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Top 5 renovation tips to create more space in your home

As real estate prices continue to climb, the cost to trade up to a larger home is on the upswing across the country, especially as markets remain hampered by tight inventory levels. As a result, more and more Americans are choosing to renovate their current homes instead of relocating. In fact, some forecasts predict that 2015 renovation spending could exceed the record of $324 billion set during the peak of last decade's housing boom. While the hunt for more square footage can be challenging, homeowners shouldn't feel like a costly second story or complete addition are the only options.

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How to store fresh apples

Apples are a popular fruit that are grown in different places around the world. Come autumn, apples can be seen filling farm stands and supermarkets all over North America.
 
Apples are available year-round, but many apple lovers insist there's nothing better than plucking an apple directly off the tree in the fall. Apple orchards and pick-your-own farms are visited each autumn by apple lovers anxious for apples' tart and juicy taste. Many people pick more apples than they can eat in a few days, so it pays to learn how to store apples properly so none of them go to waste.

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5 simple ways to increase energy efficiency and savings

Fall and winter can be tough on your home and your wallet. As temperatures drop, chances are your furnace will be working overtime. This results in two things - greater energy consumption and higher heating bills. In fact, costs associated with heating and cooling a home year-round typically comprise two-thirds of the average energy bill.

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How to get enough protein on a vegetarian diet

One of the first questions vegetarians are asked when acknowledging their dietary preferences is, "Are you getting enough protein?" Many people assume it's impossible to consume sufficient protein on a diet that consists largely of fruits and vegetables. But many vegetarians get the protein their bodies need.

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How drivers can reduce fuel emissions

According to the United States Environmental Protection Agency, many cities across the country can claim automobiles as their single greatest contributor to pollution. While emissions from individual cars are somewhat low, emissions from millions of vehicles can add up to a substantial amount of pollution, and it takes residents working collectively to reduce those emissions and improve their local air quality.

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