Water Heater Energy Saving Tips

Gas hot water systems are deemed one of the most important devices you need to install in your home. Without it, ordinary activities like taking a bath, doing the dishes and washing your clothes can become challenging. After all, who wants to use ice-cold water while going about your basic activities like taking a bath or washing the dishes, right?

Chimney Sweep Scams: How Not to Get Burned

  By Donna Fuscaldo – It’s hard to know when there’s a problem with your chimney. But an issue left unfixed can cause significant and costly damages. Unlike a leaky toilet or a malfunctioning oil burner, the signs of any chimney woes aren’t obvious and can be hard for homeowners to see, which is why experts say…

Why Renters Renovate

Kelly and Brandon Michon used plenty of their own elbow grease to clear out old carpets and remove layers of plaster, but got professional help for technical work like redesigning the kitchen, right. Katherine Marks for The New York Times After finding a two-bedroom one-bath fixer-upper in the financial district last fall, Kelly and Brandon…

Home Burglary: 8 Ways to Prevent It

  By David Bakke – Home burglaries resulted in $4.6 billion in lost property in 2010, and the average dollar loss per burglary was $2,119, according to the FBI. While the cost of lost property is significant, even more significant is the emotional toll it takes when your home’s security is compromised. It’s impossible to completely…

Tips on Protecting Your Home in Extreme Cold

A bad situation can become rapidly worse if a home’s pipes freeze or heater malfunctions. Here are some simple steps that homeowners and renters can take to prevent those from happening: Use safe heat sources to thaw pipes. A blow dryer or space heater should be able to thaw pipes that have frozen. Don’t use…

Neighbors Rally Around Holiday Display That Drew Hate Mail

When it comes to holiday displays, this one at a house in Newton, Mass., is far from the flashiest out there. The house lacks animatronic characters or light sequences synchronized to “Gangnam Style.” And though it’s apparently been a bright spot in that city’s village of Newton Corner for decades of Christmases, it’s not like…