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Variety of Tesla Solar Roof Tiles Credits: Computerworld
Tesla's New Textured Glass Solar Tile Credits: Computerworld
Tesla's new Tuscan solar slate tile. Credits: Computerworld
Bamboo floors Credits: Lumber Liquidators
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Dual Flush Toilets save water

Could one of these futuristic features be in your home soon? We are seeing some great innovations as we ride this wave of 21st Century technological development.

Houses are being built to be more environmentally friendly with features like bamboo flooring and reclaimed lumber. Paint is low/no VOC. Use of high efficiency, water conserving appliances is becoming the norm. We see high efficiency water heaters and washing machines and low-flow shower heads and faucets. Dual flush toilets significantly cut down on water use.

A shift is under way that will lead to widespread adoption of electric vehicles in the next decade. According to, by 2040, thirty-five percent of new cars worldwide will have a plug. With the popularity of electric cars growing, there will be more car charging stations right in the home garages.

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Solar panels, which can be an eyesore, are in for some exciting updates. Tesla has just unveiled its version of solar roof panels, which are made to look like regular shingles. They come in different styles, even slate and Spanish clay. The shingles are tinted and made of tempered glass and quartz, so they are said to be incredibly durable. Elon Musk says this will "look better than a normal roof, generate electricity, last longer, have better insulation, and actually have an installed cost that is less than a normal roof plus the cost of electricity."

It’s an exciting time to be a homeowner. We look forward to seeing more of these features in homes as we move into the future.

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Sinai or Sanctuary?



And in the beginning, G‑d was homeless, and so G‑d asked His people to set Him up with some digs. Where does it say that? Well, nowhere, actually. But it does say that G‑d instructed Moses to tell the people, “They shall make for Me a Sanctuary, that I may dwell among them.”

Now the question is, was G‑d really homeless? ...

Democratic Party Would Be Making a Big Mistake by Not Recognizing Colleen Mahr's Talents

February 19, 2018

Dear Editor:

Mayor Colleen Mahr has been a valuable friend to the Township of Cranford. Whether it’s offering advice and assistance during devastating flood cleanup, supporting the Mayor's Council on the Rahway River, or her insight and assistance in meeting our affordable housing obligations, Mayor Mahr is always there for Cranford.

Colleen’s fairness and integrity is ...

Being Alone on Valentine’s Day

February 13, 2018

Valentine’s Day is a day filled with Hallmark cards, chocolate covered strawberries, red roses and special dining.  It’s a day to express our love and affection to those close to us.  Some of us have expectations that this day will be blissful, we may even receive that diamond ring that represents engagement or marriage.

Valentine’s Day can be a wonderful time if ...

Bernards High vs. Union Catholic Girls Basketball Teams Face Off to Support Team Campbell Foundation

February 19, 2018

BERNARDSVILLE NJ - The Bernards High Mountaineers will play Union Catholic High School on Saturday, February 24th at 2:00pm at Bernards High in Bernardsville. The game will support the Team Campbell Foundation. 

Both teams are honored to be able to play in what will be Bernards High’s Coach Sandy Whelan’s sixth Gold Out game in seven years. Gold is the awareness color for ...

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