This is my absolute FAVORITE: solar thermal panels on your roof can heat your house, your water, and generate no-transmission-loss electricity . . . even on a cloudy day! This technology is a game changer!
For the Deck- Mosquito grass (a.k.a. Lemon Grass) repels mosquitoes | the strong citrus odor drives mosquitoes away--very functional patio plant, plus, the leaves make a great healthy tea, and the cut up stems are great in Thai dishes, like Tom Lum (coconut milk) soup.