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    How Long Do Sump Pumps Last?

    Sump pumps reliably last from seven to 10 years, but often much longer with maintenance. Be sure to monitor your...

    How To Test Sump Pumps

    Don't be surprised by a sump pump failure. Here's an easy tutorial on how to test your sump pump to...

    How Much Is a Sump Pump?

    By itself, a sump pump isn't a major investment, costing about as much as a good juicer. The bulk of...

    How To Buy a Heat Pump in 2023

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

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    A Guide To Pipe Fittings and How To Use Them

    If you're doing a plumbing installation or repair, you'll need to buy pipe and pipe fittings. Here's some help figuring...

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    IP Camera vs. Cloud Camera: Which Is Right for You?

    IP and cloud security cameras have their pros and cons. Here's how to pick the right one for you.

    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...

    Everything You Need to Create and Stock a Basement Bar

    Create the ultimate hangout spot right at home.

    How To Choose Between a Heat Pump vs. a Furnace

    Federal incentives and state regulations weigh heavily in favor of heat pumps these days, but a heat pump may not...

    Feds Are Committing Billions to Help Families With Their Energy Bills—Do You Qualify?

    With energy costs sky-high this winter, here’s how the federal government is assisting families in need

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    What Are Infrared Space Heaters and How Do They Work?

    Is an infrared space heater right for your space? We've talked to some experts to summarize what they are, how...

    Underground Wiring: A Pro Answers Your Key Questions

    Here are some important things you need to know about underground wiring so it's safe and provides many years of...

    Why Are Heating Bills Increasing This Winter?

    Natural gas, electricity, propane, heating oil. Whatever fuel you use, heating bills are going up this winter. Here's what the...

    Everything You Need to Know About Geothermal Heat Pumps

    Geothermal heat pumps are one of the most efficient ways to heat and cool your home. Is it the right...

    3 Types of Kitchen Track Lighting

    Tired of cooking in the dark? Kitchen track lighting provides multiple light sources, without the hassle of installing multiple fixtures.

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    Here’s How to Keep Pipes From Freezing This Winter

    Preventing frozen pipes is easy. Repairing the damage from frozen pipes that burst is not.

    We Tried the Affordable, Easy-to-Use ChillaxHome Smartcam

    The ChillaxHome Smartcam, an entry-level home-, baby- and pet-monitoring system, offers an extra set of eyes and ears in your...

    How To Get Blueprints of Your House

    The original blueprints of your home aren't just a cool thing to have. They're required for many types of building...

    Light Bulb Recycling Guide

    You can recycle those old light bulbs, but there are a few important things to know before you toss them...

    Can Alexa Be Hacked? Here’s How To Prevent It

    Though it's rare, Alexa can be vulnerable to hackers. Here's what you need to know to keep yourself and your...

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    How To Wire a Four-Way Switch

    Did you know slips, trips and falls are some of the most common home safety hazards? Say goodbye to stubbed...

    The 9 Best Smart Christmas Lights of 2022

    Use your phone to control these smart Christmas lights and take your holiday display to the next level!

    6 Best Robot Vacuums for the Easiest Cleaning Ever

    The best robot vacuum lets you clean smarter, not harder! Find one that mops, geomaps and gets every last piece...

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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...

    What To Know About Burying Underground Electrical Cable

    Running electric power to a garage or garden pond? Learn about code requirements, trench depth options, conduit material and types...

    Guide To Under Sink Water Heaters

    Tired of wasting water while you're waiting for it to get hot? Waste no more by installing a tank-style or...

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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.

    Which Household Appliances Are Draining Electricity?

    Hitting the power button doesn't always mean an appliance is completely off. Appliances drain electricity in standby mode and the...