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August 15, 2018

52 weeks of growth: 4 ways Puerto Rico is key to world agriculture
(BPT) - For a region the size of Connecticut, Puerto Rico packs a big punch when it comes to its contribution to world agriculture.Many people are unaware, for example, that the 5,335-square-mile commonwealth is the research and development headquarters for up to 85 percent of the commercial corn, ... More >>

5 simple tips for a low-maintenance lawn
(BPT) - Whether it's regular outdoor entertaining, kids playing soccer or dogs chasing tennis balls, fun on the lawn - combined with hot, dry conditions - can mean your grass gets a major workout during the summer and early fall. But that doesn't mean you have to.To keep your lawn looking sharp wit... More >>

Pollution protection: 5 easy tips for combating the environment's effects on skin
(BPT) - Properly taking care of your skin each day - and countering the possible effects of pollution - is quick, affordable and easy to do. So why do so many Americans forgo that step in their daily routines?A recent survey by CeraVe found 48 percent of American adults often worry about their skin... More >>

5 tips to amp up the natural benefits of your yard
(BPT) - It's easy to appreciate the sights and smells afforded by lawns and landscapes, but when it comes to your yard there is much more to consider besides pleasing aesthetics and aromas. Many would even be surprised to learn that the benefits of a lush lawn and stunning landscape design extend w... More >>

Your home haven: 5 common mistakes when planning a DIY deck
(BPT) - Across America, decks have become a popular place for people to entertain guests or just relax. The greatest appeal? The elevated outdoor living areas offer a convenient option for enjoying the great outdoors in a comfortable, room-like space that's somewhat removed from the elements.Furthe... More >>

DIY deck re-do: Resurface in a weekend
(BPT) - Outdoor living season means backyard BBQs, yard games and relaxing with a good book or good friends. If you own a wood deck, however, it also means considerable time and money spent on seasonal maintenance and deck repairs.While wood decks are aesthetically pleasing, properly maintaining th... More >>

Got company? 5 quick and easy refreshments for summer guests
(BPT) - Summer is a great time to create memories with friends and family, and some of the best times happen when you gather your favorite people together on your deck, balcony, poolside or screen porch. As singer John Mayer puts it, 'A little bit of summer's what the whole year's all about."As you... More >>

Everyday habits to help America's infrastructure
(BPT) - Crumbling bridges, failing subway lines, gridlocked roads, water and sewage systems that haven't been updated for over 100 years and a vulnerable electric grid. This might sound like the scene of a futuristic world in ruins, but in fact, these images describe the state of America's deterior... More >>

Don't suffer high energy bills any longer
(BPT) - Do you cringe each month when your utility bills arrive?The annual energy cost for a typical single family home in the U.S. is more than $2,000, according to the U.S. Department of Energy. If you can think of a thousand things you'd rather spend your hard-earned money on than electricity an... More >>

6 sure-fire tips that save time and labor on yard work and gardening
(BPT) - It's summertime, and you'll want to spend many sun-drenched hours in the great outdoors. But while Mother Nature is flourishing, it feels like you're wasting too many precious summer afternoons and evenings doing chores in the yard and garden.Give some of these labor-saving tips a try so yo... More >>

Bee responsible! How to attract pollinators to your garden and help them thrive
(BPT) - It's been in the news for years now: the decline of pollinators such as honeybees and butterflies, and how it's upsetting our world's healthy ecosystem. We need pollinators for the growth of many of the foods we eat each day - according to the Natural Resources Conservation Service, some sc... More >>

Classic cardigan? 5 tips for caring for your vintage wardrobe
(BPT) - As environmentally aware Americans join the movement to reduce, reuse and recycle, many are turning to the past to find unique, well-made vintage pieces to complement their wardrobes.The hunt for great vintage wear has become so popular that we're spending some $4 billion annually on such f... More >>

