Can You Save Energy on Your Appliances Without Upgrading to New, Energy-Efficient Appliances? (Yes, and we have three hacks to prove it!)

When you search for ways to save money on your energy bills, it’s common to run across the same advice over and over: Upgrade to new, energy-efficient appliances.

Of course, that is good advice. Energy-efficient appliances can make a huge difference in your energy bill. But it’s also a significant expense up front. What if upgrading appliances isn’t in your budget right now? Can you still save energy on the appliances you have now?

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What are the Quickest, Easiest, Cheapest Ways to Lower Energy Bills?

Grab your phone.
Set a timer for ten minutes.
And get ready to lower your energy bills.

No, you don’t have to huddle in a dark, cold house all winter to do it. (We’re in Minnesota so we know how Important it is to stay warm through a long winter—and to stay cool through a hot, humid summer!)

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Fall Maintenance Checklist

Are you prepared for the cold months ahead? Making sure your home is ready first could help with that. Getting ahead and checking in on the parts of your home that keep you warm can help you save money, time and stress. Below we provide you with a home maintenance checklist to walk through and

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Spiff up Your Home with this Indoor Spring Cleaning Checklist

It might not feel like spring today (Mother Nature, what are you doing?!), but according to the calendar, the first day of spring is March 20. And with or without snow, this time of year is prime time for cleaning out the clutter so we’re ready when the birds are singing, the sun is shining,

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How to Change Your Furnace Filter

Remembering to change your furnace filters is one of the best ways to maintain your HVAC system between tune-ups. Not only will regular furnace filter maintenance keep your air clear when open windows aren’t an option, but it will also reduce heating costs by improving the efficiency of your furnace. Keeping up with furnace filter maintenance isn’t difficult, but

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Fall Home Maintenance Checklist

With each passing day of sweltering afternoons and sweaty evenings, you’re probably feeling more and more mentally prepared for fall. But is your home ready for the onset of cold weather? Use this fall home maintenance checklist of six essential maintenance tasks to ensure your house is as ready as you are for the temperatures to cool off. Bonfe’s

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HVAC Spring Home Maintenance Checklist

We’re finally coming to the end of winter, and your house has weathered a lot over the last few months—extreme temperatures, blustering winds, heavy snowfall, and ice buildup. Pressing the reset button on your house after a harsh winter involves more than a deep spring cleaning. A solid spring cleaning should also include a thorough spring

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6 Ways to Improve Home Maintenance With Alexa

Sure, Alexa is a fun toy to have around the house – we can all agree that it’s pretty awesome to be able to set a timer or turn on some music with nothing more than a voice command – but can you actually improve home maintenance with Alexa? Yes! There are many ways you

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What Happens During a Spring AC Tune-Up and Why It’s Important

Spring will be here faster than we know it. We’ve already had our first taste of spring with a couple unseasonably warm weekends in February. It may feel premature to start thinking about air conditioning when you still wake up to a morning frost, but March is the ideal time to schedule your spring AC

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5 Warning Signs It’s Time to Clean Your Dryer Vent

When was the last time you thought about your dryer vent? Possibly never, right? It’s not exactly top-of-mind for most people. But it should be. According to the National Fire Protection Association, dryers and washing machines were responsible for more than 16,800 home fires in the U.S. in 2010. 92% of these fires were caused

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