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(Family Features) Making improvements around the house to curb your energy usage is not only good for the environment, it can make a big impact on your utility bills, too.

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Monday 07/21/2014
Get Growing with an Urban Garden
Updated: July 21, 2014 - 3:33 am

(Family Features) Urban living and lush gardens aren’t as mutually exclusive as one might assume. In fact, it’s possible to cultivate thriving gardens in even the smallest spaces.

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Create a Room Fit for a Queen with Crown Molding
Posted: July 21, 2014

(Family Features) If you’re looking for a cost-effective way to dress up a room in your home, crown molding is a simple way to add elegance and class with minimal investment.

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DIY Ideas for Every Room
Updated: July 21, 2014 - 3:33 am

(Family Features) From simple storage solutions that freshen up messy rooms to projects that enliven a space, do-it-yourself options are a popular choice among many homeowners. Try out some of these ideas to make every room in your home feel new again, without having to empty your pocketbook or call a handyman. 

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Ways to Protect Your Family Outdoors
Updated: July 21, 2014 - 3:33 am

(Family Features) Before your family begins enjoying the great outdoors during this adventure-filled season, make sure your yard is properly treated to avoid the dangers of poison ivy, oak or sumac.

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Home Updates That Go Back In Time
Updated: July 21, 2014 - 3:33 am

(Family Features) Mid-century modern inspiration draws from the 1940s through the 1960s, a twenty-year span when design was sleek, elegant and functional. Although the style originated more than 70 years ago, this trend has resurfaced with a fresh revival. 

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Thursday 07/17/2014
Geothermal: A Comfortable Way To Cut Costs
Updated: July 18, 2014 - 3:33 am

(NAPSI)—One way to keep your home at a comfortable temperature without your heating and cooling bills going sky high can be found underground.

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Monday 07/14/2014
Add Appeal, Save On Your Remodeling Project
Updated: July 14, 2014 - 3:32 am

(Family Features) For those who wish to make updates to their home, the kitchen is a great place to begin. According to the 2013 Cost vs. Value report from Remodeling magazine, a minor kitchen remodel should recoup up to 75 percent of total remodeling dollars, based on the value of the home increasing. When focusing on this important part of the house, many homeowners are looking for ways to add luxurious and modern touches without breaking the bank.

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National Curb Appeal Month: Tips to Upgrade Your Home’s Exterior
Updated: July 14, 2014 - 3:32 am

(StatePoint) Curb appeal is important in setting a welcoming tone. And if your home is for sale, an attractive exterior becomes crucial.

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Caring for Your Stone Surfaces
Updated: July 14, 2014 - 3:32 am

(Family Features) Many homeowners install granite or marble countertops and vanities for their durability and to add more value to the home. But in the end, nothing beats the most visible benefit — that rich shine and luster right after the workmen install the new natural stone.

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Tips to Make Your Home More Peaceful
Updated: July 14, 2014 - 3:32 am

(StatePoint) Life is busy and loud. A home used to be a relaxing, calming haven to hide away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. But with televisions in every room and a constant connection to the outside world through tablets, laptops and smartphones, finding a fortress of solitude, or even a room of quiet, has become a near impossible task.

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Thursday 07/10/2014
Keeping Your Cool In A Heat Wave
Updated: July 11, 2014 - 3:32 am

(NAPSI)—While high heat can drain your energy, increase your utility bills and make your AC work overtime, there are simple ways you can save energy without compromising comfort.

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Enjoy A Summer Of Celebrations
Updated: July 11, 2014 - 3:32 am

(NAPSI)—Whether you are enjoying a long holiday weekend or a birthday or just sharing a nice day outside with family and friends, the lifestyle experts at Celebrations.com offer some tried-and-true tips to ensure a successful summer of celebrations.

