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Protect your home—inside and out—from winter’s freeze

Freezing temperatures may be good for ice skating or building snowmen, but sub-freezing temperatures can be dangerous for the average person and his or her home. Cold weather often leaves people scurrying to do whatever is necessary to safeguard themselves from the big chill. But it’s important homeowners also protect their homes in cold weather. Plumbing: Plumbing and pipes may […]

Cold Weather Rule protects eligible customers from service disconnection

Minnesota Power reminds its residential customers who may have difficulty paying their energy bills in winter that help is available. The Minnesota Cold Weather Rule will protect eligible customers from service disconnection during the winter as long as they take steps to ensure that protection. Under the statute, eligible residential energy customers are protected from service disconnection from October 15 […]

Improve entertaining spaces with some home modifications

Some homes are seemingly built for entertaining, while others may need a little help to make them more fit for hosting dinner, holiday gatherings or an evening with friends. Overall, one-quarter of people entertain guests in their home either daily or weekly across the globe. One-third entertain monthly, according to findings from GFK Insights. People who open their homes to […]

Did you know?

According to Energy Star, the U.S. Department of Energy and Consumer Reports, homeowners who want to curb their energy consumption can consider upgrading, repairing or replacing the biggest energy consumers in their homes. The following appliances tend to consume the most energy in a typical home. Heating and cooling unit: Nearly half of all energy used in a home is […]

What is proper disposal of electronics?

According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, e-waste refers to electronic products that have finished their useful life. Televisions, computers, tablets, audio and stereo equipment, cameras, and mobile phones all qualify as e-waste when the… Please register for a free account or log in below to access this content. Username Password Remember Me     Forgot Password

Basement remodeling tips: How will you be using the space?

Certain structural and other issues should be addressed prior to a basement remodel.A basement remodeling project can add valuable and usable space to a home. For many years, homeowners overlooked the potential of a basement remodel, perhaps thinking… Please register for a free account or log in below to access this content.

Questions to ask yourself before embracing DIY home improvement projects

Home improvement projects are as popular as ever. In its 2017 True Cost Survey, the home improvement site HomeAdvisor found that, between February 2016 and February 2017, homeowners spent an average of just over $5,000 on home projects. That marked a… Please register for a free account or log in below to access this content.

Night Watch, 2019 Color of the Year—brings the outside in

Night Watch is about bringing the healing power from the outdoors into the home through color. Photo: Business Wire.The most impactful color trends for the upcoming year will be closely tied to nature, according to the color experts at PPG, and the P… Please register for a free account or log in below to access this content.

Tips for beating the heat … and saving on home energy

Summer doesn’t have to mean high utility bills to keep your home cool. You can stay comfortable—and save money – with proper air conditioning maintenance and a few other basic steps to efficiently cool your home while easing the demand on your AC sys… Please register for a free account or log in below to access this content.

Negative environmental side effects of urban sprawl

Urban sprawl is a complicated issue that has its proponents and its detractors. To many environmentalists, urban sprawl has the potential to be very problematic. As more people try to find more breathing room and larger homes in areas beyond urban c… Please register for a free account or log in below to access this content.


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