Magnetic Refrigerators
Magnetic Refrigerators
Oak Ridge National Laboratory and General Electric have teamed up to create a revolutionary new type of refrigerator that uses magnets to create cold, also known as the magnetocaloric effect (lowering or raising the temperature of the material by changing the magnetic field).
Ultra-Efficient Heat Pumps
Ultra-Efficient Heat Pumps
The Building Technologies Office is ushering in the next generation of heat pump systems, which warm and cool your home by moving heat from one space to another. A fuel-fired, multi-function residential heat pump that can reduce primary energy consumption by 30 percent.
Clothes Dryers
Clothes Dryers
The same concept behind heat pump technologies that keep your home comfortable can also be used for another important application: drying your clothes. Oak Ridge National Laboratory and General Electric are developing a new type of clothes dryer that uses a heat pump cycle to generate hot air needed for drying.
Smarter, More Connected Homes
Smarter, More Connected Homes
We live in an increasingly connected world -- the same is true for our homes. New electronic devices and appliances can now be linked to the Internet to provide real-time data that makes it easier to understand and lower energy use.
Next-Gen Insulation
Next-Gen Insulation
Insulation is one of the most important ways to reduce your home heating and cooling costs. The Industrial Science & Technology Network is developing new foam insulation made with environmentally friendly and advanced composite materials that ensure heat doesn’t escape from the attic, walls and other areas of the home during cold winter months.
Advanced Window Controls
Advanced Window Controls
Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and Pella Windows are working on new highly insulated windows that use sensors and microprocessors to automatically adjust shading based on the amount of available sunlight and the time of day to ensure proper lighting and comfort, saving consumers energy and money.
Reflective Roofing Materials
Reflective Roofing Materials
Cool roofs coated with materials containing specialized pigments reflect sunlight and absorb less heat than standard roofs. Expect these types of roof systems to get even “cooler” due to new fluorescent pigments developed by Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and PPG Industries that can reflect nearly four times the amount of sunlight of standard pigments.

Energy-Saving Solutions

From heating and cooling to electronics and appliances, it takes a lot of energy to power our daily lives. Our homes use 37 percent more energy today than they did in 1980. But without energy efficiency -- through technology innovation and federal energy conservation standards -- this number would be a lot higher. In fact, even though our total energy use has grown, our energy use per household is down about 10 percent, despite that our homes are larger and contain more devices.

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22 May 2019

A Beginner’s Guide to the Perfect Lawn

Your home is an asset, and, while none of us should base our first impressions on appearance alone, the curb appeal of your home goes a long way in making it desirable…and sellable. But what factors affect the curb appeal...

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Your home is an asset, and, while none of us should base our first impressions on appearance alone, the curb appeal of your home goes a long way in making it desirable…and sellable. But what factors affect the curb appeal...

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Your home is an asset, and, while none of us should base our first impressions on appearance alone, the curb appeal of your home goes a long way in making it desirable…and sellable.

But what factors affect the curb appeal of your home?

  • The condition of exterior siding (chipping or weathered paint needs to be updated)
  • Cleanliness of window fixtures and panes (clean/replace the glass and repaint/replace shutters)
  • Miscellaneous clutter (broken-down vehicles, rakes, shovels, or even kids’ toys)
  • Garden accessories (flamingoes and other novelties should be removed for a conservative appearance)
  • The upkeep of your lawn (cut the grass, remove dead plants, trim hedges, plant fresh flowers, etc.)

But if you’re not a green-thumbed gardener, learning how to grow the perfect lawn may seem like a struggle littered with weeds and reeking of fertilizer. Relax, though. Lawn care isn’t that complicated.

So if you want to learn how to grow the perfect lawn, here’s a beginner’s guide. And, yes, everyone can do this!

Perfect Lawn Care: Tips & Tricks

When you know how to grow the perfect lawn, your greenery will flourish...including the grass!

Perfect Lawn Care Tip #1: The Grass is Greener on Your Side of the Fence

The most desired feature of a well groomed lawn is beautiful Kelly green grass. You’ve seen this grass; it’s lush, plush and perfectly colorful. It screams spring. But how do you get it? What is the perfect lawn care secret for that greenery?

