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A Checklist for Getting Your Home Winter Ready

While the days grow shorter and temperatures dip lower, there’s still time to get your home ready for the winter ahead. In addition to stowing away deck furniture and prepping the lawn and garden for the winter, here is a simple checklist of things you can do to make sure your home is warm and cozy for the winter.

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Tiny House movement

Smaller homes are they the next big thing

The smaller house movement began in earnest In 1997 with the publication of “The Not So Big House” by Sara Susanka. The recession, which hit the nation’s housing market hard ten years later, only served to strengthened the movement.

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To-do list Apps or How to Avoid Multiple Trips to Home Depot

Everyone knows we’re all too busy these days to waste time. Let’s face it. There is nothing worse than making multiple trips to Home Depot in the midst of DIY project because you forgot something else you needed, again.

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Getting Your Lawn and Mower Ready for Winter

Preparing your lawn for the winter ahead doesn’t have to be complicated or expensive. The result, a lush green lawn is well worth the effort of seeding and fertilizing one last time. Here’s where to start.

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New appliances – Be an Energy Star

We’re always looking for ways to save both money and energy. Of course sometimes you have to spend money to save money. One way to do both is to consider the purchase of new appliances for your kitchen and laundry room.

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Consider an Energy Audit

Over the last ten years energy providers, particularly electric companies, have been working to educate consumers about their energy use. Electricity use is a concept that’s hard to visualize until you get the bill and it’s quantified in dollars and cents.

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Alternative Energy Sources- Solar Panels

One of the first alternatives, and one that held out hope for home owners was the solar panel. These photo voltaic panels that capture sunlight and turn it into energy held the promise of heat in winter and air conditioning in summer without burning oil.

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Controlling your house with your Phone

Lights Temperature and Security home automation

You tap your cell phone, now your alarm clock, to snooze for another ten. But before you lay your head on the pillow, you open an app and push a button. Downstairs your coffee maker begins to brew you morning beverage. Meanwhile, your refrigerator has automatically added items to your grocery list.

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HARP Loan Eligibility By State

The HARP loan program was founded in 2009 to help make homes more affordable. The US economy was in financial crisis then and the confidence of consumers was low—big banks had just failed and the values of homes were dwindling. In addition, consumer spending was low and job growth wasn’t making any headway. The economy was declining and the Making Home Affordable program was put in place to slow down this fall and reverse it using two elements. This program was intended to help homeowners who couldn’t meet their mortgage payments to keep their homes. The government believed that fewer foreclosures would help steady housing and home values.

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5 of the Best Online Sites for Space Saving Tips and More

As the old adage goes “nature abhors a vacuum.” It doesn’t seem to matter how much space we have, clutter will accumulate. Space saving has become a multi-billion dollar industry with specialized interior designers willing to reconfigure your closets, attic and basement.

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