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June 13, 2018

Streamline Your Daily Routine with Smart Assistants

Thanks to smart assistants like Google Home and Amazon Alexa, your intelligent home can perform futuristic tasks on demand. And the key to getting the most out of your virtual sidekick? Read on to find out.
 
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May 2, 2018

Environmentally Sound Landscaping With Goats

Using Goats to Maintain the Grounds

It’s a cliché, almost: goats will eat anything and everything. While reality may not extend that cliché all the way to the proverbial tin can, goats are hearty eaters and will take care of just about any type of vegetation they get access to. In this way, they are superior to other grazers in that they eat everything they come in contact with.

Goats will eat ivy, blackberry bushes, and they’ll take down kudzu, too. In fact, they’ll eat trees if they have nothing else available to them. Goats are nature’s lawn mowers, and though they may be more discriminating eaters than cliché would dictate, they make great [...]

 
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April 24, 2018

Things You Should Know Before Buying an Extension Cord

We all have at least one extension cord, but is it the right one, or even the best one, for what you need it for? To the average consumer, an extension cord is an extension cord. Most of us don’t understand the differences in things like wire gauge (size) or environment (indoor or outdoor or both), or purpose (extended use for a power tool or other device that will be left on for long periods of time, or for short-term use such as running a vacuum cleaner, or shop-vac). Another thing consumers fail to realize is that regardless of the gauge or rating of the cord, an extension cord is always a temporary solution. Extension cords were never meant to be used as a long-term [...]

 
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April 20, 2018

Ways to Go Green While Saving Green

Happy Earth Day! Celebrated in more than 193 countries, Earth Day is an annual event to celebrate support for environmental protection. Protecting the environment starts at home, and at Homes.com, we want to help you help conserve the world around you! Not only can going green protect the environment, but it can also save you some cash. Check out these tips on how to go green while saving green at home!

1. From garden to table

Farm-to-table? Try garden-to-table instead! Edible gardens are an excellent addition to any home. Not only are they a way to have quick access to healthy foods, but they also save you some of your hard-earned money. Having a garden at home reduces the [...]

 
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April 2, 2018

Edible Gardens – Today’s Dirt, Tomorrow’s Pantry

It seems like you can’t go anywhere these days without seeing a long line of restaurants extolling their wonderful farm-to-table menus. The idea of eating fresh, locally grown food has a great deal of appeal. The food seems tastier, the nutrients may be better, you often get the comfort of knowing your meats and eggs were farmed ethically, and as an added bonus, you’re helping local farmers stay in business. But farm-to-table restaurants can get expensive and may not be convenient to your location.

What can you do when you want the multiple benefits of eating locally grown food without the cost and travel? Go as local as one can go, and consider the benefits of [...]

 
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March 1, 2018

How to Use Home Automation with Security in Mind

Several reports reveal the smart home is going mainstream. Zion Market Research, citing financial figures, predicts the smart home market will grow from $24 billion in 2016 to roughly $54 billion by 2022 — a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of almost 15%. The research firm bases that finding on existing trends and forecasted models.

As an example, consumers already use in-home devices connected to the Internet of Things (IoT) to control lighting, heating and air conditioning, irrigation, entertainment, security, and appliances. Zion believes purchases of those types of items will only increase as consumers benefit from smart home technology.

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December 21, 2017

Garage Energy Efficient Tips

If you’ve done all you can to improve the energy efficiency of your home and are still experiencing higher utility bills than you’d prefer, your garage may be the culprit.

Most homeowners know they can cut costs by making their homes more energy efficient. Doing the same for the garage is an afterthought — or is not thought of at all. Consider, though, that most garages are not heated. So especially during the cold season, the garage becomes yet another potential source of frigid air, separated from your living space in some cases by just drywall and a door.

A typical two-car garage measures 480 square feet, about 20 percent of the size of the average U.S. [...]

 
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December 14, 2017

5 Gadgets to Help You Join the Smart Home Era

Smart homes are becoming the norm. About 12.5 percent of total U.S. households are currently smart homes, and it’s predicted the number will climb to 28 percent by 2021.

Save time and energy and improve your lifestyle by adding smart versions of these five common household devices to your home today.

Bathroom Fan

Smart bathroom fans feature built-in Bluetooth speakers, so you can safely play music while showering or getting ready. Wi-Fi-connected controls allow you to turn the fan and light on or off from your smartphone, meaning no more accidentally leaving the fan on for hours. Many smart fans are also Energy Star-qualified and are built to conserve [...]

 
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December 13, 2017

6 Tips to Lower Your Electricity Bill This Winter

Want to keep your heating bills lower this winter? These 6 tips will help keep your home more comfortable without using a lot of electricity.
 
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December 8, 2017

Succulents Galore! Plants that will Flourish Inside During the Winter Months

It's easy to plant a vibrant succulent garden right in your home. Here are some of the best plants to choose for your winter indoor jungle.
 
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November 14, 2017

5 Ways Technology Can Make Your Home More Energy Efficient

For many Americans, energy efficiency is an important consideration when it comes to buying or renovating a home. An energy-efficient home offers not only a greener, more sustainable lifestyle —it also maximizes ease, comfort, and cash savings.

The US Department of Energy estimates that the average household can save up to nearly $1,200 per year with some simple energy-efficient improvements. To get started, hire a professional energy auditor to assess your home’s energy use and identify possible upgrades to improve efficiency and reduce your monthly bill—or perform a do-it-yourself inspection focusing on some of the most common ways your home could be wasting [...]

 
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November 10, 2017

6 Quick Tips to Handle Growing Cool-Season Vegetables

Take advantage of cooler fall weather with these quick tips for growing flourishing cool-weather vegetables.

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