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5 Ways to Create an Energy-Efficient Home for Under $500

Summer is a time filled with good times and warm weather. Unfortunately, it’s also a time for many homeowners when energy costs skyrocket as they attempt to keep their homes cool and comfortable. Thankfully, there are many things that can be done to help keep homes cool while saving energy and money. These five tips will help make the most of energy-efficient... (more)

10 Ways to Save on Utility Bills This Summer

Now that the weather is beginning to warm up, it’s time to start thinking about ways to save on utility bills and energy costs before you’re shocked by your first big bill this summer. Luckily, there are many steps you can take to prepare your home (and your wallet) for the summer heat without sacrificing comfort. So, before you crank up the AC,... (more)

5 Ways to Make a Personal Statement at Home

There’s so much advice out there about neutralizing your home design for maximum resale value that our personalities are in danger of getting lost in the shuffle. Unless you’re getting ready to put your home on the market soon, go ahead and let your individuality shine through with interior design that reflects your tastes and interests. Here are... (more)

Are You Giving Your Space Heater Enough Space?

Those of us living in colder states know the comfort of a space heater keeping our toes warm all winter long. But CPSC estimates that portable electric heaters are involved in about 1,100 fires per year, resulting in about 50 deaths, dozens of injuries and millions of dollars in property loss. According to the National Fire Protection Association, 32% of home... (more)

Home Issues That May Secretly Cost You Hundreds

It’s no secret that being a homeowner is a financial commitment. However, there may be places in your home that are secretly upping your expenses. Read on for a rundown of those secret money leaks, courtesy of Gentec Services. Air leaks. One of the biggest energy drains on a home is air leakage, which means the conditioned air in your home exits through... (more)

New Construction: How Building a Home Can Save You Money

Owning your own home is an important and some would say essential part of the American dream. However, once you’ve invested the time and hard work to save up enough to be able to finally afford your dream home, you might find that you are faced with a lot of difficult choices about the real estate where you could potentially spend the rest of your life. One... (more)

5 Tips to Reduce Your Monthly Energy Expenses

Energy bills are way too high, and unfortunately energy-saving methods, like solar panels and high-efficiency appliances, cost money, too. However, there are many ways to reduce energy expenses without spending anything. Here are five practical, energy-saving tips. 1. Unplug Devices and Keep Lights Off The household appliances that tend to use the most energy... (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)

How Valuable Is a New Front Door?

Some home improvement projects are bankable for the seller—some, unfortunately, are a bust. A new front door is one of the projects that can yield a high return on investment. A steel door, specifically, costs an average of $1,230 to install, but may increase the home’s value by $1,252—a 101.8 percent return. A fiberglass door, too, may boost a home’s... (more)

What You Need to Know about Solar Leases

With the rising cost of electricity, it’s no wonder we are seeing more creative ways to acquire energy through solar power. According to the Solar Energy Industries Association, 2015 was the biggest year yet in solar-use history, and the industry is set to more than double the amount of installed capacity in the United States in 2016. As expected, California... (more)

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