A warm home is a welcome retreat from the long winter months, but opening the utility bill can be more shocking than a blast of frigid air. If the inefficiency of an outdated or undersized HVAC system is contributing to above-average costs, or forcing you in a losing battle with Mother Nature, it may be […]
Whether you’re putting a house on the market soon or just want your yard to look great in the fall and winter, there are lots of good options for introducing new plant life this time of year. The key is to introduce texture and color to keep the yard looking healthy and vibrant, even on […]
They say it’s the most wonderful time of year. With holiday parties, out-of-town visitors, and plenty of excuses to try a multitude of tasty treats, there’s definitely lots to look forward to—even as the days get shorter and the weather turns colder. Of course, the change in seasons can also bring on a case of […]
Winter is coming. Though the dip in weather comes as a welcome relief to a warm summer, it can be tough on your home. Freezing temperatures, wind and ice may be just an occasional worry or a recurring threat, depending on the climate where you reside. Last year, we provided some home maintenance tips to […]
When it comes to homes, insulation matters! And according to recent research, 90% of US homes are under-insulated. If you’re one of the many Americans living in an under-insulated home, here are six reasons to consider adding insulation: It helps keep your home comfortable If your home feels uncomfortably cold during winter or hot during […]
Winter is here, and so are arctic weather blasts! With a massive cold front stretching across the United States during the first week of 2017 (and several months of cold weather remaining), it’s critical to protect your home during extreme cold temperatures. Here are four ways to do this: Protect your pipes When temperatures drop […]
Thanksgiving has come and gone, and December is nearly here. As temperatures drop and snow begins falling in many US regions, home utility bills are about to rise. In fact, the U.S. Energy Information Administration is predicting a 22% increase in energy bills this winter. To lower this cost that none of us enjoy paying, […]
As we move through November, winter is almost on our doorstep. As a companion to our post on winterizing your home’s outdoors, here are tips for preparing your home’s indoors for winter. Change your smoke alarm batteries It’s important to change the batteries in your smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors at least once a […]
Winter is coming. And for preventing expensive home repairs caused by cold winter weather, fall is the time to take action. Here are some simple things you can do to prepare your home’s outside (and your home goods) for winter. Properly store your lawn mower In most of the US, you won’t have to mow […]
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