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Navigating the Heat to Keep Power Bills Cool

(NAPSI)—The heat of summer doesn’t just mean it’s time to drink more water or eat ice cream to keep cool. It also means an increase in air conditioning and energy to cool your home. The U.S. …
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The EPA Can Help You Save Big On Energy Efficient Upgrades For The Home

(NAPSI)—If you’re like most homeowners, there’s probably a laundry list of major upgrades you’d like to make to improve the efficiency, performance, and functionality of your house. However, …
Here’s hot news on saving cold cash: Window film may cut your home’s cooling costs.

Cutting Summer Cooling Costs

(NAPSI)—When monthly utility bills arrive, many Americans are getting hot under the collar.   In fact according to the National Energy Directors Association, this summer’s residential …

How To Update Your Deck For The Perfect Summer Outside

(BPT) - Summer is here, and that means it’s time for a home maintenance refresh. With record-high temperatures hitting across the country, it’s important to pay attention to your …

7 home security to-dos before your summer vacation

(BPT) - As temperatures have risen and summer has arrived, the anticipation of vacation has filled the air. Whether you’re planning a local getaway or an international adventure this summer, …

Six Perfect Pieces: American Hardwood Furniture for Today’s Home

(NewsUSA) - Solid wood has always been the gold standard when it comes to high-quality home furniture. “Whether it’s something major like a dining table and chairs or a smaller item like a …

How to DIY A Deck Drainage System

How to DIY A Deck Drainage System

(NewsUSA) - If you plan to add an elevated deck to your home, there’s one element that will greatly increase its value and function: an under-deck drainage system. These systems, which divert …

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Customer Annamary Herther enjoyed the friendly conversation that comes with a haircut from Rosie Beuchler at Nokomis Hair Design.
Celebrating business longevity in changing times
There’s always a buzz in the neighborhood when a new business opens, but what about celebrating a business that has shown real staying power?  RoseLee Buechler (Rosie) has owned and …
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‘Inside Senior Living’ docu-series explores aging
In an exciting development for the local television landscape, “Inside Senior Living,” a groundbreaking docu-series, has announced its partnership with PBS North. The series, set to …
Affordable senior housing in Longfellow
With affordable housing a priority at all levels of government, state and local commissioners and elected officials joined leaders from Ecumen – a nonprofit leader and developer  of …
Fond farewell
Thirty-five years ago, at Thanksgiving, I moved to Minnesota from my Philadelphia home. I relocated back to my hometown in time for Passover and Easter. In November 1988, the Twin Cities were cold …
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10 guidelines for a strong, long and happy life
Some time ago, after suffering the shocking and unexpected loss of my still young husband, Martijn, while we were living in Europe, I experienced what is called traumatic grief. In addition to a year …
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With a little forethought and the proper equipment, you and your home or business can stand up to just about any natural disaster.
Outdoor Power Equipment Helps Weather A Storm or Power Outage
(NAPSI)—Storms are growing more powerful and frequent, so having the right outdoor power equipment on hand and using it safely is important, says the Outdoor Power Equipment Institute (OPEI). Home …
10 Tips to Make Your Air Conditioner More Energy Efficient and Sustainable
(Family Features) Updating your HVAC (heating, ventilation and air conditioning) system to cool your home in a smart and sustainable way involves several steps that not only improve energy efficiency but also reduce environmental impact.
Focus on these 4 areas to protect your home's exterior
(BPT) - While you probably know your deck needs waterproofing, did you know many other materials outside your home like concrete, masonry and fabrics also need protection? To help keep exterior parts …
The future of home water heating: How heat pump technology is changing the game
(BPT) - The Department of Energy (DOE) recently released higher energy-efficiency standards for water heaters that will go into effect in 2029. Focusing on decarbonization, the new standards …
Update your window coverings to increase your safety, style and savings
(BPT) - It's time to welcome the freshness of the warmer months into our homes and embrace the new season. For many of us, this time of year is a chance to renew and re-organize. Spring and summer …
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5 Easy, Space-Saving Room Ideas

(BPT) - Looking to update a room that is short on space during this home improvement season? Converting traditional swinging doors into pocket doors is a simple, practical way to increase the amount …

Bring balance and imperfection to the kitchen through Japandi style

(BPT) - Balance and harmony. These are two important principles of design to consider during the initial phases of conceptualizing a space. This is especially true in the kitchen, the heart and soul …
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Residential Refresh: Personalized touches for your home

(Family Features) Your home is an expression of you, your personality and your lifestyle. When it comes to personalizing your home's aesthetic, try leaning into your senses to inspire change within your space.

5 Home Updates to Provide Peace of Mind for Your Family

(Family Features) Home improvement projects often focus on updating the aesthetic of your house, but upgrades that make your living space more secure and comfortable are sometimes even more important.
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Smart isn’t just for technology — welcome to the smart communities of tomorrow

(BPT) - In the ever-changing landscape of urban and suburban living, mixed-use developments have emerged as an example of smart communities. Blending convenience, sustainability, and a vibrant social …

A Tool to Help Hobbyists and Professionals Get the Job Done

(Family Features) Whether you're into woodworking, metalworking, building models or another craft or hobby, the right tools allow you to work faster, easier and smarter. Consider this capable and versatile project partner for your next DIY job.

Generac Urges Americans to Prepare for Power Outages Early

Generac Urges Americans to Prepare for Power Outages Early

(NewsUSA) - Recent Generac/Harris Poll survey provides insights into preparedness for widespread power outages*With the 2024 Atlantic hurricane season expected to have the highest activity level in …

Moving Season Security: 6 solutions to safeguard valuables

(Family Features) It's moving season, which means packing up valuables like tech devices, family heirlooms, jewelry and beyond and trusting they'll make it safely to your new space.

Moving Resources For Military Families

Military families can master their next move with support from SmartMove’s online resources.

(NAPSI)—Military families and veterans know that relocating loved ones when PCS orders arrive can be stressful—but there are steps you can take to make things easier.   Keeping Military …

Tips to “Yard Your Way” This Spring

Choose plants that support pollinators and wildlife.

(NAPSI)—Homeowners can put their own spin on their personal outdoor space this spring by adopting a “yard your way” attitude, advises the TurfMutt Foundation, which is celebrating 15 years of …

Elevate your outdoor retreat with 4 innovative hardscaping designs
(BPT) - As spring and summer approach, it's time to consider how you'll use your outdoor spaces this year. Your backyard, patio, front lawn and garden aren't just for outdoor activities. They are …
7 tips for electrical safety in and around your home
(BPT) - May is Electrical Safety Month! It's a great time to remind yourself of the potential dangers associated with electricity and be proactive about electrical safety in and around your home, …
Building an ADU? Save space and energy by going tankless
(BPT) - Over the past few years, more and more American families have opted for multigenerational living arrangements. A survey by Generations United found that 26% of American adults live in …
From Kitchen to Curb: Simple Ways to Refresh Your Home
(BPT) - Following historical trends, spring and summer months represent an active time of year for the housing market. For sellers in 2023, homes listed in the first two weeks of June sold for 2.3% …
3 Tips to Improve Indoor Air Quality This Spring
(BPT) - As temperatures rise and flowers begin to bloom, it's more important than ever to make your home a sanctuary — safe from pollen and other allergens. This spring, upgrading your home air …