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  • Green Living

    Farmers Growing Green With Energy

    (NAPSI)—One of the nation’s newest sources of electricity comes from...animal waste? It sounds futuristic, but it’s a reality for farmers like Luke, Mike and Tony Brubaker, who run a herd of 975 dairy cows and 800 young stock. Back in 2009, milk prices were down, so the Brubakers looked into other profit-making opportunities. They soon began converting cow manure, via an on-farm digester machine, into enough electricity to power 150-200 homes. But they didn’t stop there—solar panels were added atop their heifer barn and broiler house to create additional thousands of kilowatts of electricity every month.

  • Green Living

    How to Wow Guests This Holiday Season

    (Family Features) The holiday season provides the perfect opportunity to go all out for your guests. From decor tips to hosting secrets, it only takes a few special tweaks to make your party the talk of the season.

  • Green Living

    Holiday Lighting 101

    (Family Features) While decorating the tree, house, or garland, a whole section of lights can go dark – along with holiday spirits. Light outages can be frustrating and time-consuming to repair during the busy holiday season.

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Thursday 11/13/2014
Delight the Five Senses this Holiday Season
Updated: November 14, 2014 - 1:31 am

(StatePoint) To create a memorable holiday experience this year, turn your gifts, celebrations and home décor into a festive feast for the five senses.

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Tuesday 09/30/2014
Decorate Your Home this Season for Under $100
Updated: October 03, 2014 - 1:35 am

(StatePoint) When it comes to filling your home with fall flair and warm festive cheer, you don’t have to rely on generic décor purchased from the store, which can be pricy and forgettable. This holiday season make your home unique with a little DIY.

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Thursday 08/14/2014
Ten Home Décor Trends for Your Rental
Updated: August 15, 2014 - 1:36 am

(StatePoint) Just because you’re a renter doesn’t mean you need to settle for bland, boring décor. You can make more of your space in an inexpensive yet trendy way.

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Wednesday 08/13/2014
Stay on Top of Design Trends When Updating Your Home Décor
Updated: August 14, 2014 - 1:39 am

(StatePoint) Whether you have a traditionally styled interior or your home sports more contemporary décor, you can stay on top of design trends when refreshing your home’s look.

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Tuesday 08/05/2014
Quick, Easy Ways to add Warmth to Your Home Décor for Fall
Updated: August 06, 2014 - 1:33 am

(StatePoint) We all get bored from time to time and want to change things up. While it’s easy to add items to your wardrobe or try a new hairstyle, it may not always feel as easy to change the look and feel of your home.

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Monday 07/21/2014
Home Improvement Tips to Make the Most of Small Spaces
Updated: August 14, 2014 - 1:39 am

(StatePoint) No matter where you live, you want to make the most of your available living and storage space.

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Sunday 07/06/2014
Art evolves with new technology
Updated: September 13, 2014 - 1:32 am

(BPT) - Can you imagine a museum without paintings? Technology has impacted society in countless ways but many overlook its impact on the arts. The very phrase “the arts” might evoke images of oils, watercolors or sculpture but technology is inspiring a whole new generation of artists who are using new mediums to create their masterpieces.

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Monday 06/30/2014
Tricks for less mess and stress this summer - indoors and out
Updated: September 03, 2014 - 1:34 am

(BPT) - Summer vacation means children, teens and in-betweens are spending more time at home, resulting in more messes, mud and madness. By tackling a few projects around the home now, you’ll be able to sit back, relax and enjoy the beautiful weather and carefree days ahead.

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Sunday 06/08/2014
Small Touches Can Make a Big Impact on Your Home’s Interior Design
Updated: June 09, 2014 - 1:39 am

(StatePoint) For homeowners looking to make a big interior design splash while staying on-trend, it’s all about focusing on little touches, say experts.

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Monday 06/02/2014
Spruce Up Your Home this Summer for Under $100
Updated: June 03, 2014 - 1:36 am

(StatePoint) Looking for an easy and inexpensive way to refresh your home this summer? With a little inspiration and work you can give your home a quick makeover within a limited budget.

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Tuesday 12/16/2014
Farmers Growing Green With Energy
Updated: December 17, 2014 - 1:31 am

(NAPSI)—One of the nation’s newest sources of electricity comes from...animal waste? It sounds futuristic, but it’s a reality for farmers like Luke, Mike and Tony Brubaker, who run a herd of 975 dairy cows and 800 young stock. Back in 2009, milk prices were down, so the Brubakers looked into other profit-making opportunities. They soon began converting cow manure, via an on-farm digester machine, into enough electricity to power 150-200 homes. But they didn’t stop there—solar panels were added atop their heifer barn and broiler house to create additional thousands of kilowatts of electricity every month.

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Thursday 12/04/2014
U.S. Farmers Keep Phosphorus Out Of Water
Updated: December 05, 2014 - 1:31 am

(NAPSI)—While a disruption in drinking water supplies in Ohio and the Hypoxia “Dead Zone” in the Gulf of Mexico are two examples of what can happen when too much phosphorus fertilizer runs off into waterways from agricultural fields and suburban lawns, there are solutions to the problem.

