Insulation R-Value

How insulation works is expressed by its R-value, which is the measure of resistance to the flow of heat. The higher the R-value, the better insulation insulates per inch of thickness. Read on to find some general guidelines for how much insulation you need, as well as the R-value for different types of insulation.

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Can You Claim the Energy Efficiency Tax Credit if You Receive a Tax Refund

Jerry asks, “Can I claim the federal Energy Efficiency Tax Credit for Homeowners if I receive a tax refund?”

You may still be able to qualify for the federal Energy Efficiency Tax Credit, even if you receive a refund, as long as you don’t receive a total refund of all the federal income taxes you owed for the year. Read on to find out more.

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Gardening on a Budget

Gardening can be an expensive enterprise, especially if you enjoy collecting new and different plants for your yard. But if you choose wisely, having a wonderful garden doesn’t have to break the bank. Read on for some great tips on how to get the most bang for your buck in the garden.

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New SawStop Saw Plugs in “Almost Anywhere”

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In response to customer demand, the SawStop now offers its cutting-edge safety technology in a new 1.75 HP Professional Cabinet Saw that uses standard 120-volt power. Read on to find our more.

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Prepare Your Home Now for Hurricanes

Hurricanes are an unpleasant fact of life here on the Gulf Coast where I live. But, as Hurricane Katrina clearly demonstrated, their awesome power should never be taken lightly. Advance planning and preparation is the key to staying safe during a storm, so don’t wait until the last minute to get your home ready and stock up on essential supplies. Read on to find out more.

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How to Correct Soil pH in Your Yard

Soil pH is a very important factor in plant health – if the soil is too acidic or too alkaline, plants will be unable to absorb nutrients, and your lawn or garden won’t grow. If the results of a soil test show that your soil’s pH needs adjusting, read on to find out what you can do to fix it.

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Granite tile countertop after installation

How to Install a Granite Tile Countertop

While granite is a popular choice for kitchen countertops, the high cost of materials and installation can put a big dent in your home improvement budget. A less expensive alternative to a pricey granite slab is to use 12”x12” granite tiles instead. Not only do granite tiles make an attractive and durable countertop, they’re easy to apply and weigh much less than a solid granite top, making it a perfect DIY project.

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Lawn Treatments That Are Safe for Birds

Jean asks, “Are there any lawn treatments that are safe for birds?”

Pesticides, can be highly toxic to birds, both by directly poisoning them and altering the ecosystem they depend on for survival. Read on to find out how to keep your lawn safe for birds.

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