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The Bureau of Labor Statistics has posted data on metro-level job growth for October 2015. Among them Austin/Round Rock Texas is number 6th in the country. President Obama's chief economist Jasan Furman stated that land use regulations hold back local economies. Other resources indicate that housing-supply constraints restrict growth in productive cities and hurt national economic growth.

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This little tool is amazing at how much stuff it gets off the floor, chairs, counters and helps keep you stay organized.

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Although it's Fall and lots of rain is expected this season, it's still important to keep our windows clean. Over the years, I've cleaned my share of windows but have found that I never do as good a job as a professional cleaner does. Our current home has second story windows so cleaning the windows myself is not an option.

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From ECO Building

By Katie Gloede

For some February means overheated apartments and clanky radiators, but for homeowners it’s more often a struggle to keep an in efficient home cheaply warmed. Since most of us do not have the nearly perfectly sealed thermal envelope like the one shown above from a thermal image of a passive house, there is almost always room for improvement. What many don’t realize is addressing energy loss by decreasing cold air infiltration are often relatively simple fixes with associated costs far lower than continuing to jack up the heat. Improving a home’s overall thermal envelope doesn’t always require renovation, and small changes have far-reaching implications. Here is a look at five pro...

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From ECO Building

By Katie Gloede

For some February means overheated apartments and clanky radiators, but for homeowners it’s more often a struggle to keep an in efficient home cheaply warmed. Since most of us do not have the nearly perfectly sealed thermal envelope like the one shown above from a thermal image of a passive house, there is almost always room for improvement. What many don’t realize is addressing energy loss by decreasing cold air infiltration are often relatively simple fixes with associated costs far lower than continuing to jack up the heat. Improving a home’s overall thermal envelope doesn’t always require renovation, and small changes have far-reaching implications. Here is a look at five problem areas that cause heat loss in colder climates and older homes with some potential solutions to explore.

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