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Creative ways to take your raised bed and planter gardening to new heights
(BPT) - Generations of space-challenged gardeners have relied on raised beds and planting boxes to grow a harvest of vegetables, fruits and herbs - even in the tightest spaces. Vertical gardening gave us a whole new way to garden in tight spots, by encouraging plants to grow up, rather than spread o ...
Why you need vitamin E - and how to get your daily dose
(BPT) - You get your fill of vitamins C and D by eating oranges and soaking in a little sun each day, which is good for your body and mind. Small habits like these can have a big impact on your overall health and help you feel your best each day. However, vitamins C and D aren't the only vitamins yo ...
Upcycle your summer treasures with these 5 DIY tips
(BPT) - The months of summer are a perfect time to hunt for hidden one-of-a-kind treasures buried in neighborhood yard sales. Whether it's an old wooden dining chair, coffee table or bookshelf, there is beautiful potential in what others view as old and outdated. And with just a few handy touch-ups, ...
5 top trends in container gardening
(BPT) - Gardening is a peaceful activity that eases tension, reduces overall stress and promotes longevity. One long-term study found that daily gardening reduces the risk for both dementia and Alzheimer's disease. With all of these benefits, there are ample reasons why people of all ages and lifest ...
Simple tips to save money, conserve energy as the heat rises
(BPT) - With temperatures — and therefore, electric bills — on the rise, American homeowners are looking for the most effective ways to make the biggest dent in their energy bills; however, many may be overlooking some of the most important energy-saving strategies.Homeowners a ...
8 easy ways you can help the environment
(BPT) - We all want to take care of the environment. If you’re looking for some simple steps to lighten your environmental footprint, check out these eight easy ways (related to plastics) to help reduce waste.Know what to throw: It’s important to know what—and what not—t ...
From amateur to expert: 5 gardening hacks you need to know
(BPT) - Gardening isn’t just a hobby, it’s a lifestyle. Connecting with nature, being outdoors and putting in the needed work for a beautiful result is the ultimate reward. As an avid gardener, you’re always looking for new ways to outshine the previous year and achieve bigge ...
The electric revolution happening in your yard
(BPT) - On March 31, 2016, millions of people from around the world watched Elon Musk unveil the Tesla Model 3. Touted as the first consumer-grade electric car, the Model 3 represents significant advances in battery-powered technology that allows drivers to both recharge their battery faster and go ...
The edible backyard: A source for family meals - and fun
(BPT) - Have your kids ever asked you where the food they’re eating comes from? It’s a question many parents are answering right from their backyard and porches.To create a hands-on educational experience, many families are transforming their usable spaces into fruit and vegetable garden ...
Tiny-home trend models sustainability to all homeowners
(BPT) - Imagine selling your 2,700 square-foot home — the average size American house — and moving to a modest 400 square-foot home that substantially reduces your environmental footprint.Sound radical? Yes, but many people actually are making this decision, which is why the tiny house m ...
Is your high-efficiency water heater going to lead to heartache later on?
(BPT) - It’s time to replace your old, energy-guzzling water heater, boiler, dehumidifier or furnace and you’ve done your homework. You’re going to save energy and money in the long run by switching to a high-efficiency condensing heater or boiler. It’s important to know the ...
A blanket for your home: Choose the right insulation to save money
(BPT) - With memories of winter fading fast, you might not be thinking about your home’s insulation, but the warm months are the ideal time for some simple DIY insulation projects with huge paybacks. Proper insulation — from roof to foundation — helps keep your home cool in the sum ...
5 essential spring home improvement projects
(BPT) - The arrival of spring means new beginnings and a fresh chance to tackle those home improvement projects you’ve been putting off for the last several months. Get your home ready for summer and make it more beautiful, efficient and functional than ever with these five seasonal projects.K ...
4 simple ways you can save the Earth
(BPT) - While you're probably familiar with common ways to help the environment, you could be doing so much more year-round. Not only should you become more aware of how your daily habits affect climate change, but you can take action at the click of a button to be part of the solution and community ...
Top tips for recycling tossed-aside tech
(BPT) - Do you know what to do with that old computer monitor sitting in storage? What should you do with a retired PC or tablet? If the items cluttering your home were newsprint, plastic bottles or aluminum cans, you would know exactly what to do with them — recycle! But if you’re unsur ...
4 ways to make every day Earth Day
(BPT) - On Friday, April 22, millions across the globe celebrate Earth Day by participating in eco-friendly activities in order to make a positive impact on the world we live in. This special day is also the perfect opportunity to start thinking about how you can add small, environmentally-based act ...
7 simple steps for summer lawn prep
(BPT) - If you’re a part of the nearly 90 percent of Americans who believe it’s important to have a well-maintained yard, you and your backyard will appreciate these seven simple steps for tending to your natural turf lawn with minimal effort.According to Grass Seed USA, a coalition of A ...
Improve your home's energy efficiency with these tips
(BPT) - Building industry experts say now is the best time for homeowners considering a home improvement project to look at the energy efficiency of their house. Homeowners should ask themselves, "How much energy is being lost through inefficiencies in my home and how much is this energy loss costin ...
40 years of urban forests making cities healthier, safer, happier
(BPT) - Apple computers, the rock band U2, “Rocky” and two national football teams — of all the things that turn 40 in 2016, none have transformed the American landscape as definitively and beautifully as the Arbor Day Foundation’s Tree City USA program. Since its i ...
Trashing is a waste of money [Infographic]
(BPT) - A staggering 70 percent of what Americans trash is actually recyclable. This infographic shows how we end up paying $6.8 billion each year in landfill dumping fees; but we don’t need to. If we just recycled more often, our towns and cities could save a whopping $4.6 billion each year! ...
Save big on home heating, cooling costs with this building method
(BPT) - If you are planning to build a new home or add on to your existing home, you likely take for granted that it will be constructed with “sticks.” For more than 100 years, homes in North America have been built using hundreds of individual pieces of lumber, wall studs, floor joists ...
5 ways businesses can cut energy, save money
(BPT) - Companies across the nation are looking for ways to become more energy efficient, and small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs) are no exception. Reducing energy consumption is one of the top areas where SMB leaders need more guidance — up 14 percent from the previous year, according to ...
6 ways to give your home a breath of fresh air
(BPT) - It is time to tackle home improvement projects you’ve been putting off. As you plan for these projects over the warmer months, include steps to improve your family’s home environment, both inside and outside. Your house will be a better, more comfortable place to live.Conserve wa ...
Spring cleaning: 8 areas you can't overlook
(BPT) - Spring is here, which means it’s time to start cleaning. While a good wipe down can leave your home feeling clean, there are several overlooked items that could be hosting germs, dirt and dust. So when you’re ready to get out the broom, mop and rags, don’t forget to tidy up ...
5 tips for a greener, more enjoyable office experience
(BPT) - From the smell of lilacs in spring, to the relief of jumping into a lake on a hot summer’s day, to all the fun that comes with winter snow, there’s no end to the memories we have of playing outside. It’s no wonder then, people want to know what they can do to help take care ...
Raising backyard chickens: Egging on the farm-to-table movement at home
(BPT) - As more Americans choose restaurants that take pride in buying from local farms and cooking in season, many families have brought these farm-to-table values home with them. That may feel like the latest trend to emerge from the culinary world, but its roots run deep on family farms; the bene ...
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