4 DIY ideas for upcycling common household items
(BPT) - Crafting is a wonderful way to relieve stress and express your creative side - and fortunately, you don't have to be a master craftsman - or spend a fortune on materials - to have fun and enjoy the benefits.'A great way to get into crafting is by 'upcycling' - bringing new life into items y... More >>

Simple, local nutrition: 5 reasons to feel good about the dairy in your diet
(BPT) - When you sip a wholesome smoothie or savor a slice of cheesy pizza, do you ever wonder who's behind your favorite dairy foods?More than 97 percent of dairy farms in the United States are family-owned and operated - and these families are as passionate about crafting simple, nutritious dairy... More >>

Lower temps at a lower price: How to improve the energy-efficiency of your home today
(BPT) - When the seasons change, the energy needs in your home change right along with them. And yet, whether you need to heat or cool your home, there's one thing that never shifts: You want to do so as efficiently as possible.An energy-efficient home is more than just good for the environment. It... More >>

Easy and breezy: 6 tips for controlling summer cooling costs
(BPT) - As Americans gear up for sun, surf, barbecues and all the other fun activities that represent summer, they're also concerned with how to keep themselves and their homes comfortably cool this season.Of course, they're also concerned with controlling costs. The average homeowner spends nearly... More >>

Easy ways to create your personalized garden
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5 ways gardening and plants can reduce stress
(BPT) - In today's busy world, we're continually searching for new ways to slow down and unwind. This has led more people to discover the calming benefits of gardening and how incorporating plants into decor provides a way to reduce everyday stress.Studies have shown that indoor plants clean the ai... More >>

Do's and don'ts of attracting hummingbirds and getting one to land on your hand
(BPT) - Watching a hummingbird is enchanting. Their tiny size and incredible speed make them a natural wonder. Flapping their wings an estimated 70 times per second, they can move in every direction, or simply float majestically in midair.You may have observed hummingbirds in the wild, but you can ... More >>

Simple summer home maintenance tips for comfort and energy savings
(BPT) - Things will soon be heating up all over the country. In fact, the average U.S. household will spend 3 percent more on electricity bills this summer than in 2017, due to rising retail electricity prices and higher usage, according to the U.S. Energy Administration's estimation.Jennifer Franz... More >>

How your lawn equipment is harming the environment
(BPT) - Spring is upon us and our yards are beginning to bloom. The grass needs to be cut, the hedges trimmed and the debris blown away. This is an exciting time of year as we all look forward to getting outdoors after a longer than desired winter season.As we begin our list of warm-weather chores,... More >>

A home expert shares top tips for a worry-free vacation
(BPT) - When it's time to embark on your well-deserved getaway, the last thing you want is to worry about the things that could go wrong at your unattended house.It's pretty common to wonder if everything is OK while you're on vacation, says Chip Wade, an HGTV expert. Especially since there are ple... More >>

6 ways to revive your home with essential oils
(BPT) - Essential oils, highly concentrated essences of plants, have the power to improve our lives, revive our spaces and boost our mood, whether it's through diffusing them to add a fresh scent to the kitchen, creating a spa-like oasis in your bathroom or whipping up DIY cleaning products to use ... More >>

5 tips to create a personalized shed
(BPT) - The backyard. It's your oasis. Your happy place. Your second living room. It's the place to go not only for 'me' time - but quality time with friends and family.This National Barbecue Month, the Hearth, Patio & Barbecue Association wants to help you make your backyard the best backyard ... More >>

5 ways smart cities provide a healthier, safer, richer life for residents
(BPT) - It's exciting to live in a time when technology is making everything smarter. Smartphones, smart homes, smart cars and now the talk is all about smart cities.Advances in automation and artificial intelligence (AI) are not only mind-boggling innovations, but contribute to greener urban envir... More >>

3 ways to make your home more eco-friendly with smart home technology
(BPT) - More and more Americans are shifting to a greener lifestyle, and if you're one of them, you're always looking for ways to reduce your impact on the environment. Cutting your energy usage is a big part of that, and the benefits of doing so are twofold: First, of course, is being more environ... More >>

5 ways everyone can fight climate change
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