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9 Ways to Cool Your House for Less

It’s blazing hot, but after opening your last utility bill, you don’t dare turn down the thermostat. Here are a variety of relatively simple measures that can help you drop your thermostat’s mercury without raising your utility bill’s bottom line.

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Central Air Conditioner Troubleshooting & Repairs

By keeping your AC unit working well, you can save energy and, as a result, money. If a central air conditioner is in ill repair, it probably won’t work when you need it most.

How to Buy a Water Softener

Tired of hard water spotting your dishes, clogging your pipes, and negatively affecting bathing and laundry? This expert, unbiased water softeners report will help you choose the right water softener.

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Expert advice on how to find, troubleshoot and fix a roof leak, including what to do in a roof leak emergency.

How to Buy a Pellet Stove

Pellet stoves look similar to wood stoves or fireplace inserts, but the similarity ends there. Instead of burning wood, they burn small pellets typically made from recycled wood shavings.

Gas Hot Water Heater Repairs

Gas hot water heater need repair? If your gas water heater doesn’t heat, get hot enough, or stay lit, this expert DIY advice will help you fix some of these problems yourself.

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See Through Walls with This Smart Phone Camera Add-On

Check out all of the things you can do with an inexpensive thermal imaging camera. For example, you can see the energy leaks around windows and doors or (a lot more fun) you can see your dog in the backyard at night.

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Heavy rails and lattice panels form a striking two-sided fence along this property line.

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