Post-Tribune http://posttrib.suntimes.com Latest news from Post-Tribune Online en-us webmaster@suntimes.com (Editor) http://posttrib.suntimes.com/csp/cms/sites/STM/assets/img/logos/posttrib.gif Post-Tribune http://posttrib.suntimes.com 84 34 30 Copyright 2014 <![CDATA[ Going green: Easy eco-friendly home improvements ]]>

The term "green" has become a buzzword in recent years, and it appears that everyone is talking about ways to "go green." So when considering home improvements, how can you take the green initiative and make environmentally friendly home improvements while protecting your wallet? Reduce your water consumption The average American uses 98 gallons of water a day, according to the U.S. Geological Society. While Chicago is fortunate enough to avoid long-term drought conditions, water conservation is a good practice to get into. Low-flow toilets use less than half the water of a traditional toilet, which reduces overall water usage. In … ]]> Wed, 24 Sep 2014 13:17:50 -0500 http://posttrib.suntimes.com/sponsored/30081112-816/going-green-easy-eco-friendly-home-improvements.html http://posttrib.suntimes.com/sponsored/30081112-816/going-green-easy-eco-friendly-home-improvements.html <![CDATA[ How to get the most out of home improvements ]]>

Windows are often the first things you see on a house. Think about it: Cracked, dingy and warped windows can make a house look uninviting and dangerous. All too often, the first sign of window distress sends a homeowner straight to replacing them. But that's not always the best option. There are more cost-effective solutions that can fix a warped window, fast. Sealing and Insulating Old wooden-frame windows actually hold up better than newer aluminum and vinyl windows, according to Jeff Ramsey of the National Association of the Remodeling Industry. "We're actually replacing more windows from the 80s and 90s than … ]]> Wed, 24 Sep 2014 13:17:37 -0500 http://posttrib.suntimes.com/sponsored/30081331-816/how-to-get-the-most-out-of-home-improvements.html http://posttrib.suntimes.com/sponsored/30081331-816/how-to-get-the-most-out-of-home-improvements.html <![CDATA[ Going green: Two easy, eco-friendly home improvements ]]>

The term "green" has become a buzzword in recent years, and it appears that everyone is talking about ways to "go green." So when considering home improvements, how can you take the green initiative and make environmentally friendly home improvements while protecting your wallet? 1. Reduce your water consumption The average American uses 98 gallons of water a day, according to the U.S. Geological Society. While Chicago is fortunate enough to avoid long-term drought conditions, water conservation is a good practice to get into. Low-flow toilets use less than half the water of a traditional toilet, which reduces overall water usage. … ]]> Wed, 24 Sep 2014 13:17:46 -0500 http://posttrib.suntimes.com/sponsored/30081254-816/going-green-two-easy-eco-friendly-home-improvements.html http://posttrib.suntimes.com/sponsored/30081254-816/going-green-two-easy-eco-friendly-home-improvements.html <![CDATA[ Two steps to getting the most out of home improvements ]]>

Windows are often the first things you see on a house. Think about it: Cracked, dingy and warped windows can make a house look uninviting and dangerous. All too often, the first sign of window distress sends a homeowner straight to replacing them. But that's not always the best option. There are more cost-effective solutions that can fix a warped window, fast. 1. Sealing and Insulating Old wooden-frame windows actually hold up better than newer aluminum and vinyl windows, according to Jeff Ramsey of the National Association of the Remodeling Industry. "We're actually replacing more windows from the 80s and 90s … ]]> Wed, 24 Sep 2014 13:17:29 -0500 http://posttrib.suntimes.com/sponsored/30081396-816/two-steps-to-getting-the-most-out-of-home-improvements.html http://posttrib.suntimes.com/sponsored/30081396-816/two-steps-to-getting-the-most-out-of-home-improvements.html <![CDATA[ Shop small business, grow your local economy ]]>

Consumer credit increased at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 7.5 percent in May, according to the Federal Reserve Bank. That's great news for those who run small businesses, which constitute an important part of America's economic engine. Here are just some ways shopping small business can help grow your local economy. Put money back into the community Shopping at a small business means your money stays local, and it contributes to the economic health of the place you call home. A 2003 study by the American Independence Business Alliance found that $45 out of every $100 spent at small businesses … ]]> Tue, 02 Sep 2014 12:40:01 -0500 http://posttrib.suntimes.com/sponsored/29639794-816/shop-small-business-grow-your-local-economy.html http://posttrib.suntimes.com/sponsored/29639794-816/shop-small-business-grow-your-local-economy.html <![CDATA[ Four reasons why you should shop small business  ]]>

