Sleeping tips for back-to-school success
(BPT) - Did you know the best preparation for back to school is a good night’s sleep? Lack of sleep can affect a child’s performance, attention, learning, behavior and biological functions, experts say. In fact, recent studies show that American students might be falling behind in school due to a lack of shut-eye. With a...
Tips for safe vacation travel
(BPT) - Vacations are keeping Americans busy this season. But, with all that fun, make sure you don’t overlook caring for your car and tires. If you do, the only thing you’ll be doing is standing in the breakdown lane. Americans will travel 1,045 miles on average to reach their destinations, according to the recent Hanko...
Renovation loans give homebuyers an edge in a competitive market
(BPT) - Just a year ago homebuyers could choose from a bounty of properties on the market. Today things are starkly different. In many locations throughout the United States, inventory of homes for sale is at historic lows, creating a seller’s market where multiple buyers get into bidding wars over move-in-ready homes. “...
Simple ways to green your life at home and at work
(BPT) - Reduce, reuse, recycle – it’s the mantra we’ve heard for decades, and it appears Americans are taking the message to heart and making efforts to go green in all aspects of their lives. Whether it’s in their own home or at their place of work, being earth-friendly isn’t just a trend; it’s the new modern way of lif...
Who left the lights on [Infographic]
The “Who Left the Lights On” survey looks at electricity usage within the home, in what rooms lights are often left on and who is to blame - it's not always the children. To address this, Lutron continues to introduce light controls such as motion sensors to automatically turn on and off the lights. For more information visit ChooseLutron.com .
Diving into doorbells [Infographic]
Since the invention of the doorbell in 1831, Americans have had strong and individual reactions to hearing them ring. This infographic dives into the details of those doorbell emotions and into technology we use to address our curiosity and concerns about the front porch.
Six ways studying abroad can change your life
(BPT) - Many students study abroad each year for only a few months, or even weeks. But the experiences and lessons learned go on to impact them well past that brief time, and the benefits of their travels don’t stop once they return home. Studying abroad isn’t just a chance to explore foreign cities, but a time to grow, ...
Don't be daunted by drywall: Tips for success
(BPT) - Whether you’re finishing a basement or adding space, many home improvement projects require you to replace or add drywall. These days, many homeowners are considering hanging and finishing drywall themselves, giving their projects a complete do-it-yourself flair and helping to cut expenses. As you plan your summe...
Little hands inspire creative kitchens: How to encourage kids to cook
(BPT) - The kitchen is known as the heart of the home, a central place where families gather to relax, work, share stories and most importantly – cook meals together. By teaching your kids how to help in the kitchen from meal prep to cleanup, you’re also helping them understand how to prepare healthy meals and appreciate...
Best backyard bets for your buck
(BPT) - From entertainment systems and fully functional kitchens to luxurious furnishings and decor, it’s easy to drop a bundle on improving your outdoor living spaces. The choices seem to be unlimited. But no matter how much you love your deck or patio – and most Americans do – you probably don’t have an unlimited budge...
How to lose a sweet tooth
(BPT) - Most of us have been there at some point. You somehow find yourself barefoot in your kitchen at midnight, eating ice cream out of the container. Alternatively, the mid-afternoon energy slump has landed you in front of the vending machine pining for a package of candy. Maybe the kids didn’t exactly have to twist y...