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The Threat Of The Emerald Ash Borer: What Canadian Homeowners Need To Know

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In many parts of Canada, the ash tree is a familiar part of the landscape, but this much-loved species is under threat from a foreign invader. The emerald ash borer first arrived in Canada more than a decade ago, and this innocuous green beetle now threatens millions of trees. If you have ash trees on your property, learn more about the threat from the emerald ash borer, and find out what you may need to do to control the spread of this voracious pest.…

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5 Tips To Reduce Energy Costs In Your Home

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Utility bills are expensive, especially heating and cooling, which constantly seem to rise. Luckily, there are many changes you can make to your home that significantly reduce your energy costs. Check out these five efficient tips to stop wasting energy and finally get your energy bills lower. Insulate and Repair Holes in Your Air Ducts Forced-air heating and cooling systems push cold or warm air through vents to various places in the house.…

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Fuel Tank Contamination: Why Water Is A Serious Problem, How To Test For It, And How To Remove It

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Users of large fuel tanks need to recognize that special care should be provided for both the tank and its fuel. Many problems can arise for the user of poorly-maintained large fuel tanks, including expensive equipment damage. One of the most serious and common problems is water contamination of fuel. Below are a few reasons to help you understand why water is bad for fuel, tanks and equipment as well as information on how to test for and prevent water contamination:…

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5 Cost Effective Home Updates That Will Help You Save Money On Your Monthly Energy Bills

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Maintaining an energy efficient home offers a variety of benefits such as the opportunity to leave behind a smaller carbon footprint and the ability to save some money on your monthly electricity bills. You don’t have to spend thousands of dollars on home remodeling projects in order to create an energy efficient living space. Here are five cost effective home updates you can make that will help you save money throughout the year and make you feel good about the impact you have on your surroundings:…

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Breaking Up Isn't Hard To Do With These Concrete-Busting Tips

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Getting rid of that concrete patio or driveway can be a back-breaking job without the right tools and advice. With just a bit of planning and know-how, you can speed up your project and save yourself some time, money and effort. The following offers plenty of helpful tips for concrete removal and disposal: What’s Your Disposal Strategy? Before you start busting concrete, you should create a plan to dispose the rubble.…

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4 Unusual Fence Options

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If you went to a lot of time and trouble to create a custom-built home that matches your specific tastes and lifestyle, the last thing in the world you want to do is enclose that unique property with a ho-hum generic fence. Look around your neighborhood and you’re likely to see the same old stone walls, wrought iron gates, and wooden picket fences everywhere. Here are three unconventional alternatives to show you just how fascinating fences can get.…

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Smart Thermostats Go Beyond Traditional Programmable Thermostats

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If you are tired of constantly monitoring your thermostat to keep your family comfortable while keeping a handle on energy consumption, the smart thermostat may be for you. Just as its name implies, this little gizmo learns on its own and automatically adjusts to your schedule. For the energy conscious who don’t want to bother with the fuss of tweaking the dial throughout the day and night, this smart product simplifies life and may save money on your energy bill, too.…

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3 Upgrades That Will Improve Your Roof

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When you think of home upgrades, what comes to mind? Maybe a new deck, or an additional bedroom? How about a kitchen renovation? What you probably don’t think of is roof upgrades. But just because your roof isn’t usually a part of the house that you can show off to your friends doesn’t mean that it couldn’t benefit from an upgrade that improves its functionality. Every roof needs maintenance now and then, and if you’re going to have someroofing maintenance done, you may want to consider having the workers throw in some upgrades while they’re up there.…

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3 Easy Steps To Get Your Mobile Home's Pipes Thawed And Protected

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When your mobile home’s water pipes freeze in the winter, you will need to know what to do to thaw them. You don’t need to call plumbers right away for any repairs, unless your pipes begin to leak later on due to freezing water expansion that caused your pipes to crack. Follow these helpful tips to get your mobile home’s water pipes running again. Remain Calm It may seem like a daunting problem when you turn your faucet on and realize your mobile home’s pipes are frozen when no water comes out of them.…

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What Makes A Kitchen Functional?

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If you’ve spent any time watching HGTV, you’ve probably seen folks wanting to renovate their kitchens to be more “functional.” If you’re like most people, you probably wondered what exactly it would take to make a kitchen more functional. Does it take a larger fridge, or more cabinet space? Sometimes such small projects can fix functionality problems, but sometimes it takes a lot more. If you’re planning a kitchen renovation, take a look below to create a fabulous design that may just boost the value of your home.…

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