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Easy Home Automation - Freeze Alert via Smartphone
If you have a web-enabled mobile phone -- either an iPhone or an Android phone -- you have probably found that you can't get along without it. There is so much you can do with your phone, There seems to be an app for everything. If you haven't checked out…
By:  in  Home Improvement  >  DIY   Sep 10, 2011  
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Electric Fireplace Unit - Efficient, Convenient, Realistic And Smart
If you have never considered installing an electric fireplace unit in your home because they are too faux, or too false looking -- it's time to take another look. Electric fireplaces today offer designer mantel and firebox combos that look very much like the real thing. Or you can get…
By:  in  Home Improvement  >  DIY   Sep 07, 2011  
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Wood Burning Fireplace - Comfort And Warmth Or Wasted Energy?
Has the thought ever occurred to you that your wood-burning fireplace is an energy-waster? Think about it for a minute. You probably buy your firewood, unless you are lucky enough to have a free source of wood and cut your own logs. Firewood cost plus wasted heat equals the real…
By:  in  Home Improvement  >  DIY   Sep 07, 2011  
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Seal Your Fireplace And Save on Your Energy Bills
Does your home have masonry fireplaces? Did you know that masonry fireplaces are not very energy efficient? That's because the draft in the chimney draws valuable warmed air from your house up the chimney and out into the outside air. If you're like many people, you like to sit in…
By:  in  Home Improvement   Sep 06, 2011  
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Thermostat Control From Your Iphone Or Android Smartphone
One of the marvels of home living in today's world is that you can control your home thermostat from your smartphone. If you have a web-enabled iPhone or an Android smartphone, you have in your hands a "remote control" that can send commands to your home automation network and perform…
By:  in  Home Improvement  >  DIY   Sep 03, 2011  
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Easy Home Automation - How to Control Your Outside Wall Lamp From An Iphone
Outside wall lamps can make your front walkway safer and give a decorator touch to your entryway. You simply switch it on and off from a wall switch right inside the front door. If you also have an iPhone and home Internet service with a wireless router you can now…
By:  in  Home Improvement  >  DIY   Aug 23, 2011  
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Easy Home Automation - Control Your Thermostat From Your Iphone
Did you know you can adjust your home thermostat from just about anywhere? If you are a do-it-yourselfer you can set up an affordable home automation system including home heating (and cooling) controls. Here's what you need for long-distance remote thermostat control via iPhone:-- Internet service and a router a…
By:  in  Home Improvement  >  DIY   Aug 19, 2011  
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Easy Home Automation - Wi-fi Controlled Electric Power Outlet
Wi-Fi Controlled Electric Power Outlet How do you use the electric power outlets in your home? At first glance, that seems like a pointless question, You plug your lamp, your power strip, or whatever into the wall outlet. If you want to switch the lamp on, you reach over and…
By:  in  Home Improvement  >  DIY   Jun 29, 2011  
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Easy Home Automation - Whole House Exhaust Fan Remote Control Via Smartphone
Whole house exhaust fan remote control via iPhone or smartphone Suppose you come home to a hot, stuffy house. What do you do? If the outside temperature is cooler than it is inside, you turn on your whole house fan. Cool outside air is drawn in through an open window…
By:  in  Home Improvement  >  DIY   Jun 27, 2011  
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Easy Home Automation - Drapery Control From Your Smartphone
Drapery control from your smartphone How many times have you had to open and close your draperies for any variety of reasons -- to let the sunlight shine in during daytime, for more privacy as darkness settles in, or others. Or you close the draperies to watch a movie on…
By:  in  Home Improvement  >  DIY   Jun 26, 2011  
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Avoid Moisture Damage From Wet Basements And Crawl Spaces
Hurricane Irene brought torrential rains up the East Cost of the U.S. Thousands of homes were flooded…
Seal Your Fireplace And Save on Your Energy Bills
Does your home have masonry fireplaces? Did you know that masonry fireplaces are not very energy efficient?…
Easy Home Automation - Long-Distance Remote Control of Your Window Air Conditioner via iPhone
iPhone home automation app Millions of folks have joined the ranks of loyal iPhone users. They carry…
Electric Fireplace Unit - Efficient, Convenient, Realistic And Smart
If you have never considered installing an electric fireplace unit in your home because they are too…
Easy Home Automation - Get Started With An Insteon Home Automation Network
The term "home automation network" -- or HAN for short -- refers to a home network for controlling electrical…
Wood Burning Fireplace - Comfort And Warmth Or Wasted Energy?
Has the thought ever occurred to you that your wood-burning fireplace is an energy-waster? Think about…
Easy Home Automation - Control Outdoor Garden Lights With Smartphone
Easy home automation for your outside garden lights A landscaped home garden of flowers, trees, shrubs,…
Easy Home Automation - How to Set Up a Water Alert for a Crawl Space
If your house has a crawl space, have you taken a look at it lately? With all the rain in recent months,…
Control Your Home Lights Via Internet Via Insteon Easy Home Automation
Over 90 million households in the U.S. now have broadband Internet service. Millions of people have…
Monitor Whole-House Power Consumption and Save Money
Every month without fail your electric bill arrives in the mail. You put it in the stack with other…