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February 1, 2015

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Ice Dams Put Homes at Risk for Termites

(NewsUSA) - Winter is far from over, but it's not too soon for homeowners to begin thinking about all the damage that homes may have sustained from prolonged cold, snow and ice. The National Pest Management Association (NPMA) warns that ice dams are one of the most troublesome winter-related home problems as they can create the perfect environment for termites.

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Thursday 01/29/2015
How to Keep Tabs on What’s Happening in Your Home
Updated: January 29, 2015 - 3:33 am

(StatePoint) Ignorance is not always bliss, as parents, pet owners and homeowners know all too well. Whether you’re away on vacation and unsure if you left the lights on, at work and worried about the kids, or even sitting on your couch wondering what mischief the dog is up to in the yard, knowing what’s going on inside your entire home is crucial for peace of mind.

Upgrade Your Fireplace to Improve Energy Efficiency
Updated: January 29, 2015 - 3:33 am

(StatePoint) Heating and cooling your home typically comprises nearly half of the average American’s utility bill, according to the U.S. Department of Energy. Unfortunately, a portion of that expenditure is lost.

Tuesday 01/27/2015
6 reasons why you should heat your home with wood in 2015
Updated: January 27, 2015 - 3:33 am

(BPT) - As temperatures drop, home heating costs increase across the country. In fact, experts predict this winter will be colder than previously expected, and electricity and natural gas prices will climb accordingly, ABC News reports. While the majority of Americans rely on those two sources to heat their homes, there is a time-proven alternative that should warrant consideration for homeowners looking to trim heating costs this winter: heating with wood.

Monday 01/26/2015
Managing Your Mortgage, Your Money And More
Updated: January 27, 2015 - 3:33 am

(NAPSI)—Settling into a new place can be an exciting time. You’re unpacking, meeting new neighbors, getting the “lay of the land” and making decisions about how to furnish and decorate your home. At the same time, you’re assuming many new financial responsibilities, such as mortgage payments and maintenance costs. That’s one reason it’s important to protect yourself and your family by making sure you have a sound financial foundation.

Give Your Kitchen a New Look With a Lighting Update
Updated: January 27, 2015 - 3:33 am

(NewsUSA) - A simple, inexpensive lighting update can completely transform your kitchen from dull to dynamite.

Define Your Unique Style
Updated: January 26, 2015 - 3:33 am

(Family Features) When thinking about your dream kitchen, what finish style of cabinets come to mind? Is it rich dark stained cherry wood? Maybe a clean, crisp white paint? Do you picture yourself having a rustic kitchen complemented by different techniques?

Mini-Makeovers for Your Indoor Spaces
Updated: January 26, 2015 - 3:33 am

(Family Features) When cold winter days keep you inside, you may find yourself quickly bored with your surroundings. While you wait for the sun to make its next appearance, it’s the perfect time for a mini-makeover to make your indoor space feel fresh and appealing.

5 Tips for Organizing Your Home Office
Updated: January 26, 2015 - 3:33 am

(Family Features) When temperatures begin creeping up again, it signals time for an annual tradition: spring cleaning. While big projects like windows are hard to overlook, don’t forget smaller areas that need attention, too, such as your home office.

DIY Home Upkeep
Updated: January 26, 2015 - 3:33 am

(Family Features) Homeowners can avoid emergency repairs by completing a few home projects each season. A simple project such as inspecting the plumbing annually can prevent the unexpected cost of repairing water damage from a pipe that burst.

Create Your Own Bathroom Retreat
Updated: January 26, 2015 - 3:33 am

(Family Features) With so much time spent in the bathroom, it is important to give that space a little TLC like the rest of the home. Almost everyone that enters your home sees your bathroom. From changing accessories to a total bath remodel, it is important that it receives a little refreshment. A bathroom should be an oasis, and the environment that it displays directly correlates with just how relaxing it is.

Monday 01/19/2015
Ways to Recycle at Home
Updated: January 19, 2015 - 3:33 am

(Family Features) Though recycling may seem like a chore, it is an important key to managing the waste in your family’s home.

