Stay Cool for Next to Nothing: Power Down the AC on National Ceiling Fan Day

(NewsUSA) – The kids are back in school, football season is starting and fall is around the corner, which means it is time to turn down the air conditioner and rely a little more on your ceiling fan to save energy and money.
This September 18 marks th…

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Every Room Tells a Story if You Set the Stage

(NewsUSA) – Remember the last time you walked into a professionally designed home and marveled at its beauty? Chances are, the designer carefully planned the interior finishings — like crown mouldings and interior doors. While trim and doors have a ma…

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Enhancing the Curb Appeal of Your Home

(NewsUSA) – NewsusaInfographic – August is National Curb Appeal Month, and there’s no better time to spruce up the exterior of your home. Be sure to use colors that complement each other when repainting or replacing window frames, shutters, doors and o…

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Two Sides of Curb Appeal: Beauty and Performance

(NewsUSA) – If your house is starting to look a little scruffy, you could re-caulk and re-paint, but that’s a lot of work. Plus, you’d be out there again in a few years doing it all over again. And would it really make that much of a difference in the …

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Save Energy and Money With Home Lighting Techniques

(NewsUSA) – From the kitchen, basement or even the couch, you can now turn lights on or off remotely, create “zones” of activity and control every shade of light and color in your home without ever flipping a switch. These benefits — along with the ab…

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Stay Cool With a Ceiling Fan as Stylish as It Is Functional

(NewsUSA) – No longer do you have to choose between comfort and design. Once thought of as purely utilitarian, today’s ceiling fans offer sophisticated styling, designer finishes and glamorous accents.
According to the American Lighting Association (A…

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Getting the Best Price for Your House to Help Finance Your Retirement

(NewsUSA) – Have you forgotten something in figuring where you’re going to retire to?
Let’s see, you’ve researched which states tax Social Security income (only 14, including Colorado, Connecticut, Kansas, North Dakota and Vermont).
And you’ve even …

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Survey: Americans Like Their Community Associations

(NewsUSA) – The vast majority of the 65 million Americans who live in condominiums and homeowners associations are satisfied with their communities, according to a national survey conducted by Public Opinion Strategies for the Foundation for Community …

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See More Green With DIY Automatic Lawn Sprinkler System

(NewsUSA) – If you like the idea of a lush, green lawn and garden but dread the thought of dragging around a hose or sprinkler all summer, then you may want to consider installing an in-ground sprinkler system.
While some systems can get complex and d…

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Protect Pets to Keep Your Whole Family Safe

(NewsUSA) – Playing outside isn’t just for the kids. Pets love exploring the backyard as well, and while letting Fluffy and Fido out may cut down on fur balls on the carpet, they could be bringing unwanted guests back inside.
The National Pest Managem…

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For Homeowners Looking to Re-side, Beauty Is More Than Skin Deep

(NewsUSA) – With remodeling season in full swing, homeowners looking to re-side their homes are increasingly deciding between vinyl siding and fiber cement. While both products can look great, there are significant differences in the more pragmatic iss…

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America’s No. 1 Nuisance Pest: Ants

(NewsUSA) – NewsusaInfographic – A new nationwide survey called “Exploring America’s #1 Nuisance Pest,” by the National Pest Management Association (NPMA) uncovered some dirt on ants — from coast to coast, ant infestations are on the rise. Learn more …

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4 Cleaning Tips Sure to Impress Mom This Mother’s Day

(NewsUSA) – Anyone can give Mom flowers, candy or dinner at a restaurant on Mother’s Day. But instead of trotting out the old standbys, with nary a thought, why not put a little imagination into her special day this year?
Think about it — your mom i…

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The Indoor Allergen That Might Surprise You

(NewsUSA) – While many welcome the arrival of warmer temperatures with open arms, people with seasonal allergies and asthma may be bracing themselves with boxes of tissues and asthma medications this season. According to a study published in the Journa…

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Homeowners Desire American-Made Solar Panels

(NewsUSA) – With solar installation booming in the U.S., a growing number of consumers are choosing American-made solar panels for their homes.
To date, about 13 gigawatts of solar electric capacity have been installed nationwide — enough to power o…

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What’s Underfoot? Tips for Finding Pet-Friendly Carpeting

(NewsUSA) – Adding new carpet is an easy way to rejuvenate the look and feel of any room in your home. But when you own pets, finding a quality carpet that is easy to maintain can be a tiring task.
“If you’re a pet owner, it’s important to find carpe…

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From the Ground Up: Smart Building Product Choices for Homeowners

(NewsUSA) – Whether you’re building a new house or remodeling a cherished older property, the product choices you make are critical to the long-term enjoyment of your home.
“I advise consumers to ‘start from the ground up’ when thinking about the pro…

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Home, Smart Home — With Wireless Technology

(NewsUSA) – How smart is your home? You can make your home smarter and safer, and make your life easier, with these five simple switch-outs that make the most of emerging home technology, courtesy of Jack Thomasson, HGTV Smart Home House Planner.
* Ent…

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Spring Cleaning Tips: It’s Easy to Keep Your Vinyl Siding Looking New

(NewsUSA) – Just as your car gets dirty, so does your home’s siding. The good news is that if your home has vinyl siding, it’s almost as easy to clean as your car.
Imagine, with nothing more than a hose and water, mild soap and a long-handled soft bri…

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Which Upgrades Are Worth It to Help You Sell Your House?

(NewsUSA) – Is it finally time to sell your house?
That’s the question on homeowners’ minds as house prices just posted their largest annual gain since 2005 — congrats to those no longer “underwater” on their mortgages — even as interest rates remai…

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Easy Steps for a Pest-Free Home

(NewsUSA) – While pouring a bowl of cereal, you spot something moving on the kitchen counter. It’s an ant. But this one ant is just an annoyance, right? It can be scooped up and put in the trash. And the situation is over, until you begin to wonder how…

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Solar Power Helps Homeowners Slash Energy Bills

(NewsUSA) – Savvy consumers are turning to solar energy to beat the escalating price of electricity.
Thanks to technological advances and attractive rebates, home solar-electric systems are more popular and affordable than ever. Last year, Americans i…

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What’s Eating Away at Your Biggest Investment?

(NewsUSA) – They are called “silent destroyers.” Able to chomp away undetected at the flooring, walls and even wallpaper of a home, termites cost U.S. homeowners approximately $5 billion in property damage each year, according to the National Pest Mana…

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Insulated Siding Can Keep Your Heat Where It Belongs — Inside!

(NewsUSA) – If you were hit by the “polar vortex” that brought subzero temperatures to more than half of the continental U.S., it was a good reminder that the best way to stay warm was to dress in layers.
The same is true for houses. Today’s homeowner…

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CES 2014: A Look Into the Future of Technology

(NewsUSA) – The first International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) took place in New York City in June of 1967. Since then, thousands of products have been announced at the yearly show, including the VCR in 1970, the CD Player in 1981, HDTV in 1998, 3…

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Storm Survival 101: Prepare Yourself Now

(NewsUSA) – With the country deep in the throes of winter weather, and hurricane season fast approaching, experts are reminding homeowners that having a plan in place can be the difference between survival and awaiting help from others.
Coming on the…

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