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Save Energy at Home these 8 Painless Ways

  There’s a new resolution in town. Americans still see losing weight, spending less, and (finally!) getting organized as top goals, but these days we’re adding a new ambition: “Save energy.” However, we are often unsure how to accomplish this without biting the bullet and giving up the comfortable lifestyle we’re used to. So how to get started? Try these 8 painless energy-saving tips. Set up a programmable thermostat. Once it’s up on your wall, you just need to literally “set it and forget it” to enjoy the benefits of energy savings on an ongoing basis. The thermostat will...

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Kitchen and Laundry Appliances: What’s New Right Now?

  Make “hub,” not “hubbub,” the word that best describes your kitchen this year. The latest appliances for cooking and washing offer clever features to make life a little easier, less frantic, and quieter. For example, the soft close cabinet trend is spreading to include appliances as well, and black is … well … the new black, replacing fingerprint-prone stainless steel. The increasing focus on ergonomic and energy-efficient design is healthier for you and for the planet. Above and beyond, here are some of the outstanding innovations in kitchen and laundry appliances right now. Oh, Those Ovens There’s a new...

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Solve the Mystery of Those Weird Noises Your Home Makes

Creak … squeak … groan … eek … sometimes it sounds almost as if your house is alive. But that couldn’t be. Or could it? Well, your home is built of materials like concrete, glass, and wood that expand and contract with each little change in the weather. The result is often a virtual symphony of lively hums, whistles, bumps, and bangs. Although they can be disturbing, even kind of frightening, don’t lose sleep over these noises. Instead, learn to identify which are harmless and which need your attention ASAP. Heating and Cooling The first time you turn on your...

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Moving? Prepare Large Appliances to Arrive in Top Shape

The secret to a successful move is proper planning. Because your large electrical appliances are both valuable and somewhat delicate, it’s extra important to prepare them correctly. You may need to get started 24-48 before your moving day, so make sure you familiarize yourself with the drill well in advance. TIP: To minimize damage, always tape the electrical cord to any appliance before packing and hire a licensed electrician to help with disconnection, and eventual reconnection at your brand new address. Refrigerator Do not ever — repeat: EVER — try to move a refrigerator without first emptying its contents....

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How to Keep Summer Fruit Fresh After You Bring it Home

Tis the season when open air markets and farm stands are full to bursting with delectable fresh fruit. Blueberries, nectarines, currants, figs, and the rest of summer’s harvest all look so tempting that you may end up with more than you can use up in just a day or two. So how do you keep your bountiful haul of fresh fruit fresh? General Tips Unblemished produce is your best bet for storage. This means free of cracks, bruises, and soft spots — not the surface bumps or blotches that you might find in cosmetically less-than-perfect organic crops. Wash fruit...

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