Monday 01/12/2015
Keep Winter Energy Bills in Check
Updated: January 12, 2015 - 3:33 am

(Family Features) As winter temperatures drop, the potential for higher utility bills goes up. Taking steps ahead of the cold season can help you trim costs and make your home more energy efficient, keeping those utility bills in check even as the winter weather rages.

Friday 01/09/2015
Give Your House A Fresh Start: Get The Ductwork Cleaned
Updated: January 10, 2015 - 3:31 am

(NAPSI)—While professionally cleaned ductwork can be like a breath of fresh air to many houses, there are a few facts you should know when it’s time to have your home’s air ducts cleaned.

Wednesday 01/07/2015
Three Ways To Save Money In 2015
Updated: January 08, 2015 - 3:32 am

(NAPSI)—Good news for some homeowners looking to save money: Utility costs are your biggest housing expense after the mortgage, but there are more ways than ever to save on energy bills. Homeowners who act now can save thousands in the years ahead.

Tuesday 01/06/2015
Small Fixtures Make a Big Design Impact
Updated: January 07, 2015 - 3:32 am

(NewsUSA) - When considering lighting design, chances are you picture major fixtures like ornate chandeliers, groupings of colorful pendants or elaborate track lighting. However, even small fixtures, such as portable lamps, can transform a room, according to the American Lighting Association (ALA).

Monday 01/05/2015
Tips To Stay Warm And Reduce Energy Costs
Updated: January 07, 2015 - 3:32 am

(NAPSI)—There’s no doubt that heating and cooling your home is the largest energy expense in your home. In fact, according to the Department of Energy, heating and cooling accounts for about 56 percent of the energy used in a typical U.S. home, which makes efforts to reduce energy costs that much more important.

Clear the Bathroom Clutter
Updated: January 05, 2015 - 3:32 am

(Family Features) Due to their small size and heavy usage, bathrooms can become a messy, cluttered area for many families.

What’s Your Kitchen Style?
Updated: January 09, 2015 - 3:32 am

(Family Features) With so many styles of kitchens and cabinets, it can sometimes be hard to decide on a favorite. You may see kitchens in each style and agree that they are all beautiful in their own way. But which is the style you would choose for your own home?

Wednesday 12/31/2014
Energy-saving saving resolutions for the new year to make 2015 better - environmentally and financially
Updated: January 07, 2015 - 3:32 am

(BPT) - It’s another new year – the perfect time to make a fresh start and set plans to achieve new goals. As you put the finishing touches on your resolutions, this is a great time to consider adding a few energy-saving commitments to the list. Taking small steps throughout the year can lead to big results – not only helping lower your energy bills but also helping to protect the planet. In celebration of the new year, here are some ways you can resolve to save energy and help fight climate change, all year ‘round:

Monday 12/29/2014
Bringing A Successful Franchise Model To Mexico
Updated: December 30, 2014 - 3:33 am

(NAPSI)—Experienced salespeople will tell you that the keys to any successful franchise or custom product service is that you have to know your products, your customers and the territory.

Ward Off Winter Chills in the Garage
Updated: December 29, 2014 - 3:31 am

(Family Features) Ensuring that your garage is weatherproofed and ready to withstand the elements of winter not only makes a more comfortable environment during the blustery cold months, it also is likely to help reduce energy costs.

Winter Plants Bring Cheer Indoors
Updated: December 29, 2014 - 3:31 am

(Family Features) Just because cold, dreary weather has you stuck indoors doesn’t mean you have to forego all of the flowers and plants you delight in outside during the spring and summer.

Tuesday 12/23/2014
Cost-Saving Winter Preparedness Tips Can Keep Your Family Safe And Warm
Updated: December 24, 2014 - 3:33 am

(NAPSI)—There are several easy and cost-effective ways that homeowners can winterize their homes this storm season. Generac Power Systems offers six easy steps that will save you money while keeping your family and home safe during the long and brutal winter storm season.

