Understanding HERO Financing

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You almost certainly have had home improvement companies call or knock on your door,  promoting energy-efficient products and or improvements, some of them suggesting you use the HERO program to pay for those improvements. Certainly adding solar panels and saving money on energy bills sounds like a great idea! Yet there are many ways to pay for solar — from …

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Container Gardens Add Pop to Patios

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Need a patio refresh without the long term construction or investment of a remodel? Enter the container garden. An island unto itself, this self contained botanical canvass is only limited by the size of your container and the scope of your imagination. Curated and composed in the right combinations, they’re the ultimate DIY fix for a patio that needs a …

New Smart Objects for Your Smart Home

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The Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas continues to add new smart objects year after year. With an increasing focus on an internet connected house, and more people embracing this market, the 2017 CES offering were strong for smart homes. Here’s some of the newest and best innovations for this year’s smart homes, with practical applications in any household. …

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Pantone’s Greenery and Your Home

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It’s become a tradition for the Pantone Color Institution to name a color each year that will be prominent in fashion and design. 2017 is the proud recipient of a simple green color that we all are familiar with, even if we’re not big on the trends: greenery. Described as a zesty yellow-green, this tone is regularly used to evoke …

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Drive Thru Coffee

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Coffee! It should be one of the four basic food groups consumed all day.  Coffee is universal, and you can find a cup of Joe on every street corner. There’s nothing like a great cup of coffee. It tastes like a mildly roasted nut, but not burnt, tart or bitter. It has a warm smooth finish, and the smell wakes up …

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Protect Your Skin – Homemade Sunscreen

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Homemade Sunscreen Summer is the time to be outside and enjoy the great Southern California weather, and sunscreen in part of the routine. Yet, how many times a day in the winter do you remember to put on sunscreen. This past year Long Beach had 278 days of sunshine and how many days did you protect your skin? Sun exposure …

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Public Transportation

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Reduse your carbon foortprint and explore Long Beach’s public transportation system. It is easy to forget that Long Beach is the 7th largest city in California and the 36th largest city in the United States. It feels like a small beach town, quaint California Bungalows, restaurants on the water, and a great pier for fishing. However, the minute you are …

Grow Your Own Vegetables

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There Are Lots of Reasons To Grow Your Own Vegetables Cultivating a back yard vegetable garden is a great spring and summer project. There are many reasons the USDA encourages home gardens and many reasons why 43 million American households (including the White House!) are now growing their own fruits, vegetables and herbs. Price One of the most obvious reasons …

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Long Beach Lawn-to-Garden Turf Replacement Program

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Now that Earth Day has come and gone, it’s time to put those environmental values into practice! If you own a home in Long Beach and are looking to go green, save some green, or BOTH, check out the City of Long Beach’s Lawn-to-Garden program! You could receive a rebate of up to $3,000 just for turning your water-guzzling lawn into a beautiful variety of semi-arid plants and flowers!

Tips for Living Green at Home

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With so many people wanting to be more environmentally conscious, we thought we’d share a few tips on living a bit greener at home: 1) In Long Beach, where the City Council recently voted to do away with plastic bags at retail establishments, and in other areas as well, plastic bags are going the way of the dinosaur. Simply take reusable …