Reduce those heating bills

Winter is coming!  As the weather turns chilly, households start preparing for the inevitable rise in heating costs. But it doesn’t have to be so ominous. What people don’t realize is that heating your water is the second largest use of energy. The first is, of course, space … [Read more...]

How to set up a home office

Whether you’re a virtual worker or operate a home-based business, creating a “business” space will help you be more productive and will, hopefully, keep you away from doing chores around the house, like the laundry.  First assess your technology needs then choose a spot. It … [Read more...]

Decorate with paint this season

The leaves are changing colours – it’s a sure sign that summer is over and the holiday season will soon be here. It’s time to start thinking about blissful cocooning in home comfort.  But you look around and something doesn’t feel right. Your home needs a change. But what to … [Read more...]

Do-it-yourself energy audit

Today’s typical family living in a three-bedroom, two-story home spends about $2500 in energy costs each year. To better manage those costs, consider conducting your own energy audit. It’s easy! First of all, find out how much energy is being used by keeping a log and … [Read more...]

Tips to get your property ready for winter

Winter is coming! Okay, so maybe it’s not as dire as the warning in the popular TV series, The Game of Thrones, but there are ways to prevent damage from snow, ice and wind. Start with fire, meaning prep your fireplace. Nothing adds more comfort and intimacy than a stoked up … [Read more...]

It’s time to plant bulbs

Whether you're planting in your garden or in containers, here are a few tips to successfully plant beautiful bulbs for spring blooms. Choosing your bulbs: For the healthiest bulbs, you want to avoid ones that are dry, weathered, soft or mouldy. When to plant: Spring … [Read more...]

Fall furnace maintenance

To keep your furnace running smoothly and safely, follow a few simple maintenance procedures that will help your furnace running efficiently for years to come.  Whether your furnace is brand new or a few years old, routine furnace maintenance and cleaning don't require a lot … [Read more...]

A man cave for everyone to share

The term 'man cave' has become quite mainstream when describing the family room or den, but what exactly is it? A man cave is a room in the house that is solely devoted to a man's needs where he can enjoy certain hobbies or entertainment without interruption. That having … [Read more...]

Tuck your house in for fall

Whether you live in a new house or an older home, there are certain tasks around the house that can easily be done to help your pre-winter maintenance schedule —whether it's replacing old weather-stripping or cleaning out the gutters, here are a few tips to help you tuck … [Read more...]

Fall essentials for the home

Happy Labour Day! With the last long weekend of the summer upon us, it's time to think about fall and what the bountiful season has to offer us.  Fall may not start the middle of the month, but the beginning of September often marks the unofficial start to the new season. … [Read more...]