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Filed under: Sex Sells, Home, Real Estate, Recession, Tax - Credit

Adding an entertaining dimension to the appeal of energy-saving home improvements and building on the promise of new tax incentives for homeowners, President Barack Obama termed insulation "a sexy subject" during a Home Depot...

Filed under: Sex Sells, Home, Real Estate, Recession, Tax - Credit Adding an entertaining dimension to the appeal of energy-saving home improvements and building on the promise of new tax incentives for homeowners, President Barack Obama termed insulation "a sexy subject" during a Home Depot...

Recently I had the pleasure of designing the bedroom for one hip New York City living two year old. Like most two year olds, this one has a lot of fun toys and books and very little space to store them.  In designing this room that would be cool for the little guy but useful for his parents I...

Filed under: Home, Real Estate, Health A study of 51 homes released this week by the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) found a strong association between homes with Chinese-made drywall and levels corrosive hydrogen sulfide, which gives off a smell similar to rotten eggs. It was the...

Filed under: Home, Real Estate, Health A study of 51 homes released this week by the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) found a strong association between homes with Chinese-made drywall and levels corrosive hydrogen sulfide, which gives off a smell similar to rotten eggs. It was the...

Filed under: Home, Real Estate, Health

A study of 51 homes released this week by the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) found a strong association between homes with Chinese drywall and levels corrosive hydrogen sulfide, which gives off a smell similar to rotten eggs. It was the largest...

Looking for fast, free ways to save on energy around the home this winter? There are many common-sense things you can do everyday in your home to lower energy bills:

  • Tip #1 – Lock your windows. Don’t just close them, but lock them to create an airtight seal that keeps out air leaks and...

As new parents, we found ourselves becoming victims of that dreaded syndrome where orderly chaos starts to seem like a design choice.  Do you know what I mean? I found myself taking all of our sons toys and placing them in baskets or containers that worked with the rooms decor until suddenly the...

Filed under: Home, Saving Money While the forecast for winter 2009-10 stands to be easier on homeowners' wallets than usual, you can save even more money by making energy-smart improvements and easy adjustments to your household routine. Here are eight ways to reduce home heating costs to stay...

Filed under: Home, Saving Money While the forecast for winter 2009-10 stands to be easier on homeowners' wallets than usual, you can save even more money by making energy-smart improvements and easy adjustments to your household routine. Here are eight ways to reduce home heating costs to stay...

Filed under: Home, Saving Money

While the forecast for winter 2009-10 stands to be easier on homeowners' wallets than usual, you can save even more money by making energy-smart improvements and easy adjustments to your household routine.

Here are eight ways to reduce home heating costs to stay...

Filed under: Home, Fraud, Recession, Investing, Consumer Complaints Home repair contractor Kaile Warren had a rags-to-riches story that was enviable. The former homeless home improver credits "divine intervention" with giving him the idea for a home improvement company and brand name that would...

Filed under: Home, Fraud, Recession, Investing, Consumer Complaints Home repair contractor Kaile Warren had a rags-to-riches story that was enviable. The former homeless home improver credits "divine intervention" with giving him the idea for a home improvement company and brand name that would...

Filed under: Home, Fraud, Recession, Investing, Consumer Complaints Home repair contractor Kaile Warren had a rags-to-riches story that was enviable. The former homeless home improver credits "divine intervention" with giving him the idea for a home improvement company and brand name that would...

Okay all of you central air conditioning skeptics out there, listen up! If you own an old home, like I do, and think central air conditioning is not possible, I am about to prove you wrong.  As I had previously blogged we decided to jump in and put air into our 100 year old home.  I spoke with...

Filed under: Home, Green Can green consumers be trusted? Maybe not. A new study to be published in a forthcoming issue of Psychological Science has found that just being around green products can make consumers behave more altruistically. But buying those same products can have the opposite...

Filed under: Home, Green Can green consumers be trusted? Maybe not. A new study to be published in a forthcoming issue of Psychological Science has found that just being around green products can make consumers behave more altruistically. But buying those same products can have the opposite...

Filed under: Home, Tax - Credit October is Energy Awareness Month and if you are like most, you're about to get pretty "aware" of just how un-energy inefficient your home may be. As temperatures start to drop and heating systems kick on, receiving that first heating bill is likely to grab your...

Filed under: Home, Tax - Credit October is Energy Awareness Month and if you are like most, you're about to get pretty "aware" of just how un-energy inefficient your home may be. As temperatures start to drop and heating systems kick on, receiving that first heating bill is likely to grab your...

Well,  today has been quite a day. The contractors were here installing our central air conditioning. We talked duct placement, register locations, efficiency, etc. Of course I wanted to know everything about everything! We had to run two drop downs of air conditioning duct work from the second...