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What is your dream project?

It’s easy to focus in too much on the toils that come along with working in the home improvement industry, and forget the fun parts. To lighten the mood and get to know our experts just a little bit better on a personal level, last week we asked them to describe their dream projects–the ones they would love to work on if budget were no option and they could just go crazy. We found out that home industry professionals can be quite imaginative! Here are just a few of their dream projects. Grand View Builders If given the opportunity to …

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When should you recycle, upcycle, or remove old junk?

Sometimes, it feels like junk is piling up all around you and there’s nothing you can do about it. After all, you can’t just send that old-school TV to the dump, can you? It’s not like the garbage collection men are going to take it, and nobody is going to want such out of date technology. There are tons of items like this, and they accumulate over the years until you feel like there’s no more room for you among all the junk in your house. Luckily, our experts had a great deal of advice about how to upcycle, recycle …

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How can homeowners live green in 2013?

Now more than ever, it is important to consider the environment and the impact you are having on the planet as you go about your daily life. Of course, with all the issues facing our world today, it can be quite overwhelming trying to find ways to help. Going green can get expensive and time-consuming very quickly. Luckily, our home experts have taken the time to come up with some easy ways for you to go green without feeling too overwhelmed. Adopt a few of these quick tricks and you’ll be environmentally friendly in no time. 1. Use a clothes …

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6 Updates for a Healthier Home

When you’re at home, the last thing you want to be worrying about is what dangers might be lurking around every corner. Unfortunately, many homeowners don’t realize the real risks posed by threats they can’t even see. That’s why we turned to our experts, to find out what updates and changes homeowners can make to keep their homes safe, and to help them rest easy at night. Our experts had a lot of suggestions, ranging from minor home adjustments to more major undertakings.

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What are the Home Improvement Trends for 2013?

2013 looks like it will offer a great deal of improvements to the home, while incorporating nostalgic classics into design elements. After a year of intense natural disasters and warmer temperatures, our experts predict that construction will move in a more sustainable and protective direction. Color trends will be numerous; designers believe that many trendy colors are staying strong this year with a few fun additions. Finally, home remodeling projects will look to update existing features like security systems to sync with current technology. Color Color can completely transform the feel and look of a room. Even color in small …

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The Staying Power of Green

Ever-increasing green building practices have resulted in the mainstreaming of green building codes. And this is not only in the United States, the growth of green building design and construction can be seen throughout the world. Throughout 2012, the number one trend we have seen on the Home Expert Network is the staying power of green. Our experts are constantly providing us with useful information on what going green really entails. “With state incentives found in California, New York and elsewhere, I can’t stress enough how beneficial it is to capitalize on them! Financial incentives for energy improvements will only …

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Save the World by Saving Energy

We’re always looking for ways to help out the planet, whether it’s helping to educate homeowners on greener living or promoting new energy efficient products. But sometimes it’s hard to get a complete picture of how the world uses energy and how we might enact global change as individuals. To help answer this question, we created the infographic below, comparing energy use by country and illustrating real world solutions that can help curb our energy usage. Click on the image to view it at full size. SAVE THE WORLD By saving energy in your home WHY YOU SHOULD CARE ABOUT …

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What is the value of green certifications?

In today’s home improvement and construction market, the word green seems to mean everything and nothing at the same time. Nearly all products, repairs, upgrades and new projects are attempting to take advantage of the green industry. While the industry’s intentions are good, the market is so saturated that homeowners are often left in the fog about what green changes are worth their money. While helping the environment is a noble pursuit, it doesn’t always turn people to action. However, if those green changes come with some big savings, then people will line up to sign up. One of the …

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How can homeowners save on energy-efficient upgrades?

Last year, as part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, $258 million in rebates were doled out to consumers who purchased Energy Star rated appliances. As a federally funded program, these rebates are no longer available. However, financial incentives are still available all across the country. State, county and city initiatives are encouraging citizens–with rebates, cash-back programs and steep discounts–to reduce their energy usage by upgrading to more efficient appliances. For consumers who are already thinking about making the green switch, these offers only sweeten the deal. Types of Equipment By far, the most common items for which rebates …

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Green Behavior vs. Green Products

We asked our green experts whether it was more beneficial to act green or to buy green. We wanted to know whether energy efficient, eco-friendly products trumped simple changes of wasteful habits. Check out the infographic below, comparing the operating costs of energy efficient, green products and their regular, outdated counterparts. You might also enjoy our related infographic on wasting water in the home. Our Home professionals are answering our latest question right now! Don’t forget to follow us on Facebook and Twitter to get all the latest updates and info from our Home Expert Network. ACTING GREEN vs. BUYING …