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8 Tips for an Eco-Friendly Summer Party

Celebrations are moving outside for the summer. Green your next outdoor gathering with these tips, courtesy of the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP): • Rent reusable tablecloths, tables and other event supplies to reduce your impact. • Use reusable plates, cups, and cutlery if possible—or look for disposable plates or napkins... (more)

7 Tips for a Healthier Home

A healthy home — one free of bacteria and pollutants — requires upkeep in several areas. Fortunately, many healthy home maintenance tasks are simple, and can be done in a matter of minutes. “Small actions can make a big difference when it comes to creating a healthier home,” says Sarah Norman, director, Healthy Homes and Communities for NeighborWorks... (more)

7 Tips for Bringing the Indoors Out This Summer

Now that the cold, wet dreariness of winter is in our rearview mirrors, it is time to rejoice in the “summery” outdoors. But what do you do if you’ve gotten so used to spending your days cooped up inside that you’ve forgotten how to take advantage of your backyard? The answer is simple: bring the indoors out! With a few DIY tricks, you can spend your summer indulging... (more)

Wood or Wood-Like Flooring: What's the Difference?

Traditionally, hardwood floors added warmth and natural beauty to the home. These days, hardwood competes with copycat laminates and engineered wood floors, which can cost less. The differences between wood and wood-like flooring, according to Melissa Maker, host of the Clean My Space channel on YouTube: Hardwood — Hardwood flooring is made of solid, natural... (more)

Eyeing a New Appliance? Look Over These Tips First!

Are you getting ready to buy a major appliance, like a refrigerator, oven, dishwasher or dryer? The Association of Home Appliance Manufacturers (AHAM.org) recommends the following tips: Get the specs. Ask your dealer for specifications from several manufacturers offering the type of appliance you need. Compare available features, designs and capacities. Know... (more)

5 Household Products Wasting Your Money

Household products account for a portion of almost everyone’s shopping list. You can save money by making smart choices about the products and services you buy, says consumer editor Nikelle Murphy of CheatSheet.com—in fact, there are at least five common household products you can strike from your list: 1. Air Fresheners – Air fresheners are a multibillion-dollar... (more)

5 Pre-Summer Checks for a Well-Insulated Home

One of the simplest ways to beat the heat at home is with adequate insulation. Most people associate insulation with keeping things warm, however, it is equally important when it comes to ensuring your family is cool and comfortable in the summer.  Insulation saves people thousands of dollars in energy costs,  making it one of the best investments you’ll... (more)

7 Easy Ways to Dress Up an Entryway

The entryway or foyer of your home conveys an important first impression to your guests. For homeowners bent on making it a great first impression, designers at ElleDecor.com suggest seven easy ways to make an entryway look larger, brighter, and more welcoming: Use the Power of Mirrors – A well-placed mirror can instantly open up a space and add a luxurious feel.... (more)

Staging Secrets Revealed!

Staging can boost a sale price of a home by as much as 10 percent. The best staged homes strike the balance between lived-in and never-owned. How can you apply that science when staging your home? Look no further than model homes, which draw buyers by blending the form-follows-function principle with the preferences of today. Here are some tips: • Remove anything... (more)

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