The "fiscal cliff" was averted, but what does this mean to homeowners? The answer: a lot. The bill, signed into affect on Jan. 2, restricts tax rates from increasing and, among other things, reinstates and extends tax credits for qualifying energy-efficient home upgrades between Jan. 1, 2012 through Dec. 31, 2013. Homeowners can earn up to $500 in tax credits with the purchase and installation of qualifying products.... Read more..
Because the kitchen is bound to get messy, I like to use a satin finish on the walls to make clean-ups easier. For your base coat, it's a good idea to use a tinted primer to ensure the best coverage when painting with vivid reds.... Read more..
Today's home appliances are light years better than those of just a decade ago. Their superb energy-efficiency helps you create an eco-friendly home -- and they also save you money.... Read more..
Spring doesn't officially begin until March 20, but the National Pest Management Association (NPMA) advises homeowners that it's not too early to take stock of the damage their homes may have sustained during the winter months. Typically, the winter weather trio of ice, snow and wind leave houses full of new cracks and openings, rolling out the red carpet for invading springtime pests. ... Read more..
Home decoration is a pretty important aspect when it comes to designing homes. Usually we see that women of the household are the ones who are making great efforts to decorate their homes in the best of ways.... Read more..
It's the season when welcome mats will be rolled out in homes across America to greet houseguests arriving for shared meals and warmth. While friends and family are welcomed visitors, there are other, less welcome guests who don't need an invitation to enjoy the treats and trimmings the winter offers -- rodents. ... Read more..
With residential solar systems gaining popularity in the U.S., a growing number of consumers are choosing American-made solar panels for their homes. According to a national solar survey conducted in 2011, 82 percent of those polled support American solar manufacturing.... Read more..
No idea where you stashed the sour cream? Wondering what's lurking in your veggie drawer? Hidden your aunt's infamous fruitcake behind the milk?... Read more..
Wall-hung boilers are here to stay in North America. The reason is simple: appliances, like a wall-hung boiler, are often cutting home heating and hot water bills in half, while freeing up valuable living space and reducing greenhouse gas emissions. ... Read more..
Both faux and real trees have their upsides. Here’s what to consider.... Read more..
Whether or not you have a green thumb or an affinity for indoor herb gardens, there's no question that houseplants add a decorative interest to any interior -- as long as they're kept alive, of course!... Read more..
Cooking without onions is like trying make a BLT without the tomato -- it's possible to fill the void with something else, but you'll probably feel like you're missing something. Plus, now that it's time to put on layers and nestle up to a fire, winter recipes are a'brewing, and they're full of tasty onions. ... Read more..
What homeowner wants to brave the winter elements to check on the health of his roof? And yet, given the crucial role roofs play in determining a house's efficiency -- yes, that means utility bills -- most people think they have no choice but to go mano a mano with all that snow and ice.... Read more..
Urinary tract problems are a common affliction among cats. Regular litter box cleaning is an important step in keeping this painful condition in check.... Read more..
Even with the world going green, plastic bags seem to be everywhere. Americans use approximately 1 billion shopping bags a year, but they recycle less than 1 percent of that amount, sending 300,000 tons into landfills, according to the Clean Air Council.... Read more..
Rolling up your sleeves and digging into household chores is much easier when you have the right arsenal of cleaning tools on-hand. If your vacuum is broken and you don't have any disinfecting wipes, you're already off to a bad start. ... Read more..
Nothing does more to enhance the look and feel of a home than windows -- especially if your house still has rickety single-pane glass windows. But replacing old windows doesn't just add comfort by eliminating drafts.... Read more..
More than one in three seniors over age 65 fall each year, and the National Institute on Aging (NIA) says 80 percent of these falls are in the bathroom. Due to the multitude of unforgiving and slippery surfaces, bathrooms are very hazardous for the home.... Read more..
If you're one of those homeowners who's been moaning about how hard it's been trying to sell your house, your bargaining power -- you remember that concept, right? -- hasn't been completely devastated just because a flood of new foreclosures is expected to hit the market as a result of the recent $25 billion "robo-signing" mortgage settlement.... Read more..
Humans aren't the only creatures concerned with keeping warm this winter. While some animals hibernate or grow thick winter coats for warmth, others enter our homes, where they make unwelcome house guests.... Read more..