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Outdoor Fireplaces: Your Need to Know Get Started Guide

Adding an outdoor fireplace can be a great way to liven up your backyard or patio area. Not only do outdoor fireplaces provide a unique visual aesthetic, but they can also serve a functional purpose. Even though it’s outside in the open air, the heat produced by an outdoor fireplace can actually keep the surrounding area fairly warm on cool autumn evenings. Before you decide to have an outdoor fireplace installed, though, there are a few things you should take into consideration.

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Live Long and Live Green! It’s Green Friday!

It’s time for another Green Friday installment focused on saving you money by making your home more efficient. A drafty house and high utility bills are signs that your home could benefit from some insulation and caulking upgrades. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, heating and cooling account for more than half of the average home’s utility costs. Is your house one of those letting dollar bills out through the cracks?

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Alexa, Am I Out of Milk? Smart Appliances 101

It seems like everything is getting smart these days. First, the phones were smart, then the thermostats. Now you can buy smart lighting, smart locks, smart cameras and even smart little sensors that can tell you when there’s a water leak or a window is unlocked. What about your appliances, though?

Smart appliances do exist, and they’ve seen a significant increase in popularity in recent years. They offer several useful features, including smartphone interactivity and increased energy efficiency. Consider the following to see if smart appliances are right for you.

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Save your green with green rebates

Though we may often think about how we would love a more efficient appliance that not only works better, quieter, and saves energy, many new machines can cost hundreds or even thousands of dollars. Hunting for sales may be one way to obtain your dream machine. However, I’m here with another Green Realtor installment to cue you into thousands of dollars in local and state-wide rebates to help you fund a shift towards more energy-efficient appliances.

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Weeds, Wildflowers or Invasive Plants?

If you have plants popping up in your yard that you didn’t plant, your first instinct may be that it’s a weed. You very well might be right; after all, what are weeds except for unwanted plants? At the same time, it’s possible that you’ve got wildflowers growing on your property. Depending on your view of wildflowers, that could change things significantly.

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