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8 Rainy Day Ideas During Quarantine

April showers bring May flowers.  April showers can also bring muddy dogs, bored kids, and a feeling of cabin fever.  When faced with a rainy day after months of winter we can’t help but groan. A year ago we compiled …

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The Ideal Temperature for Productivity While Working From Home

We have discussed the ever present debate over office temperatures on this blog before.  However, as most of Michigan finds themselves working from home these days after the “Stay Home, Stay Safe” Executive Order was announced by Governor Whitmer last …

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3 Ways to Save Energy While Increasing Hand Washing

With the Coronavirus continuing to spread across our state and nation, most of us have probably increased our hand washing quite a bit.  If you are like me, your hands are dry and cracked and they sting whenever hand sanitizer …

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We’re Still Here and Ready to Serve

As we all know, life has unexpectedly changed quite a bit–and very rapidly–in the past few weeks.  As Coronavirus COVID-19 continues to spread, we have all been doing our best to figure out the best way to protect ourselves, our …

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How to Prepare Your Thermostat for Daylight Savings Time

It’s that time of year again when we ‘spring forward’ and set our clocks ahead one hour.  This year (2020), daylight savings time occurs on Sunday, March 8 at 2:00 a.m., which means we want to make sure all of …

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4 Tactics to Try When the Hot Water Goes Out

It never fails–you are running late, turn on the shower, and quickly jump in it before testing out the temperature.  Aaarrgghhh! The universal sound of someone who just stepped into a freezing cold stream of water.  The majority of us …

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8 Signs that Tell You Spring is Coming

When is it spring?  Technically the Vernal Equinox, or first day of spring, is always on March 19, 20, or 21 in the Northern Hemisphere.  For many of us–especially in Michigan–that day doesn’t always feel like spring though.  How can …

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5 Interesting Facts about Leap Year

It’s Leap Year week! This week we will get to experience something that we only get to experience every four years:  February 29.  The Earth actually takes around 365.25 days to make a full orbit around the sun, which is …

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What Can We Expect this Spring 2020?

By the end of February we are all asking the same questions:  What can we expect this spring? and When can we expect it? We have taken a look at the NOAA Climate Prediction Center’s long-range forecast and the Farmers’ …

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4 Alternative Forms of Insulation for Any Home

Adding insulation to your home is one of the easiest ways to increase its energy efficiency in both the winter and summer months.  How does it work?  In a nutshell, heat always tries to move to a cooler place.  This …

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