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September 23, 2014

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How to Be Prepared for an Emergency

(Family Features) To be prepared in any situation, planning ahead is critical. Engine-driven portable generators are intended for multiple uses and designed for portability. When utility power is unavailable due to extreme weather, portable generators become a useful source of temporary or remote electric power.

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Monday 09/22/2014
Keep Family Safe from Home's Hidden Hazards
Updated: September 22, 2014 - 3:40 am

(Family Features) In the U.S. alone, approximately 60 million people suffer from asthma and allergies, which according to the American Lung Association can be triggered by mold for those who are allergic. As a responsible homeowner, it's essential to be aware of the many threats, such as mold and fire, which may cause harm to your family and your investment.

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Tips to Keep Your Family Safe
Updated: September 22, 2014 - 3:40 am

(Family Features) Portable generators are useful when temporary or remote electric power is needed, but if used incorrectly, they can cause harm to you and your family.

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Make Your Home Smarter
Updated: September 22, 2014 - 3:40 am

(Family Features) With apps that offer comfort, convenience and security, homeowners are getting more out of their smartphones to make their homes better, smarter places to live. Smart home apps such as those from Nest are expected to link various home devices together to bring peace of mind, control and even energy savings to our lives.

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Tips for a Clean, Guest-Ready Home
Updated: September 22, 2014 - 3:40 am

(Family Features) Now is the season for enjoying backyard BBQs and poolside parties with friends and family - not being trapped in the house for pre- and post-party cleaning. With a little planning, you can minimize time spent on daily chores and maximize time spent soaking up the sun and creating memories with guests.

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Why Emergency Preparedness Matters
Updated: September 22, 2014 - 3:40 am

(Family Features) Preparing for an unexpected emergency, especially one brought on by severe weather, is one of the most important ways you can protect your home and family. Proactively addressing storm-related issues ranging from property damage to power outages can minimize a potentially disastrous situation.

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Lawn Care Tips for Fall
Updated: September 22, 2014 - 3:40 am

(Family Features) Taking time in the fall to prepare your lawn for the colder months ahead will pay dividends come spring and allow you to enjoy lusher, greener grass when temperatures rise again. 

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Thursday 09/18/2014
Mantel Masterpiece
Updated: September 19, 2014 - 3:41 am

(NAPSI)—The mantel is such a great focal point in any living room or family room but, often, it gets special treatment only during the holidays. Here are some new ideas to transform your mantel (or windowsill, bookshelf or coffee table) all year round.

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Keep Warm, Keep Safe
Updated: September 19, 2014 - 3:41 am

(NAPSI)—As autumn approaches, many people are looking forward to a break from the summer heat. However, soon that relief may turn chilly and your reliance on heating equipment will increase. The Electrical Safety Foundation International wants you to be aware of the risks associated with heating equipment and follow a few simple steps to help reduce your risk of a home fire.

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Tools And Tricks To Tackle Tough, Cold Weather Yard Work
Updated: September 19, 2014 - 3:41 am

(NAPSI)—The steps you take now to clean up your yard and put it to bed for the next few months can set the tone for a more productive spring.

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Shower Better and Save with Satisfaction
Updated: September 19, 2014 - 3:41 am

(NAPSI)—October is Energy Action Month, a time to take action to save energy. Did you know that your heating and cooling systems and appliances aren’t the only things in your home that use energy? It takes a great deal of energy to treat and deliver water to your home, as well as heat that water to shower, shave, and launder shirts.

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Monday 09/15/2014
Emergency Preparedness Tips
Updated: September 15, 2014 - 3:39 am

(Family Features) Americans who have recently endured a prolonged power outage at home are much more likely to improve their family's emergency preparation for the future, according to a recent report.

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Outdoor Stain Busters
Updated: September 15, 2014 - 3:39 am

(Family Features) Engaging in outdoor activities are a great way for families to stay active and spend quality time together, but between tree-climbing, nature hikes, and backyard barbecues, outdoor adventures can lead to piles of dirty, dingy and stained clothing.

