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7 Steps for a Healthier Home

As homeowners become increasingly aware of the impact their homes can have on the environment – and on their health – making eco-conscious choices is as important as ever. From controlling the types of materials used within your home to keeping an eye on indoor air quality, these tips can help you create a healthier, more earth-friendly indoor environment. Use... (more)

Tips for Buying a New Furnace

Whether you’re snagging a new furnace for your just-purchased home, or replacing your old clunker with an updated option, below are top tips for those looking into a new furnace for their home Size matters – One of the most important factors when buying a furnace is to have a professional installer examine the size of the house and then determine the size... (more)

At Home: 8 Energy-Saving Tips

Energy costs account for a considerable amount of every homeowner’s budget. According to the Consumer Federation of America (CFA), the average annual utility costs are $2,200. Trimming that expense, even by a few dollars, can save hundreds each year—and save the environment from the effects of excess consumption. Start saving energy at home with these tips, shared... (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)

Is It Time for a New Water Heater?

Water heaters are energy-intensive appliances. In fact, they are the second largest energy user in the home, and as they age, they become less efficient, according to the Propane Education & Research Council. If you don’t know the age of your current water heater, or think it may be reaching the end of its lifespan, it may be time to replace it, says... (more)

Celebrate an Eco-Friendly Christmas

Although many homeowners may not realize it, the holidays are a prime time of year for energy waste. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, holiday lighting consumes the equivalent electricity of 500,000 homes in just one month. And from Thanksgiving to New Years, Americans will throw away 25 percent more trash than they typically throw out the rest of the... (more)

Making a List and Checking It Twice - Top Features Today's Buyers Want

By Paige Tepping For today’s buyers, finding that perfect home goes way beyond locating the ideal neighborhood that’s a stone’s throw from the office. With must-have lists that can range anywhere from a few items to those that are more than a mile long, real estate professionals certainly have their work cut out for them when it comes to finding buyers the home... (more)

Keep Winter Energy Bills in Check

As winter temperatures drop, the potential for higher utility bills goes up. Taking steps ahead of the cold season can help you trim costs and make your home more energy efficient, keeping those utility bills in check even as the winter weather rages. “Many homeowners just assume the winter season means their bills will go up as systems work harder to keep... (more)

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