Published in “September 2013”


7 Ways to Prepare Your Attic for Fall Weather

Your attic might not be the first thing that leaps to mind when you think about preparing for cooler fall weather. Still, it should be a key part of your home improvement efforts as you're preparing to keep your home comfortable in the fall and winter months. Most attics [...]

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When Will I Need My Coat? – A Weather Outlook for Fall 2013

It's the end of September. So far, there's only been two Atlantic hurricanes (Humberto and Ingrid). Meanwhile, a lingering loop of the jet stream has created a blocking pattern that pumped days of flooding rains into Colorado. What's going on and what effect will this hav [...]

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Preparing Your Home for Fall: A Guide for Energy Efficiency and Saving Money

Since this past Sunday was the first official day of fall, the changing leaves and shorter days mean that it's time again to get your home ready in time for winter. While your family's busy schedule might make some home improvement seem overwhelming, we've put together a lis [...]

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Use Energy Efficient Low-E Window Coatings to Keep Your Home Cool

Earlier this year, I wrote a blog post on how to install Energy Efficiency Windows. In the article, I outlined that energy efficient windows are rated in “U-factors” to describe how the glass conducts heat — either from the inside or the outside. The lower the window's [...]

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Getting to Know Your Fuse Box for Fun and Safety

Most homeowners don't think too much about their fuse box until either they want to install an outlet, ceiling fan, or light fixture themselves or one of the fuses blows. While it's good to have your fuse box checked out once in a while, it's also good to have a working know [...]

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Surge Suppressors, Electricity, and You: Protecting Your Home Electronics

Even though there was no lightning storm during the night, as you enter your home office, you smell the delicate yet acrid stink of burnt silicon and germanium. You tentatively push your computer's ON button... It's dead — and you've got a deadline. "This is weird," [...]

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Choosing the Best Home Generator for Your Emergency Needs

Let's suppose that it's a hot summer evening and your family is relaxing at home. The air conditioning is flowing happily, your kids are playing video games, your spouse is watching TV, and you are working on the computer. Suddenly, there's a bright flash of lightning and a [...]

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Wind Energy Pricing Update for Summer 2013

Wind power as a clean and renewable technology has come a long way since wind was first widely harnessed in the Midwest to generate electricity in the 1930's. At the end of 2000, the U.S. wind energy capacity was just over 2,500 megawatts (MW). As of 2012, it has grown to 60 [...]

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Rounding Up Our Tailgating Tips for the 2013 Football Season

Yes, technically the 2013 football season has already started – the first NFL game was last night, and the first round of NCAA games was last weekend – but it’s never too late to learn some fresh tailgating tips. And since we shared a few great ideas for a quality [...]

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Updating the Hurricane Predictions for Fall 2013

This year was supposed to be an active hurricane year. According to the revised June predictions by NOAA, Colorado State University (CSU) ,  WSI (Weather Services International), and Tropical Storm Risk (TSR), this year's season was supposed to be very active. NOAA br [...]

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