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Thursday 09/11/2014
Ethanol Proven To Lower Gas Prices
Updated: September 12, 2014 - 3:38 am

(NAPSI)—Recently, the price of gasoline reached a six-year high. Fortunately, there’s a way to handle that cost. You can use less gas—without reducing your driving. Making that possible is one of the more promising alternative energy sources, ethanol, which is blended with regular gas—a little in most cars and a lot in flex-fuel vehicles.

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Standby Generators Can Provide Safety And Comfort
Updated: September 12, 2014 - 3:38 am

(NAPSI)—There’s good news for homeowners who want to protect their family and property from the damage and discomfort that can be caused by a power outage.

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Cork Pops Beyond The Bottle
Updated: September 12, 2014 - 3:38 am

(NAPSI)—Good news for homeowners trying to choose among beauty, function and responsible sourcing when it comes to flooring: As famed architect and designer Vern Yip points out, you can now get all three-with cork. A longtime champion of sustainable design, the HGTV star is constantly looking for eco-friendly materials with a fashion-forward appeal that can adapt to just about any taste.

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It's A Natural
Updated: September 12, 2014 - 3:38 am

(NAPSI)—When it comes to home decor, leading designers say it’s all about style fusion and natural materials. Also in are recycling and retro decor ideas, says HGTV star Vern Yip, a champion of eco-friendly materials with a fashion-forward appeal.

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A Majority of Americans Haven't Practiced Emergency Preparedness
Updated: September 12, 2014 - 3:38 am

(NAPSI)—A recent survey conducted by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) found that nearly 70 percent of Americans have not participated in a preparedness drill or exercise, aside from a fire drill, at their workplace, school or home in the past two years.

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Friday 09/05/2014
Stay Cool for Next to Nothing: Power Down the AC on National Ceiling Fan Day
Updated: September 06, 2014 - 3:47 am

(NewsUSA) - The kids are back in school, football season is starting and fall is around the corner, which means it is time to turn down the air conditioner and rely a little more on your ceiling fan to save energy and money.

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Thursday 09/04/2014
Get Septic—Smart About Your System-Protect Water And Save Money
Updated: September 06, 2014 - 3:47 am

(NAPSI)—Did you know that one in four homes in the U.S. rely on septic (on-site) systems to treat wastewater? Homeowners are responsible for making sure that their system works properly. If you aren’t, you could be looking at thousands of dollars in repair or replacement costs.

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Defeating Odors And Dampness
Updated: September 06, 2014 - 3:47 am

(NAPSI)—If your basement is like many in America, it’s all wet. The American Society of Home Inspectors estimates that 60 percent of U.S. homes have wet basements, and 38 percent run the risk of basement mold.

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Experts Say Fall Is the Time to Plant Perennials
Updated: September 06, 2014 - 3:47 am

(NAPSI)—Perennial plants are a gardener’s dream: They add color to borders and beds, and are relatively easy to maintain. Perennials can also be used to add fragrance and texture to gardens, as well as attract beneficial wildlife such as butterflies and hummingbirds. Planting perennials in the fall is like making a long-term investment—one that pays dividends the next year.

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Thursday 08/28/2014
Geothermal Systems: A Cold Weather Alternative
Updated: September 02, 2014 - 3:41 am

(NAPSI)—In many parts of the country, last winter’s low temperatures broke long-standing records. In fact, it was so cold that, nearly a year later, some people are still paying off their fuel bills.

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Wednesday 08/27/2014
Every Room Tells a Story if You Set the Stage
Updated: August 28, 2014 - 3:36 am

(NewsUSA) - Remember the last time you walked into a professionally designed home and marveled at its beauty? Chances are, the designer carefully planned the interior finishings -- like crown mouldings and interior doors. While trim and doors have a major impact on interior décor, few homeowners select them with the same care as their furnishings or paint.

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Tuesday 08/26/2014
3 home improvement upgrades that will save you money
Updated: August 27, 2014 - 3:40 am

(BPT) - If you’ve sweltered throughout summer and have noticed your cooling bills increase every month, now may be the opportune time to consider some home improvement upgrades that will let you better manage your HVAC equipment while lowering your monthly expenses.

