Chill Your Summer Utility Bills: Save Money and Energy by Updating Your Home’s Insulation

Posted by: on April 3rd, 2011 | Make A Comment

This figure just amazes me: approximately 65 percent of U.S. homes are under-insulated, resulting in a considerable amount of wasted energy. If your home is as little as 5 to 10 years old, it’s very likely that yours falls within this category. Insulating your home is a very easy and affordable to reduce your utility bills almost instantly!

Insulation keeps heat in your home during cold months, but it also helps keep summer heat from entering your home, making it easier to keep it cool and comfortable inside. When people think about adding insulation, they think about using their furnace or heat pump less.  But insulation does the same thing for air conditioning, which can help you save up to 20% on monthly heating and cooling bills.

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Is Your Home a Healthy Home?

Posted by: on April 2nd, 2011 | One Comment

As Earth Day 2011 approaches, all of us are thinking about ways to live more eco-consciously as well as take better care of our environment. I know I have been thinking a lot about the changes I have made to cut my energy usage and become more eco-conscious. There’s one area that I have really been focused on over the past few weeks: the overall health of my home.

Have you thought about examining the overall health of your household? The average home is filled with toxic, potentially harmful cleaning products.

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FREE Kids Workshop | First Saturday of Every Month at Home Depot

Posted by: on March 30th, 2011 | 201 Comments

Children enjoying a free kids workshop at The Home Depot
Here’s a great activity you can share with your kids… and it’s free!

On the first Saturday of each month, Home Depot’s FREE Kids Workshops offer fun and useful projects like building toolboxes, fire trucks and mail organizers, birdhouses, Mother’s Day gifts, or any number of other cool projects.

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How-To: Use Your Chainsaw Safely and Correctly

Posted by: on March 29th, 2011 | Make A Comment

Now that in many parts of the country spring is finally making a fight to breakthrough the last of winter, many of you will have issues with trees.  Yes, trees.

Spring storms, rains and flooding bring down more trees  than any other time of year.  Before you get the chainsaw out and start hacking away at the tree that’s fallen onto your fence or backyard, please take a minute to watch this video on how to use your chainsaw safely and correctly!

If you don’t have the proper tools that you need to cleanup up when a tree comes down onto your property, you can always find the right outdoor power tools for the job at The Home Depot.  (Check out our Chainsaw buying guide to get started) If you don’t want to invest in your own chainsaw, stump grinder, etc., you can always rent these tools from many of our Home Depot Tool Rental Centers near you.

Be safe!

The Home Depot’s Commitment to Good Environmental Stewardship

Posted by: on March 28th, 2011 | 3 Comments

As we approach April 22, Earth Day for 2011, we have another opportunity to reflect on the benefits of being good stewards of our environment. The Home Depot has long recognized this, and this year marks the 21st straight year of our dedicated efforts to both focus on sustainability and offer the most green, energy-efficient products available to our customers.

This past year alone, we made some remarkable upgrades to our retail locations.

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Add Some Easy Style to Your Garden with These Gorgeous Pergola Kits

Posted by: on March 26th, 2011 | 9 Comments

DIY Pergola Kits: A beautiful pergola built from a DIY pergola kit

 

You can get the great look of a pergola in your garden with much less effort and time than building your own from scratch. The folks at Outdoor Living Today have created some wonderful pergola kits that are easy and quick to build. Everything comes notched, pre-drilled and pre-marked and ready to assemble. These built-it-yourself pergolas only take between four and eight hours to assemble.  The picture to the left shows an example of a finished kit.

These western red cedar pergolas are environmentally friendly because they are made with renewable resources and cedar is naturally resistant to decay and insects.

They come in a variety of sizes to accommodate most yards and garden spaces: 8’x10’, 10’x12’, 12’x12’, 12’x16’ and 12’x20’.

These structures are styled with a classic look that will into just about any backyard or garden and they will last for years.

Take a look at more DIY projects here on The Home Depot blog. 

Lawn Care 101: The Basics of Caring for Your Yard

Posted by: on March 20th, 2011 | Make A Comment

Now that spring has already sprung in a large portion of the country, it’s time to start lawn care planning and maintenance. A well-cared for lawn is not only aesthetically pleasing but can also add significant value to your home. Below is an easy-to-use checklist to help you with the basics of maintaining a beautiful, healthy lawn:

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Getting Your Deck and Patio Ready now that Spring is Finally Here!

Posted by: on March 19th, 2011 | 6 Comments

I know we’re all dying to get out into our yards and gardens and get our hands dirty.  I can’t stand looking at my pitiful looking ponytail palm or my sad hibiscus another day.  But before we clip, trim, crop, design, or plant let’s remember what they say about March, in like a lion.  It probably hasn’t roared yet.

So here are some things you can do to prep your patio and deck before you can get to the fun stuff.  Your deck probably looks like mine; it needs staining or at least some touch up.   The Home Depot has any kind of stain you need and lots of information on which to choose.  We also have the brushes, tarps, sprayers and other accessories you’ll need to get the job done.  I bought a brush that was about the same width as my deck boards so it saved me some time. 

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Don’t Be Fooled by the “Turf Wars”: Dare to Save on Our Top Lawn Mowers

Posted by: on March 18th, 2011 | 49 Comments

In the world of advertising, it’s often easy to wage “Turf Wars”.  But often times they don’t always give you the facts.   Sometimes these ads compare apples to oranges and don’t always give you a real comparison. For instance, there seems to be some “chatter” out there that Sears has better lawn mowers and better prices.  That’s simply not true.

The Home Depot carries today’s top-rated mower. Period.

In fact, The Home Depot carries 4 of the top 5 rated mowers on the market today according to a leading consumer-testing agency’s website and magazine.

Another fact?

The Home Depot has the best prices. Guaranteed.

I know, so you’re reading this and thinking, “How do I know what is true and what is marketing jumble?”

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Tax Credits: 6 Ways Uncle Sam Can Help You Make the Most of Home Improvements

Posted by: on March 13th, 2011 | One Comment

Spring is almost here, and if you’re like most of us, you have home improvement projects that nagged at you all winter.  Well, if any of those home improvements include making your home more energy efficient, Uncle Sam is ready to help you make those improvements and save money in the process.

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