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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.

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What Is a Rain Chain?

Once you discover the beauty of water flowing down a rain chain, you'll look at your own house to figure...



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When Should You Take Down Your Christmas Lights?

Christmas lights bring joy in December, but irritation by March. How long is too long? What's your cutoff date, and...


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.


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8 Ways Conserving Hot Water Can Reduce High Utility Bills

From simple changes in habits to water heater upgrades, here's how to save money this winter on your energy and...

Here’s Why You Shouldn’t Close Off Vents to Save Money in the Winter

Want a lower heating bill this winter? You might be tempted to try closing heating vents in unused rooms, but...


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...

What To Know About Cleaning Solar Panels

Solar panels need to be clean to deliver optimal performance, and rain won't do the job. Find out how to...


Babcock Ranch: Is This Small Community Paving the Future of Solar Power in America?

Learn how cutting-edge sustainable architecture and solar technology helped one innovative Florida community weather a major storm.


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How To Install a Solar Power System in a Van Camper

What to expect when outfitting your vehicle with off-grid capabilities, including solar roof panels, a charge controller and a battery...


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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...


Save Money With These Cost-Effective Energy Efficiency Tips

Easy home improvements to cut your energy bills, and new financial incentives that could help put them within reach.

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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.


6 Best Solar Batteries

Solar panels convert sunlight to electricity, and batteries store it. Solar battery technology is still evolving, but here's what's available...


The Best Firewood Racks of 2022

Outdoor firewood racks keeps wood off the ground, neatly stacked and ready for the next firepit or fireplace gathering.


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...


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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...


How to Install An Off-Grid Solar Power System

Run power where you need it.

 


Solar Power Leads Latest Federal Push for Clean Energy

The president and his administration are looking to get clean energy initiatives back on track in the U.S. Here's how.


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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.

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What To Know About Community Solar and Net Metering

Rooftop PV panels aren't the only way to take advantage of solar energy.


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What Are Peak Hours for Electricity?

Electricity peak hours, the times of day when electric consumption is highest, may affect your monthly power bill. Here's how...


How to Choose the Right Skylight Shades for Your Home

Skylight shades cover your skylights in stylish and functional ways. Here's everything you need to know.


Are Electric Heated Blankets Safe?

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


3 Best Smart Toilets for the Tech-Loving Homeowner

A smart toilet could change the way you see your bathroom. Here are a few of the best options on...


How to Stack and Store Firewood

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