Asbestos Information and Prevention in Older Homes

Although asbestos use has decreased since 1980 in the United States, homes and buildings built before that year can still contain asbestos. Potential home owners in Virginia and other States or those seeking to remodel an older home should be aware that prolonged asbestos exposure can cause many health concerns. The inhalation of airborne asbestos fibers can cause related illnesses such as asbestosis and mesothelioma.

Paint colors for all those other rooms

We recently provided you some great paint colors for bathrooms and kitchens. Now we turn our attention to living rooms, family rooms, bedrooms and laundry rooms. We collected over 60 colors that will work in the above rooms.

As we said in earlier articles, there's nothing like fresh paint to transform your space. Choosing a paint color is not just for adults. Your teenagers and kids can all get in on the fun to help transform a space. Always remember, paint is not permanent and can be changed. See our article on how to select paint.

Paint Colors and Stains for Kitchen Cabinets and Kitchens

There's no shortage of paint colors and stains to give your old kitchen cabinets and kitchen a complete make over. We would argue there are too many choices. So we've narrowed them down to 30 colors in three major categories to make your job easier.

We'll be the first to admit that choosing a color that you can live with is one of the most challenging aspects of decorating or remodeling in general. That's because the color of the cabinets and walls is a dominant feature and other things like the countertop and flooring depend on them.

Redesigning your home with your existing furniture

Millions of people live in less than stellar homes and spaces for many years. Then all of a sudden, they want to sell and turn their homes into a great space for others. It doesn't have to be this way. A Redesigner or Visual Coordination Specialist may be the answer. It's also affordable.

There are a number of ways to improve your living space that don't cost a lot of money:

Are You a Flexible Energy User?

One of the best kept secrets is that there is money to be made if you are ready to cut your electricity use on short notice to meet the market demand for electricity. If you are a large or medium business, a large condominiun or apartment building or organization than you might want to contact a "curtailment service provider” also known as a "demand response company" to see how they could help you do this. Your actions will also be good for the environment.

Advanced Metering and Demand Response helping to control electricity costs

A U.S. Government report shows that consumers can save money and reduce the need for expensive peaking power plants. This is done with advanced meters and demand side management programs. Unfortunately, advanced meters have reached only 4.7 percent of metered customers and oniy 8 percent of electricity customers are in demand side management programs in the U.S. This is a significant increase from 2006, when advanced metering penetration was less than one percent.

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