Las Vegas, Nevada (NAPSI) - While high heat can drain your energy, increase your utility bills and make your AC work overtime, there are simple ways you can save energy without compromising comfort.

Las Vegas, Nevada (NAPSA) - A fast, fun and inexpensive way to give your home and your mood a lift is to freshen up your space in clever colors.

Las Vegas, Nevada (NAPSI) - For an increasing number of Americans, the outside is what’s in. That is, outdoor spaces are becoming an extension of the home, like a warm-weather living room, complete with comfortable furniture, sun protection and perhaps even curtains or a fire pit, making an ideal outdoor oasis to pass the evenings and enjoy the warm weather.

Elko, Nevada (NAPSI) - There’s good news for household water well owners who want to care for their wells and their water. They now have unprecedented help with access to 15 online lessons, eight webinars and much more all free.

Reno, Nevada (NAPSI) - Three hours spent scrubbing my deck and driveway and 10 minutes scrubbing the inside of a trash can.

Las Vegas, Nevada - Portable air conditioners are intended to be an alternative for homes that cannot accommodate standard window units. However, results from Consumer Reports’ latest tests revealed that their performance leaves much to be desired. In its tests of 8 portable ACs, CR found that even the largest unit struggled to cool a room below sweltering.

Reno, Nevada (NAPSI) - Portable generators are readily available from many retailers and home centers, they’re familiar to users and thus easy to operate, and they store easily in a shed or garage. However, automatic standby generators offer many advantages over portables during a power outage. Here are the top six:

Reno, Nevada (NAPSI) - In the last two years, one in every four homeowners has experienced a power outage lasting 12 hours or more, averaging more than $1,900 in property damage, according to a survey by Harris Interactive but you don’t have to be among them.

Las Vegas, Nevada (NAPSI) - According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), 50 percent of an average U.S. home’s energy bill can be linked directly to cooling and heating costs, which amounts to approximately $1,100 per year, depending on location.

Las Vegas, Nevada (NAPSI) - Many vegetables and flowers, especially annuals, can be sown as seeds directly into the garden. Not only can “growing your own” save gardeners money on tasty produce and colorful flowers, it can be a great way to introduce children to gardening.