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For several decades, space heating and air conditioning have accounted for over half of the typical American household’s energy use and spending. But according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration, that trend could be reversing. In their most recent Residential Energy Consumption...

For this year’s “in” paint colors for home decorating, look outside. The range of beautiful greens and blues found in the natural world can inspire peace, calm and renewal, making them popular choices for coloring your indoor world. If you’d like to refresh a tired living space, consider going...

If you’re hosting your home team for the Super Bowl, add some splash and panache with a few upgrades to your standard celebration. Here are some gadgets that’ll make a real touchdown for you and guests alike. For the resident Twitterer: Keep the real-time game commentary flowing online by...

Q: We have a new house.  A company installed new washing machine but didn't attach pipe.  As a result, the washing machine flooded the hardwood floor in my kitchen.  When it dried, the hardwood cupped significantly.  The company wants to sand it but I want the damaged wood to be replaced to...

Even if you do a lot of recycling, five items could be missing from your routine. Look beyond the usual paper, plastic and metal and get greener with the following recyclables.

1. Compact fluorescent bulbs are better off recycled than trashed, as they release mercury and other harmful contents...

Feeling like Bill Murray in Groundhog Day? With some home improvement projects, it can seem like you’re stuck in a twilight zone where you have to fix the same problem over and over and over again. There’s a reason for this, and it’s also the way out of the cycle: you have to address the root...

Hanging a flat-screen TV is a skill few people have, and yet almost everyone is buying flat screen televisions. Not every flat-screen TV needs to be hung. Some free-standing models allow you to place the TV on a tabletop. However, most standing flat-screen TVs have removable bases, so they, too,...

If you’re thinking about loosening those purse strings and launching a long-postponed remodeling project in 2013, you’re not alone. According to recent data from the National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI), remodeling activity was on the upswing at the end of 2012, and the first...

A new year is a great time to launch a new look for your home, and freshening the main entry is a cost-effective way to impact its curb appeal and value. Your entry door is central to such a style statement, and, believe it or not, the color of your door says a lot about you and how you feel...

Chances are you’ve started this New Year’s week with a list of challenging resolutions for 2013. And if getting in shape, saving money and improving organization are included in those plans, you might like to make the same promises for your home. A few simple changes can help you expand your...

As the holidays wind down and you start to think about un-decking the halls, make earth-friendly plans for your holiday tree. Every year, about 93 percent of real trees are “treecycled,” meaning they’re returned back into the environment through more than 4,000 recycling programs around the U.S....

This season is an ideal time to show appreciation for those who help you on the home front all year long. A holiday tip is always welcome, whether in the form of cash, a gift or a little extra added to your regular payment. Different service professions have different guidelines for such...

Though winter’s here and the heat is literally on in your home, it’s not too late to look at ways to make your household energy use more affordable and friendly to the environment. If your household is like most, nearly half of your annual energy spending goes toward heating and cooling, and...

The natural beauty of plants and flowers is a favorite ingredient of holiday decorating, but it can also be hazardous to your health. Some plants that look festive can cause skin irritation from simple handling, and others have berries and leaves that can be fascinating but dangerous to children...

Now that the Thanksgiving feasting is finished, it’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas in many neighborhoods. If you’re getting ready to put your own home in the holiday spirit, make sure safety is included in your decorating plans. According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, over...

This week, many of us have full houses and tightly timed schedules for getting a beautiful, bountiful Thanksgiving feast on the table. All this activity may spark some unplanned home emergencies, so while you’re giving thanks for everything that goes right, be prepared to act in case any of the...

Thanksgiving may be about a week away, but time flies when there’s so much to do. If you’re the host for this year’s family feast, set the tone for a happy, relaxed celebration with early preparations. Get started this weekend by gathering everything you’ll need for the table. Wash china,...

Filing a homeowners insurance claim isn’t the most pleasant process, but it goes much more smoothly when you give attention to the details. Every step you take ensures that you get the most out of the coverage you’ve paid for, and the following will ease your way to a properly filed...

Major weather events like Hurricane Sandy leave a lot of obvious structural damage in their wake. But there can also be hidden damage that turns into big expenses later on. A season of weather extremes is just beginning, and no matter where you live, it’s important to do a thorough inspection...

In its recent “Green, Inc.” news series, USA Today uncovered shortcomings in the U.S. Green Building Council’s popular LEED standards for sustainable design and building.

The exposé describes how a program that’s supposed to represent Leadership in Environmental Design also appears to be tied...