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World Water Day Conservation Tips

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March 22 is World Water Day. First celebrated in 1993, this event is designed to bring awareness to the world’s need for safe drinking water. For most of us in the United States, water is something we take for granted; something that is readily available, whenever or wherever we need it. Outside our borders, things […]

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How to Generate More Heat from Your Fireplace

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Using your fireplace to heat part of your home isn’t as simple as starting a fire and letting nature take its course.  In fact, there are several things you can do to maximize the heat generated by a woodstove, fireplace, or fireplace insert: Use your home’s air flow If you have a forced air heating […]

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How to Prevent Ice Dams from Damaging Your Home

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Did you know it’s possible (actually, quite easy) to cruise your neighborhood and predict who’s likely to have ice dam problems, and who isn’t? Here are three telltale signs:  clogged up gutters, worn down and missing roof shingles and, on especially colder days, the sight of heat escaping through the attic. Of course, if you […]

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How to Prepare for a Home or Weather Emergency

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How prepared are you for a personal, home, or weather-related emergency? Would you have a warm place to stay should your neighborhood experience a lengthy power outage? Do your children know how to exit your home safely in case of fire? Are you familiar with CPR basics to help someone who is choking? The truth […]

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How to Prevent Accidental Poisoning

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Poisoning in one of the top 5 causes of accidents in the U.S.  In fact, more than 2.5 million people report a concern over accidental poisoning every year, while over 60,000 young children are treated annually in emergency care facilities. Here’s just some of what you can do to prevent accidental poisoning in your home: […]

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Surprise: 7 Household Items That Expire!

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You wouldn’t drink expired milk or eat foul smelling poultry, would you? Of course not – you trust expiration dates and your senses to steer you away from unpleasant (and potentially dangerous) experiences. But expiration dates aren’t just for food. Here are some common household items that many homeowners use long past their use-by dated. […]

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How to Make Bath Time Fun for Your Kids

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For some kids, bath time is a blast. A bath can fix or alter a bad mood or temper tantrum and act as the perfect reset button for even the worst of days. And yet some kids hate bath time. Period.  Not to mention passionately!  And that makes it doubly difficult and more stressful for […]

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How to Clean Your Gas Grill.

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Walk through just about any neighborhood during dinnertime and you’re sure to get a whiff of burgers, hot dogs, and other treats roasting away on a hot grill. After all, warm weather and grilling are almost synonymous. Still, before you fire up your grill, make sure it’s ready for another fun-filled and delicious season by […]

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How to Avoid Damaging Your Lawn.

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You spend countless weekends caring for your lawn; babying it, watching it like a hawk, and waging war on anything that dares to threaten its beauty and health. But sometimes, try as you might, it just doesn’t reward you for all your time, effort, and hard work. Well, believe it or not, your lawn maintenance […]

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