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Five Ways A Power Outage Can Cost You Money
Updated: July 11, 2014 - 3:32 am

(NAPSI)—Despite increases in their frequency and severity, power outages are still viewed by many people as merely inconvenient. Short outages—perhaps four hours or less—certainly fall within that category. Beyond that, power outages can start to cost you a lot of money. Here are five ways an extended power outage can impact your checkbook:

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Monday 07/07/2014
Smart Kids' Rooms that Grow with Time
Updated: July 07, 2014 - 3:32 am

(Family Features) Costs for furnishing and decorating a child's room can mount quickly, but with careful planning and a few smart purchases, the decisions you make for that nursery or toddler's room can create a functional and clutter-free space that grows with your child well into the teen years.

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Pool Maintenance 101
Updated: July 07, 2014 - 3:32 am

(Family Features) For many homeowners, there is nothing better than inviting friends over to cool off from the sun's warm rays in the comfort of their own backyard pool.

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Wednesday 07/02/2014
Cool down those air conditioning bills this summer [Infographic]
Posted: July 02, 2014

(BPT) - High energy costs could be burning a hole through your wallet as you try to keep your air conditioning costs down this summer. The addition of Icynene spray foam insulation around your home can reduce your cooling costs, and the money you spend on energy bills.

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Monday 06/30/2014
Benefits of Soy Candles
Updated: June 30, 2014 - 3:32 am

(Family Features) Available in a variety of colors, sizes and scents, candles are a favorite decorative item seen in homes everywhere. While some are drawn to the glow an open flame brings to a room, others adore candles for the calming benefits of aromatherapy. 

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Assessing Curb Appeal
Updated: June 30, 2014 - 3:32 am

(Family Features) So you're looking to move your family out of your current residence to a new home better suited for your needs. Before you list your home on the market you will need to gauge its appearance to prospective buyers.

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Thursday 06/26/2014
There's Got To Be An Easier Way--WAIT, There Is!
Updated: June 27, 2014 - 3:32 am

(NAPSI)—Three hours spent scrubbing my deck and driveway and 10 minutes scrubbing the inside of a trash can.

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Create Your Dream Outdoor Oasis
Updated: June 27, 2014 - 3:32 am

(NAPSI)—For an increasing number of Americans, the outside is what’s in. That is, outdoor spaces are becoming an extension of the home, like a warm-weather living room, complete with comfortable furniture, sun protection and perhaps even curtains or a fire pit, making an ideal outdoor oasis to pass the evenings and enjoy the warm weather. To create your own outdoor living space, the following are a few ways to ensure it suits your needs and stays looking great throughout the season:

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Monday 06/23/2014
Tips for a Healthier Home
Updated: June 23, 2014 - 3:35 am

(Family Features) Every household has its honey-do list, but inevitably you’re not always going to have time to cross off every project on the list. Rather than setting lofty goals that make it easy to procrastinate, the key to a productive and effective list is to be realistic. Start with the projects that will have an immediate effect on creating and maintaining a safer and healthier home.

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5 Ways to Create a Safer Bathroom
Updated: June 23, 2014 - 3:35 am

(Family Features) According to the National Safety Council, approximately 70 percent of all accidents occurring in the home happen in the bathroom — accounting for nearly 200,000 accidents each year.

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Thursday 06/19/2014
A More Efficient Approach To Cooling And Heating
Updated: June 20, 2014 - 3:35 am

(NAPSI)—According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), 50 percent of an average U.S. home’s energy bill can be linked directly to cooling and heating costs, which amounts to approximately $1,100 per year, depending on location.

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Help For Household Water Well Owners
Updated: June 20, 2014 - 3:36 am

(NAPSI)—There’s good news for household water well owners who want to care for their wells and their water. They now have unprecedented help with access to 15 online lessons, eight webinars and much more—all free.

