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Are You Making These 5 Lawn Watering Mistakes?

Proper watering nourishes lawns, just as proper hydration nourishes our bodies. Yet too many of us are failing at both. We’re not going to lecture you about drinking more water—we’ll leave that to your doctor or significant other—but we are going to give you a lesson about correctly watering your lawn. Here are five lawn watering mistakes that you’re... (more)

5 Smarter Ways to Keep Your Home Warm

jack russell dog sleeping under the blanket in bed the bedroom, ill ,sick or tired, sheet covering its head When cool winds are blowing and the temperatures outside take a dive, even a well-insulated house may feel the chill. Simply kicking up the thermostat can be expensive and depending on your home’s circulation, you may still have areas that need an extra... (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)

7 Ways to Cut Winter Heating Bills

By Barbara Pronin  High winter heating bills can make mincemeat of your budget. But a few surprising tricks can help keep you toasty warm this winter and keep heating costs under control. Home improvement experts suggest trying these seven ploys:  • Service the furnace — Seems like a no-brainer, but many homeowners forget or put off having the furnace checked... (more)

Maintenance, Proper Use Key to Efficient Home Heating

Homeowners should consider how to make the most of their home heating budgets before cooler weather sets in. Learning how to operate your home heating appliances and then taking care of them through routine maintenance are two of the best things a homeowner can do to save money on heating this season. Since most homeowners operate their heating appliances for... (more)

Sunny Days: Controlling Natural Light at Home

No matter the level of natural light in your home, controlling the light is important, especially if limited privacy or damaging rays are concerning. Several blocking techniques can correct these matters, say the experts at ODL, Inc., a leading manufacturer of door and window products. Those techniques are: Trapping light with textiles — If you’ve always... (more)

Greener Pastures: 5 Lawn Maintenance Tips for Fall

Come autumn, caring for your lawn should go beyond a weekly mowing. In fact, there are many steps homeowners can take to ensure their lawn remains healthy, green and beautiful for many seasons to come. 1. Aerating Aeration involves removal of soil cores to improve water and air movement in compacted soils, and aids in promoting deeper and increased root growth... (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)

Storm Watch: Severe Weather Tips for Homeowners

Severe weather has the potential to impact property more at this time of year than during any other season. “September is the ideal month to address proper storm preparedness,” says Generac Power Systems Senior VP of Marketing Clement Feng. “At the same time homeowners begin preparing for winter storm season, the potential threat from hurricanes becomes more... (more)

Selling Your Home in Summer: Top Tips for Seasonal Sales

By John Voket With Summer upon us, I tapped a couple of experts for tips to help home sellers present their homes with maximum effectiveness this season. Here are some seasonal selling tips for summer from frontdoor.com:  • Highlight outdoor areas. Clean the deck, porch, patio or outdoor kitchen, and repaint or make repairs if necessary. • No deck? Arrange chairs... (more)

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