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House Pests

How To Keep Spiders Away – 19 Natural Methods

Finding a spider inside your home is never a pleasant experience. Finding three or four or ten?! That’s not just unpleasant; that’s a serious problem. When I first moved into my new home—a tri-level with a garden level and a basement—we had a serious spider problem. I’m talking about the spider-in-every-corner type of problem. Because

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Plants

How To Grow a Moon Cactus – Gymnocalycium Mihanovichii

Even though succulents and cacti are less colorful and dramatic than other plants, they are popular houseplants because they are resilient and easy enough for beginning gardeners to grow successfully. Plus, there are many varieties to choose from.  If you want to add a little glamour to your cactus garden and have the patience for

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BBQ

What is Fire Glass or Fire Pit Glass Rocks?

Not everyone wants to be inhaling fumes from burning wood and cleaning the ashes after a long night of wine and drinks. Well, have you ever heard of fire glass? Introduced in the mid-2000’s, these colorful tempered glass pebbles have become a massive hit for both homeowners and designers. They offer two staple things that

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best infrared heaters
Appliances & Products

The Best Infrared Heater – Reviews and Buyer’s Guide

Although infrared heating is becoming more popular these days, it is nothing new – it has been around for a long time. Recent improvements in this technology are increasing efficiency outputs 90 – 100%. No wonder more people are using them to heat their homes. The heat it emits provides the same feeling of warmth

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best electric wall mount heaters
Appliances & Products

The 6 Best Electric Wall Heaters – Reviews and Buying Guide

Drafty kitchen? Miserably cold bedroom? In most homes, the central heating system fails to keep all rooms at a comfortable temperature. Using a single-room heater can be a great alternative and much more cost-effective than cranking up the thermostat. According to Energy.gov, though, space heaters cause over 25,000 residential fires each year. That’s where electric wall

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how to heat a basement in Winter
DIY Guides

How To Heat A Basement In Winter

Not only are basements are the most logical place to extend your family living space, but your basement is probably the most versatile space in your home.  So it really comes as no surprise that a full 30% of new homes built in the US in 2013 are built on a full or partial basement.

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most efficient space heaters
Heating and Cooling

The Best Energy Efficient Space Heater – Guide & Reviews

Every year, it feels like winter creeps out just as you’re beginning to enjoy autumn. With the onset of winter comes the likely appearance of frigid temperatures, causing your home or office spaces to become downright chilly. While your HVAC heating system can likely handle the brunt of your heating in these circumstances, it can

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best towel warmers
Appliances & Products

5 Best Towel Warmers to Keep You Toasty in the Bathroom

Whether you’re taking a steaming hot shower or nice bubble bath, few things are more relaxing than letting the heat take all your troubles away. Unfortunately, a good thing doesn’t last forever, and you’ll have to get out of paradise at some point and face dreaded cold bathroom floor. Fear not though, as with the

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How Much Electricity Does a Space Heater Use
Heating and Cooling

Electric Heater Cost Calculator

“How much does it cost to heat my room?” is a super-complicated question to answer. Heating a room depends on a plethora of variables – how many windows you have, how well the room is insulated, the temperature outside…. The list goes on! It’s near impossible to accurately determine. However, we can calculate probable energy

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