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Why Automatic Standby Generators Are Better Than Portables
Updated: June 20, 2014 - 3:36 am

(NAPSI)—Portable generators are readily available from many retailers and home centers, they’re familiar to users and thus easy to operate, and they store easily in a shed or garage. However, automatic standby generators offer many advantages over portables during a power outage. Here are the top six:

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Monday 06/16/2014
Avoid Gardening Guesswork With All-America Selections
Updated: June 16, 2014 - 3:37 am

(Family Features) Experimentation seems to be the key to a great garden. Where one plant thrives, its neighbor can simply wither away. So, how's a gardener to know what plants to buy from year-to-year? The All-American Selections designation is designed to take some of the guesswork out of gardening.

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10 Frugal Gardening Tricks
Updated: June 16, 2014 - 3:37 am

(Family Features)  Fun, frugal and environmentally-friendly, these tricks will help you get a great garden:

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Renewing concrete driveways, patios and sidewalk damaged by harsh weather
Updated: June 17, 2014 - 3:39 am

(BPT) - Now that the United States has emerged from one of the worst winters in the past century, homeowners are starting to take notice of damage caused to their driveways, patios, sidewalks, and other concrete surfaces. This past winter featured an average temperature of 31.3 degrees Fahrenheit and the 10th largest snow cover since 1966, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s National Climatic Data Center. Concrete is like a rigid sponge that snow and other precipitation penetrate, freeze, expand and eventually thaw; those repeated freezing and thawing cycles cause unsightly cracking, flaking, and spalling.

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Thursday 06/12/2014
Sow Easy: Growing Food And Flowers From Seeds At Home
Updated: June 13, 2014 - 3:44 am

(NAPSI)—Many vegetables and flowers, especially annuals, can be sown as seeds directly into the garden. Not only can “growing your own” save gardeners money on tasty produce and colorful flowers, it can be a great way to introduce children to gardening.

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Welcome Home
Updated: June 13, 2014 - 3:44 am

TOP 5 Things to Know When Preparing to Sell or Buy a Home in 2014

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Welcome Home: Top Five Things To Know When Preparing To Sell Or Buy A Home In 2014
Updated: June 13, 2014 - 3:44 am

(NAPSI)—For the first time in years, rising home prices are boosting sellers’ confidence. At the same time, interest rates remain relatively low, helping to boost potential homebuyers’ confidence. Millions of Americans will decide in 2014 to put their houses on the market and/or shop for new homes, and need to understand the current housing market conditions as they move closer to buying or selling homes.

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Protecting Against The Deadly West Nile Virus
Updated: June 13, 2014 - 3:44 am

(NAPSI)—There’s good news for homeowners. Protecting yourself and your loved ones from West Nile virus may be easier than you realize. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the single most effective thing you can do to protect yourself is eliminate all standing water on your property.

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Decks Can Be Beautiful And Sustainable
Updated: June 13, 2014 - 3:44 am

(NAPSI)—For some homeowners, a deck is an extension of what makes a house a home. It can be a place to retreat to after a long, work-filled week as well as a place to spend time with family and friends.

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Power Outage Survival: Emergency Generators Provide Backup Power
Updated: June 13, 2014 - 3:44 am

(NAPSI)—In the last two years, one in every four homeowners has experienced a power outage lasting 12 hours or more, averaging more than $1,900 in property damage, according to a survey by Harris Interactive—but you don’t have to be among them.

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Stay Safe After Severe Storms
Updated: June 13, 2014 - 3:44 am

(NAPSI)—Even after a storm has passed, there are still some things to watch out for. For example, electrical dangers may still pose a risk throughout the community and even in your home.

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Monday 06/09/2014
10 Easy Vegetables to Grow in Your Garden
Updated: June 09, 2014 - 3:38 am

(Family Features)  Growing fresh, healthy vegetables at home isn't as hard as it may sound. Novice gardeners just need good dirt, easy plants to grow, lots of sunshine and the right amount of water.

