For Safety Sake: What Every Homeowner Must Know

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Obviously, there are countless things you should know about your home. The more you know about how your home operates, the better prepared you will be for upcoming maintenance or replacement, and the better you will be able to deal with emergencies. 

Here are a few of the basic things every homeowner absolutely should know to prevent everyday hazards and keep everyone safe.

 

Know Your Exit Plan

Homeowners Fall Maintenance Checklist

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The days are getting shorter, and there’s a nip in the air (now and then) – sure signs that fall is on its way. Now is the perfect time to put these important fall chores on your to-do list and get your home in shape before the cold weather rolls in. 

It's a lot more pleasant to do these tasks now than two months from now when it's cold outside. You'll be glad you got a jump on it!

 

Is Your Home Making You Sick?

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Your home can play a major role in your overall health and wellness. Items and conditions in your home such as mold, animals, clutter and dust, chemicals, pesticides, radon gas, carbon monoxide, and fertilizers are all associated with homeowners' health problems.

Your health is largely determined by genetics, environment, socioeconomic status and behaviors. So examining your living environment is important to understanding your health and wellness.

Heard of Vampire Energy? It May Be Sucking Up To 10% of Your Electric Bill

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Did you know that according to the U.S. Dept. of Energy, 'vampire energy' wasters account for 10% or more of your household electric bill?

Even when you turn off your electronics, like televisions, DVRs, and satellite boxes, they may still be using electricity.  This is because they are not completely 'off'.  They are in stand-by mode and can still be using electricity. This is called stand-by power or phantom load and the lost energy is called vampire energy or leaking energy.