Credit increased at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 7.5 percent in May, according to the Federal Reserve Bank. That's great news for those who run small businesses, which constitute an important part of America's economic engine. Here are just some ways shopping small business can help grow your local economy. 1. Put money back into the community Shopping at a small business means your money stays local, and it contributes to the economic health of the place you call home. A 2003 study by the American Independence Business Alliance found that $45 out of every $100 spent at small businesses … ]]> Tue, 02 Sep 2014 12:39:59 -0500 http://posttrib.suntimes.com/sponsored/29639903-816/four-reasons-why-you-should-shop-small-business.html http://posttrib.suntimes.com/sponsored/29639903-816/four-reasons-why-you-should-shop-small-business.html <![CDATA[ Create an environmentally friendly home in all seasons ]]>

Homes with energy-efficient and environmentally friendly features represent a major priority for prospective buyers — nine in 10 value a home that's energy efficient by way of heating and cooling costs, according to the National Association of Realtors. Making your home environmentally friendly not pays off with a green planet, but more green in your wallet. Here are four ways to make your home environmentally friendly all year round. Opt for energy-efficient windows Those who install new windows in their home, replacing single-pane windows, will use their air conditioners less in summer and their heaters in winter. Energy Star-qualified windows reduce … ]]> Tue, 02 Sep 2014 12:39:57 -0500 http://posttrib.suntimes.com/sponsored/29639952-816/create-an-environmentally-friendly-home-in-all-seasons.html http://posttrib.suntimes.com/sponsored/29639952-816/create-an-environmentally-friendly-home-in-all-seasons.html <![CDATA[ Four ways to create an environmentally friendly home ]]>

Homes with energy-efficient and environmentally friendly features represent a major priority for prospective buyers — nine in 10 value a home that's energy efficient by way of heating and cooling costs, according to the National Association of Realtors. Making your home environmentally friendly not pays off with a green planet, but more green in your wallet. Here are four ways to make your home environmentally friendly all year round. 1. Opt for energy-efficient windows Those who install new windows in their home, replacing single-pane windows, will use their air conditioners less in summer and their heaters in winter. Energy Star-qualified windows … ]]> Tue, 02 Sep 2014 12:39:55 -0500 http://posttrib.suntimes.com/sponsored/29640006-816/four-ways-to-create-an-environmentally-friendly-home.html http://posttrib.suntimes.com/sponsored/29640006-816/four-ways-to-create-an-environmentally-friendly-home.html <![CDATA[ Four benefits of installing replacement windows ]]>

Harvard University's Joint Center for Housing Studies forecasts double-digit gains in home improvement spending for 2014, according to its Leading Indicator of Remodeling Activity. Third quarter spending in 2014 on home improvement is estimated to hit $158.9 billion-a jump of more than 14 percent from the same time in 2013. If windows made it onto your to-do list, you'll have plenty of reasons to feel great about your choice once the installation is done. Here we list four benefits for installing replacement windows and skylights: 1. Better energy efficiency If your windows are 20 years old or more, it's almost certain … ]]> Mon, 04 Aug 2014 14:04:50 -0500 http://posttrib.suntimes.com/sponsored/29055688-816/four-benefits-of-installing-replacement-windows.html http://posttrib.suntimes.com/sponsored/29055688-816/four-benefits-of-installing-replacement-windows.html <![CDATA[ Tips to maximize energy-related tax credits ]]>

Significant changes took place at the end of 2013 regarding tax credits for energy-related home improvements, and it's still possible to get those credits, along with others, according to the U.S. Department of Energy notes. All you need to get started is organization and a little bit of tax filing know-how. Here we list three ways your home can qualify, and earn those valuable credits. 1. Take advantage of your tax-filing extension If you file for a federal tax extension, due Oct.15, you can still get those 2013 credits. So if you installed replacement windows, for example, in 2013, you can … ]]> Mon, 04 Aug 2014 14:04:48 -0500 http://posttrib.suntimes.com/sponsored/29055442-816/tips-to-maximize-energy-related-tax-credits.html http://posttrib.suntimes.com/sponsored/29055442-816/tips-to-maximize-energy-related-tax-credits.html <![CDATA[ Benefits of installing replacement windows ]]>

