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Smart Home Technology: Does It Add Value to Your Real Estate?

We’re sure that you have heard horror stories from your parents about the time they went away on vacation and came home to find that their refrigerator had failed, or that a toilet had overflowed and covered the floor with two inches of water. To avoid these issues, we used to frantically try and find

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6 Cheap and Easy Home Improvements That Make a Big Difference

When we moved into our 1982-built townhome a couple years ago, there were some major design “no-no’s” going on. I loved the ’80’s as much as the next fella – but there are certainly some things that should have been left there! Among them are shag carpet, floral patterned couches and gold-colored anything (Gag me

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Nest Thermostat Review – Can It Really Save You Money?

In 2011, I first heard of this neat gadget that would help my family save money on our heat and cooling bills. It promised to save my family about 30% on our monthly energy usage through auto-scheduling, auto-away and through learning your family’s tendencies. As soon as I saw the 30% savings, I immediately started

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How to Tell if Your Attic is Properly Insulated

I’ve discussed our prior experiences with attic issues here at the site more than I’d like to. But, after all our troubles with ice dams in the winter and poorly insulated and vented attics – I thought it could prove helpful to our readers to pass along what I’ve been learning. As the fall season

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Is Your House Leaking Money? (Like Ours Is)

A few years ago I wrote about how our home experienced some water damage related to an ice dam that had built up along our roof which caused water to leak inside the walls of our house. It was our first experience with ice dams and resulted in my learning more than I ever wanted

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When to Replace a Water Heater

One of the joys of home-ownership is getting to replace stuff when it goes bad. And, this past week, we were blessed when we found out we needed to replace our older water heater (can you tell I’m trying to have a good attitude about this?). Fortunately, we do have an emergency fund in place

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How to Save Money by Winterizing Your Home

Up here in the frozen tundra, preparing for winter can be a bit of a weekend time-sucker. So, last week I decided to get to it and start the winterizing process. I realize it can save us on our energy bills – so it is worth the time/effort. For those living in the south –

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Tips on Handling Rising Energy Costs

Many residential and business owners across America are all suffering from the substantial increase of energy costs.  Not only is the economy taking a toll on those trying to make a living, but the increased cost of utility bills certainly doesn’t help the situation.  People are trying to find relief wherever they can, often searching

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What You Need to Know About the High Efficiency Furnace Law

I first learned about the new federal fuel efficiency rating change when a family member’s landlord recently switched out their furnace – causing them to be out of heat for a time. They’d indicated it was due to a new law to bring old furnaces up to a higher efficiency and so I thought I’d

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