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Comparing the Pros and Cons of LED and Incandescent Christmas Lights

Photo: ReeldealHD Images / Adobe Stock When styling your Christmas lights, you’ve got options. Both LED and incandescent Christmas lights will get the job done, but there are some key differences you should know. For one, LED lights are the more energy-efficient option, while incandescent lights win on being the more inexpensive option. Before you…

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The Ultimate Dog-Friendly Landscaping Guide

A backyard is an enjoyable place for dogs and humans, but it’s important to make sure your space fits your needs as well as Fido’s. Dog-friendly landscaping and human-friendly landscaping aren’t automatically the same thing. While you may view your outdoor space as a spot to relax or grow a vegetable garden, your pooch doesn’t…

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The Best Ways to Care for Your Live Christmas Tree

‘Tis the season for holiday décor! And if you’ve decided to purchase a live Christmas tree this year, you may be wondering how to keep it healthy and fresh as long as possible. Here, we’ve compiled some first-rate tips to help your tree look its best all season long: 1. Choose The Right Tree: When…

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How Much Energy Do Holiday Lights Use?

Did you know that the U.S. uses more electricity during the month of December than some countries do in an entire year? The Rockefeller Center Tree in New York City uses five miles of lights and uses 20,000+ watts of electricity. Thankfully, they’re LED and powered by solar panels. But if you deck out your…

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Hiring Professional Snow Removal Contractors – Tips, Advice

Need Someone to Plow Your Driveway? Snow removal services vary by climate, but the basics remain the same. How much snow you get, how often it falls and how long it stays determines what services you’ll need. Whether your regional accumulation is heavy or light, you may want to consider calling a professional for removal….

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Snow Removal Contracts: Benefits & Services

On This Page: Snow Removal Services Contracts Basic Removal Company Fixed Fee Per Inch Per Push Per Event Time & Materials Snow & Ice Management Residential vs. Commercial Snow Removal Contracts Snow Plowing Contract Sample How to Get a Snow Plow Agreement Snow Removal Services Contracts A removal contract is a set-it-and-forget-it way of dealing…

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Saltwater Pool vs. Chlorine

Left Photo: anucha sirivisansuwan / Moment / Getty Images Right Photo: Changyu Lu / Moment / Getty Images Although there are a few more details to cover in this guide, the two main differences between a saltwater pool versus a chlorine pool are cost and health. Traditional chlorine pools are the most common and least…

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2017 Smart Home Gift Guide for Every Budget

What’s the must-have holiday gift for 2017? Smart money is on smart home devices, which consumers everywhere are embracing in a big way. A recent HomeAdvisor survey found that home service professionals are getting requests for smart home installs on a weekly, if not daily basis. And major retailers like Best Buy, Home Depot, and…

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Housewife standing on a patio washing the windows of her house with a hose attachment as she spring-cleans the exterior at the start of the new summer season

Summer Maintenance Checklist for Your Home

Behind every eye-catching house is a homeowner that works hard to keep it that way. Roof, siding, windows—every piece of your home needs routine care to work efficiently and keep up curb appeal. A simple seasonal checklist will help keep track of your home’s growing to-do list and ensure nothing gets let behind (or worse,…

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Fun Family Activities Around The Backyard Fire Pit

Perhaps the only thing better than having a fireplace for your home is installing a fire pit in your backyard. Not only is it a feature in and of itself, it adds to anything you do in your yard. When installing a fire pit, you’ve got a few options: DIY the project using cinder blocks…

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