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Arct open Pin Design Winner Copper Makes for Faster Home Networks More and more computers are talking with each other - and it's a good thing. because more than 160 million Americans belong to households with access to the lntemet. Man) of these homes have more than one computer. Man) have a computer, a printer or an lnternet connection that several tamily members want to access at the same time. In today's world, it's important that our computers and devices can talk with each other. When first installed, home networks typically are just used to share lnternet access, but owners quickly discover that networks can also be used to share com- puting power, disk space, printers, pho- tos. music and more. Home networking allows Jenny to research her science report online and send a copy to her older brother tot a quick check, while Dad cuts a CD-ROM tbr tomorrow's sales presentation and Johnny chats online with his classmates. Meanwhile, Morn can print out digital photographs from ,,he last family outing and e-mail them to Aunt Rose. Computers are today's hand-me- downs. " pically, when the family buys a new computer, the older models go to the younger children or are adapted to some specific task. The best computer becomes the master computer or server. It is ideal lbr storing files the whole fam- ily wants to access. Actually, computers can be easily configured so anyone can access any file on any computer - or not - depending on the security needs of different mem- bers of the family. The hardware for creating home networks has plunged in price, and the installation software has become easy to use. You don't have to be a network engineer to network your home anymore. Copper Is the Key Most people don't realize just how fast copper wire can move information between computers. Copper is the work- horse in of..buildings. Yet the dis- tances or "runs"r copper, wiring are typically much sho',r in homes than off.tee buildings. Over these short dis- tances copper wires easily' and reliably can carry information at high enough speeds to satisfy even certified informa- tion gluttons. Once you are networked, countless toys Can be added throughout the home to enhance your life. And by upgrading the communications wiring, you are making an investment in the equity of your home. The resale value of a house can increase substantially when mod- ernized for home networking. In fact, many experts believe that in the near future hotnebuyers will turn down homes that are not equipped with struc- tured wiring. An increasing percentage of new homes today are being built with Category 5e wiring throughout, provid- ing information outlets in all bedrooms, studies, kitchens and even in bathrooms. This wiring is installed in a "star" configuration with separate lines running to each room from a central location. Like most wiring, Cat 5e is best installed when the home is still under construction but it is not as hard as you might think to retrofit an older home. If you are a computing family, you should consider rewiring your home as an investment in the present as well as the future. You wilt enjoy your home much ( C/l YOU CHECK I xII more, as possibilities for sharing music, data and video o!ben up to you. For most homeowners, retrofitting an older home usually requires a qualified communications wiring specialist. Special tools are used to run wires with- out damage to the walls and floors. To A IGITAL h/E)VIF-. TO THE ]'V TO WATCH LATER. ON / help you find the right installer and the best possible installation for needs, the Copper Devele Association has developed a list of c tions you should ask yourself as as your contractor. To see it, http://telecom.copper.org, lip _ THE 24TH ANNUAL ARCTIC OPEN GOLF TOURNAMENT will be held February 15, 2003 - and as in the past, the CCSC, sponsoring organization for the event, conducts a contest with CGB students for the button design. This year the design winner is Amber Athey, front, who is proudly displaying her prize from the CCSC. The second and third place winners were Kaitlyn Nordly and Tracey Martig. They also received .t from the CCSC. The first prize was $15, with the second and third prizes, $10 and $5. The winnmgdesign will be used on the Arctic Open pins that will be on sale in the near future. The girls are sixth graders at the CGB Middle School. i, i ,,,,, , , ",,, Saving the Planet One House at a Time Happiness is never having to pay anoth- er energy' bill - which is the goal of an innovative homebuilding demonstration project currently underway in the Atlanta suburbs. Combining resource-efficient con- struction techniques, materials and prod- ucts, Zero-Energy Homes are designed to prove just how energy sell-sufficient a home can be. Roof-mounted solar panels provide most of the electricity as well as hot water. Copper tubing buried in the yard recirculates refrigerant liquid to a geothermal heat pump, using the constant temperature of the earth to further reduce home ater- and space-heating require- ments. S'ructural insulated panels and common-sense architectural design add to the overall efficiency of the buildings. The prqiect is being developed by a consortium that includes the Department of Energy's Building America program. media mogul "Fed Turner's kid-friendly "Captain Planet Foundation," the American Lung Association, a long list of product manufacturers and building- industD associations, and local Geoia builders. A first, smaller house, dubbed the Zero-Energy Cottage, debuted at the International Home Builders Show in February, then was dismantled and trucked to Washington, D.C., for display" at the National Park Service's first Sustainability Fair in May'. A second, larger and even more ambitious Zero- Energ) Home is now nearing comple- tion. According to the developers, the purpose of the homes is to show how environmental and energy-efficient "sus- tainable" practices can be put to good use by builders today. Both homes are said to be up to 90 percent more energy- efficient than an average house. One participating sponsor, the Copper Development Association (CDA), pro- vided all of the copper tubing for the hot- and cold-water plumbing, for dual solar water-heating and solar photovoltaic electric systems, and for geothermal direct-exchange heat pumps that heat and cool the homes. According to CDA spokesman Ken Geremia, the association was asked to support the project because copper mate- rials are inherently energy" efficient and  environmentally smart. "'Copper is the most recycled and reeyclable building material you can use," says Geremia, "so sustainability demonstration projects like this are a perfect fit for us. The fact that this particular project is being done for such a good cause, on behalf of both the Building America program and the Captain Planet Foundation, is a plus as far as CDA is concerned." In tune with the project's earth-friend- ly goals, the Zero-Energy Homes take full advantage of copper's excellent teml which will allow occupants to net- work home computers, distribute audio and video throughout and install home- automation features. The project's developers expect to complete the sec- ond Zero-Energy Home by when it will open to the homes are to be auctioned, ceeds to benefit the Captain Foundation. l'l On Saviour's birth, We join you in praying I peace on earth; And send goodwill your way, As together Christmas Day. Carroll Real Estate heat-transfer properties to offset typical  ir home energy costs. "Far and away, cop- Dakota Insurance / per is the best option for all kinds of heat-exchange systems, especially heat :--. " " pumps," he adds. Carroll Pirmantgen, Shirley Schultz, Cheryl Stevens, Winter Officially Copper is also used in all the home's Patty W'ddung, Mike Miller, Nicole Wildung j., A  Wishing you and your family every . . electriCstructuredWiringwirmgandcommunicationsin its sophisticatedsys. 228 S.. Main, Milbank 432-4566 lj  happiness this holiday season. 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