At some point, every parent faces the decision of determining whether or not a child is able to stay home alone.  As a parent of three, I’ve found that every child is different and each child has a unique level of maturity, at every age and stage of his or her adolescence.  Leaving a child alone...

When consumers think about energy-efficient lighting, many are deterred by the memory of the early CFL bulbs produced by some manufacturers.

When the first CFL bulbs came to market nearly 30 years ago, consumer adoption was slowed by the fact that many of the products didn’t meet consumer...

If you're shopping for new or replacement windows for your home, chances are you’ve come across a few different ratings, labels or certifications on the products you’ve looked at. Understanding the information these stickers convey is essential to your ability to directly compare your options...

Does all the talk about newer, better light bulbs have you scratching your head? They’re on the market for good reason—to increase efficiency and reduce energy costs—and a few how-tos are all you’ll need to make shopping easier.   This new wave in lighting is thanks to the Energy Independence...

Ever half-heard a product recall report, and realized too late it was about something you actually own? Product recalls often seem like minor news, but if one affects your family’s safety, that’s another story.      Now there’s an easy way to get the information you missed and keep tabs on...

Your home’s systems are probably getting quite a workout right now, between heating, cooking and indoor entertaining. So keep everything running efficiently and indoor air clear with one simple winter chore: filter maintenance. A monthly change of the furnace filter will help your heating...

There’s always room for improvement in a new year, especially when it comes to your home. So make a few resolutions now to tackle simple projects that’ll help reduce energy spending, increase safety, and expand enjoyment of your abode. Here are a few ideas to spur your 2014 to-do list. Replace...

A layer of newly fallen snow may make your home look like it’s straight off of a holiday card, but leave snow there too long, and you’ll be dealing with a different kind of scene. A blanket of snow can hide freezing, leaking ice dams, and even lead to a dangerous collapse anywhere your roof is...

If you think your backyard trees simply hibernate during winter, think again. The show may seem over once autumn leaves fall, but there’s actually a lot that trees do during winter to get ready for spring. Take tree growth, for starters: most of the growing points in a tree are protected inside...

For most of us recycling has become routine, and that’s a very good thing, especially when it comes to plastics. We’re collecting more recyclable plastics than ever, keeping them out of landfills, and choosing products made from recycled plastics when we shop. Just take a look at the following...

Working through a list of to-dos before cold weather arrives? Don’t forget your garage. It’s the coldest room of all, and without some extra insulation and sealing, it could negatively impact your home’s energy efficiency.   Your garage wasn’t meant to be a living space, so it doesn’t have...

For more warmth and healthier indoor air, ’tis the season to change your furnace filter. It may seem like a minor autumn to-do item, but it supports your system’s effective, efficient performance while preventing expensive repairs and keeping indoor air allergen-free. Don’t drop in just any...

Before you say goodbye to the green, green grass of summer, help it into healthy hibernation for fall and winter. Even though it may not look like it, there’s a lot going on with your lawn during cold-weather months, and you’ll like what you see next spring if you handle a few lawn chores right...

As the housing market continues its upswing, so does remodeling activity, and the trajectory is expected to continue into 2014. According to the Joint Center for Housing Studies at Harvard’s latest Leading Indicator of Remodeling Activity (LIRA), the general strengthening of the housing market...

The start of August often means the arrival of two other things: heat and drought. These can make landscape care more challenging, but just as you’d keep yourself hydrated in the heat, you also have to make sure trees are getting the water they need. To deliver proper tree hydration without...

While you’re enjoying the great outdoors this season, make sure ticks aren’t along for the ride. Ticks and the Lyme disease they carry are major threats to health, so be smart about protecting yourself and your family whenever you’re outdoors with the following precautions.   Suit up:  Always...

Good news for your neighborhood: the great American porch is back in style. According to recent Census data, porch construction has been on the rise for about ten years, with nearly two-thirds (65 percent) of new homes built in 2011 including a porch, compared with only 42 percent of new homes...

Now that school’s out for summer, homeowners start turning their attention to making high grades in energy efficiency while staying cool and comfortable indoors. According to the second-annual Lennox Home Energy Report Card survey, most are putting in a good effort, but many need to do better to...

If your grilling gear could use an upgrade this summer, look to the latest shopping advice offered by Consumer Reports. They’ve just completed new ratings of more than 100 gas grills, and besides telling which are tops, they’ve identified the five features that really count. 1. Look for...

Hoping for a smooth home sale? Be on your guard, because whether you’re the buyer or the seller, some of the biggest deal-breakers can hit right before a sale closes. Here are five home sale pitfalls to avoid. 1. Surprise home inspection results: Once the contract has been signed, the buyer’s...

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