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Can Leaving Lights On Save Energy?

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Experts say it's still best to turn the lights off when leaving a room. (Photo courtesy of Thinkstock/TorontoWatch)
Experts say it's still best to turn the lights off when leaving a room. (Photo courtesy of Thinkstock/TorontoWatch)

The initial start-up surge when turning on a light lasts only seconds, so turning it off remains the best way to save energy even with more efficient bulbs.

Contractors Talk Home Remodeling Trends for 2015

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Soft curves and edges on countertops are trending for remodeling projects in 2015. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member Tamara T. of Hickory Hills, Ill.)
Soft curves and edges on countertops are trending for remodeling projects in 2015. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member Tamara T. of Hickory Hills, Ill.)

Planning to remodel in 2015? Three highly rated Angie’s List experts provide insight on home improvement trends while helping you avoid trends that will fade.

What to Know Before a Plumbing Emergency

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It pays to pick your plumber before you absolutely have to, and to know tricks of the plumbing scam trade. (Photo by Steve Mitchell)

It's a good idea to get to know a good plumber before you have a plumbing emergency. Also, watch out for these red flags of possible plumbing-related scams.

#AskAngie: Does a Whole House Fan Help When it's Humid?

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A whole house fan lets you open your windows and allow fresh air to be pulled through your home. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member James W. of Clemmons, North Carolina)

Want to bring fresh air into your home? Learn how a whole-house fan can augment, and in some climates even replace, your home's air conditioning system.

Zionsville: Combining rapid growth with small-town charm

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Zionsville's brick-lined downtown streets provide a perfect setting for the town's annual Christmas in the Village celebration. (Photo courtesy of Joe Konz)
Zionsville's brick-lined downtown streets provide a perfect setting for the town's annual Christmas in the Village celebration. (Photo courtesy of Joe Konz)

Despite growth, a dedication to preserving local businesses helps Zionsville, Ind., become one of the most attractive and affluent regions in Central Indiana.

20 Things to Throw Away in 20 Minutes

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Often times, you are so used to having pesky items lying around, you seem to see past them, says Nelson. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member James F. of Chicago)
Often times, you are so used to having pesky items lying around, you seem to see past them, says Nelson. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member James F. of Chicago)

Is your home feeling cluttered? One highly rated provider shares 20 items that you can throw away in 20 minutes for a cleaner, more organized home.

Fall Home To-Do's: Because Now is Easier than Later

Save time and money now before the winter weather makes maintaining your home more troublesome (and expensive) later.

4 Steps to Prep Your Sprinklers for Winter

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Taking the necessary steps for protecting your irrigation system now will avoid costly repairs in the springtime, says Klaas. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member Scott B. of Detroit)
Taking the necessary steps for protecting your irrigation system now will avoid costly repairs in the springtime, says Klaas. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member Scott B. of Detroit)

Winter and freezing temperatures are a major threat to your irrigation system. A few simple steps ahead of time will save you from costly repairs in the spring.

Crippling Home Defects That Often Go Unnoticed

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When condensation starts forming in the insulation, it gets saturated, heavy and starts falling apart, says Jimenez. (Photo courtesy of A House on a Rock Home Inspections)
When condensation starts forming in the insulation, it gets saturated, heavy and starts falling apart, says Jimenez. (Photo courtesy of A House on a Rock Home Inspections)

There are places in your home that are easy to forget, but these oft-neglected areas of the house are where defects lurk, waiting to become major problems.

Infographic: Tips to Stay Safe This Halloween

Halloween is just around the corner!

If you're planning on handing out candy to trick-or-treaters -- or if you plan to escort your little ghosts and goblins on their candy expedition through your neighborhood -- there are some safety hazards you might want to keep in mind.

Recovering from Pneumonia at Home after a Hospital Stay

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Release from the hospital may be a relief but does not indicate the senior has fully recovered from pneumonia, says Inglat.
Release from the hospital may be a relief but does not indicate the senior has fully recovered from pneumonia, says Inglat.

