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    Do's and Don'ts of Outdoor Fuel Use

    (StatePoint) With stay-at-home measures in place, you may find yourself with extra time for getting a jumpstart on outdoor seasonal chores.

  • Lawn And Garden

    5 Tips for Better Home Safety this Spring

    (Family Features) As people become more active during the warmer months, keeping home safety top of mind can sometimes go by the wayside. However, when it comes to fire and carbon monoxide safety, you can never be too prepared.

  • Lawn And Garden

    Keep Clutter at Bay

    (Family Features) You can get your home reorganized and looking great with just a little bit of TLC and some helpful storage solutions. From those stray groceries that haven’t found a home in the pantry to shampoo bottles that linger on the bathtub ledge, these options can help you get reorganized and maximize your storage space.

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Thursday 03/19/2020
Top Ways to Lighten Up Your Home Workspace
Posted: March 19, 2020

(StatePoint) Many people have found themselves working from home. Whether setting up shop at the kitchen table or creating a complete home office, here are simple hacks to make your new work environment comfortable and productive.

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Monday 03/02/2020
Decorating With Table Lamps: The 5 Best Tips for 2020
Posted: March 02, 2020

(StatePoint) Many people underestimate the power of lighting to set the mood and introduce different design elements into their home’s interiors. As a result, they often make the mistake of relying solely only overhead fixtures to light their homes.

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Thursday 02/13/2020
Building a Home? What to Ask Your Builder About Lighting
Posted: February 13, 2020

(StatePoint) While lighting is an essential piece of new home design; it’s often selected and installed at the end of the building process. What’s more, statement-making decorative lighting is often not part of the initial design at all. 

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Tuesday 01/28/2020
Consumer Safety Alert: Anchor It! Ahead of the Big Game
Updated: April 05, 2020 - 2:32 am

(BPT) - Ahead of the big game, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission issues a safety warning to families nationwide.

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Saturday 12/14/2019
2020 Interior Design Trends on the Horizon
Posted: December 14, 2019

(StatePoint) The beginning of the new year is a natural time to think about refreshing the look of your home, and in 2020, “cozy” and “warm” are trending keywords for interior design, according to experts, with luxurious textiles, inviting color palettes, and warm mixed metals found across all design styles.

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Thursday 12/12/2019
Sleigh Holiday Décor With These On-Trend Design Tips
Posted: December 12, 2019

(StatePoint) There’s something magical about the winter holiday season -- perhaps it’s the moments spent with loved ones, the aroma of sugar cookies and peppermint, or the cozy, twinkling lights. But when it comes to decorating, there are hundreds of different styles and determining your personal holiday aesthetic can be difficult.

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Monday 12/02/2019
5 Tips for a Merry Holiday Home
Posted: December 02, 2019

(StatePoint) A merry holiday season starts at home. Here are some nice ways to add cheer to the rooms and spaces where people gather.

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Friday 08/23/2019
Tips for Creating the Perfect Home Office
Posted: August 23, 2019

(StatePoint) With more people nationwide opting to create their own businesses or work for their employer remotely, the home office has become one of the most used spaces of the house, with many people spending more than eight hours a day in this room. If you’re one of these people, the kitchen table just won’t cut it if you’re looking to get serious and organized.

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Thursday 08/15/2019
How to Update Home Lighting to be Easy on the Eyes
Posted: August 15, 2019

(StatePoint) If you ever experience eyestrain, tired itchy eyes, blurry vision or headaches, it may be time to give your home a lighting makeover.

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Tuesday 07/02/2019
How to Nail the Farmhouse Style in Your Interior Decorating
Updated: July 12, 2019 - 2:50 am

(StatePoint) Farmhouse style is cozy, rustic, charming and eclectic. While creating the vibe in your own home is easy, according to home decorating experts, it requires some attention to detail.

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More Home Decorating
Wednesday 03/25/2020
Securing Schools
Updated: March 27, 2020 - 2:30 am

(NAPSI)—For parents, students, teachers and others in the community, school intruders intent on harm can be a serious concern. 

Fortunately, delaying their entry is made easier with Security Window Films on windows and doors. They may buy time to allow for more response time and save lives.

“School shootings reveal plain or tempered glass doors and windows are often the point of entry that is breached by intruders ready to do harm,” said Darrell Smith, executive director of the nonprofit International Window Film Association (IWFA). “All glass doors and windows on the ground level need to be evaluated with an eye toward security to better protect everyone inside,” he added.

