Energy Efficient Christmas Lights for Every Home

From lighting your home to transforming your porch into a glowing winter wonderland fit for Santa (and every awe-struck neighbor), decorative lights are about as festive as it gets. Unfortunately, while they are a staple on every Christmas tree, traditional string lights can use quite a lot of energy. No joke, American Christmas lights consume enough electricity to power 14 million refrigerators each year... (There's a reason your utilities skyrocket come Christmastime!) Fortunately, there are lots of energy-efficient decorative lights out there. Here's a list of some of the best on the market. Bonus: they've all been ENERGY STAR certified. Why ENERGY STAR Certified? Every product that earns

What is the Best Insulation for a Garage?

Though often overlooked, your garage is actually one of the most important rooms in the house. It gets used several times a day (probably more than your guest bedroom, let's be honest), it stores many of your belongings, and it's likely the most accessible entry to your home. Still, garages get forgotten — unsealed, uninsulated, unprotected. All the time. Why garage insulation? What's the point of insulating your living room, only to let all that delicious conditioned air seep right out the garage? Just like crawl spaces and attics, garages — when left uninsulated — fight against the investments you've made indoors. Whether the area is small or large, finished or unfinished, garage insulatio

Is Your Home Ready to Receive Holiday Guests?

As the holidays fast approach, households all over the country are preparing to host dinners, parties and even overnight guests. But the day before visitors arrive is no time to start pulling apart junk drawers and cleaning out coat closets. Let's get ahead of things while there's still a week or two of peace and quiet! Here's you need to do. 1. Freshen up the guest bedroom. If you're hosting overnight guests at any point over the holiday season, you'll want to be sure their sleeping space is as clean and cozy as possible. Change the sheets, clear as many working outlets as you can and remove any clutter that's made its way into the...forgotten corners. You might even consider tossing a fest

The Best Way to Insulate a Pole Barn

Pole frame buildings like barns and shops are cheap to build and nearly indestructible. Fortunately, they are also easy to insulate, well-suited to everything from spray foam to fiberglass. Which solution you choose generally comes down to the way you plan to use the building and the environment you live in. For example: Will you be using your pole barn to store heavy equipment like a tractor? Or is it a man-cave that will be used mostly for social purposes? Do you live in an area known for tornadoes or high-speed winds? What are your winters like? Are you worried about airflow creating condensation and rust? Your answers to these questions can help inform how you prioritize the various heat

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