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Whether you've been working remotely or helping the kids with schoolwork, you've probably been spending a lot more time at home. As the seasons changed and the temperatures dropped, you may have noticed your utility bills going up and your comfort level going down.
We're all familiar with the phase-out of incandescent lights in favor of more environmentally friendly and energy efficient LED bulbs, strips, and fixtures. While you may have started to replace a few of your lights as the old ones burn out, you've probably noticed that the new lighting can cost an arm and a leg.
The holidays are a magical time of year when everything seems lighter and brighter. You may have already started sorting through all the bins and boxes you've had tucked away since last year in preparation for a little home decoration.
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Whether you own a home or manage several of them, the challenges can be the same especially when it comes to home maintenance needs:
With the change of seasons comes the time when those dreaded chores need to be done—closing up the pool, putting away the patio furniture, and making sure your home's heating system is ready to go. Of course, as you brace for that first cold night, you probably also worry about the high heating bills that are headed your way. The good news is that there are several things you can do to reduce those energy costs while improving comfort. Let's start at the top and work our way down:
If you're spending more time in your home these days, you may have noticed that your garage has become a catch-all for toys, bikes, tools, empty soda cans, patio furniture, sports equipment, everything except what it was intended for—your car. Owning a home means you also own a lot of home and garden essentials. While the garage seems like a logical place to store them, you can make room for everything you need with a few of these garage organization ideas. Make these do-it-yourself projects or hire a professional handyman to reclaim this prime space.
It's no secret that summer in Houston is downright tropical. With the average relative humidity exceeding 90-percent each summer morning, finding relief from the heat is a number one priority. While you may rely on your air conditioning to do the heavy lifting for cooling your home, it's going to cost you. A simple solution to cutting those high energy costs while increasing your comfort level is to install a ceiling fan.
Today's home appliances are pretty reliable and durable. You've probably become accustomed to how much easier life is with all the built-in, high-tech features they have now, so when one of your prized appliances breaks down, things can become pretty chaotic. You might want to limp along with only three burners working on your range or just grab a drink of water from the faucet if your fridge's water dispenser stops working rather than call in reinforcements, but scheduling repairs with a professional could actually save you time and money.
Summer's coming, and as a hot climate resident you know that means it's going to be hot and humid. While you may be used to the steamy climate, protecting your appliances from the extreme heat and damaging power surges might be more of a challenge than you think. To keep your most-valuable equipment running smoothly year-round, take a look at these important tips:
If you've been staying at home more than usual these days, you've probably had more time to notice the dust bunnies hiding in the corners or the cobwebs that magically appear overhead. As you pull out your mop and other cleaning supplies, you may also be wondering how you can keep yourself and your family protected from illness.
Remember all the great plans you had to fix up your house when you first moved in? Did you spend hours poring over paint decks to choose the perfect shade of green for the living room? Weren't you going to hang your family photos in a beautiful display for everyone to enjoy? How much money were you going to save by installing your own window treatments?
Remember the amazing feeling you had when you first purchased your home? You finally had something to call your own with no more landlord restrictions or rent payment with nothing to show for it at the end of each month.
Today's home appliances are great time-savers and include high-tech features that also can save you money. Did you know that using a dishwasher is more energy efficient that washing your dishes by hand? Using an Energy Star-certified machine can actually save you close to 5,000 gallons of water a year and reduce your annual electric bills by $40.