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What will the home of the future look like?

It seems like technology is constantly evolving around us, changing the way we do just about everything, from how we talk to each other, to how we work, and even how we live. In light of this, last week we asked our home network experts to peer into the future and tells us what trends they see already developing in the housing industry, and describe what the homes of the future might look like. They came back with a lot of fascinating insight into the demographics of future homeowners, and how that will affect housing trends. Here are just a …

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What’s the deal with “man caves”?

Home owning trends come and go, but some have more longevity than others. The Man Cave is a concept that has come into style in the last few decades and seems to be here to stay. After all, what’s not to like about a whole room dedicated to your recreational interests? But as with any other construction or remodeling project, building your perfect Man Cave can get complicated very quickly. Depending on what kinds of elements you want to include in your sanctuary, things can get costly and there is a lot of potential for the build to go wrong. …

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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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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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Should Home Professionals Promote the Green Movement?

Home professionals have a large network of clients. Since these professionals are in a position to make recommendations to a large group of people, are they obligated to suggest choices that have a larger impact, such as going green? Is it a professional’s responsibility to work a cause into his business plan, using his client base to affect positive change? Our Blog-Off experts give us the final word on this controversial question… The Big Question Are home professionals obligated to support the green movement? • Since home professionals are in the position to potentially influence a large group of people …

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The Benefits of Buying Locally

The benefits of spending more money within our own communities are far-reaching. Although there is an ongoing movement to shop more conscientiously, we still have a ways to go before these effects can be felt nationally. If you’re wondering what the benefits of buying locally might be, take a look at the infographic below. It represents a compilation of information on the ways our spending can affect our environment and our lives. 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 …