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October 23, 2014

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Energy saving tips for every room of your home [Infographic]

(BPT) - As we move into colder months, here are various ways to conserve energy in every room of your home without sacrificing comfort or style.

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Monday 10/20/2014
Earth-Friendly Ways to Welcome Babies, Pets
Updated: October 20, 2014 - 3:33 am

(Family Features) Bringing a new member of the family home - be it a baby or pet - is sure to result in many happy smiles, giggles and messes. Whether it's your child eating spaghetti for the first time or your puppy trailing in mud after a rainy day, joyful moments with your little loved ones create memories and clean-ups.

Tips for a Clean, Guest-Ready Home
Updated: October 20, 2014 - 3:33 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.

Lawn Care Tips for Fall
Updated: October 20, 2014 - 3:33 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. 

Pick Your Power Source
Updated: October 20, 2014 - 3:33 am

(Family Features) In a variety of situations, portable generators can supply temporary or remote electric power. From emergencies to recreational and construction activities, portable generators become a welcome addition to any instance when power is needed, yet not readily available.

Bathroom Upgrades to Impress Guests
Updated: October 22, 2014 - 3:32 am

(Family Features) Game night, girls' night or family reunion - your home serves as the backdrop for many occasions. Preparing your space for friends and family can feel like a heavy undertaking, but with a few simple entertaining tips, hosts can wave goodbye to anxieties.

Friday 10/17/2014
Be on the Lookout for These Invasive Species
Updated: October 18, 2014 - 3:32 am

(NewsUSA) - Insects originating in foreign countries, commonly called invasive species, are a major concern in the U.S. because they often don't have natural predators, allowing their populations to grow quickly. The National Pest Management Association (NPMA) reminds homeowners that several of these invasive species can be a threat or a nuisance to families or properties.

Soak Your Way To Wellness
Updated: October 18, 2014 - 3:32 am

(NAPSI)—A growing number of people are now using a hot tub as part of their personal wellness routine. They find the time they spend in warm water can soothe sore muscles, relieve stress and help them enjoy a better night’s sleep.

Thursday 10/16/2014
Store Your Mower In Eight Easy Steps
Updated: October 17, 2014 - 3:33 am

(NAPSI)—Chances are, your lawn mower has been a faithful fair-weather companion. So at the end of the mowing season, you want to give it the attention it deserves.

Wednesday 10/15/2014
It's Official: Women Are the Decision-Makers Even When It Comes to Roofs
Updated: October 16, 2014 - 3:32 am

(NewsUSA) - What do shoes have to do with choosing the perfect shingles for your roof?

Monday 10/13/2014
Corral Clutter with a Mudroom
Updated: October 13, 2014 - 3:32 am

(Family Features) Positioned near the busiest door, mudrooms are quickly becoming a must-have in many family homes. These organizational dynamos are the perfect place to catch muddy boots, backpacks, sports equipment and dirty paws before they make it all the way into the main living area.

Mini-Makeovers Deliver Big Home Value
Updated: October 18, 2014 - 3:32 am

(Family Features) Kitchen and bathroom remodeling projects can significantly add comfort, improve functionality and increase the home's resale value. Whichever reason drives homeowners to complete an improvement project, they need to pick one that also delivers a return on investment.

Thursday 10/09/2014
Foaming Your Home Can Help You Save
Updated: October 10, 2014 - 3:33 am

(NAPSI)—The use of energy-efficient and environmentally responsible building materials is an important consideration for homeowners, developers, architects and contractors. Spray polyurethane foam (SPF) is a wise choice for insulating homes and structures as it can help lower energy use and bills. Lower energy use means that less greenhouse gases, like carbon dioxide, are being produced in the generation of electricity or other fuels that power our buildings.

