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With the expected phase out of incandescent bulbs beginning with the 100 watt bulb at the end of this year, competition is hot for a new wave of energy efficient light bulbs that delivers the shine without the ka-ching of high energy bills.  And a competition with a 10 million dollar prize is...

How will today’s social, economic and generational conditions impact kitchen design? That question is the focus of “GenShift 2011: Lifestages Redefining the Kitchen,” a study from Masco Cabinetry based on an online survey of 1,027 U.S. homeowners ages 18-65.

The study identifies changes in...

What can you add to your home to help make it seem more spacious, save you money and possibly help your health? A skylight! Skylights open rooms up to natural light, make small spaces seem larger and create energy efficient possibilities that may help lower your utility bills. Plus, it will take...

Need a new way to get and stay organized? A good place to start might be to get all that clutter off your desk and onto the wall where it’s easy to see and easily accessible. But there’s got to be a method to your madness. If you just start tacking everything up on the wall, then it’s a whole...

With near-record breaking temperatures across the country, smart homeowners can still stay cool and cut costs with these seven simple tips from the Edison Electric Institute:

  • Set the thermostat at 78 degrees or higher when the house is occupied, and at 85 degrees when no one’s home (you’ll...

There's now one more good reason to "go green" when choosing your home improvement products.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is proposing a new rule to protect consumers by requiring companies to report new uses of chemicals known as glymes in consumer products. Glymes are chemicals...

If you are like most people, when you think of interior painting, you tend to think of having to paint an entire room. But just a small amount of paint color can inject creative accents into your home decor and spice up your home's interior. You can use paint color to give a room style and...

When it rains, it pours… and when it doesn’t, your lawn and garden can really suffer.  But here’s an idea for saving water for not-so-rainy days: consider using a rainwater collection system. A rainwater collection system is a great way to reduce costs associated with keeping your lawn and...

Are you remodeling your kitchen, or redecorating your bathroom?  We know you’re counting every dollar on this project.  The good news is, when you’re low on budget by high on design dreams, there is a sneaky trick to saving money on tile actually has great aesthetic impact. First, choose a...

Call them “America’s Most Unwanted.” They’ve been known to hold entire households hostage, causing shortness of breath, nausea and panic in their victims. At the very least, they keep “home sweet home” from smelling so sweet. The culprits are household odors, and these are the worst of the...

OK, so you may not be able to walk around in your favorite shorts and flip-flops just yet, but you can feel the warmth of late spring by brightening up your home.

Spring color trends include bright colors like classic red, hot pink, apple green and orange.  Accessorize with brightly-colored...

As you start to tackle your spring project list, don’t forget to protect your eyes. 

Eye injuries send more than a million people to the ER each year, and 90% of the eye injuries people suffer at home are totally PREVENTABLE – often just by having the right safety gear.

People using lawn...

April is National Safe Digging Month, just in time to remind motivated do-it-yourself homeowners to call 811 before picking up a shovel and breaking ground on that spring project. 

Don’t know about 811?  811 is a new federally-mandated phone number designated by the FCC to consolidate all local...

Selling your home can make you feel like you're living in a fishbowl, with potential buyers and real estate agents evaluating, judging and otherwise picking apart the place you've called home for years. Just before the actual sale comes the most intense scrutiny of all: the home inspection. A...

Filed under: News Transforming a home interior with a new coat of paint is perfect for homeowners on any budget. With a little DIY magic, you can have a major impact on the quality of your home space. But it's all about knowing where to start. Planning and preparation are the key ingredients to...

Spring is a great time of year to get back outside -- not only for you, but for your dog, too.  But if your dog is into digging, it can really pose a problem for your landscaping. 

Your first instinct might be to get angry with your dog, and no doubt a pet who un-does all the hard work you’ve...

Filed under: Home With the arrival of spring, you may be due for a fresh start around the house. Better organization is a great way to do just that and a little organizing now can save a lot of stress and money in the seasons ahead. There are many smart, inexpensive organization products out...

The results of the latest American Express Spending & Saving Tracker are out, with some interesting findings.  The American Express Spending & Saving Tracker explores consumers’ spending and saving behaviors as it relates to home improvement.  The research sample of 2,045 adults included the...

Bathroom renovations are one of the surest ways to help sell a home. And you don't have to break the bank to make improvements that will appeal to buyers. "Bathrooms are one area where home buyers make decisions because it will be one of the most used rooms in the house," says industry expert...

No matter the style or vintage of your house, a workable, up-to-date kitchen is a must. A kitchen remodel will make everyday routines more efficient and enjoyable. And if you're thinking of selling your home anytime soon, it will be a focal point for potential buyers and a big factor in their...