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Monday 08/25/2014
Give Your Kitchen a Facelift
Updated: August 25, 2014 - 3:36 am

(Family Features) Ever hear the saying “Kitchens sell a home?” Well it’s true; the kitchen is the most important room in the home. Whether you’re considering putting your house on the market or investing in your home for personal long-term enjoyment, an upgraded and attractive kitchen can make your home irresistible. 

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Feeling the cold at home and in your wallet? [Infographic]
Posted: August 25, 2014

(BPT) - If your home is allowing warm air to escape this winter, you’ll probably notice – both in temperature and in your wallet. This is because air escaping from your home wastes both money and energy – up to 40 percent energy for many homes. Learn more about how spray foam insulation can keep you warmer and reduce your energy bills. 

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Thursday 08/21/2014
Safety First: Protect Yourself During DIY Projects
Updated: August 22, 2014 - 3:36 am

(NAPSI)—Reality TV shows, online webcasts and YouTube videos have encouraged many people to try the do-it-yourself (DIY) route when it comes to tackling less-complicated home renovations or fixes. Often, there are advantages to DIY projects, such as financial savings, learning new skills, environmental benefits and more.

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New Home Fashion Favorite: Show Your Metal
Updated: August 22, 2014 - 3:36 am

(NAPSI)—An increasing number of Americans are taking a shine to the look of metal for their home furnishings.

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Get Your Outdoor Power Equipment Ready For Winter (And Spring)
Updated: August 22, 2014 - 3:36 am

(NAPSI)—How well your outdoor power equipment works the next time you need it could depend on how you winterize and store it. Here are hints that can help:

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Wednesday 08/20/2014
Gasp-worthy perils of bad indoor air - and what you can do about them
Updated: August 27, 2014 - 3:40 am

(BPT) - Cooler weather is on the way. You might think the seasonal demise of pollen-spewing flora, coupled with more time spent indoors, means allergy and asthma sufferers – not to mention the rest of us – can expect to breathe easier. Not so – if the air inside your home or office is polluted.

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Tuesday 08/19/2014
Enhancing the Curb Appeal of Your Home
Updated: August 20, 2014 - 3:35 am

(NewsUSA) - NewsusaInfographic - August is National Curb Appeal Month, and there's no better time to spruce up the exterior of your home. Be sure to use colors that complement each other when repainting or replacing window frames, shutters, doors and other areas. For inspiration and ideas, visit www.sensationalcolor.com/color-for-your-home.

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Monday 08/18/2014
Create a Room Fit for a Queen with Crown Molding
Updated: August 18, 2014 - 3:37 am

(Family Features) If you’re looking for a cost-effective way to dress up a room in your home, crown molding is a simple way to add elegance and class with minimal investment.

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Install Bathroom Tile Like a Pro
Updated: August 18, 2014 - 3:37 am

(Family Features) Updating the flooring can instantly infuse new life into a tired, outdated bathroom. For an upscale, polished look that doesn’t have to break the bank, transform your bathroom with a fresh style by installing a new tile floor.

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Assessing Curb Appeal
Updated: August 18, 2014 - 3:37 am

(Family Features) So you're looking to move your family out of your current residence to a new home better suited for your needs. Before you list your home on the market you will need to gauge its appearance to prospective buyers.

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Thursday 08/14/2014
A Fresh Approach To Fresh Air
Updated: August 15, 2014 - 3:42 am

(NAPSI)—If you think a screen door is a great way to let fresh air in and keep insects out of your home, you may want to retract that. The door, that is.

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Five Good Reasons to Replace Your Old AC in Fall
Updated: August 14, 2014 - 3:44 am

(StatePoint) Before you turn off your AC system for the season, consider having it checked out by a certified contractor. If it’s older or has been giving you problems, you might want to replace it. 

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Is Your Home Ready for Winter?
Updated: August 14, 2014 - 3:44 am

(StatePoint) It’s time to start preparing your home to make sure it can efficiently handle colder weather.

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Prepping Your Home for Cold Weather Pays Off
Updated: August 14, 2014 - 3:44 am

(StatePoint) Preparing your home for colder weather can help ensure your family stays warm and safe, as well as save you money on energy-related costs and potential damage to your home’s structure.

