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Become a smarter homeowner with these projects and tips that will help you conserve energy, be prepared for emergencies and save money throughout your home.

  1. How to Fix a Sinking Driveway

    This article shows you what to do when your driveway starts to sink and pull away from your garage floor. The fix is easier than you might think, and you can do it yourself.

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  1. Best Water Filter

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    Does your tap water taste bad? In this article we explain the possible causes, then discuss the best types of water filters that you can use to purify your water.

  2. How to Weatherstrip a Door

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    Stop energy-wasting air leaks around entry doors by installing a weatherstripping kit with a foam flange or vinyl bulb. Use a door sweep to seal the bottom of the door.

  3. Allergies: Filtering Out Pollen

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    For allergy sufferers, open windows bring fresh air but also pollen and dust. A window filter lets you keep the fresh air while blocking the misery-causing pollen.

  4. CFL Bulbs: Here's What You Need to Know

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    Find out everything you ever wanted to know about CFLs in this article. Learn about 3-way CFLs, dimmable CFLs, outdoor CFLs, reflectors, pin-type CFLs, and others.

  5. Air Leak Testing & Sealing

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    Follow these surprisingly easy tips and techniques for sealing air leaks in your home and save big money on your heating and cooling bills.

  6. Save Energy by Closing Heat Registers

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    It seems like a waste to heat unused rooms, but closing heat registers may actually increase heating costs, especially with newer systems.

  7. How to Insulate a House

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    Learn from experts and manufacturers how to insulate your roof, walls, crawlspace and other parts of the house. It's all in the details.

  8. How to Replace a Hard Drive

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    Hard drives rarely fail without warning. So if you hear buzzing, clicking or low-pitched squeals, your drive is about a day away from the big croak. Don’t worry, DIYers. You can replace the drive yourself and save all your data if you act fast.

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