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Home Maintenance Can Save You Money

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Home maintenance isn’t as much fun as gardening or playing golf, but it’s important for homeowners to protect their investment in their home. What we all lack is enough time to have fun and relax, so maybe it’s time to hire a handyman to come quarterly and take care of your punchlist, much the way a cleaning service helps you keep your home clean.

We might be biased but we don’t understand why everyone things paying someone to clean is a great idea, but they’d rather do their own home maintenance? Your handyman will bring the right tools and basic materials... 

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Why Home Envelopes Promote Energy Savings

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Energy savings is an important part of saving money, and many home improvements can generate incredible energy savings that lower monthly utility bills. When we think about saving energy at home, most people assume we’re talking about things inside the house.

This article instead, talks about the barriers or envelopes that separate a home’s interior from the outdoors, and the benefits these barriers provide in the form of energy savings, an airtight home that’s more comfortable and less damage due to water penetration.

Energy Savings from An Envelope?

According to Wikipedia, the definition of an envelope is “… a common packaging item, usually... 

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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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LED versus CFL Lightbulbs for Christmas?

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Each family has their own holiday traditions and for many of us, that includes decorating our homes with strings of holiday lights. It’s always an adventure untangling the strings of lights and testing them to be sure they’ll light up, as one of the chores requiring lots of patience is finding and replacing the one or two bulbs that prevent a complete string from lighting and often we simply buy a new box of lights. 

If you’re buying new lights, you’ll want to look for those with Light Emitting Diode (LED) bulbs which are significantly more efficient. The biggest drawback to the... 

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Green / Energy: Toilets that Save Water?

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We’re running out of water in the US. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) projects y 2013, an estimated 36 states will have water shortages due to increased use and inefficient water management. We can all help improve this outlook by finding ways to reduce our water use. From earlier low flow toilets, manufacturers are bringing new, creative products to market to help us.

There is now a dual flush toilet on the market (several different brands to pick from). They provide 2 different handles, and handle  solid and liquid waste differently from standard American toilets. The funniest part of all the... 

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Ceiling Fans – Using Them in the Winter?

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Most people use ceiling fans in the summer, creating a downdraft that causes a wind-chill effect. The skin evaporates slight amounts of water from the sweat glands, providing cooling through the skin’s surface. The air is only moved, not cooled so you want to turn the fan off when there are no people in the room. You may find you can lower your thermostat down a degree or two to save on energy costs.

Air settles in layers with the warmest air at the top of a room. In the winter, ceiling fans can run counterclockwise to redirect... 

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Energy Vampires: Learn How to Identify & Tame Them

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Vampire ENERGY

Vampire energy is a new term I learned today. I admit I knew the concept but like most Americans, I haven’t made the effort to conserve energy like I should. So what is it?

Vampire energy is the energy used by things 24 hours a day, even when they are turned off or aren’t being used. You may not realize that TVs, VCRs, DVD players, computers/printers, stereos, microwaves, coffee machines, washers/dryers, rechargeable power tools, etc use vampire energy. You think you’ve turned them off, but they are still using power.

We think the TV remote saves us energy but it... 

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