Harvard University's Joint Center for Housing Studies forecasts double-digit gains in home improvement spending for 2014, according to its Leading Indicator of Remodeling Activity. Third quarter spending in 2014 on home improvement is estimated to hit $158.9 billion-a jump of more than 14 percent from the same time in 2013. If windows made it onto your to-do list, you'll have plenty of reasons to feel great about your choice once the installation is done. Here we list four benefits for installing replacement windows and skylights: 1. Better energy efficiency If your windows are 20 years old or more, it's almost certain … ]]> Mon, 04 Aug 2014 14:04:52 -0500 http://posttrib.suntimes.com/sponsored/28999123-816/benefits-of-installing-replacement-windows.html http://posttrib.suntimes.com/sponsored/28999123-816/benefits-of-installing-replacement-windows.html <![CDATA[ Three tips for maximizing energy-related tax credits ]]>

Significant changes took place at the end of 2013 regarding tax credits for energy-related home improvements, and it's still possible to get those credits, along with others, according to the U.S. Department of Energy notes. All you need to get started is organization and a little bit of tax filing know-how. Here we list three ways your home can qualify, and earn those valuable credits. 1. Take advantage of your tax-filing extension If you file for a federal tax extension, due Oct.15, you can still get those 2013 credits. So if you installed replacement windows, for example, in 2013, you can … ]]> Mon, 04 Aug 2014 14:04:49 -0500 http://posttrib.suntimes.com/sponsored/28998965-816/three-tips-for-maximizing-energy-related-tax-credits.html http://posttrib.suntimes.com/sponsored/28998965-816/three-tips-for-maximizing-energy-related-tax-credits.html <![CDATA[ 4 steps to improve safety for seniors ]]> Lead story image

In the U.S., more than half a million reports of abuse against elderly Americans reach authorities every year, and millions more cases go unreported, according to the non-profit Helpguide.org. Beyond those shocking statistics, the elderly are exposed to hazards and dangers most of us might take for granted, yet affect their safety every day. Here are four steps that can improve safety for seniors: Check in on elderly neighbors This step is especially important during extreme heat or cold spells, when seniors find themselves at greater risk. While visiting, Helpguide.org recommends looking for signs of possible abuse, such as bruises, … ]]> Tue, 06 May 2014 10:52:54 -0500 http://posttrib.suntimes.com/sponsored/27031297-816/4-steps-to-improve-safety-for-seniors.html http://posttrib.suntimes.com/sponsored/27031297-816/4-steps-to-improve-safety-for-seniors.html <![CDATA[ How to initiate a neighborhood crime watch ]]> Lead story image

There's no question that neighborhood crime watch programs work. Police can always use extra eyes and ears, and a study by the nonprofit Campbell Collaboration found that areas covered by neighborhood watch schemes experienced a reduction in crime of between 16 and 26 percent. More than 40 percent of U.S. residents live in areas covered by watches, according to Campbell statistics. But that still leaves plenty of room for improvement in two key areas: establishing new watches, and ensuring the effectiveness of existing ones. Here are six important steps for setting up a program in your neighborhood. Recruit neighbors for … ]]> Tue, 06 May 2014 10:52:54 -0500 http://posttrib.suntimes.com/sponsored/27030720-816/how-to-initiate-a-neighborhood-crime-watch.html http://posttrib.suntimes.com/sponsored/27030720-816/how-to-initiate-a-neighborhood-crime-watch.html <![CDATA[ The impact of emergency response times ]]> Lead story image

A University of Buffalo-SUNY study concludes that effective coordination is perhaps the most imperative ingredient for successful emergency response management. That's because superior coordination leads to better response times by police, fire and medical personnel. What kind of impact can those improved efforts have? Here we examine the difference smooth integration of emergency services-and fast response times-can make.    Medical emergencies Most communities have established standards of eight minutes or less 90 percent of the time for advanced life support systems service, according to EMS World Magazine. Emergency responders who reach the scene quickly save more lives, pure and simple. … ]]> Tue, 06 May 2014 10:52:54 -0500 http://posttrib.suntimes.com/sponsored/27016578-816/the-impact-of-emergency-response-times.html http://posttrib.suntimes.com/sponsored/27016578-816/the-impact-of-emergency-response-times.html