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  The Electric Utility Disclaimer When it comes to power quality, most homeowners assume that the electric utility is providing clean, conditioned power for all of the hard-wired appliances and portable devices plugged into their receptacles. READ MORE >>

Prepping a baby's nursery is a labor of love and joy. It’s also one that comes with careful consideration. That’s because it’s not just about color choice, furniture options and a cute theme—it’s also about safety, noise-proofing and comfort. READ MORE >>

Connected home technology makes it easier than ever to ditch your house key for a smart door lock. But with so many on the market to choose from, figuring your best choice is tough. The best choice comes down to personal preference and your particular needs. READ MORE >>

We’re weeks away from sweltering temperatures, hurricane warnings, and bug invasions. And this year is expected to be an especially hot one in many areas. Before summer hits at full force, make sure you and your home are prepared. 1. Give Your Air Conditioner a Checkup READ MORE >>

Mother Nature's forces of wind, water and hail account for more than half of all homeowners insurance losses. Standard homeowners and renters policies cover the damage wreaked by wind, hail, falling water or wind-driven rain, but not from rising water from any source, including a sewer or drain backup or sump-pump failure. READ MORE >>

Trees can be tricky, but for the most part homeowners are responsible for what falls into their own yard. So if your neighbor’s tree falls in your yard, your homeowners insurance would typically help cover the cost of removing the tree and remedying the damage it caused, after your deductible. READ MORE >>

After a long, dark winter, spring's bright sun and warm winds are, well, a breath of fresh air. The only downside? All that sunshine spotlights your leaf-filled gutters, cracked sidewalks and the dead plants in last year's flower beds. READ MORE >>

You know the old sayings about money going out the window or prices being through the roof? There is some truth to these statements when it comes to homes and energy use. The good news is there are ways to improve your home’s ability to hold onto cash—and do something good for the environment. READ MORE >>

Winter can be very tough on a home, especially if you have not taken the necessary steps to prepare for the harsh weather that is right around the corner. Winterization projects can be relatively straightforward and affordable, all the while preventing significant damages that can hinder the comfort, safety and integrity of your house throughout the colder, wetter months. READ MORE >>

There’s nothing like returning to a warm home when it’s freezing outside. Yet cold air has many sneaky ways to follow you into your home. Fortunately, there are some easy ways to keep yours toasty all winter long. These 12 tips will help you keep cold air from entering your house. READ MORE >>

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