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Tuesday 11/11/2014
The Modern Formula for an Easy, Eco-Friendly Fire
Updated: November 12, 2014 - 1:32 am

(StatePoint) Rather than using conventional firewood this winter, enjoy a cleaner-burning, convenient fire log that’s well-suited to today’s busy lifestyles.

Fire logs, which are created using materials such as recycled sawdust and fibers blended with wax from paraffins, tree and vegetable oils, produce 80 percent less emissions than a typical wood fire and save millions of trees from use as firewood annually. Manufacturers of fire logs, such as Duraflame, are constantly developing new ways to improve the fire experience. For example, a Duraflame fire log takes only five minutes to reach full flames and comes in different sizes and features to fit any occasion, indoors or outdoors.

More information about fire logs can be found at www.Duraflame.com.

Fire may be one of man’s oldest discoveries, but that doesn’t mean there isn’t room for innovating the way we enjoy one.

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Modern Landfills: Safe, Smart and Green
Updated: November 12, 2014 - 1:32 am

(NewsUSA) - The average American generates a lot of trash and recyclables -- about four pounds per day. That adds up to more than 250 million tons of trash every year, and more than a third of it gets recycled and repurposed into new products. Many Americans are working to expand recycling. Some communities are also beginning to divert food and yard waste out of their waste stream, and that could expand the amount of waste that is repurposed.

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Thursday 11/06/2014
Taking Care Of Business—Literally
Updated: November 07, 2014 - 1:31 am

(NAPSI)—Here’s a job you more than likely would not want: storing, pumping, handling, transporting and applying livestock manure to farm fields. Believe it or not, there are hundreds of thousands of farmers, ranchers and custom applicators who perform this important and essential task every year across the U.S.

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Wednesday 10/29/2014
Take a Hike: Enjoying the Great Outdoors Year-Round
Updated: October 30, 2014 - 1:31 am

(StatePoint) Just because the weather is cooler, doesn’t mean it’s time to hibernate. With the proper equipment, preparation and motivation, any time of year is the perfect time to get outdoors for an adventure. And you don’t have to look far for a great hike. Across the country, there are 59 gorgeous National Parks and thousands of state parks to choose from, comprising tens of thousands of miles of trails.

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Friday 10/17/2014
Students Helping Communities By Recycling
Updated: October 18, 2014 - 1:31 am

(NAPSI)—What do 500,000 students at 900 schools across the U.S. have in common?

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Tuesday 09/30/2014
How You and Your Family Can Protect Your Local Environment
Updated: October 03, 2014 - 1:34 am

(StatePoint) It’s all too easy to feel out of touch with nature. But whether you live in an urban or rural setting, near a stand of woods or in the forest, there are trees near you that can help you feel connected to the outdoors. And getting involved with protecting your state’s woods is easy if you know how.

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Thursday 09/25/2014
A Meaningful Funeral
Updated: September 26, 2014 - 1:37 am

(NAPSI)—The number of cremations has grown across the country over the past 20 years. In fact, the Cremation Association of North America estimates some 1.5 million Americans are cremated every year.

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Help the environment this school year
Updated: September 04, 2014 - 1:33 am

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Sunday 12/14/2014
How to Wow Guests This Holiday Season
Updated: December 15, 2014 - 1:32 am

(Family Features) The holiday season provides the perfect opportunity to go all out for your guests. From decor tips to hosting secrets, it only takes a few special tweaks to make your party the talk of the season.

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Holiday Lighting 101
Updated: December 15, 2014 - 1:32 am

(Family Features) While decorating the tree, house, or garland, a whole section of lights can go dark – along with holiday spirits. Light outages can be frustrating and time-consuming to repair during the busy holiday season.

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Keep Winter Energy Bills in Check
Updated: December 15, 2014 - 1:32 am

(Family Features) As winter temperatures drop, the potential for higher utility bills goes up. Taking steps ahead of the cold season can help you trim costs and make your home more energy efficient, keeping those utility bills in check even as the winter weather rages.

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Set the Scene for Holiday Entertaining
Updated: December 15, 2014 - 1:32 am

(Family Features) The holiday season brings a flurry of activity, especially when it comes to entertaining family and friends. While the formal sit-down dinner is still alive and well this time of year, casual holiday gatherings are growing in popularity.

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4 Tips to Make Home Maintenance Easier
Updated: December 15, 2014 - 1:32 am

(Family Features) Some home maintenance jobs require a significant investment of time and specialized equipment, but there are many projects you can accomplish efficiently with basic tools and the right approach. Follow these tips to get started:

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Creating an inviting, low maintenance porch
Updated: December 17, 2014 - 1:31 am

(BPT) - Your porch should be a warm, welcoming outdoor living space that offers comfort and helps make a house a home. Whether you want to remodel your porch from the ground up, or just give it a refreshing new look and feel, it’s easier than you think to create a perfect porch.

