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March 16, 2021 | Tyler Difley

Declutter for a cause: where to donate your unwanted household items in Calgary

It's time for spring cleaning, and while the excitement surrounding the Marie Kondo Method has died down somewhat since its peak, decluttering never goes out of style.

However, if you're ready to part with some of your stuff, don't just throw it in the trash. There are countless charitable organizations across the Calgary area that accept all manner of gently used household goods, from clothing and books to electronics and furniture.

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April 03, 2020 | Geoff Geddes

Additional costs to consider before you close on a new-home purchase

While budgets, like rules, are often made to be broken, there are some additional costs associated with the purchase of a new home that buyers should keep in mind to avoid breaking the bank.

A Meural digital canvas can display famous artwork, or your own photos.
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May 16, 2018 | Gerald Vander Pyl

The future is now

How to control almost everything in your home with your phone

Want to have the coolest home on the block? Then fill it with all the latest smart home devices.

"A lot of people are familiar with smart home, and they have bits and pieces of it, but are looking at expanding," said Steven Toews, general manager of Best Buy's Deerfoot Meadows location.

According to Toews, smart lighting is the top-selling smart home category.

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Jan. 17, 2018 | David Dodge and Scott Rollans

Going green

10 energy-efficiency tips for the home
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May 11, 2017 | Miles Durie

Connected appliances

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Devices that allow you to monitor everything, from cooking progress in your Crock-Pot down to the forkful of food you just ate


Chances are at some point in the past five or six years you've heard the phrase, "the Internet of things." In some industrial tech circles it's even being shortened to "IoT" these days.


Sounds cool and acronym-y, right? And like a lot of the buzzwords that propagate online today, you have to wonder sometimes if the people using it even know what it means.


I'm going to talk about kitchen appliances in a minute here, but because connected appliances are prime examples of the Internet of things in action, let's get clear on the term first.


The provincial Residential No-Cost Energy Savings Program will supply and install — at no charge — simple products that save energy in homes such as LED light bulbs, efficient showerheads and faucets and various other components.

Dec. 16, 2016 | Miles Durie

The upside of carbon tax

New programs could see homeowners coming out ahead

milesIf you've been paying attention, you're aware that, starting Jan. 1, we'll be paying $1.01 more per gigajoule for natural gas to heat our homes and a few extra cents a litre to fuel our cars.

It's the provincial carbon levy, and it's inevitable.

If you're like me, you want to know what the government is going to do with the revenue.

For starters, it's setting up an agency whose goal is to reduce our utility bills, decrease emissions and save energy in general.

Automated lighting control allows homeowners to shave costs off their monthly energy bills, said Ryan Lowe, owner and senior project manager at Progressive Home Automation in Calgary. Photo by Wil Andruschak/For CREB®Now

June 30, 2016 | Miles Durie

Tech that saves

Appliances and automation solutions that can save homeowners money

A6"It's cool, yeah. But will it save me money?"

For most of us, that's the obvious question when it comes to technology products for the home.

The answer may very well be yes. If you are a homeowner, a little research will show you that spending a little up front can reduce energy bills, insurance premiums and hassles down the road.


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