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pile of firewood outside.
From buying it to burning it, knowing a few things about firewood can greatly help the productivity of your wood stove, fireplace and fire pit this year. Here are some tips from the Wood Heat Organization to help you prepare. What Makes for Good Firewood? When determining which types of firewood burn better, it’s important…
group of neighbors having a picnic in a front yard.
What a great feeling when you finally turn the key and open the door to your new home. After you settle in, you may start to wonder about the new neighbors. They’re likely to be as curious about you as you are about them. And while the practice of existing residents greeting new neighbors may…
young girl sitting in lunchroom.
Whether you’re a pro at the green-living lifestyle or just starting to be a little more eco-friendly, these six back-to-school tips require little effort and may help make a big difference when it comes to avoiding waste. And, as if helping the Earth isn’t incentive enough, these tricks may have a positive impact on your…
man working on computer at home
The password: It protects important personal, professional and financial information online. And you’ve heard the warnings: Never use the same password across accounts; don’t choose familiar words or numbers; change your password frequently. But, with the number of accounts people need to access, this might be challenging. It’s a password conundrum: How do you keep…
tornado going over a farm.
Tornadoes can strike with little warning and transform a landscape within a matter of minutes. And while their damage can be deadly, so can the confusing myths about tornadoes that continue to put people at risk. Here are five commonly held misperceptions about twister safety. Myth #1: Opening windows to equalize air pressure will help…
family taking a selfie on the beach.
Do you know someone who feels the need to share every detail of his life on social media with little or no regard to who might be watching? You’ve probably seen a post like one of these: “Check out this awesome driver’s license photo!” “This has been the best birthday ever!” “I can’t believe I’m…
backyard swimming pool and palm trees.
It can be difficult to protect your home and yard from the strong winds of a hurricane, but there are some steps you can take to help minimize the damage. Here are five storm-wise landscaping tips to better prepare your property for a potential hurricane. 1. Choose Salt-Tolerant Greenery Salt spray is when tiny droplets…
caulking drafty window.
There’s a nip in the air. And whether you live in the city or the suburbs, you don’t want the chill to come in with you — or your home’s warmed air to leak out — when you settle in for the night. Air leaks can be uncomfortable, maybe even frustrating, and they also may cost you…
Raising backyard chickens.
There are a lot of ways homeowners are getting back in touch with nature. Some dig up high-maintenance lawns and install raised garden beds to produce their own food. Others save kitchen scraps and compost them in the backyard to reduce the amount of waste they produce. But there’s another growing “back to nature” trend:…
white house with spring flowers out front.
After a long, hard winter, spring is finally, hopefully, maybe even desperately, expected to arrive. Here are some home maintenance tips to help welcome the new season. Weatherstripping The Department of Energy (DOE) says weatherstripping the windows on your home is an easy and effective way to help save money on your energy bill. Weatherstripping is a material you…