Monday 12/22/2014
Holiday Lighting 101
Updated: December 22, 2014 - 3:33 am

(Family Features) While decorating the tree, house, or garland, a whole section of lights can go dark – along with holiday spirits. Light outages can be frustrating and time-consuming to repair during the busy holiday season.

How to Wow Guests This Holiday Season
Updated: December 22, 2014 - 3:33 am

(Family Features) The holiday season provides the perfect opportunity to go all out for your guests. From decor tips to hosting secrets, it only takes a few special tweaks to make your party the talk of the season.

Set the Scene for Holiday Entertaining
Updated: December 22, 2014 - 3:33 am

(Family Features) The holiday season brings a flurry of activity, especially when it comes to entertaining family and friends. While the formal sit-down dinner is still alive and well this time of year, casual holiday gatherings are growing in popularity.

Tuesday 12/16/2014
Enjoy The Sun—Inside
Updated: December 17, 2014 - 3:33 am

(NAPSI)—Sunlight streaming through the window and onto your skin may feel fine when the weather’s cold but it can damage your skin—unless you take certain steps.

Afternoon Project
Updated: December 17, 2014 - 3:33 am

(NAPSI)—The next time you’re looking to instantly transform a piece of wood furniture or your kitchen cabinets, try a one-step stain and clear finish product to change the look and color of your wooden piece. You can update a tired room by making over one item without removing its existing finish or replacing the furniture.

Monday 12/15/2014
Conserve Energy This Winter by Choosing the Right Windows
Updated: December 16, 2014 - 3:34 am

(NewsUSA) - Winter is upon us, but the window hasn't closed for homeowners to keep their heating bills from going through the roof.

4 Tips to Make Home Maintenance Easier
Updated: December 15, 2014 - 3:35 am

(Family Features) Some home maintenance jobs require a significant investment of time and specialized equipment, but there are many projects you can accomplish efficiently with basic tools and the right approach. Follow these tips to get started:

Friday 12/12/2014
Five Quick Ways To Upgrade Your Home For Resale
Updated: December 13, 2014 - 3:33 am

(NAPSI)—Whether you’re considering cashing in on your equity, downsizing, trading up, moving for a change of scenery or relocating for better prospects, a few smart investments and improvements can help your home stand out from the competition so you get top dollar. Even if you’re not planning on moving anytime soon, these strategies can maximize your home’s value and increase its marketability:

Wednesday 12/10/2014
Simple Safety Tips
Updated: December 11, 2014 - 3:33 am

(NAPSI)—Millions of Americans enjoy the unmatched comfort of propane-powered appliances for space heating, water heating, cooking and clothes drying. To help them stay safe and comfortable in cold weather, the Propane Education & Research Council (PERC) offers some advice.

Tuesday 12/09/2014
How To Purchase Your First Home In 2015
Updated: December 10, 2014 - 3:34 am

(NAPSI)—The American dream of homeownership may not be as hard to attain as many people seem to fear. A few intriguing facts and hints can help.

Monday 12/08/2014
Choose Spray Foam For Lower Energy Bills And A Cozier Home This Winter
Updated: December 09, 2014 - 3:34 am

(NAPSI)—With the chill of winter settled in across much of the country, keeping homes warm while also maintaining manageable energy bills is a major concern for homeowners. Installing spray polyurethane foam (SPF) insulation may ease these concerns.

Bringing the Outside Indoors
Updated: December 08, 2014 - 3:35 am

(Family Features) When the weather conditions are just right, a relaxing evening spent on the porch or patio is perfect for enjoying good company and the beauty of the outside world. Wouldn't it be nice to enjoy these comforts regardless of the season?

Tips for Tackling Holiday Messes
Updated: December 08, 2014 - 3:35 am

(Family Features) This holiday season, create a welcoming environment for your guests. From getting your home ready for company to managing the many messes that come with a packed home, there are several cleaning tips to help you enjoy the fun at hand without the extra stress.

Save on Splurge-Worthy Home Styles
Updated: December 08, 2014 - 3:35 am

(Family Features) In the fashion and design world, alternative materials that emulate high-end looks are trendy not only for their lower price point and low maintenance qualities, but thanks to advancements in design and technology, are often hard to differentiate from the real thing.

