Melissa

Melissa

Stories by Melissa

How to Find a ‘Green’ Home in Atlanta

Jul 17, 2014

Atlanta’s housing market is going green. Georgia ranks seventh in the nation for sustainable construction, according to the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC). So how do you find a green home — or make your current house more green? Here’s an overview: What’s a ‘Green’ Home? Since there’s no universal definition of what constitutes a […]

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Video: The Plug-In on Electric Cars

Jul 16, 2014

Have you ever thought about buying an electric car? There are a lot of things to think about — from finding charging stations to understanding differences in the way your car works. Dave Schmeissing, an Allstate agent based in Bannockburn, Ill., drives a plug-in hybrid electric car. Watch the video below to hear about his […]

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New Kids on the Block: Why Goats are Cropping Up in Suburban Backyards

Jul 16, 2014

Just because you live in the city, or the ‘burbs, doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy a few perks of farm living. You might harvest rain water, grow fruits and vegetables, or even raise a few chickens out back. But some homeowners are taking urban farming quite literally, and are introducing goats into their yards. Can […]

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Retiring in Phoenix? Consider These Housing Options

Jul 10, 2014

The Phoenix metro area is the nation’s fastest-growing retirement destination, according to a study by the Brookings Institution. With nearly 300 days of sunshine a year, temperatures that rarely dip below freezing and a relatively low cost of living, MarketWatch says Arizona can be an attractive retirement destination. If you’re new to the area — or are […]

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Poll: Purchasing an Eco-Friendly Car

Jul 08, 2014

Whether you go electric to completely eliminate carbon emissions or switch to a hybrid model of your current set of wheels, how important is it to you to drive an environmentally friendly car? If you’re thinking of purchasing a new car, there are several eco-friendly options that don’t compromise style for green efficiency. Learn about […]

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Protecting Your Home While You’re Away on Summer Vacation

Jul 03, 2014

Burglaries in Denver fell by 4.5 percent in roughly the first three months of this year, according to a report by 9News. But that doesn’t mean homeowners should let their guard down, especially when going on summer vacation, Denver police District 1 Cmdr. Paul Pazen told the station. Besides alerting the police, one way to keep […]

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What Las Vegas Homeowners Need to Know About Solar Energy

Jul 03, 2014

Las Vegas averages 300 days of sunshine a year, which can make the thought of using solar energy appealing. Though the average cost of installing solar panels in Las Vegas is $38,000, the long-term power savings can make it an attractive investment, according to the Las Vegas Review-Journal. How Do Solar Panels Work? Solar panels, […]

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Low-Water Landscape Design Tips

Jul 03, 2014

When days lengthen and temperatures rise, so does the water consumption of most American households — and the majority of that water goes to our lawns, gardens and general landscaping needs. The Environmental Protection Agency estimates the average household uses 15 percent of its water on washing clothes while expending 30 percent on outdoor uses […]

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Buying a New Home in Houston: What You Should Know

Jul 03, 2014

Houston leads the United States in new home construction and is the “capital of master-planned communities in the country,” according to John Burns, CEO of John Burns Real Estate Consulting. Master-planned communities are similar to subdivisions, but include additional amenities like commercial centers and golf courses. “Last year, Houston built about as many single-family homes […]

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How to Keep Your Pool Clean and Safe

Jul 03, 2014

It’s no surprise that in Phoenix’s hot desert climate, 30 percent of single-family households have pools, according to the City of Phoenix. In fact, Arizona ranks fourth in the nation for construction of in-ground pools, according to The Association of Pool and Spa Professionals (APSP). If you own a pool, it’s important to keep it clean, […]

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