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Maintaining your home can seem like a full-time job — but there are ways to make life around the house a little easier and more efficient. From changing your lightbulbs to installing a new driveway, these improvement hacks can help you save time, energy and money. Click through for 10 smart ideas. Paint Your Roof a Light Color Coating your roof with solar reflective white paint will lower temperatures inside your home. The special paint reflects up to 90 percent of sunlight, reducing the solar heat your roof and home absorb. If you live in a warm climate, this can help lower air-conditioning costs while...

Making improvements to your home with your own two hands can save you money and be rewarding. But doing so can also be challenging. Everyone wants to give you advice, and misconceptions abound. Click through for the truth about some common DIY (do-it-yourself) advice. ...

From wind and rain to hail and snow, the elements can take their toll on a house. Each season brings new threats, but with a little preparation you can help ensure your home withstands an onslaught and maintains its value. Click through to see 10 ways to prevent minor damage from developing into costly problems. ...

Summer is usually associated with hot temperatures and sunny skies, but the season can also bring severe weather, like hurricanes, tornadoes, lightning and hail. For homeowners, the result can be minor damage, like broken roof shingles, or major damage, such as structural problems. Every homeowner can take steps to prepare for summer storms and minimize potential damage. Click through for tips on how to secure your home and family during severe summer weather. ...

If you're a homeowner, you undoubtedly work hard to protect your home. But homes face all sorts of threats, some less obvious than others. Being armed with knowledge about these dangers can save your house, and in some cases, even your family. Click through to learn about 10 hidden dangers in your home.  ...