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Celebrating Earth Day & Your Community

enjoy flowers & shrubs in your yard

Our planet earth is pretty special, yet we take it for granted 365 days each year. Earth Day is meant to remind us how our planet takes care of us each and every day, and how we can do a better job of protecting the earth’s resources. There are so many creative activities happening to celebrate Earth Day that we just wanted to share a few with you.

The earth is a huge place which people understand better today, with air travel commonplace and our ability to learn about people around the world from television and the Internet. The world we... 

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Home Product Labels: Learning to Read Them

Take time to read your energy star labels & learn which product is really less expensive

We’re used to reading labels on boxes, cans and other packaging at the grocery store. If you’ve bought any home products with an Energy Star label recently, we hope you read the “energy smart” labels as there’s lots of important information to help you make more informed decisions.

When you’re buying a refrigerator, it costs a lot more than your food … and it’s going to be there in your home much longer than a box of cereal or can of soup. The bright yellow, Energy Star labels help you make long term (sometimes up to 20 or 30 year) decisions.... 

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Lightbulb (Incandescent, CFL & LEDs) Update

it's time to replace incandescent light bulbs with CFLs

Can you remember when gas cost less than $1.00 per gallon? It wasn’t until the oil embargo in 1973 that Congress first set fuel efficiency standards and that forced dramatic improvements that started to take effect by the mid 1980s (read Time Magazine’s, A Brief History Of: Fuel Efficiency to learn more).

We’re finding new ways to squeeze oil from the earth but with global population growth there aren’t enough fossil fuels to meet everyone’s needs. Americans consume almost 5 times the global average per capital non-food energy (from Paul Chefurka’s World Energy and Population Trends to 2100) so it’s time... 

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Winter Home Maintenance Checklist

Winter arrives with or without snow and ice so it's time to fix those little things indoors

Like bears who hibernate through the winter, we tend to spend more time inside our homes during the winter months. We hope you were diligent in preparing your home for winter with our earlier checklist as this month we’re focusing on things inside your house, things we often forget about with the hustle and bustle of day-to-day living.

We’ve created this table so you can focus on a few things each week or month. Safety is always a top priority and then you want to protect your home by minimizing any potential water (read wood rot) damage. Then it’s time to... 

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Lightbulb Confusion: Incandescent vs ?XF#@C%*L#

Energy efficient light bulbs must phase in from 2012 to 2020

Light bulbs? We’ve all got spare bulbs tucked away in our house somewhere. You may not remember when you last bought or changed a light bulb. You probably don’t think about much unless it requires climbing up a ladder.

That’s because light bulb technology hasn’t changed for more than 100 years. The Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007, also known as the “light bulb” law, is forcing manufacturers to come up with more energy efficient light bulbs. Why? Incandescent bulbs only convert 4 to 6 percent of the electricity used to visible light. The remaining energy being lost as heat.


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Improving Window Efficiency

Window efficiency house

When rushing home from work, do you stop to look at your home the way a perspective buyer might? Maybe you have more time after dinner to relax, and hopefully you’re aware of your surroundings, what you like and maybe a few things you’d like to change.

Windows are a key component of your home but … do you have any idea how many windows you have? Close your eyes and try to count them. If you’re like me, you’ll end up walking around to count them. Yes, even I had to count my windows visually so I’d love to share... 

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Earth Day: 10 Tips for a Sustainable Home

Kitchen accessories are now coming out in sustainable bamboo

Today is the 41st Earth Day and millions of people around the world are recognizing the day with different activities. If you want to join a local event, check earthday.orgĀ  and their Billion Acts of Green!

Moving closer to home, it seems appropriate to review some of the eco-friendly products that are being introduced for the home. These products help save the environment through reduced energy and/or water use, they can also save you money and many are healthier too!

Green Products Outside Your Home

1. Decks – extend your living space to the outdoors and there are several ways to take better... 

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Energy Home Improvements by Year End

The federal energy tax credit will expire at the end of this month, December 31 2010. You must take action now as the rules say you not only have to buy the product or materials, but they must be installed and in service by this date so there’s no time to delay.

Home professionals who install furnaces, wood stoves, hot water heaters and other home systems already have full schedules but if you call them today, they might be able to squeeze you in.

Mr Handyman can help too as we’re able to replace electric hot water heaters and install new wood/pellet... 

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Stocking Stuffers to Save Energy & Money

Christmas is a time for giving gifts so why not make them practical gifts this year

Everyone is starting to scurry around as holiday preparations move into high gear. We’ve talked about saving energy this year so it seemed like we ought to give you energy saving ideas for stocking stuffers. Happy shopping!


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Recycling Just Got Easier


Maybe your town doesn’t have it’s own recycling center but there must be places where you can get help? It just got easier to fin where you can recycle … paper and cardboard, plastic and glass, aluminum, steel and copper, computers, printers and cell phones, rechargeable batteries and CFL lightbulbs. It’s called Earth911 and you can get help online or by phone.

Learn How Easy Recycling Can Be Visit (see below) Select the type of material you want to recycle Enter the city or zip code where you want to recycle Click on the search button Scan locations listed below the green menu box –... 

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