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Texas Governor Rick Perry has directed the Texas Land Office to be the lead agency for the management of the state's hurricane recovery efforts.The land office, which is responsible for managing public lands, administers U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development grants to disaster areas, bringing more accountability to the state's hurricane relief efforts.During hurricanes ...
Read Post [Posted on 07/21/2014 By John Askins]
While you're shopping for warm-weather summer bargains, you can save yourself cool cash year-round on your utility bills by looking into an energy-saving alternatives...here's a few suggestions:  Faucet aerators and low-flow shower heads: Reduce how much water you use and the amount of energy required to heat it. You can find these for under $10 and $25. Pressure cooke...
Read Post [Posted on 07/07/2014 By John Askins]
You undoubtedly have a lot of passwords you use to protect your private and business information. But if you want to keep your information safe, you’ll want to make sure your password isn’t on the list of the top 10 “worst passwords,” according to Imperva. The company analyzed 32 million passwords stolen from a hacked Web site called RockYou to reveal the most stolen passwords. They are:...
Read Post [Posted on 07/05/2014 By John Askins]
A breath of fresh air is what you can expect in these five U.S. cities. The American Lung Association rates metro areas based on ozone and smog levels. Here are the five cities that emerged on top for cleanest air: Santa Fe, N.M.: New Mexico is known for having strict emission standards and Santa Fe's closest major power plant is about 200 miles away.  Bismarck, N.D.: The city’s flat l...
Read Post [Posted on 07/02/2014 By John Askins]
Outdoor Pathways   Pathways are areas that help create a functional method of getting from different locations of your yard or around your home.  Pathways create a sense of direction for guests arriving at your home.  They also provide access to areas that might be harder to reach without pathways. Getting to your front door requires some sort of walkway.  Whether you ha...
Read Post [Posted on 06/10/2014 By Tonya Haugen]
In its 2014 Atlantic hurricane season outlook issued Thursday, NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center is forecasting a near-normal or below-normal season. The main driver of this year’s outlook is the anticipated development of El Niño this summer. El Niño causes stronger wind shear, which reduces the number and intensity of tropical storms and hurricanes. El Niño can ...
Read Post [Posted on 05/23/2014 By John Askins]
 Five to seven times a day, the air in your home circulates through the air ducts of your HVAC heating and cooling system, carrying with it the dust and debris of everyday living.Your furnace filter catches much of the stuff, but neglect, remodeling projects, or shoddy duct installation can lead to a buildup of gunk inside your ductwork that threatens the efficient functioning of your s...
Read Post [Posted on 05/22/2014 By Janet Buff]
 We know so well the thrill of owning your own house — but don’t let the excitement cause you to overlook the basics. We’ve gathered up a half dozen classic boo-boos new homeowners often commit — and give you some insight on why each is critically important to avoid.1. Not Knowing Where the Main Water Shutoff Valve IsWater from a burst or broken plumbing pipe can spew dozens of gallons i...
Read Post [Posted on 05/22/2014 By Janet Buff]
One day last week at my home in Champions Forest Houston, my Gt Dane decided he was going to say 'Hello' to the UPS delivery man through my old lead glass door! My husband and I had already planned on changing the door but later rather than sooner ! So this weekend we changed the front door and just that one update has enhanced our home ...
Read Post [Posted on 05/19/2014 By Gayle Buzzelli]
Whether you are owning your first home, or just moving to a new home, here are a few key items to remember that may save you some trouble down the road! 1.       Water Make sure you know where the main water shut-off valve is in your home.  If you don’t know where it is, ask the inspector or seller. It is usually some type of handle (ours is in the gar...
Read Post [Posted on 05/12/2014 By Robbi Pfeil]
Summer is on its way so to help you get ready below is a "to do" list. I am sure you will find other things to do!Clean your outdoor grill – Make sure to get ready for all of those upcoming BBQs you will be having in the summer months by deep cleaningPlan a watering schedule – Planning a watering schedule will ensure that your plants will stay healthy and hydrated during the hot sum...
Read Post [Posted on 05/07/2014 By Gayle Buzzelli]
From the US Consumer Protection Agency : courtesy of Fidelity Home Warranty.More than one million thermostats sold in the United States and Canada since 2006 are being recalled because the batteries can leak and cause a fire. Product: The thermostats are made by White-Rodgers, but some have different brand names printed on the front, including ComfortSent...
Read Post [Posted on 05/03/2014 By Jessica Harless]
The weather is starting to heat up and with that comes tropical storms, hurricanes, and tornadoes.  It’s part of life when you live as close to the Gulf coast as we do here in Houston.  It’s time to begin preparing so that we aren’t caught off guard.  And the last thing you want to do is stand in line down at Home Depot or Walmart stocking up on the supplies that you wish was ...
Read Post [Posted on 04/25/2014 By Monte Wall]
Must-Have Items For When Disaster Strikes   You can’t prevent disasters, but you can take charge of how you respond if you’re prepared. The first step is putting together an emergency preparedness kit. What should go in an emergency kit? Here are the basics: Your Most Important Papers If a flood destroys your home, you could spend weeks or even months just trying to re-cr...
Read Post [Posted on 04/22/2014 By Michelle Cannon]
Recent deadly tornado seasons have sent the sales of storm shelters skyrocketing, and may even prompt more home buyers to add it to their home shopping wish-lists.  Joe Zinser, the owner of Tornado and Storm Shelters.com in Flower Mound, Texas, says he has sold more than 600 storm shelters this year, which is double what he typically sells in a year. A basic shelter, on average, costs a...
Read Post [Posted on 04/10/2014 By John Askins]
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