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5 Reasons to Love Raised Garden Beds
Updated: June 09, 2014 - 3:38 am

(Family Features) A neat and orderly garden is a thing of beauty. Get a picture-perfect garden without a lot of work with raised beds. Here are five great reasons to love this type of gardening:

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Thursday 06/05/2014
Help For First-Time Homebuyers
Updated: June 06, 2014 - 3:36 am

(NAPSI)—As the U.S. housing market continues its rebound, many buyers and lenders are trying to understand the new landscape and what it means. With tougher credit standards, fewer buyers qualify for mortgage loans. While housing prices remain below the peak of several years ago, they have been steadily rising, according to the Illinois Association of Realtors.

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Summer Heat Can Burn Through A Homeowner's Repair Budget
Updated: June 06, 2014 - 3:36 am

(NAPSI)—The unexpected breakdown of a major appliance or system in summer can leave a homeowner hot under the collar in more ways than one. These types of breakdowns usually mean costly repairs and a less-than-comfortable home until they’re fixed or replaced.

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Fast, Easy Ways To Have A Kitchen And Bath You Love
Updated: June 06, 2014 - 3:36 am

(NAPSI)—Anyone who thinks there’s an app these days for everything but the kitchen sink is wrong. Now, your smartphone, tablet or computer can help you have a new kitchen sink, bathroom vanity, countertop and a whole lot more. With free online tools, it’s easy to design your dream kitchen or bath.

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Make The Summer "Awesome" With Your Family
Updated: June 06, 2014 - 3:36 am

(NAPSI)—The kids are out of school, which means parents are out of time to plan fun family activities for this summer. As the days get longer, engage the whole gang with easy, educational activities that encourage quality family time and may impart some important life lessons.

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After Your Move--Getting Settled
Updated: June 06, 2014 - 3:36 am

(NAPSI)—Growing comfortable in a new neighborhood can be made simpler, if you heed these moving tips on what to do—and what not to do—when getting settled.

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Wednesday 06/04/2014
Is your relationship ready for DIY? [Infographic]
Posted: June 04, 2014

(BPT) - Thousands of couples will embark on the shared home improvement project journey this year, and it’s no secret that men and women often face these projects in different ways. Find out how partnering on do-it-yourself (DIY) projects impacts relationships and how couples solve for DIY discord.

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Monday 06/02/2014
Make a Splash with Family Pool Fun
Updated: June 02, 2014 - 3:33 am

(Family Features) Warmer weather brings leisurely days spent poolside with friends and family. As you get ready to dive in to another season of fun in the sun, remember that safety comes first.

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Thursday 05/29/2014
Design Tips That Can Help Keep Seniors Safer
Updated: May 29, 2014 - 7:51 pm

(NAPSI)—Investing a little time and effort to create a safer environment for a senior can pay dividends when it comes to preventing falls.

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Community Gardens: More Beneficial Than Many Think
Updated: May 29, 2014 - 7:51 pm

(NAPSI)—People around the U.S. are increasingly bringing the “green” back to their neighborhoods. In addition to initiatives like Community-Supported Agriculture (CSA) and environmental education through the schools, residents are starting to focus much of their attention on building long-lasting landmarks such as community gardens.

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Finding Yard Sale Bargains Just Got Easier
Updated: May 29, 2014 - 7:51 pm

(NAPSI)—More than $4 million is generated every week at yard sales, and the number of yard sales continues to increase each year by almost 60 percent. So whether you’re a buyer or a seller, with a yard sale, everybody can be a winner.

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See More Green With DIY Automatic Lawn Sprinkler System
Updated: May 30, 2014 - 3:35 am

(NewsUSA) - If you like the idea of a lush, green lawn and garden but dread the thought of dragging around a hose or sprinkler all summer, then you may want to consider installing an in-ground sprinkler system.

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Explore Backup Power Options For Hurricane And Summer Storm Season
Updated: May 30, 2014 - 3:35 am

(NAPSI)--With the 2014 Atlantic hurricane season upon us, it’s important for homeowners to explore their backup power options now.

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