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Home and Garden
March 16, 2016

Embrace the wonders of wireless at home

Electronic devices enable us to access information, communicate and engage in entertainment. Consumer electronics also have transformed the typical household.

Data from the Consumer Electronics Association, CTIA and U.S. Census Bureau paint a picture of just how immersed in new technology society has become. Statistics…

Smart pumps are a smart investment
Home and Garden
September 30, 2015

Smart pumps are a smart investment

Courtesy of Efficiency Vermont

Sandy LaFlamme

By Sandy LaFlamme, Efficiency Vermont

I’ve been working with a K-12 school for almost a year now. My main contact there is an electrician who also happens to be a parent, and he’s always looking…

TEN fun uses for leftover paint
Home and Garden
September 30, 2015

TEN fun uses for leftover paint

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Got old paint? With a little imagination, you can create a new home piece.

If you’re sitting on a stash of leftover latex paint, you have a gold mine when it comes to home decorating. With a little imagination and creative…

DIY: weekend projects
Home and Garden
September 30, 2015

DIY: weekend projects

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There’s a whimsical appeal to framing children’s artwork and putting it on display in your home — not to mention a totally unique gallery!

Some home renovation projects require the expertise of professionals, but there also are many ways for homeowners…

The problem with hard water
Home and Garden
September 30, 2015

The problem with hard water

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Hard water can cause scaling, deposits inside of pipes, reduced cleaning ability, and several other problems.

Home ownership opens people’s eyes to many new experiences, even requiring homeowners to familiarize themselves with certain things they never encountered as renters. Homeowners…

How to improve indoor air quality in winter
Home and Garden
September 30, 2015

How to improve indoor air quality in winter

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Plants can improve indoor air quality by helping to remove harmful irritants from the air.

Homes tend to be stuffier in autumn and winter. As temperatures outside dip, windows are closed and air quality inside homes can suffer.

Poor indoor…

Factors to consider before renting
Home and Garden
September 30, 2015

Factors to consider before renting

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Take the steps to becoming a great landlord, in hopes of gaining great tenants.

Renting out a home is a great way for homeowners to earn some extra income. Some homeowners rent their homes in an attempt to wait out…

Converting garages into livable spaces
Home and Garden
September 30, 2015

Converting garages into livable spaces

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Instead of buying a bigger home, expand into the space you already have.

Many people decide to upgrade from their apartments or condominiums out of a need for more space. But even after moving into a new home, homeowners may…