Who left the lights on [Infographic]
The “Who Left the Lights On” survey looks at electricity usage within the home, in what rooms lights are often left on and who is to blame - it's not always the children. To address this, Lutron continues to introduce light controls such as motion sensors to automatically turn on and off the lights. For more information visit ChooseLutron.com .
Back-to-school tech trends that keep kids in touch
(BPT) - Chances are your young kids love to play games on their tablets or even your smartphone, and your teens and college students rely on technology to stay in touch with friends. But as they head back to school, keep in mind technology can also help students discover the joy of learning, and keep them on track with t...
Tips for safe vacation travel
(BPT) - Vacations are keeping Americans busy this season. But, with all that fun, make sure you don’t overlook caring for your car and tires. If you do, the only thing you’ll be doing is standing in the breakdown lane. Americans will travel 1,045 miles on average to reach their destinations, according to the recent Hanko...
Home remodeling for the long haul: Making your space work for you
(BPT) - As more people choose to stay in their current homes longer, Americans are diving into large remodel projects. Forty percent of homeowners plan to remodel or build an addition to their existing home within the next two years, with kitchen and bathroom projects remaining the most popular remodeling jobs, according...
Don't be daunted by drywall: Tips for success
(BPT) - Whether you’re finishing a basement or adding space, many home improvement projects require you to replace or add drywall. These days, many homeowners are considering hanging and finishing drywall themselves, giving their projects a complete do-it-yourself flair and helping to cut expenses. As you plan your summe...
Create an outdoor sanctuary in your backyard
(BPT) - Coming home from a long work day to a place of peace, quiet, relaxation and even harmony is a dream for many homeowners. And by creating an outdoor sanctuary in the backyard, this private place of solace will become the first destination for all members of the family when they need a break. Backyard sanctuaries i...
Little hands inspire creative kitchens: How to encourage kids to cook
(BPT) - The kitchen is known as the heart of the home, a central place where families gather to relax, work, share stories and most importantly – cook meals together. By teaching your kids how to help in the kitchen from meal prep to cleanup, you’re also helping them understand how to prepare healthy meals and appreciate...
Six ways studying abroad can change your life
(BPT) - Many students study abroad each year for only a few months, or even weeks. But the experiences and lessons learned go on to impact them well past that brief time, and the benefits of their travels don’t stop once they return home. Studying abroad isn’t just a chance to explore foreign cities, but a time to grow, ...
How to lose a sweet tooth
(BPT) - Most of us have been there at some point. You somehow find yourself barefoot in your kitchen at midnight, eating ice cream out of the container. Alternatively, the mid-afternoon energy slump has landed you in front of the vending machine pining for a package of candy. Maybe the kids didn’t exactly have to twist y...
Best backyard bets for your buck
(BPT) - From entertainment systems and fully functional kitchens to luxurious furnishings and decor, it’s easy to drop a bundle on improving your outdoor living spaces. The choices seem to be unlimited. But no matter how much you love your deck or patio – and most Americans do – you probably don’t have an unlimited budge...