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Save Money and Turn Off Your Pilot Light for the Summer

Turn Off Your Pilot Light

Your pilot light is probably the most forgettable thing in your house, contested only by your air filter and the fact that it’s now summer and you still haven’t done your “spring cleaning.” It’s out of the way, you can’t see it unless you look for it, and you probably don’t spend time near your fireplace since it is, again, now summer. Nevertheless, you’ll certainly remember that little pilot light when your bills are higher than they should be. Save Money On Your Bills Pilot lights, in case you don’t know, are a small, perpetually burning flame in the back corner of your fireplace that’s used to ignite the rest of your fire when you flick the switch. This flame […]

Tips for Entertaining Outdoors

The Pacific Northwest isn’t known for its warm summer nights. But that doesn’t stop most northwesterners from taking advantage of our mild summer climate by moving indoor activities outside. Whether your grilling up dinner, entertaining friends or just sitting around a fire with your family, there is an abundance of outdoor products to help you create a the comfort of a living room on your patio or deck. Outdoor fireplaces Lend a focal point to your outdoor space and create a space for people to gather with an outdoor fireplace.  Whether you prefer wood or gas, a classic surround or a more modern design, an outdoor fireplace truly brings your expands your inside living space to the outdoors.  An outdoor […]

Cook Your Next Meal on the Fireplace

If you have an outdoor fireplace, there’s a good chance you’ve roasted a marshmallow or two over it. There’s something extremely satisfying about perfectly cooking (or burning) those little puffs of sugar with nothing but a stick and the flames in front of you. So, why not extend that feeling of satisfaction to your entire meal? There are several ways to cook your dinner using your outdoor fireplace; the hard part is choosing what you want to eat. 4 ways to cook on your fireplace On a stick. Probably the simplest and most foolproof way to cook over a fire is with a stick. The easiest foods to cook with just a stick are marshmallows and hotdogs, but you can get […]

What Makes a Garage Door Green?

From hybrid cars to high-efficiency heaters, green appliances and products have become a regular part of many people’s lives. Manufacturers love to highlight the virtues of their green products and it can give the buyer a good feeling, knowing they’re doing their part to help the environment. If you’re looking to make your home more efficient, a green garage door may be something you want to invest in. What to look for in a new garage door One of the first things to look for when purchasing a green garage doors is the material the door is made of. Garage doors made of recycled products, such as composite wood and steel are readily available on the market. You can also […]