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Appliance Shopping? Virginia Tax-Free Event Points to Energy Savings

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Sales tax holiday (Photo by Jason Hargraves)
Keep an eye out for energy-saving appliances if you want to skip the sales tax in Virginia. (Photo by Jason Hargraves)

Columbus Day weekend is when Virginia shoppers can purchase home appliances without sales tax. Of course, the items must promise energy and water savings.

4 Tips for Core Aeration of Your Lawn

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Lawns that receive an annual aeration will be healthier, more vigorous and easier to maintain with less weeds and insects, says Basse. (Photo courtesy of Professional Grounds, Inc)
Lawns that receive an annual aeration will be healthier, more vigorous and easier to maintain with less weeds and insects, says Basse. (Photo courtesy of Professional Grounds, Inc)

Start preparing now for a beautiful green lawn next summer. Fall is the perfect time to core aerate your lawn to fight compaction and promote grass growth.

ComEd Customers Can Lower Bills with New Smart Meter Program

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A ComEd technician works to install a smart meter at a home in the Chicago area. ComEd plans to install 4 million of the meters by 2018. (Photo courtesy of ComEd)
A ComEd technician works to install a smart meter at a home in the Chicago area. ComEd plans to install 4 million of the meters by 2018. (Photo courtesy of ComEd)

ComEd customers in northern Illinois with latest meter technology can save up to $12 per billing cycle by limiting power use during peak times in summer months.

Lead Paint Still Lurking in Indy

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The Environmental Management Institute in Indianapolis trains contractors to contain and clear away lead debris properly. (Photo by Brandon Smith)

Exposure to lead paint can occur during home renovation. Protect yourself by hiring an EPA lead-certified contractor in Indianapolis for projects on older homes.

The Angie's List Guide To Fall Maintenance

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Download the Angie's List Fall Maintenance Guide to get started on protecting your home from potentially damaging winter weather. (Graphic design by Matt Mukerjee)
Download the Angie's List Fall Maintenance Guide to get started on protecting your home from potentially damaging winter weather. (Graphic design by Matt Mukerjee)

When tree leaves and temperatures begin falling, it's a sign winter is on its way. Use this fall maintenance checklist to protect your home from winter damage.

5 Things to Check Before Hiring an Electrician

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Jordan Giles, an electrician apprentice for Northwest Electric and Solar in Seattle, works to install wiring in a customer's home. (Photo by Mike Penney)
Jordan Giles, an electrician apprentice for Northwest Electric and Solar in Seattle, works to install wiring in a customer's home. (Photo by Mike Penney)

Most electricians learn on the job as apprentices under supervision. Learn what questions to ask an electrician before allowing them to work on your home.

12 Telltale Signs That You Need New Siding

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Save on energy costs with insulated house wrap and new siding, says Lindus. (Photo courtesy of Lindus Construction)
Save on energy costs with insulated house wrap and new siding, says Lindus. (Photo courtesy of Lindus Construction)

Siding is an important component to your house’s exterior that protects your home. Here are 12 signs to know when it is time to replace your siding.

5 Threats to the Lifespan of Your Siding

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A reliable contractor will be able to provide addresses of jobs they’ve previously installed so you are able to see their work, says Lindus. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member James C. of Austin, Texas)
A reliable contractor will be able to provide addresses of jobs they’ve previously installed so you are able to see their work, says Lindus. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member James C. of Austin, Texas)

Siding is the literal protective wrapping of your home, blocking all that the outside world might throw at you. Know the things that threaten your siding.

Can Wearable Technology Help Aging Parents Remain Independent?

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Wearable high-tech fitness trackers, such as the Vivofit by Garmin, can be beneficial for monitoring health as we age. (Photo by Courtney St. Onge)

If you're looking for a simple and cost-efficient way to keep an eye on an aging loved one, consider wearable technology.

Choose Flooring for Rooms that Get Wet

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Tile is a great choice for bathrooms and other moisture-prone rooms. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member Charles W. of Murfreesboro, Tennessee)

Here are flooring options to consider for bathrooms, laundry rooms, kitchens, basements and other areas prone to getting wet.

