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Heating Bill Still High? New HVAC System May Be Improperly Installed

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Without proper installation, your HVAC system will perform well below rated energy-efficiency levels. (Photo courtesy of the National Institute of Science and Technology)
Without proper installation, your HVAC system will perform well below rated energy-efficiency levels. (Photo courtesy of the National Institute of Science and Technology)

You may not be getting the most out of your energy-efficient HVAC system. Find out how improper installation can cause your heating bills to skyrocket.

LED Lights Keep D.C. Zoo Burning Bright This Holiday Season

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Evenings at the zoo are colorfully lit during the month of December. (Photo courtesy of Smithsonian's National Zoo)
Evenings at the zoo are colorfully lit during the month of December. (Photo courtesy of Smithsonian's National Zoo)

LED lights are popular for holiday decorating because of their low electricity use and heat output. Find out if it's a smart year-round choice for your home.

Chicago Planners Lead White House Holiday Decoration

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First Lady Michele Obama and daughter Sasha and Malia greet this year's official White House Christmas Tree, an 18-foot fir from Pennsylvania. (Photo courtesy of the White House)
First Lady Michele Obama and daughter Sasha and Malia greet this year's official White House Christmas Tree, an 18-foot fir from Pennsylvania. (Photo courtesy of the White House)

For the fifth consecutive year, Near North Side company agencyEA coordinated the volunteer efforts to adorn the White House for the holidays.

Four Chicago Hospitals Named Ebola Treatment Centers

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Workers at 35 U.S. Hospitals have trained for several months to treat patients infected with the Ebola virus. (Photo courtesy of the Centers for Disease Control)
Workers at 35 U.S. Hospitals have trained for several months to treat patients infected with the Ebola virus. (Photo courtesy of the Centers for Disease Control)

Despite no Ebola cases reported in the United States for weeks, Chicago hospitals continue to prepare for a domestic outbreak as deaths continue in Africa.

Charlotte-area town keeps travelers’ homes safe. Some tips for the rest of us

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A variety of security systems are available to help protect your home. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member Angela A.)
A variety of security systems are available to help protect your home. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member Angela A.)

Town of Davidson offers security checks for residents who will be traveling over the holidays. For others, tips can help keep trouble away.

Should I Hire a Chef or a Catering Service?

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Catering services are best utilized for large events such as weddings and company parties, says Rockwell. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member Amy J. of Pembroke, Georgia)
Catering services are best utilized for large events such as weddings and company parties, says Rockwell. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member Amy J. of Pembroke, Georgia)

On this episode of Chat with the Experts, we talk with Chef Suzanne about difference between catering services and private chefs and how both can serve you.

Does Your D.C. Insurance Cover Sinkholes? Probably Not

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This sinkhole created foundation problems for the owner of this farmhouse. (Photo courtesy of Phyllis Banks)
This sinkhole created foundation problems for the owner of this farmhouse. (Photo courtesy of Phyllis Banks)

A recent sinkhole under a major D.C.-area roadway highlights the fact that most local home owners don't have adequate insurance coverage for such an event.

Tips for Staying Safe While Shoveling Snow

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Use a shovel designed so that both the blade and handle are about elbow height, says Seidelman. (Photo by Steve C. Mitchell)
Use a shovel designed so that both the blade and handle are about elbow height, says Seidelman. (Photo by Steve C. Mitchell)

Thousands of people end up in the emergency room of doctor's office after the first heavy snowfall. Don't be one of them: follow these safe snow shoveling tips.

3 Tips for Taking Better Photos with Your Smartphone

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Make sure that the subject of the photo is the strongest part of the image. (Photo by Delio Photo Studio)
Make sure that the subject of the photo is the strongest part of the image. (Photo by Delio Photo Studio)

Try these three tips the professionals use to take cellphone photos that are well-composed and well-lit. Frame your subject carefully and keep a steady hand.

