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August 21st, 2014

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Eliminate VOCs when planning a home remodel

Remodeling a home’s decor leaves the space feeling fresh and new – something which all family members will enjoy for years to come. However, a home remodel can do more than just improve the looks of rooms in the house. It can also improve the indoor air quality – an important factor especially during the winter months when homes a...

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Add value to your home with smart spring home improvements

Snow, blizzards, Arctic winds and damaging ice storms have wreaked havoc across the country this winter. While it may feel as though spring will never come, building experts suggest that now is the time for homeowners to consider spring home improvements that add value and comfort to the home. The push toward energy conservation and sustainable mat...

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Resolve to reduce waste this year

Americans produce 25 percent more household waste during the holiday season – that’s an extra 1.2 million tons of trash per week from Thanksgiving to New Year’s Day. Here are some simple resolutions for the new year that can help you to do more with less waste. Recycle more plastics: Plastics recycling is growing rapidly, so make...

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Geothermal systems provide energy independence for more homeowners

For years Dwight Nadig and his wife suffered through the cold winters in their York, Pa., ranch-style home, originally built in 1979. “We have no access to natural gas in our neighborhood, so we had oil heat,” says Nadig. “The price of oil has gotten extremely high and we found ourselves keeping the thermostat fairly low.” N...

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Bacteria lurking in your home plumbing

Many people are already familiar with the benefits of soft water for their skin and hair and how it significantly reduces energy consumption and increases the life of heaters, appliances and home plumbing. But what most people are totally unaware of is the ability for soft water to prevent microbial contamination in plumbing, thus minimizing the co...

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How to make household drafts a thing of the past

With the onset of cooler weather, now is the ideal time for homeowners to consider the efficiency of their heating systems. Drafts, gaps and poor insulation throughout the building envelope can significantly contribute to the efficiency of a home’s heating system, the comfort of occupants and the household budget. The United States Department...

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How to boost energy efficiency in your home and live green

It’s now easier than ever for homeowners to transform their homes into models of green living thanks to the growing availability of affordable, energy-smart building products and materials. From replacing incandescent light bulbs to reviewing the energy rating on new appliances, more homeowners are making informed decisions on how to cut ener...

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‘Come meet your planet’ and discover the secrets of the natural world

Have you ever watched an amazing nature documentary and wondered how filmmakers captured such incredible scenes and compelling stories? Have you ever wished you could visit some of those same places yourself, to truly experience the wonders of the natural world with all five senses? If you answered “yes,” you’ll be excited to know...

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Washing your car at home can do more harm than good

Whether a Saturday morning ritual or a charity fundraiser, washing vehicles on driveways, parking lots and streets can do far more harm than good. That’s because the dirty water entering storm drains from pavement washing does not undergo treatment before it is discharged. A study by the city of Federal Way, Wash., found that residential car...

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Simple ways to green your life at home and at work

Reduce, reuse, recycle – it’s the mantra we’ve heard for decades, and it appears Americans are taking the message to heart and making efforts to go green in all aspects of their lives. Whether it’s in their own home or at their place of work, being earth-friendly isn’t just a trend; it’s the new modern way of lif...

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