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Polar Vortex Heading for Chicago, Use These Tips to Winterize Your Home

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Winter-like weather is heading for Chicago next week. Make sure your home is prepared. (Photo courtesy of  Adam Alexander Photography via the city of Chicago)
Winter-like weather is heading for Chicago next week. Make sure your home is prepared. (Photo courtesy of Adam Alexander Photography via the city of Chicago)

Below average temperatures are predicted for Chicago this week. Now is the time to complete these home-improvement projects to keep you cozy all winter.

6 Things to Consider Before Installing Your Own Insulation

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With insulation technology always advancing, you’ve got choices to make when it comes to the material you pick, says Lindus. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member Lynn M. of Columbus, Georgia)
With insulation technology always advancing, you’ve got choices to make when it comes to the material you pick, says Lindus. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member Lynn M. of Columbus, Georgia)

Thinking of installing your own insulation? One highly rated provider shares six things that every homeowner should be aware of before attempting to DIY.

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Air Duct Cleaning

Chicago Veteran Backs His Company's Service with Military Values

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 Karl Schleitwiler (left) and Joshua Zajac started Veteran Air Cleaning Service in suburban Chicago in February 2013. (Photo courtesy of Joshua Zajac)
Karl Schleitwiler (left) and Joshua Zajac started Veteran Air Cleaning Service in suburban Chicago in February 2013. (Photo courtesy of Joshua Zajac)

Joshua Zajac served in the U.S. Navy for nearly 10 years. It was with that service in mind that he launched his highly rated Chicago air duct cleaning service.

Chicago Park District Faced with Costly Lakefront Path Repairs

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Waves crash into Chicago's lakefront path at Fullerton Avenue during the storm of Friday, Oct. 31. (Photo courtesy of Michelle Stenzel)
Waves crash into Chicago's lakefront path at Fullerton Avenue during the storm of Friday, Oct. 31. (Photo courtesy of Michelle Stenzel)

High winds and 20-foot waves battered Chicago's lakefront from Streeterville to Lincoln Park, leaving the city with a huge concrete and asphalt repair job.

How Allergy Sufferers Can Cope with Peak Ragweed Season in D.C.

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Plants and weed in D.C. (Photo by Jason Hargraves)
Late summer in Washington is when plants and weeds begin releasing more allergy-causing pollen into the air. (Photo by Jason Hargraves)

Ragweed pollen hits its peak in September for the Washington, D.C., area. Left untreated, ragweed allergies can be severe enough to develop into asthma.

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Home Energy Audit

Polar Vortex Heading for Chicago, Use These Tips to Winterize Your Home

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Winter-like weather is heading for Chicago next week. Make sure your home is prepared. (Photo courtesy of  Adam Alexander Photography via the city of Chicago)
Winter-like weather is heading for Chicago next week. Make sure your home is prepared. (Photo courtesy of Adam Alexander Photography via the city of Chicago)

Below average temperatures are predicted for Chicago this week. Now is the time to complete these home-improvement projects to keep you cozy all winter.

With Chicago Winter Approaching, Help Available for Home Energy Bills

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Chicago's harsh winters can lead to some large heating bills. Help is available for those in need. (Photo courtesy of the City of Chicago)
Chicago's harsh winters can lead to some large heating bills. Help is available for those in need. (Photo courtesy of the City of Chicago)

Illinois utility companies along with a federal agency this year will offer over $150 million in assistance to customers struggling to pay their bills.

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.

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Propane Refill

Midwest braces for more winter storms; propane shortage drives higher costs

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Providers who deliver propane, such as Boye's Gas Service in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., are in great demand across the U.S., thanks to wicked winter weather. (Photo submitted by member Sue P.)
Providers who deliver propane, such as Boye's Gas Service in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., are in great demand across the U.S., thanks to wicked winter weather. (Photo submitted by member Sue P.)

Brutally cold winter weather in Midwestern states causing homeowners and providers to feel strain of propane shortage as prices rise and supply dwindles.

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Heating Oil

How to Stay Ahead of D.C.'s Polar Vortex

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Winter is approaching in D.C. as evidenced by this week's first polar vortex. (Photo courtesy of the Architect of the Capitol)

A polar vortex is expected to bring some winter weather this fall to the D.C. region. It's a great opportunity for home owners to prepare for winter's worst.

Avoid hazardous spills by having your fuel oil tank removed

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Even when a fuel oil tank has been pumped, about 5-10 gallons of sludge and oil will remain in the tank after pumping, says Gorman. (Photo courtesy of Timothy Gorman Contractor)
Even when a fuel oil tank has been pumped, about 5-10 gallons of sludge and oil will remain in the tank after pumping, says Gorman. (Photo courtesy of Timothy Gorman Contractor)

Even supposedly empty fuel oil tanks are a risk for oil leaks and spills. Avoid costly cleanup and have your fuel oil tank removed by an experienced contractor.

Should I replace my current heating system?

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When you get that tune-up on your heating system, ask for a report that states the efficiency of the system and tells you whether the system needs repairs, says Chretien (Photo courtesy of Mass Energy)
When you get that tune-up on your heating system, ask for a report that states the efficiency of the system and tells you whether the system needs repairs, says Chretien (Photo courtesy of Mass Energy)

Now that both oil and gas have risen in price and heating systems have become so much more efficient, it's wise to consider different replacement options.

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