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Self-Cleaning Smart Refrigerator of the Future

I know what you are thinking – not another revolutionary kitchen appliance that is just like all the rest (just a little shinier with 1 more feature). Well I can promise you, if you read this entire blog, it will be well worth the time because this kitchen appliance is like nothing you have ever seen (or probably even thought of).

Introducing…the self-cleaning fridge concept that makes meals and save money. This concept appliance was dreamed up by a project between the University of Central Lancashire and online supermarket Ocado (based in the UK). The core mission of this refrigerator is to minimize waste, which includes energy and physical waste from spoiling food.

To minimize food waste:

The fridge scans the food it is currently holding and suggests potential recipes. This includes leftovers! (how cools is that!)
It can move food around on its shelves . . .

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Season’s Greetings From Our Family to Yours!

We would like to thank all of our loyal readers and customers for a wonderful 2010.  Your dedication and enthusiasm towards all things home improvement makes writing this blog a real pleasure.

If there are any topics that you would like to read about in 2011, feel free to comment below so we can better meet your home improvement needs.

We have put together a little video for you that shows what we have been up to in 2010 for both work and play.

Happy Holidays to you and your family and best wishes for a happy and healthy New Year!

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5 Ways to Protect Your Home During the Holidays

Home Protection MA RINow that the holidays are upon us, many families are preparing to travel to their holiday destinations.  Whether you are driving or flying, many homeowners must prepare their homes for their departure.  With so many families gone around the holidays, you want to be sure your home is not a target for burglars

While we don’t all have the creativity of Kevin McCallister from Home Alone, here are 5 practical ways that you can keep your home safe while you are home for the holidays.    

Utilize Light Timers

Light timers are a great way for it to look like there is someone home when you are away.  Be sure to utilize them on the interior and exterior of your home.  The key is to think of what rooms you would normally be in at which time and mimic . . .

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How to Care for Your Lawn Safely

Guest Post by Tom Kelly

As the final whistle blew on our Thanksgiving football games this past week it also signified the last time most people will have any involvement with grass in 2010.  Whether your blowing the whistle on the football field or blowing the whistle on that final effort to get the leaves off your lawn it&;s pretty clear that as December progresses, we here in New England will turn our attention to snow blowers instead of lawn mowers.  However,

as we look at the window anticipating snowstorms sometimes we daydream about the hot summer days and all the time we spend on our lush, green backyard lawns.  Most of us would rather be cooking on the grill and not shoveling the walk way or playing catch with the kids and not scraping the car windshield from its ice cover.  This . . .

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Becoming Your Own Handy Man (or Woman)

Guest Blog:

Are you looking to save a little money? Or impress your friends or family? Improving your handyman skills is a great way to do these things and more. Let’s face it, things around your house or apartment stop working sometimes. Nobody likes calling someone to repair damages or fix electronics. Hiring a repairman is expensive. It can take days or weeks to get a response in some instances. If you would like to put repairmen in your rearview mirror, you should think about improving your skills and becoming your own handyman.

Know What You Can Do

Before even attempting to become a handyman, you need to know what you are capable of. You can only have so many abilities and you need to know what your limits are. It is actually quite brave to admit when you can’t do something. Wouldn’t . . .

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Are Your Home Improvements Sexy or Practical?

Your home is a very complex structure. There are many different systems running your home including plumbing, electrical, structural, heating, and ventilation. Each of these systems has many pieces, some visible to us every day, some not so much. In addition to the systems of the home, you also have decorations, electronics, windows dressings, and many other items contributing to what is called “your home.” As your home ages, it becomes necessary to improve some of these systems and items. This is where we begin today&;s blog topic…

There are three fundamental types of home improvements: 100% sexy with little practicality, 100% practicality with no sexiness, 50% Sexy – 50% Practical.

100% Sexy with Little Practicality

Bathroom ChandelierSome home improvement projects are installed with the knowledge that they will never be practical. These projects are pushed forward because they are sexy and will bring . . .

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Need A Change? Just Add Paint!

Home-Improvement-RI-MA-CTLooking for a quick and inexpensive way to freshen up your home for the holidays?  While new windows and/or a new roof can transform the look of your home, a good way to update on a small budget is to just add paint. Painting is one of the easiest and most economical ways to transform the look and feel of your home. Not sure if you want to go bright and bold or light and airy? Try Benjamin Moore’s Personal Color Viewer®.

Unlike other sites, you don’t have to use a template or fake room that looks nothing like your home. You can upload a photo of the room you want to paint and try on different colors. Think of it as a virtual dressing room for interior design. The application is free (however you . . .

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Build your New Home with Recycled Materials

Guest Blog by Chuck@ EBuilders.com

Recycled building materials create recycled building materialsgreener neighborhoods

As the green movement gains momentum, more people want to apply their eco-conscious principles to larger projects than a backyard composter.  At the same time, the standard of living is as high as ever and the average home builder is not willing to sacrifice the amenities they’ve come to love.  Luckily, there is a way to satisfy both the urge to go green and the desire to live comfortably.

Using recycled building materials is an eco-conscious move, but the environmental advantages stretch beyond preserving raw materials. For every recycled element in your home, that’s one less thing that had to be manufactured, transported or covered in a landfill.  In the end, the amount of energy that can be saved simply by using reclaimed materials is astounding, making your green home building . . .

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Top 5 Blog Articles of All Time

Home Improvement Blog

Here on the Moonworks Home Improvement Blog, we are always striving to write articles that we believe will interest our readers. Sometimes we hit the mark and sometimes we don’t; you never know for sure what will strike a cord with the readers. Below is a list of 5 articles that really hit a homerun and are our most trafficked pages on our blog.

Prevent Ice Dams: Everything You Need to Know About Ice Dams 

In the Northeast, we are accustomed to inclement weather and by this I mean SNOW. Snow isn’t only annoying to shovel, but it can cause damage to our homes through the creation of ice dams. An ice dam is a region of ice that forms at the edge of a home’s roof. It prevents the drainage of water (melting snow) from flowing off the roof. Ice . . .

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