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Home Energy Evaluation: Attic

by HGExpo.com on 01/08/2014 - 02:54 pm
Categories: Energy Savings, Home Technology

Northeast Ohio is rich with early twentieth-century architecture that charms home buyers with its original hardwood floors and plaster walls. Unfortunately, the original builders weren't concerned with achieving the current Department of Energy's recommended r-levels or establishing an air-tight building envelope.Energy Smart Home Performance has a simple goal—make old homes act like new ones.And this is the time of year when those old homes start to feel a little chilly. "Heating issues" isn't a terribly descriptive diagnosis, though, and the culprit could be the furnace in the basement or the insulated lines in the attic.Or maybe, there's more to it than that, maybe a bunch of small ...

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Furnace Maintenance To Avoid Furnace ...

by HGExpo.com on 01/08/2014 - 04:18 pm
Categories: Energy Savings, Home Technology

By Kyla PriceMother Nature is gearing up for what’s expected to be a bitterly cold winter, so making sure your furnace is up to the task of heating your home is even more important than usual.First and foremost, don’t wait until your front lawn looks like a winter wonderland to start winter preparation. It’s better to find out your furnace needs a repair or two before subzero temps come knocking at your door.While performing annual maintenance can be done as a do-it-yourself project, most HVAC professionals agree it’s a job best performed by a qualified inspector.Dominion says checking the ignition, flame, pilot and chimney draft; inspecting the heat exchanger; cleani ...

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VIDEO: Take Champion Window's Comfort...

by HGExpo.com on 12/10/2013 - 03:15 pm
Category: Windows & Doors

Ever feel a draft when you walk past a window? That's probably a sign that the window—or the opening it sits in—isn't airtight. (Or the window is just open or unlocked, but that's a pretty easy fix.) No homeowner likes spending money on new replacement windows every couple years, so window longevity has become a valuable trait. Homes aren't static structures though. If new windows aren't properly installed and custom-fitted gaps can form between the window and the opening that compromises the air seal.That's why Champion Windows developed their Comfort Seal Foam, an expandable, waterproof, airtight barrier between Northeast Ohio air and your living room. And they can prove it. Ch ...

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Winter Mulching for Ohio Gardens

by HGExpo.com on 12/10/2013 - 02:20 pm
Category: Lawn & Garden

By Kyla PriceYou spend countless hours prepping and beautifying your garden in the spring and summer, but do you do what it takes to keep plants happy throughout the cold months?Making sure plants pop back up after a long, cold winter is largely a matter of proper cleaning and covering. A lot of the mulch you spread during the spring and summer months decomposes by fall, and since mulch encourages stable soil temperatures, it's important to spread a new, thicker winter layer before the snow hits. An economical way to create your own organic mulch is to use fallen leaves from around your property. Perennials and shrubs can also be mulched with pine needlesMulch beds of bulbs with evergreen bo ...

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Garden To Table: Garden Planning Basics

by HGExpo.com on 12/10/2013 - 01:16 pm
Category: Lawn & Garden

By Jane SnowMake a list and check it twice. Not for Santa, for your garden. Before you forget what your garden looked like last summer, list the vegetables and where they were planted so you can rotate your crops next spring.Yes, even small-time gardeners should rotate. Even those with one tomato plant by the driveway and a couple of pepper plants by the back door will reap the benefits of switching places from year to year.   I picked up this valuable information in a seminar last spring led by local master gardener Vince Matlock (If I misinterpret any of his advice, it’s my fault, not his).If your tomato plants looked sickly last summer, try to outsmart the disease by plant ...

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The Ultimate Thanksgiving Showdown: S...

by HGExpo.com on 11/27/2013 - 03:18 pm
Category: Lawn & Garden

By Jane Snow

If you want peace at the Thanksgiving table, add one more subject to the traditional conversation taboos of religion and politics: stuffing vs. dressing.What is it with those Southerners who call it “dressing”? Clearly, when seasoned bread is stuffed inside a turkey it should be called stuffing. Duh.If this were just a North-South issue we could write off the rebels and be done with it. But to complicate matters, large pockets of language liberals use the terms interchangeably, while literalists call it stuffing if it’s inside the bird and dressing if it’s cooked in a casserole.Can’t we all just get along? Apparently not. “When it comes to ...

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VIDEO: The $8 Annual Energy Bill

by HGExpo.com on 11/06/2013 - 03:14 pm
Category: Energy Savings

David from Brunswick has a new hobby—getting his energy bill as low as possible. Currently, he pays about 67 cents per month for electricity. That's less than most homes pay for a day's power, and it's all thanks to solar panels from SolarMax Inc.The state and national government offer incentives for going green, but many homeowners are finding the bureaucratic channels difficult to navigate alone. Between heaps of paperwork and approval requests to local utilities providers, the State of Ohio, zoning boards, etc., environmentally-minded homeowners can find it difficult to get those cheap energy bills. But a solar professional, like SolarMax Inc. that's gone through the application and ...

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VIDEO: Before & After LeafFilter Gutt...

by HGExpo.com on 11/01/2013 - 03:13 pm
Category: Home Exteriors

In the past, we've discussed the importance of free-flowing gutters, and what goes into a gutter protection system install. But here you can see the difference new gutters and a LeafFilter Gutter Protection made on this local home in Hudson. The old gutters had been so thoroughly filled with leaves and plant matter that they turned a dark, mucky brown. In addition to looking pretty gross, the gutters also weren't doing their job. Even light rain caused the gutters to overflow and pound the ground above the foundation with a persistent stream of rainwater.While the LeafFilter system can be attached to existing gutters, the homeowners and install team agreed, the old gutters needed to go. So, ...

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