To more fully inform parents and school administrators, the IWFA has a free, downloadable guide at www.iwfa.com/consumers under “Literature” that explains what Security Window Film can do. No Security Window Film known to the IWFA will make standard building glass bulletproof. Any claim to the contrary should be carefully examined or brought to the attention of the IWFA.

There are other advantages, however. When designed to save energy, as well, Security Window Films may reduce solar heat gain by as much as 80 percent. They are a most cost-effective solution with payback in many instances of less than five years.

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Wednesday 03/18/2020
Don't Sweat The EPA's 2020 Freon Phaseout This Summer
Posted: March 18, 2020

(NewsUSA) - As temperatures rise and air conditioners begin to blast, educated homeowners have no need to fear the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) 2020 Freon Phaseout.

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Friday 03/13/2020
Spring Lawn Equipment: Keep Safety in Mind with These 8 Tips
Updated: March 15, 2020 - 2:33 am

(NAPSI)—Spring is on its way and homeowners are eager to get outside and spruce up their yards. The Outdoor Power Equipment Institute (OPEI), an international trade association representing outdoor power equipment, small engine, utility vehicle, golf car and personal transport vehicle manufacturers and suppliers, reminds homeowners to keep safety in mind when working in their outdoor living spaces.

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Friday 02/28/2020
Poll Finds Illinoisans Support Energy Industry And DAPL Optimization
Updated: March 01, 2020 - 3:05 am

(NAPSI)—On March 5th and 6th the Illinois Commerce Commission will gather to consider the proposed Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) Optimization plan to increase crude oil throughput of the pipeline. Safely operating since 2017, Dakota Access has an important footprint in Illinois. Construction of the initial pipeline relied on the skill of Illinois’ labor unions and plans for the optimization also include the use of skilled labor.


With Illinois playing host to the Patoka Oil Terminal, the second-largest pipeline terminal in the Midwest, the state serves as a center point to the region’s energy security and needs. Importantly, Dakota Access Optimization is the type of energy project that has the broad support of Illinoisans across the state.


A recent statewide poll found nearly two-thirds of Illinois residents support optimization of the Dakota Access Pipeline. Nearly 85 percent of residents recognize the important role it plays in contributing millions of dollars in state and local taxes to help fund schools, social services, and other emergency services. The vast majority of residents, 84 percent, believe the pipeline is a safer means of transportation of energy resources compared to the alternatives of truck and rail.


The poll also found broad, bipartisan support for the energy industry across the state. In fact, nearly 9 out of 10 respondents believe the industry plays an important role in the state’s economy. Furthermore, 92 percent of Illinoisans reported it was important the United States produce all of its own energy and become more energy independent. The energy industry already plays an important role in the state with Illinois employing more than 110,000 workers in the energy industry and projects like Dakota Access Optimization can help do more.


If approved, Dakota Access Optimization would install a new pump station along the pipeline’s route in Illinois, without any new mainline construction or added mileage. Pump station construction and operation are built to comply with the same state and federal regulations guiding pipeline infrastructure.


The need for the optimization of the Dakota Access Pipeline was born out of strong and sustained oil production in the Bakken region of North Dakota. With the Dakota Access Pipeline responsible for transporting as much as 40% of daily Bakken production, and production reaching 1.46 million barrels per day in November of 2019.

 
Illinois’ role in the country’s energy security has never been more important with the Patoka Oil Terminal servicing five major crude oil pipelines in the region through its 19 million barrel storage capacity. Outbound crude oil is delivered by pipeline to a number of refineries across the Midwest including Ohio, Kentucky, Illinois, and Indiana. The processing capacity of the Patoka Oil Terminal is an integral part of the U.S. energy mix; however, short-sighted opponents continue to fight the proposed project.


Unfortunately, many of those opposed form some of the same groups that fueled the months-long Dakota Access Pipeline protests in 2016 and 2017 – protests that left taxpayers on the hook for nearly $40 million in damages. These same opponents have encouraged followers to upend public hearings and pester policymakers without the facts in hand. In light of the recent poll showing broad support for the Dakota Access Pipeline and the state’s energy industry, it is clear these opponents are in the vocal minority.   


Record production in the Bakken and key infrastructure such as the Dakota Access Pipeline have been leaders in the country’s remarkable energy resurgence. Optimizing the Dakota Access Pipeline seizes the moment to add critical capacity to an important energy lifeline. Most importantly, the proposed project prioritizes safety and efficiency while supporting jobs, bolstering the nation’s energy security, and promoting new economic opportunities for Illinois.


