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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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.Definition of Home [...]
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. [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
Many folks are aware of the hidden costs of buying a home—things like closing costs, homeowner’s association (HOA) fees, and property taxes. That’s not all you have to watch out for, though. There are other, even more hidden costs associated with owning a home. Let’s take a look at some of the less commonly discussed money pits that could be hiding in your home right now—and what you can do about them.1. Refrigerators
Most of us probably take our fridge for granted — after all, it just always seems to be there, stocked with food. It can be an incredible money pit, though, if you don’t keep a close eye on it. The average American household loses [...]
With places to visit from the Lincoln Memorial to the National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C. is a great place to live. So when the time comes to sell your home, you should have no trouble, right?
Yes, living in a desirable area helps when you put your place on the market. It also helps that so many people move to D.C. to work in the political sphere. There are always incoming interns and lobbyists vying for space. But one of the best ways to give your listing an edge is to make your home eco-friendly. Many Americans understand the benefits of cleaner environment, so they realize the importance of individual efforts in making the world most sustainable.
Green living [...]