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Keep your cool: HVAC maintenance, heat-savvy habits help you, your home weather summer

June 25, 2022, 6:02am Life

Odds are that right now your home is hotter than it has been in quite some time. And while the June heat dome across much of America won’t last forever,… Read story

Mix native plants into landscape

June 25, 2022, 6:02am Life

As home gardeners become more educated about the role native plants play in the ecosystem — and their importance to pollinators, wildlife and humans — many are turning to “rewilding.”… Read story

Energy Adviser: Crawlspace needs occasional attention

June 25, 2022, 6:02am Clark County Life

There probably isn’t any part of the house where the old phrase “out of sight, out of mind” is more applicable than the crawlspace. Read story

A family room includes a wall of elegant built-ins.

Pros and cons of built-ins

A family room includes a wall of elegant built-ins.

June 25, 2022, 5:47am Life

Built-ins remain popular in home design, but they do have their positives and negatives. In the positive column are the space saving benefits and for some, the negative column is dominated by fear that built-ins create a “dated” look. Read story

A patterned duvet is a good way to add red, white and blue decor to a home.

Red, white, blue decor is patriotic and pretty

A patterned duvet is a good way to add red, white and blue decor to a home.

June 18, 2022, 6:05am Life

While I have many favorite color combinations, red, white and blue is right near the top year-round! That is one reason I get so excited during the summer months when it comes to the forefront of my shop. While in the other months I try to stay away from making… Read story

If you're trying to help an aging parent declutter to stay put or in preparation for downsizing, you might say something like, "Let's organize the house so it's a more enjoyable place for family gatherings." (Dreamstime)

How to cut through the clutter of your home

If you're trying to help an aging parent declutter to stay put or in preparation for downsizing, you might say something like, "Let's organize the house so it's a more enjoyable place for family gatherings." (Dreamstime)

June 18, 2022, 6:05am Life

Greg Rue remembers feeling “slammed” when Arc’s Value Village Thrift Stores and Donation Centers in the Twin Cities reopened in May 2020. Read story

A monarch butterfly in Glen Head, N.Y. The use of chemicals against garden pests threatens bees, butterflies and other pollinators.

Protect pollinators by tolerating pests

A monarch butterfly in Glen Head, N.Y. The use of chemicals against garden pests threatens bees, butterflies and other pollinators.

June 18, 2022, 6:05am Life

Picture this: You’ve planted some milkweed, bee balm or California lilac, and you’re delighted to see bees and butterflies fluttering about your garden. You feel good about nourishing pollinators and love the life those plants attract to your yard. Read story

What wet year means for garden

June 18, 2022, 6:05am Life

Urban gardening activist Jean Schanen of Bremerton waited until mid-June to put out her tomatoes this year. Read story

An off-grid home with a panoramic view showing Mount Jefferson appears in the Three Rivers Recreational Area, a 4,000 acre off-grid community in Lake Billy Chinook, Ore. Off-grid living simply means you're not connected to utility grids. That could mean living in a cabin or in a fancy house. It's become more possible because of improvements in alternative energy sources like solar power and the batteries to store that power.

Off-grid living gains converts

An off-grid home with a panoramic view showing Mount Jefferson appears in the Three Rivers Recreational Area, a 4,000 acre off-grid community in Lake Billy Chinook, Ore. Off-grid living simply means you're not connected to utility grids. That could mean living in a cabin or in a fancy house. It's become more possible because of improvements in alternative energy sources like solar power and the batteries to store that power.

June 18, 2022, 6:04am Life

Living off-grid conjures images of survivalists in remote places and a rustic, “Little House on the Prairie” lifestyle with chores from morning to night. Yet only a tiny fraction of people living off-grid do it like that, and fewer still live more than an hour from any town. Read story

Energy Adviser: Consider energy bills when buying a home

June 18, 2022, 6:04am Clark County Life

When searching for their next home, budget-minded house hunters know to look beyond the mortgage to understand the true cost of owning their home; but too often, a critical piece of information goes overlooked — the home’s energy consumption. Read story