Stevens is a former senior advisor to U.S. Energy Secretary Sam Bodman and the spokesman for Grow America’s Infrastructure Now (GAIN).

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Wednesday 02/26/2020
Are Your ‘Recyclable’ Products Actually Recyclable?
Posted: February 26, 2020

(StatePoint) If you’re like many people, you feel good when you are able to toss items into the recycling bin instead of the trash. But a new report suggests that many of those “recyclable” labels on your products may be misleading, and that much of what you believe will be processed and used again is actually sent to a landfill or incinerator.

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Tuesday 02/04/2020
U.N. Declares 2020 As The International Year Of Plant Health
Updated: February 13, 2020 - 2:30 am

(NAPSI)—Can you imagine a world without fruit or flowers? Without farms or forests? It sounds extreme, but it could happen. Plants are under attack and the culprit is invasive pests. Some are so small, you can’t see them with your eyes. But they are there, and it’s time that everyone takes notice. That’s why the United Nations (U.N.) has declared 2020 as the International Year of Plant Health. It’s calling on individuals, organ­izations, industries, scientists and governments at all levels to work together to protect plants against the introduction and spread of invasive pests.


Healthy Plants = Human Survival
Plants are the foundation of all life on Earth. They make the oxygen we breathe and give us 80 percent of the food we eat. They sustain our livestock, provide habitat for wildlife and help our world to thrive. And plants add beauty and joy to people’s lives.


According to the U.N., invasive pests destroy up to 40 percent of food crops globally and cause $220 billion in trade losses each year. This trade, worth nearly $1.7 trillion annually, has become crucial for human survival and economic growth in rural areas.


To feed the world’s growing population, the U.N. estimates that agricultural production must increase by about 60 percent by 2050. That means we must do everything we can now to protect plant health from destructive invasive pests.


What You Can Do
The good news is that there are simple steps anyone can take to protect plants. It just takes one person to make a difference. For example, a hospital groundskeeper in Boston was the first to notice a strange-looking, dime-sized hole in a tree. Her call provided an early warning and jump-started the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) control effort, which quickly eliminated the destructive Asian longhorned beetle from that city.


Here are ways you can help:
•    Look for and report unusual signs of pests or diseases in trees and plants.
•    Don’t move untreated firewood. Instead, buy heat-treated firewood or responsibly gather wood where you will burn it to ensure tree-killing beetles hiding inside can’t spread to new areas.
•    When returning from international travel, always declare any food, plants or other agricultural items to U.S. Customs and Border Protection, so its experts can ensure they are pest-free.
•    Before buying seeds or plants online from other countries, contact USDA to find out if the items need to be inspected and certified as pest-free or meet other conditions before you can legally bring them into this country.


Learn More
Locate a USDA office and find more tips on www.HungryPests.com, which describes invasive pests that people can accidentally spread and how to help prevent it. You can also join the conversation and get the latest updates at #PlantHealth and #IYPH2020 on social media.

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Friday 01/17/2020
Trees Not Tombstones: New Options For End-of-Life
Posted: January 17, 2020

(NAPSI)—The vast majority of Americans have not completed their end-of-life planning. In fact, over half of those age 45-plus have done no end-of-life planning at all, according to a recent survey conducted by Better Place Forests, the country’s first sustainable alternative to cemeteries for families that choose cremation.

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Monday 01/13/2020
Beneficial Microbes In Our Everyday Lives
Posted: January 13, 2020

(NAPSI)—The last few years have seen a substantial increase in the number of products containing microbes in the market. Microbes are living organisms, such as bacteria or fungi, that are too small for the naked eye. They are found all around us and present rich opportunities to advance our lives.

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Wednesday 12/18/2019
“Bee” Thankful for Pollinators
Posted: December 18, 2019

(NAPSI)—When you gather with family or friends around the table this holiday season, consider just how much pollinators contribute to your favorite dishes.

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What Is Lurking In The Pork Sold At Walmart Stores?
Posted: December 18, 2019

(NAPSI)—When Sir Alexander Fleming discovered penicillin in 1928, the average U.S. life expectancy was around 57 years. Today, largely thanks to the era of antibiotics that he created; life expectancy now stands at 79.

