Melissa

Melissa

Stories by Melissa

Houston’s Fastest-Growing Communities

Aug 21, 2014

It’s no secret the Houston area is booming. In fact, a recent study by Atlanta-area relocation firm WelcomeMat Services ranks one of the city’s ZIP codes as the fastest growing in the nation. Two others were also near the top of the list, says Brian Mattingly, CEO of WelcomeMat. Can you guess which Houston–area ZIP code was […]

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Ecard: The One Time It’s OK to Air Dirty Laundry

Aug 19, 2014

Dryers can use more energy than any other appliance in the home, and are responsible for 2 percent of our nation’s energy consumption, according to Home Energy Magazine. The simple act of hanging those baby clothes out to dry can cut your energy bills and helps the environment, too. It can also extend the life of the fabric so […]

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Ecard: Consider Biodegradable Diapers

Aug 19, 2014

Diapers are one of the largest contributors to landfills. The Real Diaper Association estimates the average baby will go through about 6,000 diapers during the first two years of life. And, in a single day, Americans throw away some 49 million diapers, according to the Clean Air Council. That’s why biodegradable diapers make so much sense – and some can even […]

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Ecard: Unplug Those Unused Chargers

Aug 19, 2014

Phone chargers continue to drain electricity if left plugged in, according to EnergyStar.gov. That’s why you’ll notice they’re still warm to the touch if you don’t disconnect them. They also advise that you keep digital cameras and other gadgets unplugged until you need them.   [Info_banner]  

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Mixed-Use Developments Bring Sense of Community to Atlanta

Aug 14, 2014

From Buckhead to Midtown to Westside, mixed-use developments are cropping up all over Atlanta, offering residents the convenience of living, working and playing all in one walkable area. For example, Midtown added 970 residential units and 40,000 square feet of retail from mixed-use developments in 2013 alone, according to the Midtown Alliance. In June 2014, the […]

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How to Save Water — and Money — on Your Yard

Aug 14, 2014

Colorado residents use as much water on their yards and gardens every year as they do inside their homes, according to Colorado WaterWise, an organization dedicated to water conservation and eco-friendly landscaping tips. That’s why the group urges residents to xeriscape — a type of landscaping that uses drought-tolerant plants and grasses — which it […]

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Houston Hurricane Watch: How to Prepare Your Home

Aug 14, 2014

Houston’s proximity to the Gulf Coast means that sometimes, tropical weather — including hurricanes — may threaten. Although, luckily, the area has been spared a direct hit by a major hurricane in the past several years, that doesn’t mean residents should let their guards down. With the typical hurricane season in the Atlantic running from June 1 to Nov. 30, […]

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Protect Your Trees Against the Emerald Ash Borer

Aug 14, 2014

Chicago residents are facing a new threat to their property this year: a beetle that has destroyed more than 10,000 ash trees in the city, according to an article in the Chicago Sun-Times. Called the emerald ash borer (Agrilus planipennis), the pest is a green beetle native to eastern Russia and Asia, according to emeraldashborer.info, […]

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‘Green’ Backyard Tip: Turn an Old Dresser into a Planter

Aug 12, 2014

Looking for an interesting place to make those flowers grow? Consider reusing an old chest of drawers as a unique planter.

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‘Green’ Backyard Tip: Capture the Rain

Aug 12, 2014

If you’re looking for ways to live a more eco-friendly lifestyle at home, one thing to consider is catching and using rainwater. Some people utilize rain barrels to capture water, which can be used on lawns or use for other purposes. The video below contains more information on using rain barrels: Keep in mind, though, that some areas may […]

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