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Sugar Land’s Experience Water Celebration Set for March 28-29 Sugar Land, TX - Water will be the focus at Sugar Land’s Experience Water Celebration on Saturday, March 28, from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and Sunday, March 29, from 12:30-4:30 p.m., at the Houston Museum of Natural Science at Sugar Land, 13016 University Blvd. There is no cost for the Experience Water Celebration!...
Read Post [Posted on 03/03/2015 By Stanley Poscovsky]
The drought may have receded in much of Texas, but reservoir levels are, if anything, worse in many areas than they were a year ago, according to a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service expert. "If we look at the major urban cities, particularly from the Metroplex down the Interstate 35 corridor, on down to San Antonio, it’s pretty dire," said Dr. Guy Fipps, AgriLife Extensio...
Read Post [Posted on 02/28/2015 By John Askins]
Spring is approaching, and it's time for your clients to start planning their lawn and landscaping strategy. Before they start cutting and fertilizing, it's a good idea to review these common myths and myth-busting tips from lawn and landscaping professionals: Myth #1: You can water your lawn and landscape any time of day. Reality: Water is a valuable resource; make every drop count!...
Read Post [Posted on 02/25/2015 By John Askins]
Read Post [Posted on 02/24/2015 By Josalyn Cano]
We all appreciate electricity-- each one of us uses it in some capacity every day. Heating and cooling our homes is one of our top priorities, not only for our comfort but also for our safety. In recent years more and more information about alternative and green energies has become available to consumers. Green or alternative energy is energy that is produced from renewable resources: wind, water,...
Read Post [Posted on 02/11/2015 By Alex Handley]
With the growth of green building the last decade, green lending has emerged to help finance those often costly “green” upgrades.  Dave Porter, with PorterWorks in Stanton, Wash., who provides continuing education courses on green lending to those in the real estate industry, says there are several basic types of green mortgages, which most of the public still isn’t very ...
Read Post [Posted on 02/11/2015 By John Askins]
Think you’re smart and thrifty feeding flat beer to your lawn? Think again. Home remedies for lawn care may cost you more than you think. To dry out weeds with vinegar, you'll need a commercial solution, not just the basic distilled white. The vinegar in your pantry doesn't have enough acetic acid to effectively kill perennial weeds. Image: Liz Foreman for HouseLogic ...
Read Post [Posted on 02/10/2015 By Vanita Cooper]
You can help save the planet while also saving cash, according to the Alliance to Save Energy.  The average U.S. household spends about $3,425 to power a car and $2,175 on home energy costs--in other words, about $5,600 on energy costs per year. That number is likely even greater with rising fuel and utility costs. The Alliance is offering up some pointers on how to trim those yearly ex...
Read Post [Posted on 02/10/2015 By John Askins]
Eco-friendly homes are hot these days, and one way to make a property more saleable is to add a little green. Real estate web site HomeGain asked about 1,000 real estate practitioners to recommend low-cost green improvements. Here are some of their suggestions: Plant native trees and plants Replace air filters Weather-strip and caulk doors and windows Install programmable thermostat...
Read Post [Posted on 02/07/2015 By John Askins]
Organic Gardening Tips: There are ways to control weeds and insects in a gardent without depending on chemical sprays. Here are some natural substances that work well and are easy on the environment. Epsom Salt: Mixing common Epsom salt with a couple of other ingredients and spreading among garden plants can attract and kill a number of garden pests. Use 60-65% bran, 15% molasses, and 20-25%...
Read Post [Posted on 02/02/2015 By Jessica Holcomb Pack]
You care about the environment. You also happen to have a bathroom badly in need of remodeling. How do you get the job done with minimal impact on both our fragile planet and your precious budget? Thankfully, the growth of the green building movement has given rise to many eco-responsible products and resources that allow you to create the water-conserving, healthy, energy-wise bath you’ve a...
Read Post [Posted on 01/31/2015 By Karen Sherrill]
Home buyers with an eye on teardowns are discovering a secondary income stream reclaiming and selling everything from hardwood flooring to pedestal sinks. Outside Chicago, buyer Tim Carey decided to tear down the two-bedroom, one-bath home with a damaged foundation and water leaks. But by having a company deconstruct the home for reuse or recycling, he benefited from the nearly $135,000 in raw ...
Read Post [Posted on 01/30/2015 By John Askins]
Just because windows or doors are Energy Star-labeled doesn’t mean they’re eligible for a federal tax credit. And with costs running about $500 to $1,000 per window including labor, it’s wise to know something about the scientific lingo and numbers on the product labels you’re likely to encounter. Here’s your pro-level label-decoding guide so you c...
Read Post [Posted on 01/29/2015 By Karen Sherrill]
Cutting back unnecessary energy use is an easy way to keep your hard earned money in your pocket. Here are some suggestions you can do at home this winter, at absolutely no cost to you. Let the sunshine in. Open drapes and let the sun heat your home for free (get them closed again at sundown so they help insulate). Rearrange your rooms. Move your furniture around so you are sitting near inte...
Read Post [Posted on 01/29/2015 By John Askins]
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