The trick? Sprinklers. And maybe a little fertilizer, too. Yes, it might seem counterintuitive to water and fertilize your lawn. Won’t you need to cut it more? But of course! According to The Family Handyman, fertilizing your lawn could keep it healthier. And the site offers all the steps to fertilize your lawn solo.

Perfect lawn care habits do not leave a lawn littered with leaves

Perfect Lawn Care Tip #2: Don’t Leave the Leaves

While most sellers put their home on the market during the spring and summer, in some areas of the country, fallen old leaves may still clutter the lawn. Don’t ever leave leaves! Rake everything, and make compost out of those leaves.

The secret to picture perfect lawn care for a beautiful garden? Plant flowers that are pretty...and easy to maintain

Perfect Lawn Care Tip #3: Gorgeous Gardens Bloom with Beauty

Say hello to the spring/summer selling season by planting flowers and/or other greenery. Colorful flowers and shrubs draw interest to your home. Create flower beds in the front of your home or surround flourishing trees with a circle of blooms.

You want to draw the eye in, so your garden’s location should be symmetrical, well placed and attractive to potential buyers. The plants you choose also should be easy to maintain. Buyers may shy away from a garden that might be difficult to maintain.

So what are good flowers for your garden? According to Garden Design, garden newbies should consider zinnias, impatiens, daffodils, lavender and other hearty varieties.

Perfect Lawn Care Tip #4: Trim the Hedges

Overgrown trees, shrubs and grass are messy to the eye. You need to trim greenery to keep it looking great. How often you cut the grass and trim hedges/shrubs depends on a few factors. A lot of rain will make greenery grow. But not enough rain could delay growth.

If a lack of rain is drying up your green hues, then you might need to water more frequently. However, if you live in an area of drought, you might be forced to ration water.

Picture Perfect Lawn: All Dried Up

So what if your picture perfect lawn does, in fact, dry up during the buying season? What if a drought means you’re prohibited from using sprinklers? In that case, you need to work with the drought…and never go against policies to conserve water. Instead, choose plants and flowers that can sustain without a lot of water.

There are actually many plants and flowers that can survive drought conditions. Perennial Resource recommends Yarrow, Agave, Allium, Baptisia, Dianthus, Echinacea as well as many other varieties.

Remember that if your lawn is drying up and suffering, so are all the lawns in your area. You can only control what you can control.

Picture Perfect Lawn Care: The Lawn is Flooded!

Too little rain can leave your lawn all dried up but too much rain can cause a mess. So what do you do with your lawn if the rain never seems to stop?

Obviously, you can’t stop Mother Nature’s tears. But you can plant a rain garden if you have a sloped lawn. My Fox 8 notes that too much rain can cause fungus to flourish…and you may need to use a fungicide. If you’re overwhelmed by fungus, and it seems to be spreading, consider calling a lawn care expert.

Picture Perfect Lawn Care: Photograph that Lawn!

When you’ve taken all the steps to create that perfectly green, beautifully blossoming well manicured lawn, it’s time to take some photos!

If buyers are perusing the realtor sites for a dream home, they need as many pictures as possible to size up your property. This is the time to show off your lawn! Have your realtor snap photos of your immaculate picture perfect lawn care habits.

So how many pictures should you include for your home’s slide show? That really just depends. If you have a beautifully landscaped front and back yard, then take photos of both. Different angles may help buyers get an eye for your property, too.

But don’t include photos of just shrubs or the garden itself. Photos should showcase your garden/lawn and the exterior of your home.

If you’re including the photo of your backyard garden, try to include the back of the house in that photo, too. This helps buyers visualize the layout as it relates to the home.

Of course, if you love certain elements of your garden like a water feature or unique layout, it’s ok to include photos in the listing slideshow. Anything that adds to the beauty of functionality of your home should be featured! Many sellers include a photo of their tool shed so buyers are aware of the extra storage space.

Knowing how to grow the perfect lawn can help increase the curb appeal of a home, which also can positively impact the sale price. Buyers want homes that are well maintained and attractive, and a landscape that features neatly trimmed gloriously green grass and blooming flowers creates a picture perfect lawn that is pleasing to the eyes of buyers.

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