(BPT) - With the demand for electricity and natural gas rising, right along with energy costs, American homeowners can easily spend hundreds of dollars a month on utility bills.
(BPT) - Can the look and condition of your roof affect the resale value and curb appeal of your home? What about your window frames, entry door or shutters? The answer is absolutely.
(BPT) - For people building new homes in the coming months, the ever-increasing pain of monthly utility bills for cooling and heating their homes has them looking for more energy-efficient construction methods. In 2014, homeowners have been burdened with electricity costs that rose 5 percent, heating oil 7 percent and natural gas 10 percent, as reported in USA Today. At the same time, homebuilders are challenged to meet increasingly stringent energy codes imposed by cities and counties.
(BPT) - Moving up – vacating your current, smallish home for a larger, roomier abode – was the American way before the Great Recession. Now that the economy is humming again, at least some of the people who stayed put during those lean years will be looking to move into larger, nicer homes this summer. High demand and low inventory, however, may leave many with nowhere to go. Some will rediscover a time-honored space-gaining technique: attic conversion.
(BPT) - Want to entertain outdoors this summer but your deck and patio aren’t party ready? It’s easy to refresh outdoor spaces with DIY projects that can be done in a weekend or less. Not only will you expand your property’s livable space, but you’ll be adding to its value as well.
(BPT) - Green living not only helps the environment, it helps your pocketbook. When making upgrades to your home - whether it’s replacing a light bulb or a total living room makeover - incorporate energy-efficient and repurposed materials to make your living space more environmentally friendly.
(Family Features) Every household has its honey-do list, but inevitably you’re not always going to have time to cross off every project on the list. Rather than setting lofty goals that make it easy to procrastinate, the key to a productive and effective list is to be realistic. Start with the projects that will have an immediate effect on creating and maintaining a safer and healthier home.
(NAPSI)—According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), 50 percent of an average U.S. home’s energy bill can be linked directly to cooling and heating costs, which amounts to approximately $1,100 per year, depending on location.
An energy-efficient cooling and heating system can be one of the most significant upgrades a homeowner can make to save on utility costs. (NAPS)
(NewsUSA) - As the weather continues to heat up, many of us are looking to slim down and get the most out of our workouts. But choosing the best exercises is only one part of the fitness equation. To maximize results, try these nutritious and energizing pre- and post-workout fixes to fuel your body and keep you going.
Six Queens neighborhoods will collectively receive more than $1.1 million allocated by Borough President Melinda Katz for streetscape improvements, her office announced Monday.
The upgrades are designed to enhance commercial shopping districts to promote business development and investment in the areas, as well as encourage shoppers to patronize local establishments. Katz noted that it is widely recognized that attractive commercial districts add to the development of healthy neighborhoods.
(NAPSI)—For some homeowners, a deck is an extension of what makes a house a home. It can be a place to retreat to after a long, work-filled week as well as a place to spend time with family and friends.
(BPT) - Don’t sweat it if your home doesn’t have central air-conditioning. Whether you live in an older house that can’t accommodate ductwork, or you don’t want to sacrifice your interior aesthetics with an unattractive air conditioning unit, you can still keep your home feeling – and looking – cool this summer with advanced air conditioning technology.
(BPT) - Efficiency is the name of the game these days. At the office it comes into play in processing work quickly and at a lower cost. At home, efficiency means being able to get the household and landscaping chores done so you can spend time with the family.
(BPT) - The tub tucked away in your home’s master bathroom is so much more than a place to get clean. It’s a calming refuge and therapeutic retreat after a busy, high-pressure day. Tub trends indicate that bathtubs are primarily used for soaking, while shower time is mainly for cleansing. The soaking tub has become the destination for relaxation amid today's fast-paced lifestyles.
Queens Library President and CEO Tom Galante, left, and City Councilmember Donovan Richards are joined by 8-year-old Sasha-Lee Elliott on May 29 as they updated community officials on the ongoing progress of renovations at the Rosedale Library.
When completed the building will have a new heating, ventilation and air-conditioning system; a new ceiling with improved, energy-efficient lighting fixtures as well as a number of cosmetic changes.
(BPT) - Today’s consumers are more environmentally conscious than ever before. They understand that making eco-friendly choices not only creates a positive impact on your surroundings, it can also translate into actual savings on monthly energy bills.
(NAPSI)—Grilling is one of America’s favorite pastimes and a popular summer activity in backyards across the country. More than 60 percent of American households will cook kabobs, fresh vegetables, and of course meat on propane grills this summer, according to the Propane Education & Research Council (PERC). PERC is an energy check-off program dedicated to safety and training for the propane industry.
(NAPSI)—A growing number of consumers are learning that “going green”-taking steps to conserve energy and resources—can be very rewarding. Not only are they saving money, but they are also helping to cut back on waste in their home and in their community.
(BPT) - As summer temperatures rise, so can your energy and utility bills. Hotter weather can translate into higher costs if your home isn’t operating efficiently while working to keep you cool and comfortable. Yet there’s no need to swelter in the summer heat. There are simple things you can do throughout your home to keep cool while saving money.
(BPT) - Going green is good for the environment, but it can also be good for a homeowner’s wallet – and that’s the aspect of eco-friendly improvements that seems most appealing to homebuyers. More than 80 percent of buyers said they would pay more for home features that saved energy and trimmed utility bills, according to a recent survey by the National Association of Home Builders.
(BPT) - It’s the time of year to get outside, dine on the deck, bask in the backyard or relax on the patio.
With some 300 employees in its Queens-based headquarters, no fewer than 16 product lines, each containing multiple styles, and $67 million worth of sales revenue in 2013, Crystal Window & Door Systems, Ltd. seems well on its way to living up to its corporate vision: “to become the premier manufacturer of windows, doors and associated products in North America.”
Located in Flushing for the past 24 years, including 14 at its current 215,000-square-foot site off the Whitestone Expressway, in the College Point Corporate Park, Crystal has even cracked Window & Door Magazine’s list of the largest manufacturers in North America, an annual designation based on sales volume.
(NAPSI)—Exposed cords on doorglass coverings pose a strangulation danger to small children. In fact, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission rates dangling cords on blinds and shades, including those on glass doors, as one of the five leading home hazards.
(Family Features) The winter of 2014 was a wake-up call for homeowners facing higher-than-normal heating costs. With polar vortex cold sweeps, heavy snowfalls and ice blizzards affecting much of the country, energy prices for electricity, gas and oil have increased. Propane prices have skyrocketed due to scarcity of supplies, leading some governors to declare a state of emergency.