Read This Before You Insulate Your Attic

If you live in a cold climate, keeping your house warm during the winter is going to be unavoidably expensive. The Department of Energy’s prediction that gas and heating oil prices will rise again this winter certainly doesn’t help matters any. While there is always the option to turn the heat down and get used […]

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10 Tips to Survive a Blackout

To a homeowner, a power outage is not just an inconvenience. Power outages can lead to expensive home repairs and can even put the inhabitants in danger. These tips can help to keep everything as safe and convenient as possible during a blackout, with as little expense as possible. The first tip is to prepare […]

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Check Off Your Fall Home Checklist

As fall passes and the weather begins to move toward winter, homeowners must shift the ways in which they take care of their homes. In order to keep a house insulated and comfortable when winter moves in, it is helpful to go over a checklist of potential problems before the snows come. One of the […]

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Should Flex Duct be Banned?

Dr. Allison A. Bailes III writes that flex duct is the “bane of home performance contractors and green builders everywhere.” It isn’t that he thinks good flex duct installation is impossible, just very rare. Because of the many abuses and problems present with flex duct, including kinks and sharp turns, long and poorly supported ducts, […]

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Winterizing Your Lawn

If you’re in love with the idea of a green lawn around the house, winterizing your lawn to prepare it to get back to looking great as soon as spring arrives may be a good idea. In order to remain healthy, a lawn needs plenty of air and water. Aerating the lawn during the fall […]

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8 Remodeling Costs that Might Surprise You

When planning a remodeling project, it is a good idea to plan for a budget of up to 30% over the remodeling estimate to accommodate what are known as “soft costs,” or the extra odds and ends that crop up during a project and increase the cost. One example of a common soft cost that […]

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