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Wolf double oven
Home Improvement
Team eLocal

How to Save Energy While Using the Oven

Cooking food in the oven comes at a cost to your wallet and the planet. Fortunately, you don't need to sacrifice crispy lasagnas or fluffy, home-baked cakes to save energy.

Illustration of a gas stove with eggs instead of stove eyes
Home Improvement
Michael Franco

Why Does My Gas Stove Smell Like Eggs?

Aside from smelling bad, the whiff of rotten eggs can be a signal of a larger, more dangerous problem, like a natural gas leak. Here's what you need to know.

a freshly stained and polyurethaned hardwood floor
Home Improvement
Team eLocal

What Cleaners You Can — and Can't — Use on Hardwood Floors

The manufacturer of your particular hardwood floor might have recommended a certain type of cleaner, but if you’ve long lost the piece of paper with this information on it, we can help you out.

Electricall wall outlet in bathroom
Home Improvement
Shelley Frost

What Are the Different Kinds of Outlets?

Lots of things differentiate the types of outlets — from amperage and voltage to the kinds of plugs they’re able to accept. Explore the types of outlets to help you decide on upgrades. 

illustration of a video game screen with appliances
Home Improvement
Team eLocal

How to Extend the Life of Your Appliances

Understanding the average lifespan of major appliances, such as your dishwasher, refrigerator and washing machine, helps you plan for upgrades and repair expenses.

smoke damaged outlet
Home Improvement
Shelley Frost

Why Are My Outlets Sparking?

Outlet sparking when you plug something in can be normal on occasion, but it can also be a sign of a potentially dangerous problem.

Man is replacing glass in window using a vacuum lifter
Home Improvement
Shelley Frost

How Often Do I Need to Replace My Windows?

When your windows get older, they don't function as well. But if they’re not broken, it can be hard to tell when it’s time to replace them.

illustration of a window unit with rings showing btus per square foot
Home Improvement
Team eLocal

Everything You Need to Know About BTUs and Air Conditioner Sizing

If you're in the market for a new window unit or portable air conditioner, you'll need to understand some AC sizing basics.

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