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Make Sure Your Garage Isn’t Tacking Money On Utility Bills…
As ever-increasing home energy bills continue to plague Americans, homeowners are looking for cost-effective ways to reduce their heating and cooling costs. If your house has not been properly insulated, you may be paying more than you should to heat or cool it.
Nearly all modern homes have insulation throughout the living spaces, but garages commonly get overlooked. Because the garage is the last barrier between your home and the outdoors, it’s important to ensure the insulation is adequate. You can do a few simple things to make sure your garage is insulated properly.
First, it’s important to ensure that the door leading from your home to the garage is sealed properly.
Other areas to consider when checking your garage’s energy efficiency are the ceiling and the garage door threshold. If there is a room above your garage, it may be beneficial to bolster the insulation in the garage’s ceiling to help keep the living space above it comfortable. For the threshold, installing a rubber seal-strip on the floor where the garage door closes helps prevent air leaks, and keeps out insects and rodents.
That said, one of the most important areas to examine is the garage door itself. While installing a pre-insulated garage door can cost up to a thousand dollars or more, and requires a skilled contractor, there is a simple and inexpensive DIY solution to insulate your garage — garage door insulation kits.
Homeowners can easily insulate their existing garage doors with these kits, which are readily available in leading home improvement stores or online. These affordable and easy-to-use kits are made to fit standard garage door sizes and can be cut to fit non-standard sizes. With pre-packaged insulation, do-it-yourselfers can insulate their garage door in less than an hour, at a cost of less than $100. Kits use energy-efficient expanded polystyrene (EPS) insulation panels — a rigid white foam that trims easily, is durable, offers excellent long-term insulation, and gives your garage a professionally finished look.
During fall and winter, the insulation helps keep heat inside the garage so that the furnace does not work as hard and use as much energy. In the summer, the insulation helps keep the sun’s heat at bay so the garage can stay cool. Insulating your garage also helps reduce interior noise and can earn federal tax credits as an energy-efficient upgrade (check your local energy guides for more information).
Looking for something to do today with the family? How about the Fall Festival in Highland Village?!
The Fall Festival provides an opportunity for the community to celebrate fall with festivities for all ages. Attendees will spend the day at Highland Village’s Unity Park, where they will enjoy music, food, arts and craft vendors, and various activities for children.
When: Saturday, November 1, 11:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Where: Unity Park (Kids Kastle)
2250 Briarhill Blvd., Highland Village, TX 75077
– See more at: http://familyeguide.com/fall-festival-in-highland-village/#sthash.e7YDdtkE.dpuf
Source: Family eGuide
With spring in the area it’s time to start planting, so thought I’d share these helpful tips when picking out plants. Just a note, I found out that if you see spider webs on your plants, get rid of them quickly as they can cause plants to suffocate and take their nutrients!
How to Choose a Healthy Plant
You can’t judge a plant by its good looks. To pick the healthiest plant, take time to do a two-part visual inspection of the leaves and roots. It’s easy to slip a plant out of a pot. Press gently on the sides of the pot, or squeeze it in your hands. Invert the pot while holding one hand over the top of the soil and cradling the stems. Don’t pull the plant out by the stems.
Healthy Roots Healthy roots are white, ivory,or tan and should reach to the edge of the pot. (Pictured) The soil should smell moist.
Root-Bound Roots that are circling the bottom of the pot are a clue that the plant has been in the pot a long time. Before planting, tease out those circling roots and cut them off.
Sick Leaves or Roots Damaged leaves might indicate disease—don’t buy that plant. Roots that are slimy or mushy might be rotting. A foul sewer-gas smell is a sign of root rot.
Weeds Weeds growing on the soil surface around the perennial are a clue that the plant might have been carried over from the previous year. The plant might be healthy — check the roots to be sure.
First quarter home starts in North Texas jumped almost 70 percent from a year ago. (DMN files)
North Texas home starts jumped almost 60 percent in the first quarter.
The big percentage risie in home starts was much greater than anticipated, and probably won’t continue through the rest of the year, analysts say.
“There is a lot of construction that wasn’t started in December because of the weather and that got pushed in to January,” said Ted Wilson, with Dallas-based housing analyst Residential Strategies. “On top of that we had a normal first quarter increase in activity.”
Builders started about 7,300 single-family homes in the Dallas-Fort Worth area in the first three months of 2014, Residential Strategies reported Thursday.
Source: The Dallas Morning News