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More Green Living
Friday 04/03/2020
Do's and Don'ts of Outdoor Fuel Use
Posted: April 03, 2020

(StatePoint) With stay-at-home measures in place, you may find yourself with extra time for getting a jumpstart on outdoor seasonal chores.

more »
Wednesday 04/01/2020
5 Tips for Better Home Safety this Spring
Updated: April 03, 2020 - 2:32 am

(Family Features) As people become more active during the warmer months, keeping home safety top of mind can sometimes go by the wayside. However, when it comes to fire and carbon monoxide safety, you can never be too prepared.

more »
Keep Clutter at Bay
Updated: April 03, 2020 - 2:32 am

(Family Features) You can get your home reorganized and looking great with just a little bit of TLC and some helpful storage solutions. From those stray groceries that haven’t found a home in the pantry to shampoo bottles that linger on the bathtub ledge, these options can help you get reorganized and maximize your storage space.

more »
Seasonal Home Supplies for Spring
Updated: April 03, 2020 - 2:32 am

(Family Features) Between spring cleaning and spending additional time outdoors (or both), the spring season can bring a lot of changes to your home. From insect prevention to rethinking home organization and adding style to your favorite spaces, it’s an opportunity to reimagine your living areas while planning ahead for potential problems.

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Prepare Your Home for Storm Season
Updated: April 03, 2020 - 2:32 am

(Family Features) Protecting your personal safety is the first priority when severe weather emerges with homes and personal property often running a close second. After all, the home is not only a place for comfort and sanctuary – it could be your single largest investment.

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7 Steps to Prepare for a Home Remodel
Updated: April 03, 2020 - 2:32 am

(Family Features) A homeowner’s motivation for taking on a remodeling project can vary greatly, but there’s one universal rule of thumb: home upgrades should add value, function or both. This step-by-step guide can help ensure you get the maximum return on your investment and make the most of your remodel.

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Easy Ways to Improve Your Home’s Health
Updated: April 03, 2020 - 2:32 am

(Family Features) Maintaining a healthy home is a goal most Americans share, but not all are confident they’re doing the best job they can to protect their home’s health.

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A Spring Cleaning To-Do List
Updated: April 03, 2020 - 2:32 am

(Family Features) Spring cleaning often lands in a perfect spot on the calendar to serve as an annual reminder of your regular home maintenance to-do list such as changing HVAC and appliance filters, checking smoke and carbon monoxide alarms and cleaning exterior appliance venting. Keep this checklist from Kidde in mind this spring and find more spring safety information at kidde.com/home-safety.

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Friday 03/27/2020
Soak up some sunshine to fight cabin fever
Posted: March 27, 2020

(BPT) - All of your entertainment activities have been canceled, your kids are home from school and your favorite hot spots are closed due to social distancing. Feeling stuck indoors? Now is the perfect time to get outside and enjoy spring in a safe way!

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Wednesday 03/18/2020
Color Your Kitchen
Updated: March 23, 2020 - 2:31 am

(Family Features) While the kitchen is often the busiest room in the house, it is also one of the most important rooms when it comes to renovations. An upgraded, vibrant kitchen that incorporates elements of personal style can make the room more attrac­tive while increasing the home’s overall value.

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Monday 02/10/2020
How to Make Household Shopping a Breeze
Posted: February 10, 2020

(StatePoint) One of the most important parts of any household or personal care routine is shopping for all the items you need. With new products introduced to store shelves all the time, sorting the best from the rest can be a time consuming process.

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Tuesday 07/23/2019
A Crazy Buggy Summer: Tips for Dealing With Home Insect Invasions
Posted: July 23, 2019

(StatePoint) Spotting more bugs than usual around the house? While a pest problem can cause embarrassment and concern, this summer you can take comfort in the fact that not only are you not alone, there are new ways of dealing with insects that can help you manage the problem without harsh chemicals.

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Friday 05/24/2019
Tips to Outsmart Bugs in Your Home
Posted: May 24, 2019

(StatePoint) If you have bugs in your home -- as many households do and the majority worry about -- there may be good reasons for this. Insects are resilient, strategic and way smarter than you may realize.

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Wednesday 05/22/2019
Moving Tips to Make Unpacking Easy
Posted: May 22, 2019

(StatePoint) When it comes to moving, we usually focus on the process of getting organized and boxing up valuables. But we often forget about the debatably more stressful part of moving: unpacking.

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Thursday 05/02/2019
Tips for Tackling Disorganized Areas of Your Home
Posted: May 02, 2019

(StatePoint) While we all know that minimalism is “in” right now, thanks to Japanese cleaning guru Marie Kondo and her “Tidying Up” show on Netflix, decluttering your whole house can feel daunting.

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