Thursday 12/04/2014
Hints To Help You Get The Sleep You Need
Updated: December 05, 2014 - 3:34 am

(NAPSI)—Here’s an eye-opening statistic: According to the National Institutes of Health, adults need seven to eight hours of sleep a night, but nearly 30 percent are getting six or less.

Countdown to 2015: New ideas to get your home ready for the new year
Updated: December 11, 2014 - 3:33 am

(BPT) - The end of a year usually means one thing: endless resolutions. As you bid farewell to the holidays, it’s all about what you want to change, upgrade and do better. Health and well-being are always the first things that come to mind, but don’t overlook your home. In fact, sometimes it’s the first place to start – from a total overhaul to the simplest design changes. Those major or minor design decisions can really impact not only how you live, but also the health and happiness of you, your family and your home.

Wednesday 12/03/2014
Home Improvement Trends are Driving Innovations in Tools
Updated: December 03, 2014 - 3:34 am

(StatePoint) If you’ve hired a contractor to work on your home, you may not recognize the impact you had on trends and innovation in the home improvement industry.

6 design trends to heighten your home's style in 2015
Updated: December 10, 2014 - 3:34 am

(BPT) - As the new year kicks off, it’s the premier time to refresh and refocus on certain aspects of your life ... and the home is no exception. Say goodbye to lackluster interiors as renowned interior designer and DIY television personality, Taniya Nayak, has forecasted the top trends for 2015 that will be sure to enhance and revive any home.

Monday 12/01/2014
What To Know About Winter Storm Preparedness
Updated: December 02, 2014 - 3:34 am

(NAPSI)—Many homeowners overlook one of the most important things to prepare for when the holiday season rolls around—winter storms. Experts believe homeowners are unprepared for winter storms, putting their families and their home in danger. So while you’re decking the halls for the season, make sure you take the following into consideration and ensure your home is both merry and safe.

Tuesday 11/25/2014
Lighting for Aging Eyes -- Don't Get Left in the Dark
Updated: November 27, 2014 - 3:33 am

(NewsUSA) - Lighting becomes more important as people age. According to the American Lighting Association (ALA), with each passing year, everyone requires more light to see properly.

Monday 11/24/2014
Eliminate Stains This Holiday Season
Updated: November 24, 2014 - 3:34 am

(Family Features) Parties filled with festive drinks, food and fun are in full swing this holiday season. Every event is a chance to come away with great memories, plenty of pictures and sometimes, a stubborn stain or two.

Thursday 11/20/2014
Choosing Stain Color
Updated: November 21, 2014 - 3:34 am

(NAPSI)—When it comes to giving your home natural warmth and beauty, few things compare to wood—and wood is surprisingly flexible when it comes to color. Whether you’re refinishing your floors or cabinets, restoring a fine piece of furniture or creating a new look distressing an existing piece, wood stain can enhance the beauty of the wood and add to your style.

Smart Shipping And Storage Suggestions
Updated: November 21, 2014 - 3:34 am

(NAPSI)—Whether you’re sending gifts for the holidays, packing for a move or storing keepsakes, heeding a few hints on how to prepare things for shipping and storage can help your package stay safe and intact.

Sweet Scents Of Joy
Updated: November 21, 2014 - 3:34 am

(NAPSI)—This year, you can treat your sense of smell to the delights of the holiday season.

Getting The Most Out Of A Kitchen Remodel
Updated: November 21, 2014 - 3:34 am

(NAPSI)—According to the U.S. Census Bureau, homeowners spent $130 billion on remodeling projects last year. If you hope to join them anytime soon, there are a few things you'll want to keep in mind. After all, a kitchen remodel can give you one of the best returns on investment as long as you know where to save and where to spend.

Tips to Heat Your Home Affordably this Winter
Updated: November 20, 2014 - 3:33 am

(StatePoint) Climate control accounts for almost half the energy use in a typical U.S. home and is also the largest energy expense for most people -- but it doesn’t have to be. With a few simple solutions, you can be friendlier toward your wallet and the environment this winter.

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