New mounting systems makes solar installations easier (video)

Residential PV installations have been on the rise since 2009 and PV costs are projected to fall below $1/watt by the year 2020. With numbers like that the solar industry must be feeling pretty good right about now. But where...

Backyard makeovers lead the list of outdoor summer projects

Backyard makeovers lead the list of outdoor summer projects

Nine out of ten outdoor renovators plan to substantially update their yards, according to the 2016 U.S. Houzz Landscaping Trends Survey. The survey includes insights from nearly 1,000 U.S.

Enjoy summer with easy backyard prep work

Enjoy summer with easy backyard prep work

As the warmer months approach it becomes evident that the house needs some revamping. Dead leaves have piled up in corners of the yard, shrubs are misshapen, patio furniture is covered in dirt and the pool looks sadly neglected.

9 home upgrades that pay you back

The April/May issue of AARP The Magazine discusses 9 home upgrades that increase the value of your home the most. Here's a look at the best places to invest in your home. If you're like many people 50 or older, your biggest asset may not be your 401(k) or IRA.

Benefits of cool metal roofing for high performance homes

Benefits of cool metal roofing for high performance homes

Summer temperatures will be here  before you know it. But you don't have to  let your electricity bill give you sticker shock; keep your home cool with cool metal roofing. A cool metal roof is an essential component of an energy-efficient home.

The ABCs of HVAC: A heating and cooling dictionary for homeowners

The ABCs of HVAC: A heating and cooling dictionary for homeowners

As with any highly skilled trade, heating, ventilation and air-conditioning (HVAC) contractors and technicians have their own language. They use a variety of terms and concepts that most of us do not deal with on a daily basis.

Tips to fix your leaky faucet (video)

Many people are looking to live a more sustainable lifestyle, but don’t have the resources for large investments such as solar panels or a geothermal heating system. Many people are overwhelmed by the enormous challenges our environment is facing.

New window film keeps comfort inside, regardless of the weather

New window film keeps comfort inside, regardless of the weather

More than 30 percent of all the heating and cooling energy used in homes and buildings in the US is due to heat lost or gained through windows.

New window film helps save on energy costs year-round

New window film helps save on energy costs year-round

Insulation is easy for walls and roofs of buildings, but what can been done about the windows?

 Survey: Which home remodeling projects pay off?

Survey: Which home remodeling projects pay off?

High-dollar upscale remodeling projects pay off the most when it comes time to value the house for sale, according to the 29th annual Cost vs. Value Report.

Don't let winter stop your home remodeling plans

Don't let winter stop your home remodeling plans

Winter can be a great time to undertake a major home remodel, with contractors preferring working in the snow over working in the rain.

When is it time to call a professional roofer?

When is it time to call a professional roofer?

Don't let your roof problems reach proportions that will require superhero powers to repair.

Prepare your windows for winter weather

Prepare your windows for winter weather

There are ways to ensure your home is fortified before the harsh winter elements make an appearance and problems start to surface.

Duct sealing technology takes top honors for innovation awards

Duct sealing technology takes top honors for innovation awards

Aeroseal’s unique approach to duct sealing makes it possible, for the first time, to easily find and seal leaks throughout the entire ventilation system.

Don't let plumbing emergencies ruin your holidays

Don't let plumbing emergencies ruin your holidays

During the holidays take some steps to tackle potential problems coming out in the bathroom before calling a plumber.

Finish your shopping list with home gift ideas

Finish your shopping list with home gift ideas

Finding the perfect holiday presents for friends and family can be intimidating, but advice from the experts can turn any shopper into a skilled gift-giver.

New strategies forming to protect smart homes from lightning strikes

New strategies forming to protect smart homes from lightning strikes

As homes come to incorporate more smart and connected technology, lightning strikes pose a threat to electronic systems.

New ventilation fan design solves kitchen air problems

New ventilation fan design solves kitchen air problems

With new homes being built with less air leakage for better energy efficiency, it can be a challenge to supply makeup air for kitchen fans.

5 secrets to stop washing money down the drain through your plumbing

5 secrets to stop washing money down the drain through your plumbing

t is up to the homeowner to keep the plumbing system healthy, but at the same time, it is a daunting task to undertake.

Get inspired with 2016 paint color trends (photos)

Get inspired with 2016 paint color trends (photos)

20 brand-new captivating hues feature four designer palettes that bring impact and dimension to any living space.

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