Replace or repair? That’s the home improvement question

home improvement(ARA) – Maintenance and improvement are both essential realities of home ownership. From windows and skylights to gas ranges and front doors, everything in your home will eventually need some work. But how do you know when something simply needs repair, or merits being replaced?

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Money saving tips for the cold season

December 13, 2011 by · Comments Off on Money saving tips for the cold season
Filed under: Attic, Budget-friendly, Eco-Friendly, Energy Efficiency, Heating & Cooling, Home Improvement, Home Renovation, HVAC system, Insulation, Programmable Thermostat, Water Heater, Windows 

Energy savings tipsSaving on energy bills is a familiar thought that I am sure has crossed your mind. After all with holiday season around the coroner, we are all rushing to finish our last minute shopping. Spending money on presents and gifts in this economy will leave many of us short on cash. Therefore, there is no better time to start taking measures to lower energy bills so that we can recuperate some of the money spend on buying gifts.
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Five tips to stay warm and reduce energy costs

Reduce Energy Cost(ARA) – As winter approaches and the outdoor temperature drops, energy consumption is on the rise. Homeowners can implement these five tips to help reduce their home’s energy use and costs, yet maintain a warm and comfortable indoor environment, this winter.

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Five tips to get your home ready for winter

October 20, 2011 by · Comments Off on Five tips to get your home ready for winter
Filed under: Chimney, Energy Efficiency, Heating & Cooling, Insulation, Winterization 

Winterization(ARA) – It may not be winter yet, but do not wait for it to arrive to start getting the house ready for the coldest months of the year.

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Ease your winter heating bill with a call to your plumbing and heating contractor

October 20, 2011 by · Comments Off on Ease your winter heating bill with a call to your plumbing and heating contractor
Filed under: Eco-Friendly, Energy Efficiency, Heating & Cooling, Home Improvement, HVAC system, Plumbing 

Reduce heating bills(ARA) – Winter will soon bring plenty of cold and snowy weather. Families will turn up the thermostat, add an extra blanket to the beds, and hit the local home improvement store for needed supplies to seal windows and doors.

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Take steps now to keep indoor air clean throughout winter

October 11, 2011 by · Comments Off on Take steps now to keep indoor air clean throughout winter
Filed under: Air Quality, Energy Efficiency, Green Living, Green Remodeling, Heating & Cooling, HVAC system 

Air Quality(ARA) – When the winter winds start to howl, it’s a natural response to want to close your home up tightly. To stay warm and avoid wasting energy, you close the windows – or even seal them with window film — find ways to stop air from leaking in through cracks and under doors, and then put your heating system to work. But when those instincts kick in, remember that what you’re doing is sealing air inside your home.

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Make your attic energy efficient and save on utility bills

September 29, 2011 by · Comments Off on Make your attic energy efficient and save on utility bills
Filed under: Attic, Budget-friendly, Energy Efficiency, Green Remodeling, Heating & Cooling, Insulation, Radiant Barrier, Weatherproofing 

radiant berrierMany homeowners think of sealing doors and windows to make their home more energy efficient but did you know that majority of energy loss is through the attic? Your attic can become very hot during the summer and may even get up to as high as 165 degrees Fahrenheit. This high heat can work its way to the rest of your home that forces your cooling system to work harder and consequently your utility bills will rise. If you are planning a home improvement project, a radiant barrier is a great way of increasing the energy efficiency of your home and saving on your energy bills in the summer as well as in the winter.
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Tips to save on home energy costs this summer

June 23, 2011 by · Comments Off on Tips to save on home energy costs this summer
Filed under: Budget-friendly, Energy Efficiency, Heating & Cooling, Programmable Thermostat, Windows 

Energy Efficient(ARA) – Summer’s sizzling temperatures can make it difficult to keep your home comfortable, and even more difficult to keep up with the higher utility bills that often come with it. Yet even a few well-chosen improvements can make a big difference in home comfort and energy efficiency. Here are some ways to save on energy costs this season.

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How home automation can help cut costs and save energy

June 6, 2011 by · Comments Off on How home automation can help cut costs and save energy
Filed under: Energy Efficiency, Green Home Remodeling, Heating & Cooling, Home Automation, Lighting 

Energy Efficient(ARA) – Who wouldn’t like an extra set of hands around the house? Or some help with basic everyday activities such as keeping your home comfortable? And if that extra help could also make your home more energy efficient – reducing your utility bills – wouldn’t that be an added bonus?

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Get smart about your living environment: Five trends that will make your home truly your own

March 4, 2011 by · Comments Off on Get smart about your living environment: Five trends that will make your home truly your own
Filed under: Energy Efficiency, Heating & Cooling, Home Remodeling, Home Renovation, Ventilation 

Home Remodeling(ARA) – If you’re looking to purchase or remodel a home, you likely are building a long list of “must-haves,” “must-dos” and “must-includes” for your new space. There’s no question the housing market is in a different place than it was as recently as five years ago. Of course, a tough economy has been the prevailing factor, but other things – an aging population and a tough job market – are influencing how people are living today and possibly into the future. If you’re like most home seekers and remodelers, you may find that your requirements fall in line with these five growing trends:

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