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Ways to Budget for an Emergency

on August 11, 2017

Would you believe that 66 percent of American families have less than five months’ worth of income saved for an emergency? And a whopping 28 percent have no emergency savings at all, according to a 2012 survey by Bankrate.com. Emergencies happen all the time, unfortunately. When it comes to emergency repairs and replacements with home […]

How to Handle High Summer Temperatures

on July 14, 2017

While Washington and Idaho aren’t known for searing-hot temperatures, our summers can get pretty warm (especially when you’re used to or favor the cold).  With temperatures peaking in the mid to high 90s over the next few weeks, it’s important to consider just how warm it’s going to be outside when you make plans. Air […]

Mainstream’s Tips for Better Outdoor Grilling

on June 16, 2017

It’s summer, and with July 4th just a couple of weeks away (and Father’s Day even sooner) what’s better than an outdoor barbecue with friends and family (or maybe just friends).  It’s likely that you either own a grill or know someone who does.  But if you’ve recently upgraded from a charcoal grill to a […]

Water Heaters – Ownership Do’s and Don’ts

on June 9, 2017

Hot water is essential to daily life.  While we mostly use it for cleaning, it’s such an essential part of life that when the hot water runs out, our plans for the day screech to a halt.  When your hot water tank is on the fritz showers are uncomfortable and it takes more energy for […]

3 Reasons to Upgrade to a Programmable Thermostat

on June 2, 2017

Are you tired of walking into an exceptionally warm or cold home each and every day? We don’t blame you. When you’ve had a difficult, long day at work or are just arriving home after an exhausting trip, the last thing you want to experience is discomfort in your own home. After all, your home […]

Why the Death Star has Exhaust Ports

on May 19, 2017

Next week fans of the movie STAR WARS will be celebrating the original film’s 40th anniversary.  On May 25th, 1977, Lucasfilm released a movie that became not only one of the most iconic space opera films, but refreshed the science fiction film genre and paved the way for others to follow (according to some, the […]

What’s the Best Fixture for Your Ceiling?

on May 12, 2017

Here’s something you may not have considered: is there a right choice when it comes to installing a new ceiling fixture?  Short answer: not always but often there are better answers than the one you first choose.  Are you looking for a fan?  Is your ceiling sloped? What’s the aesthetic of your room?  Does the […]

May Is Electric Safety Month!

on May 5, 2017

Home Electric Safety Month is upon us once again.  Home ownership is worth it, but it isn’t without its drawbacks.  Proper maintenance and care is essential to keep your home in top-working condition.  To do that, it’s important to stay current on what you have and haven’t had done in your home.  Older wiring needs […]

Flood Safety Preparation Guide

on April 28, 2017

With cloudy days and scattered showers, it can be easy to forget how fast a flood can strike.  Even a home that’s on an uphill slope can suffer from flood conditions if water starts pooling just right against the foundation.  When cracks form, a heavy rain can overburden the sump pump in your home or […]

Easy Ways You Can Save Energy

on April 21, 2017

We all want to save money every month.  Whether it’s to save up for a big purchase, build up an emergency fund for future disaster, or simply putting back money for retirement, a little extra cash now and then is always welcome.  For many of us, we spend a lot of money on utilities.  Whether […]

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