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Lower summer energy costs and get a facelift for your home

Tuesday, June 25th, 2013

During summer, many of us look forward to fun-filled days at the pool or beach, but we definitely don’t look forward to exorbitantly high cooling bills during the heat of the season. A typical single-family home shells out $2,200 in annual energy costs, according a recent study by the U.S. Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley…Read More »

Soul-lifting home improvements that are good for your wallet, too.

Tuesday, June 25th, 2013

No matter how value conscious a homeowner may be, few people ever make a home improvement simply to increase their house’s resale value. People also undertake home improvements to enhance their enjoyment of their home – or to fix a problem, which, in its own way, is good for the soul, too. When it comes…Read More »

Four ways to be more green at home

Wednesday, June 19th, 2013

It doesn’t take much effort to run your household in a more eco-friendly way. You might even be surprised by how much money you can save. “A small change can make a big difference,” says Charles Valinotti, senior vice president of an insurance company which recently implemented a series of small environmental changes and the…Read More »

Could acorns lead to an up ‘tick’ in Lyme disease?

Tuesday, June 11th, 2013

This year’s tick population, including the increased number of the treatments throughout the Mid-Atlantic, has a somewhat surprising cause … acorns.   Oak trees produce an extremely high number of acorns, which leads to an increase in the white-footed mouse population. In turn, the deer tick (or black-legged tick), has ample supply of its preferred…Read More »

Education leads to empowerment for children in need

Tuesday, June 11th, 2013

It is a simple but absolute truth: Education not only transforms and fulfills the lives of students as knowledge expands their minds, but it also has the power to strengthen nations. In the United States, educational opportunities for children abound, with many beginning their school journeys with preschool programs as early as age 3. According…Read More »

Grow beautiful landscapes with less water

Wednesday, June 5th, 2013

Hot and dry weather provides reason enough to think about simple ways to save water while still enjoying beautiful yards and gardens. You may even find that your efforts to be water smart may improve the health and appearance of your plants. During the summer, an estimated 30 to 70 percent of household water use…Read More »