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Sunday 12/07/2014
Bringing the Outside Indoors
Updated: December 08, 2014 - 1:32 am

(Family Features) When the weather conditions are just right, a relaxing evening spent on the porch or patio is perfect for enjoying good company and the beauty of the outside world. Wouldn't it be nice to enjoy these comforts regardless of the season?

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Tips for Tackling Holiday Messes
Updated: December 08, 2014 - 1:32 am

(Family Features) This holiday season, create a welcoming environment for your guests. From getting your home ready for company to managing the many messes that come with a packed home, there are several cleaning tips to help you enjoy the fun at hand without the extra stress.

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Save on Splurge-Worthy Home Styles
Updated: December 08, 2014 - 1:32 am

(Family Features) In the fashion and design world, alternative materials that emulate high-end looks are trendy not only for their lower price point and low maintenance qualities, but thanks to advancements in design and technology, are often hard to differentiate from the real thing.

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Sunday 11/23/2014
Eliminate Stains This Holiday Season
Updated: November 24, 2014 - 1:32 am

(Family Features) Parties filled with festive drinks, food and fun are in full swing this holiday season. Every event is a chance to come away with great memories, plenty of pictures and sometimes, a stubborn stain or two.

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Thursday 12/11/2014
Bathroom luxuries: 6 delights to take your bath from lax to luxe
Updated: December 17, 2014 - 1:31 am

(BPT) - The bathroom doesn’t have to be basic. Thanks to a wide array of new products on the market – and plenty of ways to customize – even the most outdated bathrooms can become an oasis of tranquility and a lavish retreat away from the stresses of everyday life. Here are six ideas for transforming your bathroom into a luxurious spa-like space.

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Tackle tough DIY tasks like a pro
Updated: December 17, 2014 - 1:31 am

(BPT) - Have you been putting off some seemingly hard-to-handle home improvement projects? If so, there’s still time to tackle do-it-yourself tasks like a pro – from painting high ceilings and stairwells to repairing garage and basement floors. With the right tips and tools, you can accomplish these home improvements in a snap.

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Monday 12/08/2014
Keeping the heat inside your home during the winter
Updated: December 16, 2014 - 1:32 am

(BPT) - The heat is definitely on this winter. With winter storms hitting many parts of the country early in the season, furnaces are plugging away, causing rising heating bills. Space heating is the largest energy expense in the average U.S. home, accounting for 45 percent of energy bills, according to the U.S. Department of Energy. Consumers are looking to keep their homes cozy as the temperature continues to drop, while also having manageable utility bills.

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Sunday 11/16/2014
Hot master bath trends for 2015 and beyond
Updated: November 24, 2014 - 1:32 am

(BPT) - When it comes to renovating spaces in your home, the master bath should be top of mind. Leading master bath trends for 2015 go beyond functionality to incorporate features that complement the design aesthetic and provide a touch of luxury for lasting results.

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Tuesday 11/11/2014
5 home design tips on layering
Updated: November 19, 2014 - 1:31 am

(BPT) - Designers are often drawn to a simple, modern look – however, layering unique patterns and textures in the home is a quickly growing trend. Keep your space harmonized, yet distinct, with the tips outlined below.

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Thursday 11/06/2014
Kitchen and bathroom makeovers start with high-performance grout
Updated: November 07, 2014 - 1:32 am

(BPT) - With fall and winter weather driving homeowners indoors, it’s a great opportunity to turn pent-up time and energy into a kitchen or bathroom upgrade. The visual and functional design of any kitchen or bathroom starts with the floors, which make installation of tile the perfect project candidate.

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Wednesday 11/05/2014
Things to consider when making popular kitchen renovations
Updated: November 13, 2014 - 1:32 am

(BPT) - The kitchen is the focal point of any home. It’s a place where you eat, congregate and celebrate life’s big moments. If you are an empty-nester looking for the kitchen of your dreams, a parent seeking to match your kitchen to your growing family or you simply feel inspired to change things for the better, it’s time to stop dreaming and start planning.

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Wednesday 10/29/2014
Which kitchen style best matches your personality?
Updated: November 06, 2014 - 1:31 am

(BPT) - Everyone has a preferred style of kitchen, no matter if you’re a chef at heart or just prefer to heat something frozen using the microwave. You may be surprised to discover your personality influences the style of kitchen you prefer. So, do you know what style matches your personality?

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Tuesday 10/28/2014
Americans have a big opportunity to improve their dishwasher regimen and save water
Updated: November 05, 2014 - 1:32 am

(BPT) - Nearly everyone (96 percent) wastes up to an hour each week pre-washing their dishes, according to a recent survey. But the reality is that the outdated ritual of pre-washing can actually result in dirtier dishes and waste a valuable resource – water!

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Wednesday 10/22/2014
How to cut the clutter and take back your home
Updated: October 30, 2014 - 1:31 am

(BPT) - You’ve reached your breaking point. You’ve tripped over the same thing in the living room too many times. Now you’ve picked it up to finally put it away and you realize – you have nowhere to put it. You have too much clutter in your home. So what do you do? How do you decide where to start so you can reduce the clutter in your home and make your walkways safe once more?

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