How Much Backup Power Do You Need During An Outage?
Updated: October 10, 2014 - 3:33 am

(NAPSI)—With more and more choices available in automatic home standby power, selecting the right backup power system can be confusing. Here are three important things to think about when considering an automatic standby power system:

Wednesday 10/08/2014
Save Now With Proven High-Efficiency Gas Wall-Hung Boiler
Updated: October 09, 2014 - 3:33 am

(NewsUSA) - With the memory of last winter's harsh heating bills still vivid, North American property owners would do well to embrace proven cost-saving energy efficiency and conservation practices.

Monday 10/06/2014
Clever Storage Ideas for Small Spaces
Updated: October 06, 2014 - 3:33 am

(Family Features) No matter how cramped and cluttered your living space, there is always a spot or two for extra storage. Finding it is just a matter of getting creative and utilizing a few clever solutions.

Friday 10/03/2014
Smoke Alarms Save Lives -- Make Sure Yours Are Working
Updated: October 04, 2014 - 3:39 am

(NewsUSA) - Smoke alarms save lives. Yet, every day in homes across the U.S., fire deaths still occur. By ensuring that you have working smoke alarms, you can cut your risk of perishing in a home fire by half, according to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA).

Thursday 10/02/2014
Seven Steps Toward A Greener, Cleaner Bathroom
Updated: October 02, 2014 - 4:33 pm

(NAPSI)—When people think of ways to live green and save energy in their homes, the bathroom may not be the first place that comes to mind. However, Carter Oosterhouse, home and design expert, proves there are several simple ways you can make a big difference in one of the most trafficked rooms in your home.

Tuesday 09/30/2014
When It Comes to Winter Roof Checkups, the Attic Is Your Friend
Updated: October 02, 2014 - 4:33 pm

(NewsUSA) - You know you're supposed to do it twice a year. But what homeowner relishes the thought of climbing a ladder to check the health of his roof -- as key to a home's energy efficiency as that roof might be -- when the weather is turning sharply colder outside?

Pest Proof Now to Protect Homes for Winter
Updated: October 02, 2014 - 4:33 pm

(NewsUSA) - As the cold winter months quickly approach, people won't be the only ones huddling inside for warmth. The National Pest Management Association (NPMA) encourages homeowners to take steps to prevent pests like cockroaches, rodents and nuisance wildlife from making your home their winter getaway.

Monday 09/29/2014
Why Emergency Preparedness Matters
Updated: September 29, 2014 - 3:55 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.

Stunning DIY painting projects that can be done in one day or less
Updated: October 06, 2014 - 3:33 am

(BPT) - Modern, lively, exciting - if these words don’t describe the style of your favorite rooms, an update is in order. Painting is a classic makeover tool for interior spaces. To give your home’s aesthetic a boost of personality and style, consider these surprisingly simple DIY paint projects that can be done in one day or less.

2015 sneak peak: Hot home decor color trends
Updated: October 06, 2014 - 3:33 am

(BPT) - It’s a strategy interior designers often use to create stunning rooms that wow the instant someone enters them: the use of creative color. Homeowners looking to deliver impressive interior style can take cues from what will be the trendiest hues of 2015 and beyond.

Thursday 09/25/2014
Playing It Safe In The Play Area
Updated: September 26, 2014 - 3:54 am

(NAPSI)—Keeping the play area safe for your offspring to run around and have fun in can be easier if you heed a few hints:

New Life For Flea Market Finds
Updated: September 26, 2014 - 3:54 am

(NAPSI)—Restore, refinish, repurpose: The R’s have it when it comes to decorating your home. You can give used furniture new life with some imagination and a little bit of elbow grease. From turning a discarded door into a stately headboard to making a coffee table out of a wooden pallet, the possibilities are endless when you do it yourself.

Tips To Help You Personalize Your Kitchen
Updated: September 26, 2014 - 3:54 am

(NAPSI)—If your family is like most, it’s not like any other, and your kitchen shouldn’t be either. Every family has its own distinct requirements for the kitchen. Fortunately, a few simple steps can help you personalize your cooking and cleaning space to make it work best for you.

Monday 09/22/2014
How to Be Prepared for an Emergency
Updated: September 22, 2014 - 3:40 am

(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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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. 

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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