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Wednesday 08/13/2014
Two Sides of Curb Appeal: Beauty and Performance
Updated: August 14, 2014 - 3:44 am

(NewsUSA) - If your house is starting to look a little scruffy, you could re-caulk and re-paint, but that's a lot of work. Plus, you'd be out there again in a few years doing it all over again. And would it really make that much of a difference in the overall look? To really jolt your curb appeal, maybe it's time to re-side.

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Thursday 08/07/2014
Save Energy and Money With Home Lighting Techniques
Updated: August 13, 2014 - 3:44 am

(NewsUSA) - From the kitchen, basement or even the couch, you can now turn lights on or off remotely, create "zones" of activity and control every shade of light and color in your home without ever flipping a switch. These benefits -- along with the ability to save energy and money -- are just a few reasons why consumers are rapidly adopting automated lighting and wireless or cloud-based home management systems.

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Going On Vacation? Your Smartphone Can Help Keep Your Home Safe While You're Away
Updated: August 08, 2014 - 3:44 am

(NAPSI)—With the economy picking up, more and more families are planning trips this season. Your next vacation may be more relaxing once you realize all the convenience and security you have at your fingertips—thanks to your smartphone and its many useful apps.

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You Can Help Stop Invasive Pests
Updated: August 08, 2014 - 3:44 am

(NAPSI)—There’s good news for those who enjoy outdoor activities. By taking a few simple steps, they can help protect the environment from invasive pests and the damage they can cause.

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Tuesday 08/05/2014
Keep them home, happy and studying: Creating a kid-friendly space
Updated: August 12, 2014 - 3:41 am

(BPT) - Would a great study space ease your child’s transition from summer to school? Perhaps an awesome lounge area could convince your teens – and all their friends – that your house is the best hangout spot ever. Whatever your objectives, a few design and decorating tricks can help you create a kid-friendly space in your home.

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Monday 08/04/2014
DIY Ideas for Every Room
Updated: August 04, 2014 - 3:40 am

(Family Features) From simple storage solutions that freshen up messy rooms to projects that enliven a space, do-it-yourself options are a popular choice among many homeowners. Try out some of these ideas to make every room in your home feel new again, without having to empty your pocketbook or call a handyman. 

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Thursday 07/31/2014
Lower Home Cooling Costs And Increased Energy Efficiency
Updated: August 01, 2014 - 3:48 am

(NAPSI)—Energy prices in California are among the highest in the nation. Fortunately, homeowners in the Golden State and across the country can beat the heat at home and in their wallets with spray polyurethane foam (SPF) insulation.

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Da Vinci Code For The Yard
Updated: August 01, 2014 - 3:48 am

(NAPSI)—An idea the Renaissance genius Leonardo da Vinci had back in 1490 could make a difference in how well you can keep your lawn looking today.

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New PSA Campaign Encourages Firearms Owners To "Lock It Up" When Not In Use And Provides Firearms Safety Resources For Families
Updated: August 01, 2014 - 3:48 am

(NAPSI)—Launching today, the Safe Firearms Storage campaign encourages firearms owners to make safe firearms storage a priority. According to a study by the RAND Corporation using statistics from the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, approximately 1.4 million homes have firearms stored in a way that makes them accessible to the wrong hands—children, at-risk youth, potential thieves, and those who intend to harm themselves or others.

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Wednesday 07/30/2014
Going home again: A great office is a key to success for new home-based workers
Updated: August 06, 2014 - 3:40 am

(BPT) - Whoever first said, “You can’t go home again,” probably wasn’t considering the 38 million home-based businesses in the United States, or the approximately 37 million households that have active home offices. More workers are plying their trade from home, as employers recognize the value of flexibility for their work force and more employees decide to enter the ranks of American entrepreneurship.

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Monday 07/28/2014
Home Updates That Go Back In Time
Updated: July 28, 2014 - 3:43 am

(Family Features) Mid-century modern inspiration draws from the 1940s through the 1960s, a twenty-year span when design was sleek, elegant and functional. Although the style originated more than 70 years ago, this trend has resurfaced with a fresh revival. 

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