Tag: home improvement

EnergyStar appliances

Shopping and Saving with Energy Star Appliances for Your Home

After reading plenty of articles with headlines like “Energy Star Homes Pay for Themselves,” I learned that many of them (like this one) forget to tell you exactly how that happens. Instead, you get some info-fluff making empty claims about a mere $7 in yearly energy savings from using an EnergyStar computer monitor – which is barely enough to buy […]

Get Connected with 5 Top Smart Home Gadgets from CES 2015

Get Connected with 5 Top Smart Home Gadgets from CES 2015

The annual Consumer Electronics Show (CES) this past January introduced a number of Internet of Things (IOT) devices for the home. While some folks might not be excited by smart coffee makers or tea pots, innovation was still at work. For example, for the past couple of years, many smart devices (usually thermostat or other hub-based […]

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4 Tips for Cleaning Up After the Holidays

Between the parties, presents, and sheer lack of time, your home may look like a bomb site after the holidays. That’s why the first couple of weeks after the holidays are the perfect time to start cleaning. When I say “cleaning up,” I don’t just mean shoving that new sweater you will never wear into […]

Snow Covered Home in Winter Weather

5 Tips for Winter Weather Home Readiness

When harsh winter storms hit, they bring extreme cold temperatures, chilling winds, and worst of all — ice. This frozen water can coat power lines, which pulls them down and then knocks out the power to your home. For many, that means no heat until the power is restored. Winter weather conditions cause crews to take more […]