers ashamed of their lifestyles.  Yes, I am sure I over-consume at times; but this video takes an optimistic approach.  It highlights the positive aspects of Christian’s design rather than the negative aspects of other apartments.

Can you have too much of a good thing?

July25, 2013 by Jeff in Uncategorized

Screen Shot 2013-07-25 at 1.59.13 PMIf I were Beck Bennett, the man who is in those adorable AT&T commercials, I would prompt the above question to kids.  I would listen to their naïve, carefree answers which would most likely consist of “No way” and “I want everything”.

 

But we’re not in a commercial; and we’re not talking to little kids. We’re talking about real life and real issues.

 

You may still be on-board with these kids if you were thinking of money, candy, or all the gold in the world.  However, if you’ve ever watched and truly understood the messages portrayed in almost every Disney movie, if you have too much of a good thing, something pleasant may become unpleasant because you have overused it.

 

I am going to try to prove to you that too much of a good thing can be costly.  Let’s look at air conditioning.

 

When shopping for new products, our consumer-driven nation has taught us that bigger is better.  However, when it comes to AC units, this is not always the case.

 

An AC unit does two jobs.  It lowers temperature and removes moisture from the air.  In order to remove moisture in the air, it needs to run for a long time.  It takes at least 15 minutes before you will notice any dehumidification in the air.

 

But, an oversized air conditioner will run for about 10 minutes then shut off because the house will be cool.  Then the unit is only doing half its job and you’re left with a humid, stuffy home. So not only will you be paying higher energy bills to run this oversized AC, you will also be voluntarily living in humid discomfort.

 

So check the runtime of your air conditioner because you may be getting too much of a good thing.