August is national water quality month. In the US, most cities and towns have perfectly fine tap water, but all tap water isn’t created equally. In fact, in varying cities, you might find that from one place to the next, the water tastes different, that’s because different localities have different water treatment systems and there may be different ordinances regarding levels of chemicals used to treat the tap water. Furthermore, depending on where you live, you may get your tap water from the town’s water system or you might get water from a well.
No matter where you live, staying hydrated is extremely important for your health and wellness. Here are [...]
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 [...]
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. [...]