8 Rules of an Orderly Kitchen

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It’s important to arrange your kitchen for maximum cooking and cleaning efficiency, says Anderson. (Photo courtesy of Simplified Living Solutions)
It’s important to arrange your kitchen for maximum cooking and cleaning efficiency, says Anderson. (Photo courtesy of Simplified Living Solutions)

Kitchens are a centerpoint of a home and see daily use. Keep your kitchen space running smooth and efficient with these tips for maintaining an orderly kitchen.

Chicago Pest Control Company Keeps Mice at Bay

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As temperatures drop in the Chicago area, mice are hard at work looking for a way inside your home. (Photo courtesy of Pest Now, Sterling, Va.)
As temperatures drop in the Chicago area, mice are hard at work looking for a way inside your home. (Photo courtesy of Pest Now, Sterling, Va.)

As temperatures drop, mice are working to get inside your home. One Chicago-area extermination company not only kills them, but eliminates access points.

Unique Mural Marks Angie's List Campus in Downtown Indianapolis

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Angie's List mural depicts pegboard of tools.
Mural depicting giant pegboard of tools welcomes visitors to the Angie's List campus on Indianapolis' Near Eastside. (Photo by Steve Hood)

Giant pegboard of tools created by Blice Edwards, a highly rated Indianapolis mural company, marks the Angie's List campus on Indianapolis' Near Eastside.

Driving Yourself Crazy? Car Inspection Laws Vary Across D.C. Region

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D.C. car inspection (Photo by Jason Hargraves)
Vehicle inspections require more than just looking under the hood. Be sure to follow the laws of your jurisdiction. (Photo by Jason Hargraves)

D.C. doesn't require a car inspection, but your vehicle does need a regular emission test. Maryland and Virginia drivers can expect more rules, higher fees.

Hurt in a Bike Accident? D.C. Law Could Grant Cyclists More Rights

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D.C. bike (Photo by Jason Hargraves)
A change in D.C. law could give you more rights if you and your bike are sidelined after a vehicle collision. (Photo by Jason Hargraves)

D.C. Councilmembers consider changing the city's at-fault law regarding bike collisions with vehicles. This could mean more insurance rights for riders.

Who Should Offer Teeth Whitening? N.C. Dentist Dispute Heads to U.S. Supreme Court

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Teeth whitening is at the center of a Supreme Court case involving the North Carolina Board of Dental Examiners. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member Tina K.)

Is it safe to have teeth whitened at a mall kiosk without a dental exam? North Carolina dentists argue teeth whitening should be regulated, not available by unlicensed providers.

Should You Observe the Weighing of a Moving Truck?

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In an interstate move, you have the right to be present when the moving truck is weighed, before and after loading. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member Samantha P. of Wilmington, North Carolina)

Whether you decide to exercise your right to witness the weighing of your moving truck before and after it's loaded may depend on how your move is priced.

The Differences Between HSA and FSA Health Savings Features

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Most people use the money in their flexible spending account or health savings account to pay for office visits, prescription drugs and medical equipment. (Photo by Brandon Smith)
Most people use the money in their flexible spending account or health savings account to pay for office visits, prescription drugs and medical equipment. (Photo by Brandon Smith)

The health care plan you choose will allow you to make tax-free contributions to a savings account. Make sure you know the difference between an HSA and an FSA.

Shortage of Electricians May Cause Homeowners to Wait for Service

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Steve Kopta (right), a journeyman electrician at Northwest Electric and Solar in Seattle, works with apprentice Shane Ewers to install wiring in a new home. (Photo by Mike Penney)

As Baby Boomers retire, electrical industry experts warn that a lack of apprentice electricians entering the field may result in long wait times for consumers.

How To Use Your HSA or FSA Medical Funds

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Lift chairs and walking aids are a few items you can still buy in a drug store with funds from a flexible spending or health savings account, if you have a prescription. (Photo by Brandon Smith)
Lift chairs and walking aids are a few items you can still buy in a drug store with funds from a flexible spending or health savings account, if you have a prescription. (Photo by Brandon Smith)

Most over-the-counter drugs can’t be purchased with HSA and FSA contributions, but you may be surprised by what are eligible and ineligible medical expenses.

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