Pneumonia is tough on your body, even after you have been released from the hospital. Particularly for seniors, it’s important to take care recovering at home.

How to Avoid Hypertension and Stroke

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It is important to note that the general rule-of-thumb in preventing a stroke is to live an overall healthy lifestyle, says Inglat.
It is important to note that the general rule-of-thumb in preventing a stroke is to live an overall healthy lifestyle, says Inglat.

Stroke is a leading cause of death and disability in America. Here are common risk factors to be on the lookout for and steps you can take to avoid a stroke.

Where to Splurge and Save on Your Basement Remodel

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Depending on the natural light in a basement, artificial lighting can be really important to the atmosphere and utility of the space, says Pillow. (Photo courtesy of Moss Building and Design)
Depending on the natural light in a basement, artificial lighting can be really important to the atmosphere and utility of the space, says Pillow. (Photo courtesy of Moss Building and Design)

Planning a basement remodel? One highly rated provider shares tips for where to trim your budget during the remodeling process and where you can splurge.

Pet Owner's Guide to Vacuums

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Choose a vacuum cleaner that does not recirculate animal odors back through your home via the exhaust, says Clark. (Photo courtesy of Central Vacuum Stores)
Choose a vacuum cleaner that does not recirculate animal odors back through your home via the exhaust, says Clark. (Photo courtesy of Central Vacuum Stores)

A house full of pets is difficult to keep clean and makes your choice in vacuums very critical. Here is how to pick the right vacuum for your home and your pet.

A Level Foundation May Still Need Underpinning

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Relying solely on measurements to determine the condition of a foundation often leads to risks incurring further damage to a home, says Granott. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member Dale W. of Boones Mill, Virginia.)
Relying solely on measurements to determine the condition of a foundation often leads to risks incurring further damage to a home, says Granott. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member Dale W. of Boones Mill, Virginia.)

Measuring your foundation for levelness alone is not enough to determine if your foundation needs repair. A foundation expert will evaluate all the factors.

How to Prepare for a Cold Weather Move

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It’s always good to have a plan in place in case a winter storm or inclement weather derails your move, says Komorous. (Photo by Jeremy Deal)
It’s always good to have a plan in place in case a winter storm or inclement weather derails your move, says Komorous. (Photo by Jeremy Deal)

Moving in fall and winter can be cost-effective, but it has risks. Plan ahead with these tips to make sure your cold weather move doesn’t get blown off track.

Is Cracked Brick Always a Foundation Issue?

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 If your home has clay brick, this cracking could simply be caused by moisture in the environment, says Pruett. (Photo courtesy of Brick Doctor Corp)
If your home has clay brick, this cracking could simply be caused by moisture in the environment, says Pruett. (Photo courtesy of Brick Doctor Corp)

Are the bricks on your house cracking and you fear there is a problem with your foundation? That may not be the case. Learn why your bricks may be cracking.

Ultra Fast Internet Service Coming to Chicago

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AT&T will begin work on its ultra fast internet service in Chicago later this year. (Photo by Eldon Lindsay)
AT&T will begin work on its ultra fast internet service in Chicago later this year. (Photo by Eldon Lindsay)

AT&T announces plans to bring its 1 gigabit per second high speed internet to Chicago, offering the service to residential and small business customers.

Lead Paint Is Still a Threat, But It Shouldn’t Be

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Because of the health risks from lead paint, it's important to take extra steps when working a pre-1978 home. (Photo by Brandon Smith)

If you live in a pre-1978 house, be aware of the dangers that lead paint poses, even in the tiniest amounts. Children face the greatest risk. Follow these tips:

Odd Finds by Auto Detailers

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What does a goat, three (not so blind) mice and a large check have in common? They're related to just a few things detailers have found while cleaning out cars. (Illustration by Bruce Snow)
What does a goat, three (not so blind) mice and a large check have in common? They're related to just a few things detailers have found while cleaning out cars. (Illustration by Bruce Snow)

Auto detailers come across some strange finds during their everyday work. Guess what one highly rated detailer found running around a vehicle.

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