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How to build an eco-friendly home

Whether you're passionate about saving the environment, want to save on energy bills and repairs, or simply need to move into your new place quickly, an eco-friendly home is the right choice for you. Fortunately, building your home guided by eco-responsibility is now easier than ever, as improved practices in the construction industry reflect the greening of building codes across America.


How to make sure your new home is built faster

If you're in the market for a newly built home, you probably have a long list of requirements for your builder. Everyone's list is different, but one common element is that your new home needs to be ready quickly, or at the very least, on time. Yet we've all heard the horror stories of construction delays and families having to move out of their old homes before their new ones are ready. Fortunately, there's a way you can help ensure your home is built faster - ask your builder to use insulated concrete forms.


How to improve indoor air quality in winter

Homes tend to be stuffier in autumn and winter. As temperatures outside dip, windows are closed and air quality inside homes can suffer.
Poor indoor air quality can not only be uncomfortable, causing residents to experience headaches, dry eyes and nasal congestion, but also can be unhealthy. According to the American Lung Association, poor indoor air quality can cause or contribute to the development of infections, lung cancer and chronic lung diseases, such as asthma.


Address air leaks to save energy and money

Rising energy costs coupled with the continued adoption of eco-friendly lifestyles are two factors driving homeowners to seek ways to reduce energy consumption in their homes. Reducing energy consumption is reason enough for many homeowners to make changes around the house, but saving energy sometimes means saving substantial amounts of money as well.


Natural ways to reduce Lyme disease risk

The great outdoors can be a wonder to behold. Parks, nature preserves or even some time spent in the backyard can help men, women and children reconnect with nature.
While there is plenty to enjoy about the great outdoors, certain hazards are lurking. Ticks can be both a nuisance and a danger, potentially contributing to illnesses like Lyme disease. Recognizing the dangers of ticks and how to avoid tick bites can help people reduce their risk for contracting Lyme disease.