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9 Tips for Achieving Maximum Coziness

Posted by Matthew Hillier on March 04, 2019 in  Lifestyle  Winter
When it’s cold and rainy out, you might hear the siren song of your favorite streaming service. Ahh, sweet, solitary binge-watching! But if you’d like a more satisfying way to spend a chilly evening, here are a few ideas to make an intentionally delightful day out of drab weather.1. Set the mood Candles are a key ingredient to a supremely comfortable atmosphere. Not only do they provide beautiful, soft lighting, but they also add warmth and scent to your space.Tip: Choose seasonal scents to inspire cele... read more
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How To Fix & Prevent Frozen Pipes

Posted by Matthew Hillier on January 29, 2019 in  Home Improvement  Homeowner Tips  Winter
Frigid winter temperatures can cause pipes to freeze – or even burst! Do you know how to tell if pipes are frozen? We’ve pulled together a list of battle tested suggestions to help you fix your frozen pipes as well as a list of suggestions for you to follow if they do freeze.If you attempt to fix a frozen pipe yourself, keep the following tips in mind: Keep your faucet open. Water and steam will be created during the thawing process, and your pipes need an opening to discharge this. Keeping the fa... read more
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Lower Temperatures, Lower Bills

Posted by Matthew Hillier on January 08, 2019 in  Home Improvement  Homeowner Tips  Winter
Colder months often mean higher bills. Check DTE's tips to spare your wallet this winter: Programmable Thermostat Install a programmable thermostat and set it at 68 degrees Fahrenheit or lower - the recommended setting for winter. Through proper use of pre-programmed settings, a programmable thermostat can save you about $180 every year in energy costs. Check out our DTE Rebate Program to learn how you can get money back for buying a new thermostat. Changing Blade Direction I... read more
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7 Easy Tips to Help Your Houseplants Survive Winter

Posted by Matthew Hillier on January 08, 2019 in  Home Decor  Homeowner Tips  Winter
1. Move plants away from vents, radiators or drafty windowsMost plants aren't big fans of extreme temperature variations, so try to keep them away from spots that get either too chilly or heated. Position sun-loving, draft-avoiding plants on a side table near the window, but not directly on the windowsill. 2. Check the air humidityMany houseplants thrive in 40-50% humidity, but when the heat's blasting and the windows are closed, the moisture level in your home is likely much lower. The easiest solution is to buy ... read more
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Winter Health & Safety Tips for Dog Owners

Posted by Matthew Hillier on December 19, 2018 in  Dogs  Healthy Living  Winter
We take particular precautions when the weather turns cold and the days grow short. We wear coats, boots, mittens, and bring additional layers with us if we think the weather will become even colder. We do the same for our children when they head off to school as well. After all, no one wants their child to be freezing cold on the playground, right? Many dog owners live with the misconception that because their pets have a coat of fur, they can tolerate the cold better than us humans. This isn’t necessarily t... read more
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