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Ten Tips On Making Your Home More Eco-Friendly

June 24, 2019

Tip #1 – Turn off the lights when not needed, even as you go from room to room in the course of your day (or evening) According to ENERGY STAR, as much as 20 percent of a home’s energy use comes from light bulbs. Using a compact fluorescent light bulb (CFL) requires about 75 percent less energy than incandescent, but lights that are turned off ...

Five Simple Ways to Freshen Up Any Interior

June 17, 2019

In the paper recently, a whole page was devoted to asking people what for them was the first sign of spring -- me, I start buying pretty vintage stuff I don't need (more so than usual.) I don't care how timeless your furniture or how good your self control, once that fresh spring air billows through the curtains you can't resist the lure of ...

INCREASING YOUR HOME'S VALUE

June 16, 2019

Making the most of your dollars is always a smart idea. Whether you're purchasing a new car, a new wardrobe or the latest technology tool, you want to be sure this is something that really makes a difference in your life – something of real value. Even trivial purchases should bring you a measure of joy that makes it worthwhile. Never is this ...

Net Zero bonus

June 6, 2019

A dozen demonstration homes across the country to prove benefits of going green. Imagine a house that can monitor the outside temperature and weather forecast before deploying the window awnings or divert excess heat coming off the rooftop solar panels to run the clothes dryer. That house, called EcoTerra, opened last week in Quebec, the ...

HOME AND AWAY

June 2, 2019

No one needs to tell you when your neighbors are away. Little signs such as the car not being moved out of the garage or the mail piling up sends an instant message. And what about the lights? Is the house totally dark or is the porch light on 24 hours a day? If you notice these things, it's likely that burglars notice them even faster. If you ...

Little house, big flip

May 29, 2019

After some creative renovations, Toronto's tiniest home is back on the market and poised to make its owner a tidy profit. When David Blois opens his front door and says, "Let me give you a quick tour," he's not kidding about the quick part. Five months ago, he bought the littlest house in Toronto, a 300-square-foot home squeezed into what ...

Seven steps to a perfect lawn

May 24, 2019

As the snow melts away, impatient homeowners can't wait to begin preening and greening their lawns. Few are keener than Richard Dupuis who devotes at least 90 minutes a week to trimming, fertilizing and tending to the lawn surrounding his Alta Vista home. "My lawn is an extension of my gardens, it gives the home curb appeal," says the man, ...

8 houseplants that clean up indoor air

May 22, 2019

When we think of poor air quality, we often picture smoggy cityscapes and jam-packed highways, but there’s another place where we should be focusing our attention on air pollution: our own homes. Due to the airtight nature of many houses and apartments today, as well as chemical off-gassing in new constructions (which can last for months), ...

Cabinets can make the difference

May 13, 2019

Beautiful cabinetry adds tremendous appeal to your home. And good storage is just what you need, especially in the kitchen. During remodeling, making the right decisions can be the important difference in how well your room functions. And when you get ready to sell, it will make a big difference to that important bottom line! Pre-fab, custom ...

Make it pay

April 26, 2019

Remodeling and upgrading your home can be an expensive proposition. And it can be very frustrating, contending with the mess and upheaval in your everyday life. The last thing you want to do is over-improve or do projects that have little or no return on your investment. Whether you plan to move in a few years or never, remodel with an eye ...
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