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How Much Electricity Does a Space Heater Use?

If you're in the market for a portable electric space heater, remember to consider the operating costs. Here's what you need to know.

The Best Smart Thermostats of 2022

Find the best smart thermostat to control, adjust and monitor the temperature of your home directly from your smartphone or...


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LED Christmas Lights Are Best. Here’s Why.

When it comes to holiday lights, there can be only one choice.


How To Buy a Heat Pump in 2023

New energy incentives make this a great time to install or upgrade a heat pump.


3 Most Eco-Friendly Heating Systems for Your Home

Whether you're replacing your HVAC system or adding more heat in your spare room, here's how to make it ultra...

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A Homeowner’s Guide To Furnaces

Along with the water heater, the furnace is your most important home appliance. Here's a guide to understanding yours and...


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Does Bulb Wattage Determine Brightness?

It's a common misconception that a bulb's wattage is the only factor in its brightness. So if you've been buying...

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New 2023 Energy Tax Credits and Rebates You Can Use to Make Your Home More Energy Efficient

How to finesse your home's energy efficiency by using the new rebates and tax incentives for HVAC, solar and more.


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What To Know About Solar Batteries

Solar battery technology has advanced in leaps and bounds in recent years. Here's what makes a battery a solar battery.


What to Know About Replacing Gas Appliances in Your Home

From heat pumps to induction stoves, here are the appliances you can install to switch away from gas — and...


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Brighten Up Any Project with the Family Handyman Approved Nebo Omni 2k Work Light

Looking for an addition to your toolbox that shines? Try the compact, bright and long-lasting Nebo Omni 2k work light.

Are Electric Heated Blankets Safe?

Electric blankets have a reputation for being unsafe. But is it earned?


How to Stack and Store Firewood

Want to keep your firewood organized and dry? Here's how.


World’s Whitest Paint Could Eliminate Need for Air Conditioning

Will this game-changing new paint really change the way we cool down buildings?


These LED Bulbs Could Last Up to 50 Years

See why these lightbulbs could be great for your wallet and the planet.


8 Best Room Air Conditioners

We examine the best single-room air conditioners for surviving sweltering temperatures. This collection promises less sweaty days and more sleep-filled...

8 Tips for Installing Home Air Conditioning

If you're considering a central air conditioner install for your new or existing home, consider these tips before making any...


8 Types of Air Conditioners

Looking to buy an air conditioner? Here's a roundup of eight air conditioner types, along with how to assess which...


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How to Get Started With Solar Energy Panels in 2023

From initial cost to maintenance concerns, here's a primer on solar panels to help you decide if they're right for...


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New Homeowner’s Guide To Solar Power

Is solar technology a good fit for the 21st century homeowner? Here's an overview of traditional and DIY solar options.


Stop Believing These Summer Maintenance Myths

Believing these myths might actually be costing you money!


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Best Off-Grid Power Systems for Your Cabin

If you're contemplating off-grid power for your cabin or summer house, start here to learn the differences between solar, wind...


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What to Do Within the First Year After Moving Into Your New Home

When you move into your new home, there are a number of cleaning tasks, basic projects and upgrades to consider....


4 Best Camping Heaters for Tents

Keep warm this camping season with one of these highly rated camping tent heaters available online.


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What Temperature to Set the Thermostat in the Summer

Too hot? Too cold? Stay comfortable and save on energy bills by figuring out what temperature to set your thermostat...

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21 Air Conditioner Maintenance and Home Cooling Tips

Whether you have a whole-house or one-room air conditioner, don't make it work harder than it should. Follow these tips...


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11 Myths About Saving Energy at Home

Reap the rewards of energy savings by ignoring these myths.


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Choosing Your Best Heating System for the House

Find the best heating system for your home by learning what's available and how they compare.


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What’s the Ideal Temperature to Set Your Thermostat in Winter?

Stop the thermostat wars in your home with this definitive look at the optimal temperature to set your thermostat in...


6 Best RV Solar Panels and Kits

Silent and fume-free electric power for your RV is what solar panel kits deliver. Check out these six top models...


10 Ways to Insulate Your Home Without Opening Up Walls

Don't live in an under-insulted home just because you don't want to destroy your walls.