Articles by Steve Graham

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Clean Energy Options for Houses

Posted by Steve Graham | Jun 24, 2013

Many homeowners who want clean, green energy will buy and install solar panels. However, a solar array can be prohibitively expensive. Moreover, solar panels are not an option for many...

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Five Ways to Use a Small Urban Backyard

Posted by Steve Graham | Jun 24, 2013

City dwellers often rely on botanical gardens and city parks for their outdoor fix, but many may have a perfectly good garden space in the back yard. Of course, the small backyard space...

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How to Control Garden Gophers

Posted by Steve Graham | Jun 23, 2013

Gophers can be a serious threat in home gardens. They have a nasty reputation for pulling entire plants down from their roots and eating them. Even if your plants haven’t been...

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Making the Right Landscaping Choices for Curb Appeal

Posted by Steve Graham | Oct 28, 2011

As much as we like to encourage people to use low-water landscaping techniques and to eschew the traditional lawn in favor of permaculture gardens and sustainable cover crops, there...

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3 Ways to Clean Your Oven Without Chemicals

Posted by Steve Graham | Oct 27, 2011

Unless you always diligently line the oven with aluminum foil, every home cook will occasionally need to clean the oven. Even a self-cleaning oven isn't a self-sweeping oven. It just...

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4 Cities That Are Bucking the Recession Trend

Posted by Steve Graham | Oct 21, 2011

The national unemployment rate stubbornly hovers above 9 percent, according to the federal government. However, there are some neighborhoods and cities with substantially lower rates....


How to Clean a Laptop Keyboard and Screen

Posted by Steve Graham | Oct 20, 2011

The portability of the laptop computer is also its downfall in some ways. Because we can use them everywhere, we do, with little regard for the consequences. Coffee, fingerprints, dirt,...

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We Tried It: Eating Jack-o-Lantern

Posted by Steve Graham | Oct 19, 2011

Can you eat a Jack-o-lantern? In a word, yes. It tastes OK (if a little bland without spices, condensed milk and a crust) and provides plenty of healthy nutrition. If fact, it's possible...

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DIY Foot Odor Remedies

Posted by Steve Graham | Oct 19, 2011

Admit it. Sometimes your feet smell. It's OK. We won't tell anyone. You don't even have to be seen buying foot odor products at the drugstore or supermarket. The remedy is probably...

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Home Staging: When to Say When

Posted by Steve Graham | Oct 19, 2011

In a saturated real estate market, sellers may be tempted to spend vast amounts of time and money upgrading, decorating and staging a house to attract attention and encourage a fast,...