July is here and that means fun in the sun, Independence Day, and fireworks! For many of us it’s the time of the year to be outdoors with friends and family.

To make outdoor entertaining more satisfying, go In the Garden with Rebecca Cole for tons of great design and garden tips to make your backyard the envy of the neighborhood. And to make yourself the envy of your neighbors, check out Karel’s Korner for advice on exercising your mind and body.

Our friends at Quiet Solution, the makers of Quiet Rock Soundproof Drywall and Grand Hall, the makers of the Eternal Hybrid Water Heater have been kind enough to share some handy information that can lower your stress level during the hot summer months. Serious Materials, the parent company of Quiet Solution, have recently announced that it has acquired Alpen Windows. Alpen Windows is the “green” leader in energy efficient, high performance windows and glass, uniquely constructed to save energy and money. Plus, learn about the latest and greatest in “green” water heating with the Eternal Hybrid Water Heating System. It’s also designed to save energy, lower your utility bill and minimize greenhouse gas emissions to near zero levels.

And speaking of saving energy, with temperatures rising as fast as oil prices, there’s no better time to become energy efficient and On The House has you covered. All you need to do is enter our new contest; the Energy Efficiency Challenge. One lucky winner will be walk away with a Lennox High Efficiency Air Conditioner, an Eternal Hybrid Water Heater from Grand Hall, and a Whole House SuperFan from wholehousefan.com!

Are there more energy saving tax credits on the horizon? Tune into our radio program on July 12th as we will be joined by U.S. Congressman Earl Blumenauer, representing Oregon's third district, who will discuss his work on the Committee on Ways and Means, including the recently passed "Energy and Tax Extenders Act of 2008," which includes tax incentives for energy efficiency upgrades to the home.

Can you believe that we are halfway through the year? Go have some fun in the sun and we’ll see you in August!

  Morris and James Carey and Rebecca Cole

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Eternal Hybrid Water Heater Designed for Energy Efficiency and Water Savings

Home and business owners frustrated by rising energy costs and water restrictions now have an option, the new Eternal hybrid water heating system by Grand Hall delivers endless hot water on-demand while saving energy and lowering water consumption. The system also provides consistent temperature, and optimum water pressure even for today’s low-flow fixtures.   Read more…

Serious Materials, parent company of Quiet Solution and makers of Quiet Rock, Integrate 27 years of “Green” Window Leadership with Acquisition of Alpen Windows

Serious Materials announced that it has acquired Alpen Windows. Alpen was named a 2007 Top 10 Green Building Product by Building Green, and is recognized as the leader in high-performance, energy-efficient windows and glass. Alpen products are installed in the San Jose Convention Center, Boulder Municipal Library, McDonald’s PlayPlaces, and thousands of other commercial and residential projects. .   Read more…

KAREL’S KORNER: Exercise the brain!

by Karel Nunnink
Computer programs to improve brain performance are a booming business. Consumers are expected to spend 80 million this year on brain exercise products, up from 2 million in 2005.   Read more…

Composite materials make for cool, low-maintenance decks

Over the last few years, composite building materials such as roofing, siding, and decking have evolved as popular alternatives for people wanting to reduce or eliminate maintenance problems associated with traditional wood building materials.   Read more…

Whirlpool Baths: Bigger isn't always better

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On The House July Calendar

July 05
Best Of Show - Celebrating our independence with highlights from the first 6 months of 2008.
July 12
On The House has the honor of speaking with Congressman Earl Blumenauer representing Oregon's third district, about the recently passed "Energy and Tax Extenders Act of 2008" which includes tax incentives for energy efficiency upgrades to the home.
July 19
On The House goes into the future with a glimpse of tomorrow's home technology and entertainment at the latest Disneyland attraction, The Innoventions Dream Home.
July 26
On The House host Rebecca Cole offers her advice on choosing the right plants for your garden and Dr. Roof chimes in with his thoughts on tile roofs.

OnTheHouse Events Keep checking out our website www.OnTheHouse.com for more features & events throughout July:

“Great Backyard Giveaway” sweepstakes Hurry up and enter - contest ends July 12
Tune in and check back later in the month to enter the Energy Efficiency Challenge

In The Kitchen with Dom DeLuise

Here are some of Dom’s best recipes for you and your family to enjoy over the next month!

Squash Soup — Satisfying for the whole family!

Dom's Open Faced Salmon Sandwich — Served with a salad and a lovely glass of white wine, this dish makes a lovely lunch, or a simple light dinner

Dom's Linguine with Mushrooms & Peas — This Is A Dish The Whole Family Will Love!

Nutty Pancakes — You'll go nutty for these pancakes!

Here are some of Rebecca’s best garden tips to get you outdoors all month long!

How to Control Weeds — You'll go nutty for these pancakes!

How to Measure Fabric for Windows — You'll go nutty for these pancakes!

Creating an Instant Patio Garden — You'll go nutty for these pancakes!

The Essential Powder Room — You'll go nutty for these pancakes!

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