DIY Projects

What's the Perfect Gift for Mom? You!

Give your time and her home an upgrade.

Moms are sentimental by nature: who else would save clay imprints of your hands, your messy Valentine's Day card, or the woven potholders you made her in seventh grade? Whether or not they're still on display, you can bet that any project you did for her holds a special place in her heart. These gifts last because they come from a special place—the heart of her child.

Solar Panels

Here Comes the Sun!
Are Solar Panels in your Future?

 

Today an average American homeowner pays nearly $2,000 per year to heat, cool, light and otherwise power their home. As utility companies raise their rates, your future bills are certain to rise. Now, whether you're driven by economics or simply the desire to reduce your carbon footprint, a home solar system can make a big difference. For example, in California, homeowners who have installed solar panels are reporting savings as high as 20% on their energy bills.

The 7 Deadly Sins of Home Improvement

Imagine the scenario: armed with a plumber's wrench, you square off with your leaky water heater resolved to fix it in time to make your dinner date. Several hours and obscenities later, you are in the same spot, overwhelmed with frustration and rage. Instead of calling a professional, you abandon it for your date (who, incidentally, has the personality of a water heater), only to return to a flood in the basement.

Get Green Clean!

Go Green Clean!
Natural Remedies to Clean your Home

There is no shortage of household cleaners out there boasting to make your life easier, more sanitized and fresher-smelling. Brilliantly executed advertisements depict animated germs carousing and multiplying within an unclean home, defeated only by a heavy dose of some chemical concoction. Feeling dirty, scared, and inferior, we plunk down billions of dollars each year on germ warfare for our own homes.

What Stinks? Cheap, Easy and Natural Methods to Freshen up Your Home

Odor remover

You don't have to be an aromatherapy aficionado to know that smells have the ability to trigger strong emotions and associations. Baking bread can bring you back to the comfort of your grandmother's cottage while freshly cut grass can return you to childhood summer camp. Unfortunately, it also works in the other direction: a neglected garbage can under the sink may take your mind to the city dump on a hot day.