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Be the Talk of the Neighborhood With a Great Lawn!

environmentally friendly lawnHomeowners have a lot to be mindful of: bills, maintenance, and a whole bevy of other household items. Among Americans, 83% think having a yard is important and the majority believe that maintaining that yard is essential. Organic lawn care is gaining popularity. There are many benefits of environmentally friendly lawn care. Here are just a few:

  1. Healthy Space for Pets – There are far too many non-natural lawn care providers that use all kinds of harsh chemicals on lawns. These chemicals can harm people and have an even greater chance of harming animals. Environmentally friendly lawn care will help your pets.
  2. Neighborhood Idol – Using safer lawn care tactics could encourage the rest of your neighbors to do the same. It will be hard for them to walk by your property and see a gorgeous, healthy, and green lawn and not want one of their own.
  3. Relaxation – As much as people obsess over shopping and trivial possessions, nearly 65% of people would be willing to pay more for property with good, green spaces, a number that’s 30% higher than the amount willing to pay more for properties near entertainment venues and shopping malls.
  4. Return on Investment – Landscaping is a big deal for real estate agents, as 97% of them recommend improving your landscaping. Homeowners can make over a 200% return on their investment by doing so.
  5. Gardening – The benefits of gardening can be quite obvious; tasty treats, healthy habits, fun activities, but one of the best reasons to garden is that it’s quite relaxing.
  6. Entertainer Extraordinaire – Having a healthy lawn will encourage you to get the most out of it. You’re going to want to spend as much time out there as possible. You’ll be throwing neighborhood parties, having cookouts, yard games, bonfires, and anything you can think of. After all, it’s your lawn! Natural lawncare will provide you with endless activities!
  7. Productive New Additions – Chances are, if you don’t care about your lawn, then it will just get worse over time. If you do, however, take pride in proper lawn care, you’re always going to want to improve. This will give you some time to be productive with your property, as any successful addition you add will improve the value of the home.

If you just leave your lawn alone and don’t care for it, it will just get worse and end up hurting you down the road. If youdo take care of it, you will be extremely happy, because of all the wonderful benefits environmentally friendly lawn care brings!

4 Tips for Making the Most of Residential Solar Solutions

residential solar solutionsWith rising concerns over climate change, more people are making their homes more environmentally friendly, and what better way to make a house more sustainable than by reducing its energy consumption?

Residential solar solutions offer just such a solution. On average, it would take a single $52,000, 600-square-foot solar panel to provide an entire home with sufficient power. However, just plopping a solar panel anywhere won’t do much good.

Here are a few tips for getting the most out of your home solar power systems:

  1. Professional installation: Solar power technology has been around for a while, but that doesn’t make it any less complex. While homeowners may be able to save a couple bucks installing them on their own, the losses they entail could easily outweigh the savings. A lack in energy absorption due to poor installation or repairs for broken panels can rack up costs quickly.
  2. Placement: This may seem obvious, but make sure your solar panels are out of the shade at all times. This may require you to trim back trees or other plant life. Panels should also be angled towards the points that receive the most sunlight. Roofs are typically the ideal place for them to be installed.
  3. Keep them clean: Even if you have a great place to put your panels, you could still lose energy due to dirty panels. How frequently you should clean them varies depending on a number of factors, including the weather or location. Fortunately, unlike power generators, there are no moving parts you need to worry about breaking or wearing down, so maintenance may be limited to wiping your panels’ surface clear.
  4. Track consumption: In order to ensure that your residential solar solutions are working at optimum efficiency, it’s helpful to keep a record of your system’s day-to-day performance. It will also be beneficial to make a note of the days that were overcast, or if it was raining or snowing to get an idea of how much they affect energy production. You can then use this information to improve your system later.

With over 135,000 installations in just the first half of 2015, almost 784,000 homes and businesses in the U.S. have now turned over to solar power, with new solar projects being implemented every two minutes. It’s time to save money and the environment with residential solar solutions.

The Pros and Cons of Six Drill Bit Materials

Cnc machine tooling

Homeowners engaged in any type of major remodeling project have likely encountered the many options available for tools. Drills, cutting tools, custom tools, and many more options are available, and all marketed to you, the consumer, as the best option. Marketing aside, however, effective tool management is not served by simply picking up whatever you are told is the best choice, but by researching options. Checking the difference between metal and plastic cutting tools, researching t

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How to Prevent and Fix a Damaged Sewer Pipe

Epoxy pipe

Between 1993 and 2012 alone, winter storms caused around $28 billion in insured catastrophe losses. That’s an average of $1 billion per year, according to Property Claim services. For nearly one-quarter of those claims, water damage and freezing were the cause. Ah, the joys of winter weather.

When the temperature drops below 20 degrees Fahrenheit, or 6 degrees Celsius, water pipes are prone to freeze and break. According to IBHS, a mere one-eight inch crack in a pipe can result in over 250 gallons of water leaking per day. Imagine 250 gallons of water spewing across your floors, soaking into furniture, destroying appliances an personal items. Not a fun image, is it? Sewer pipes are one of the easiest features of your home to ignore until they make their presence all too well known. Due to this, sewer system r

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