Why Hiring a Cat Sitter May Be a Great Choice

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Is your cat a homebody? Hiring an in-home sitter will allow your cat to stay in familiar surroundings while you're away. (Photo by Sit-Stay-Play)
Is your cat a homebody? Hiring an in-home sitter will allow your cat to stay in familiar surroundings while you're away. (Photo by Sit-Stay-Play)

Is your cat a homebody? If Fluffy likes her routine, hiring a cat sitter when you travel can allow your cat to remain in her own home and reduce stress for all.

Pets and Holidays: A Guide to Four-Legged Happiness

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Cats and dogs may need comforting during a stressful holiday season. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member Becky F.)

Think holidays stress you out? Your cats and dogs may have a tough time with new people, new surroundings and other changes at Christmas.

Where to Find Holiday Lights, Parades in Charlotte Area

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Elaborate holiday light displays such as this one can bring Christmas cheer to any neighborhood. (Photo by Meranda Adams)
Elaborate holiday light displays such as this one can bring Christmas cheer to any neighborhood. (Photo by Meranda Adams)

Charlotte's best Christmas lights, holiday parades and tree-lighting ceremonies? Mark your calendar: Here's our 2014 guide to holiday displays in Charlotte.

Chicago Carbon Monoxide Deaths a Reminder to Protect Your Family

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A carbon monoxide detector can alert homeowners to odorless but potentially deadly gas leaks. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member James T)
A carbon monoxide detector can alert homeowners to odorless but potentially deadly gas leaks. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member James T)

Two recent incidents of carbon monoxide poisoning on Chicago's South Side highlight the importance of home detectors and annual professional inspections.

Cherry Community Becomes More than Charlotte's "Next" Big Thing

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The Cherry neighborhood in Charlotte is seeing home prices rise.  (Photo by Courtney St. Onge)
The Cherry neighborhood in Charlotte is seeing home prices rise. (Photo by Courtney St. Onge)

Neighborhood between Elizabeth and Midtown draws interest in renovations, new construction and tear-downs as buyers seek locations near Uptown.

Stressed or Depressed? Try a Little Animal Therapy

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Dog on the all (Photo by Jason Hargraves)
Taking a dog for a walk along the National Mall is one way to enjoy D.C. sights. (Photo by Jason Hargraves)

Animals can be great stress reducers, but consider all the responsibilities of pet ownership before adopting a four-legged friend this Christmas season.

Christmas Tree Sales Help Injured Firefighters

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Thanksgiving weekend marks the beginning of Christmas tree sales. (Photo by Jason Hargraves)
Thanksgiving weekend marks the beginning of Christmas tree sales. (Photo by Jason Hargraves)

One D.C. restaurant has turned its outdoor dining area into a holiday Christmas tree lot with all proceeds going to help firefighters injured on the job.

Can You Hear Me Now? City Puts Cell Towers on Hold

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Making and receiving clear calls on your mobile devices aren't a priority for one Maryland city.. (Photo by Jason Hargraves)

It seems great cell phone service is not a priority in Greenbelt, Maryland. Officials there recently objected to the construction of new communication towers.

Cops Help You Shop Till You Drop

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Christmas shoppers are advised to be on alert this holiday season as thefts often rise this time of year. (Photo by Jason Hargraves)
Christmas shoppers are advised to be on alert this holiday season as thefts often rise this time of year. (Photo by Jason Hargraves)

Police officers in the suburbs of Washington, D.C., are hanging out at the mall this holiday season in an effort to keep you and your Christmas purchases safe.

Suburban Chicago Police Warn of Holiday Package Theft

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An unattended package on your front porch is an invitation for theft.  (Photo by Steven Jack)
An unattended package on your front porch is an invitation for theft. (Photo by Steven Jack)

As the biggest online shopping day of the year approaches, remember these tips to ensure your valuable packages aren't stolen right from your own front porch.

Tips to Avoid Car Theft

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Always lock your doors, and don't leave valuables out in plain sight, includling your keys. (Photo by Steve Mitchell)

A car is stolen every 44 seconds in the United States. But many thefts are preventable. Here are a few tips so you won't become a victim of car theft.

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