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LED Holiday Lights: 6 Need-to-Know Tips - 11/29/11 05:02 PM
LED holiday lights vs. old-fashioned bulbs: 6 tips to help you decide which is right for you. Should you chuck all your good old holiday light strings and buy new LED holiday lights? Here’s how to decide. 1. LED holiday lights save you money. LED lights use at least 90% less energy than traditional holiday lights, according to the U.S. government’s Energy Star program. That results in a $50 energy savings for the average family during the holidays, says Avital Binshtock of the Sierra Club in San Francisco. Put it into perspective: The amount of electricity consumed by one 7-watt (2 comments)
Get Ready for Wild Winter - 11/18/11 04:41 PM
The Farmers’ Almanac is expecting some “clime and punishment” this winter, much like the October surprise snow storm that’s knocked out power to 3 million homes. Here’s how to prepare for the next big weather hit. The Farmer's Almanac predicts this will be an especially cold and snowy winter, so now is a good time to prepare your home. Image: Farmers' Almanac Last week’s surprise snowstorm, which left 3 million people without power from Maryland through Maine, is just the beginning of what the Farmers’ Almanac is predicting to be an unusually cold and stormy winter.That could mean many days (1 comments)
Home Owners Have a Good Reason to Hide: Uncle Sam Wants More - 11/17/11 03:44 PM
Image: Mats Hallgren/Getty Images Former Senator Russell B. Long famously described the concept of tax reform as “Don’t tax you, don’t tax me, tax that fellow behind the tree!” Assuming Long’s analogy accurately describes America’s take on taxes, one can’t help but wonder: Who is that poor sap hiding in the bushes? The answer is simple—he’s an American home owner, hiding for good reason: Did you know U.S. home owners already pay 80% to 90% of all federal income tax collected? And now the government wants more. Rather than curbing wasteful spending, some policymakers want Americans to part with deductions like property (0 comments)
Is a Tankless Water Heater Right for You? - 11/16/11 05:15 PM
Tankless water heaters cut energy bills but aren’t the right choice for everyone. Here’s how to figure out if going tankless makes sense for you. Multiple tankless water heaters will provide plenty of hot water to your home. Installing them outside is less expensive. Image: Takagi <!-- end related info --> If you’re a hot water multitasker who washes clothes, dishes, and yourself at the same time, a low-capacity tankless water heater could serve you a “cold water sandwich” or leave you high and dry. But tankless water heaters, which heat water only on demand, are more energy-efficient than traditional (1 comments)
5 Holiday Hosting Disasters and How to Avoid Them - 11/14/11 04:49 PM
Take a look at the most common things that can go wrong when you have guests and learn how to prevent them. Imagine you’re preparing to host your annual holiday party, and you’re past the point of no return. The veggies and meats have been bought. Guests are already braving busy airports and crowded highways to get to your home—and then your oven won’t turn on. Your home-cooked meal has quickly turned into a microwave dinner. That’s just one of many hosting nightmares that can end your holiday party before it even begins. Thankfully, some of the most damaging mishaps easily (1 comments)
It is with great pleasure that I would like to honor our veterans on this day. Today reminds me to reflect upon those who have served our great nation in the past, but also an opportunity to express my deepest appreciation to the men and women currently serving in our military in locations around the world. The bravery and sacrifices of our military members is constant. Veterans Day symbolizes our commitment to honoring our military, who are proudly serving around the world. Whether the veteran you know is a family member, friend, neighbor or co-worker, I encourage you to show (4 comments)
Hampton-COLISEUM CENTRAL HOLIDAY PARADEDate: Saturday, November 19, 2011Time: 9amLocation: Coliseum Central Coliseum Drive at Hampton Roads Center ParkwayHampton, VA 23666Norfolk - 27TH ANNUAL GRAND ILLUMINATION PARADEDate: Saturday, November 19, 2011Time: 7:00pmLocation: Streets of Downtown Norfolk
Chesapeake - 2011 CHESAPEAKE ROTARY CLUB CHRISTMAS PARADE
Date: Saturday, December 3, 2011 Time: 6:00 PM Location: Starts at Great Bridge Middle school and goes to Chesapeake library
Virginia Beach - HOLIDAY PARADE AT THE BEACH Date: Saturday, December 3, 2011 Time: 5:30 PM Location: Travels North on Atlantic Avenue from 15th to 25th Street. <!-- google_ad_section_end -->Hampton -23rd Annual (0 comments)
Buying and Storing Firewood - 11/08/11 04:58 PM
Knowing how to evaluate, buy, and store firewood is key to the safe, efficient operation of your fireplace, wood stove, or fireplace insert. Whether you burn fires as a supplemental heat source for your home or strictly for ambiance and pleasure, it’s important to know how to properly buy and store firewood. For homeowners looking to fuel a traditional masonry fireplace, fireplace insert, or wood stove, the goal should be the same: to get the best quality firewood for the best possible price. Before picking up the phone, it’s important to know exactly what you want to purchase so that you (1 comments)
Every year at Thanksgiving we went to Grandma’s house and she always seemed to make Thanksgiving look so easy. So here are some ideas to make a stress free Thanksgiving.
Make a plan: Plan your menu, know how many guest you will have. Create a shopping list and decide if others will be bringing dishes. Take inventory at least two weeks out of your dinnerware and don't forget to count chairs! Go to Grocery store early: The longer you wait you run the risk of some of your needs being sold out. I found (0 comments)
Vinyl flooring is moisture proof, non-skid, easy to maintain, and relatively inexpensive—a wise choice for your bathroom floor. Your bathroom floor works hard. That’s why selecting bathroom flooring isn’t quite like choosing flooring for any other room. Your bathroom floor has to be safe even when wet. On top of that, it has to look good without busting the budget. That’s why low-cost vinyl flooring—also called resilient flooring—is the top choice for bathrooms. Going low-maintenance Water, water everywhere! If you have young children, that likely sums up bath time in your household—and a good reason to look for protection from (0 comments)
How To Inspect Your HVAC System and Blow Away Future Problems - 11/02/11 04:59 PM
Inspect your HVAC system twice a year and head off costly problems. We’ll walk you through heating and air conditioning inspections you can do yourself. Falling leaves and budding trees are semi-annual signals to inspect HVAC systems to make sure heating and air conditioning flow freely and efficiently. Some mechanical components, like the flue pipe that expels carbon monoxide, should only be checked by a professional. But you can eyeball other HVAC parts and save money on house calls and fuel bills. Inspect filters Air filters, which clean the air returning to your HVAC system, are the easiest and most (1 comments)
WASHINGTON (October 20, 2011) — U.S. consumers want to become home owners, but they’re having a hard time getting deals to the closing table, which pushed existing home sale down in September, even though more Americans were buying homes last month than a year ago, according to data from the NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS®. Total sales of single-family homes, townhomes, condominiums, and co-ops , declined 3% in September, but rose 11.3% from (0 comments)
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