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Wood Burning Stove Changeout Program Aims to Help Improve Air Quality


American-LungCredits offered for switching to cleaner burning appliances

Northern Indiana Public Service Company (NIPSCO) has partnered with the American Lung Association and the Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority (IHCDA) to provide up to $5,000 in instant rebates to northern Indiana residents who change out or retrofit their older, high-emissions wood burning boilers, stoves and fireplaces with more efficient appliances. The Northern Indiana Wood Stove Changeout Program was designed to help improve air quality and reduce pollution by encouraging adoption of cleaner-burning appliances.

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Reduce Energy Consumption in the Kitchen This Holiday


NIPSCO-Residential-ProgramsWhile you're preparing for holiday cooking, keep in mind these easy tips to help reduce your energy consumption in the kitchen:

1) Give your stovetop and oven a thorough cleaning to assure more economical and efficient operation.
2) Plan oven meals and grill meals to accommodate more than one dish at a time, and time your baking for multiple purposes.
3) Do not use aluminum foil to line the oven. It can reduce the oven’s efficiency by interfering with air circulation.

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Buying a Home in the Fall


horizon1The leaves are changing, but are home prices?

Warmer temperatures generally make for better buying as the market is more ripe with choice, and the overall demeanor of sellers is more accepting. The flipside is that more players are competing for the same properties, leaving many first-time home buyers out in the cold.

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Heating Season Bill Payment Help Begins Today


NIPSCO-WinterNIPSCO connects customers in need with assistance programs

With enrollment for federal assistance programs for low-income households beginning on Monday, Nov. 5, NIPSCO is encouraging customers experiencing financial challenges to consider available payment assistance options for the winter heating season.

While higher usage amounts are probable this winter when compared to last year’s unseasonably warm temperatures, NIPSCO is focused on keeping gas prices affordable. For 11 consecutive months, the utility has offered the lowest residential gas bills in the state (Source:...

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Home Lawn During Drought: To Water... or Not?


patton-lawnMany homeowners wonder whether they should regularly water their dry lawns during a drought or essentially leave them alone. A Purdue Extension turfgrass specialist says each option has its pros and cons.

During a dry season, many lawns will show initial symptoms of drought stress, Aaron Patton said. As grass loses water, its leaves become less rigid and wilt; in this stage, grass stays flat after it is stepped on rather than "bouncing back."

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Renovating Part of Your Home to Be Rented


for-rentHaving someone help pay off your mortgage sounds like a dream. However, many people are opting to renovate and rent out part of their homes to make this dream a possibility. Home renovations can be daunting and confusing projects to undertake. If you’re renovating part of your home to be rented out, such as a basement apartment, there are steps you should follow to ensure your remodeling process goes smoothly.

Hire a Contractor that Specializes in Rental Renovations
When it comes to renovations, many people may not know where to start. A good first step is to hire a contractor that specializes in rental renovations. They have the knowledge and experience to ensure the project is done correctly and within all legal standards.

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Strike While the Iron is Hot


forsalesignsThis is an unprecedented time in the history of American homeownership. “What’s so hot about it?” you may ask.

1. Home prices. According to the Schiller Housing Index (Composite 10 index), home prices peaked in March 2007, and are at the same price levels as in July of 2003. The consumer price index has risen 24% since 2003, which translates into a great bargain when buying a home!

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Tips for Restoring Your Historic Home


Horizon-building-1888-300x189There are many great historic homes in the Michiana region, and, while these homes are full of charm and style, if you live in one, you know that oftentimes they could use restoration or renovations to meet your modern needs.

Historic property owners have to often make decisions and considerations that are unique from owners of properties built more recently. Here are some tips to consider as you look to renovate and restore your historic home.

1. Look into Local Laws and Regulations

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Know What's Below: Call 811 Before You Dig


NIPSCO-Call-Before-You-DigNational Safe Digging Month is here - a time to remember the importance of calling 811 before starting any digging projects. Did you know that the colors of the paint and flags the 811 locators use indicate what is buried below?

  • Red = Electric
  • Orange = Communications, Telephone/CATV

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Dave Woodson Joins Prime Real Estate of Schererville


Prime Real Estate of Schererville, IN welcomes aboard Dave Woodson as a Realtor®. Dave specializes in internet and video marketing. Dave brings with him years of mortgage experience and local internet marketing for small and mid-size companies. He is regarded as an industry leader, speaking at real estate and mortgage marketing events on a national level. He speaks and trains in social media marketing, video marketing and LocalSEO. He was voted the “Most Influential Social Media Person” in Indiana for 2010.

Dave will operate out of our soon to be open Valparaiso office. He will focus on Michigan City, LaPorte, Valparaiso, Chesterton and Portage. He may be reached at (219)872-8000 or visit his blog DaveWoodson.com. He, also, hosts a...

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Home Prices are on the Decline- But, What About the Midwest?


We’ve all seen the news. “Home prices are on the decline…home prices are at a 20-year low.” However, what we don’t hear is that “Chicago land and the Midwest are stabilizing.”

Is anyone aware that home prices in the...

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