5 High-Tech Devices You’ll Want in Your Home

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It’s impossible to deny that technology is amazing. It seems like every day we are being introduced to new high-tech devices that are designed to make our lives easier. As a homeowner how can you decide which gadgets are beneficial and which are just fancy toys? The huge array of options can be overwhelming. To help you keep up, we’ve looked through the latest high tech home devices on the market and identified five of them that are extremely useful.

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Signs that Termites are Invading Your Home

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Often referred to as “silent destroyers,” termites cause more than $5 billion in property damage every year [1]. Unfortunately, most standard homeowners’ insurance policies do not cover these costs, because the damages could have been prevented with regular home maintenance. This leads to a huge question. If termites are able to do so much damage without drawing attention to themselves, how are you supposed to stop them?

To help you, we’ve created a list of signs that termites are invading your home. We’ve also provided a list of tips to help you ward them off.

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10 Tips for Saving Energy During Cold Temperatures

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10 Tips for Saving Energy During Cold Temperatures

If your energy bill seems to skyrocket during the cold winter months, you are not alone. Thanks to higher fuel costs and temperatures that have reached record lows, this is a common problem that many people are dealing with.

Unfortunately, Punxsutawney Phil seems to believe that winter is far from over, meaning that your energy bills won’t be decreasing on its own anytime soon. Fortunately, there are ways you can save energy (and money), even when temperatures are at their lowest. Here are ten tips to help you get started. Continue Reading

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LED Light and Potential Impact on Energy Savings

LED Light and Potential Impact on Energy Savings

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Most of us take for granted the ability to flip a switch and illuminate a room. What you may not realize is that electricity is a secondary form of energy. It’s produced in large part (67%) by steam turbines, driven by steam-producing boilers burning fossil fuels. Fossil fuels (coal, natural gas, petroleum) are non-renewable fuels that result in upwards of 78% of our world’s air pollutants.

In the past few decades, humanity has searched for better, safer and renewable energy sources to supplant our dependence on fossil fuels. And, while there have been significant improvements and discoveries with respect to renewable energy sources, we are still sorely dependent on fossil fuels to make sure the light turns on when we flip that switch. Being both a consumer of electricity and a human with choices, I believe it is my responsibility to reduce my ecological footprint.   Continue Reading

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The Time is Right for LED Bulbs

For reducing energy costs and reducing environmental impact from energy usage, there’s no easier way than replacing standard energy-wasting light bulbs with more energy-efficient products. After seeing a display at a home improvement store, I decided to do a side-by-side comparison, and believe LED (light-emitting diode) bulbs are the way to go. Continue Reading

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Green Ideas: Sources for Historic Restoration and Re-Purposing in Chicago

Whether you are restoring a period home, have an affinity for the aesthetics of a certain decade, or are looking for unique materials to bring character to your living space, Chicago has some great options for finding vintage fixtures and materials. And re-using salvaged items is environmentally friendly to boot. While eBay has myriad salvage items, shipping larger pieces can be an issue, and sometimes you just need to see something with your own eyes to know if it’s right for your home. Here are some great places to start:

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