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Retractable Vs. Permanent Patio Covers

Patio covers and awnings can give some much-needed shade to your property. A smartly installed patio cover not only gives you an outdoor seating area some extra shade, it can also help shade the inside of your house. So, patio covers can actually make your inside more eco-friendly. Of course, the cover can also be a fun new stylish feature on your house. There are many different types of patio covers, from the affordable retractable fabric systems to the permanent constructed covers.

Fisherman's Backyard: Floating Bass Boat Docks

If you're a fisherman who's lucky enough to have access to a lake from your property, you probably never stop counting your blessings. However, in order to truly enjoy your backyard fishing access, you'll need to build a boat dock that protects your water craft(s) and maybe even attracts a few fish in the process. Here are some simple things to remember when building a sturdy boat dock that also attracts fish in the process.

Conserving Energy While Still Staying Cool: Commercial Tactics For Hot Days

Commercial establishments, from stores to offices, have a massive energy footprint compared to a home, and it's essential that these places take steps to reduce energy usage on hot days. For much of the summer, turning off the air conditioner is not an option, so businesses need to look at additional tactics. Here are a few ways to keep those bills down while still keeping cool. Dim the Lights Even though most establishments and offices use LEDs or fluorescent lights -- both very energy efficient -- the amount of lighting used still adds up on that utility bill.

Make Your Basement A Gaming Haven With Home Remodeling

It is not uncommon to find homes for sale with unfinished basements. You may have purchased one of these homes and have been taking some time to think about what you want to do with the space. If your family is passionate about gaming, you may have come up with the idea of making it a gaming haven. It is not easy to take on such a large project by yourself, so you should consider hiring a home remodeling company that can help you come up with ideas, buy everything that is needed, and do all the labor.

Reduce Your Commercial Building's Contribution To Emissions And The Urban Heat Island Effect

When planning a commercial building these days, there are plenty of resources available to you that can help you make the building more eco-friendly and reduce the overall impact that not just its construction but also its use will have on the environment. And if you make your building eco-friendly enough, you could get it LEED certified, which can add quite a bit of value. Here are two ways you can ensure that the building in question gives off less pollution and less heat.