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Winter Home Maintenance Checklist

Winter House

Like bears who hibernate through the winter, we tend to spend more time inside our homes during the winter months. Which is the perfect time to focus on things inside your house, things we often forget about with the hustle and bustle of day-to-day living.

We’ve created a few tables that will you can focus on a few things each week or month. Safety is always a top priority and then you want to protect your home by minimizing any potential water  damage. Then it’s time to consider ways to improve your home’s energy efficiency as those savings will come every... 

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Celebrating Earth Day & Your Community

earth day reminds us to appreciate energy, water & the air we breathe

Our planet earth is pretty special, yet we take it for granted 365 days each year. Earth Day is meant to remind us how our planet takes care of us each and every day, and how we can do a better job of protecting the earth’s resources. There are so many creative activities happening to celebrate Earth Day that we just wanted to share a few with you.

The earth is a huge place which people understand better today, with air travel commonplace and our ability to learn about people around the world from television and the Internet. The world we... 

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Home Product Labels: Learning to Read Them

You read food labels & now it

We’re used to reading labels on boxes, cans and other packaging at the grocery store. If you’ve bought any home products with an Energy Star label recently, we hope you read the “energy smart” labels as there’s lots of important information to help you make more informed decisions.

When you’re buying a refrigerator, it costs a lot more than your food … and it’s going to be there in your home much longer than a box of cereal or can of soup. The bright yellow, Energy Star labels help you make long term (sometimes up to 20 or 30 year) decisions.... 

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Lightbulb (Incandescent, CFL & LEDs) Update

CFLs are the optimal lighting solution today until LED costs come down

Can you remember when gas cost less than $1.00 per gallon? It wasn’t until the oil embargo in 1973 that Congress first set fuel efficiency standards and that forced dramatic improvements that started to take effect by the mid 1980s (read Time Magazine’s, A Brief History Of: Fuel Efficiency to learn more).

We’re finding new ways to squeeze oil from the earth but with global population growth there aren’t enough fossil fuels to meet everyone’s needs. Americans consume almost 5 times the global average per capital non-food energy (from Paul Chefurka’s World Energy and Population Trends to 2100) so it’s time... 

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Winter Home Maintenance Checklist

Winter arrives with or without snow and ice so it

Like bears who hibernate through the winter, we tend to spend more time inside our homes during the winter months. We hope you were diligent in preparing your home for winter with our earlier checklist as this month we’re focusing on things inside your house, things we often forget about with the hustle and bustle of day-to-day living.

We’ve created this table so you can focus on a few things each week or month. Safety is always a top priority and then you want to protect your home by minimizing any potential water (read wood rot) damage. Then it’s time to... 

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Trends in Heating & Cooling

Spray foarm insulation is the latest technology to keep homes airtight

We’re used to buying new tires or even a new car but when it’s time to buy a new furnace or boiler… help! Tires are like furnace filters, needing replacement after filtering so many cubic feet but there’s no odometer to measure air flow so we change filters monthly. You might buy a new car every 4 to 10 years but a furnace gets replaced every 20 to 25 years (boilers 30 to 40 years).

If you’ve looked a new cars recently, there are a lot of changes like CD players or now they’ve got USB ports for your iPod. We... 

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Lightbulb Confusion: Incandescent vs ?XF#@C%*L#

Incandescent light bulbs are inefficient and being replaced byCFLs and LEDs

Light bulbs? We’ve all got spare bulbs tucked away in our house somewhere. You may not remember when you last bought or changed a light bulb. You probably don’t think about much unless it requires climbing up a ladder.

That’s because light bulb technology hasn’t changed for more than 100 years. The Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007, also known as the “light bulb” law, is forcing manufacturers to come up with more energy efficient light bulbs. Why? Incandescent bulbs only convert 4 to 6 percent of the electricity used to visible light. The remaining energy being lost as heat.

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Improving Window Efficiency

Window efficiency house

When rushing home from work, do you stop to look at your home the way a perspective buyer might? Maybe you have more time after dinner to relax, and hopefully you’re aware of your surroundings, what you like and maybe a few things you’d like to change.

Windows are a key component of your home but … do you have any idea how many windows you have? Close your eyes and try to count them. If you’re like me, you’ll end up walking around to count them. Yes, even I had to count my windows visually so I’d love to share... 

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Earth Day: 10 Tips for a Sustainable Home

Everyone can play a role in a green earth

Today is the 41st Earth Day and millions of people around the world are recognizing the day with different activities. If you want to join a local event, check earthday.org  and their Billion Acts of Green!

Moving closer to home, it seems appropriate to review some of the eco-friendly products that are being introduced for the home. These products help save the environment through reduced energy and/or water use, they can also save you money and many are healthier too!

Green Products Outside Your Home

1. Decks – extend your living space to the outdoors and there are several ways to take better... 

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Energy Home Improvements by Year End

The federal energy tax credit will expire at the end of this month, December 31 2010. You must take action now as the rules say you not only have to buy the product or materials, but they must be installed and in service by this date so there’s no time to delay.

Home professionals who install furnaces, wood stoves, hot water heaters and other home systems already have full schedules but if you call them today, they might be able to squeeze you in.

Mr Handyman can help too as we’re able to replace electric hot water heaters and install new wood/pellet... 

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