Happy New Year! 2009 is here and with this New Year, On The House welcomes the challenge of helping you overcome the obstacles that you may face in these challenging economic times. With a concerted effort on our part, we are here to help you do those home improvement projects, big or small, done smart and done right. If you’re remodeling your kitchen or simply want to know a simple tip to make your home more energy efficient – we’ll tell you how! If you want to know the best products to buy or a home-made solution with everyday products to save you money – we’ve got the answers!

Rebuilding Together, the nation’s leading nonprofit organization that works to preserve affordable homeownership and revitalize communities, is getting prepared for their 14th Annual Kickoff To Rebuild Project. Each year, Rebuilding Together partners with the NFL to bring their mission of preserving affordable homeownership and revitalizing communities to Super Bowl cities. Read more about this worthwhile event and how you might be able to help.

How healthy is your furnace? Lennox offers some tips to figure out if you should repair or replace your system. This is a must read for anyone with older systems and people facing rising heating costs.

Serious Materials gets serious about energy efficiency. From QuietRock, the noise-reduction drywall, to EcoRock, the most energy-efficient drywall produced on the planet; Serious Materials is known for their evolutionary building products. Just when you thought it couldn’t get any better, they’ve developed Serious Windows, the highest R-value windows available. High R-rating means less energy (heating/cooling) loss, more efficiency, and more money in your pocket.

With On The House you get tips, tricks, and easy to do projects that any weekend warrior can tackle. Check out Rebecca Cole’s Digging, Decorating, & Design Tip of the Week for garden and design advice from one of nation’s most popular designers. Go In The Kitchen with Dom DeLuise for some delicious recipes, and stop by Karel’s Korner for a healthy New Year’s resolution.

Everyone here at On The House would like to offer a big thank you for your support in 2008 and here’s to a great 2009!

  Morris, James and Rebecca
  Morris and James Carey and Rebecca Cole

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When to Repair or Replace a broken heating system

During the cold winter months, the last thing any homeowner wants to deal with is a broken furnace or boiler. But when an old heating system fails in the middle of winter, homeowners will be faced with the tough and often expensive decision of whether to repair the existing system or purchase a new one.

Repairs on an existing furnace or boiler may be the least expensive immediate option, but could cost consumers more in the long run since older systems tend to break down over and over while consuming more energy, and drive up utility bills more than newer systems. However, there are times when simple repairs can prolong the life of an older furnace or boiler, making replacement a less immediate need.   Read more…

Adding A Decorative Wall Niche

. This project is so simple you might decide to go into business for yourself.   Read more…

New Year's Resolution for Monthly Home Maintenance

. Testing a smoke detector is just one of several home-maintenance tasks that should be performed on a regular basis.   Read more…

New Year’s Resolution

by Karel Nunnink
Resolutions don’t work because if we could do them without help they would not be resolutions.   Read more…

Rebuilding Together Kicks Off in 2009

Over the years, On the House has been proud to support the work of national nonprofit Rebuilding Together. Rebuilding Together is the nation’s leading organization working to preserve affordable homeownership and revitalize communities. With over 200 affiliates around the country, and the help of a few hundred thousand volunteers each year, Rebuilding Together provides critical repairs and major home renovation at no-cost to low-income homeowners in need. For over 20 years, Rebuilding Together has helped the elderly, disabled, families with children, US Veterans and victims of natural disaster live in basic comfort, safety and independently in their own homes.   Read more…

Radio Show January Calendar

January 03
On The House kicks off the New Year with some hot trends in interior design, thanks to Rebecca Cole. As well as the 10 ‘greenest’ sofas on the market. And we kick-off our “Green Tip” series presented by Serious Materials.
January 10
Dr. Roof stops by to offer his one-of-a-kind professional advice on roofing; this week the doctor gives tips for picking a good roofing contractor. And the Family Handyman Hint of the Week is a tip for using paint rollers correctly.
January 17
On The House goes green, a special show dedicated to home improvements to become energy-efficient and the “real-deal” eco-friendly products available.
January 24
On The House is broadcasting live from the International Builder’s Show in Las Vegas! This is your chance to get a backstage pass to biggest home show on the planet! We’ll find out what's going to be the future of home improvement and design!
January 31
This week’s show is for all the men out there. You got that new flat-screen TV for Christmas - well the Carey Brothers will tell you how to hang it. Plus news on “Man Caves.”

On The House Events
Keep checking out our website www.OnTheHouse.com for more features & events throughout January:

Check back later in the month for the ThermaProof Windows Sweepstakes! From the makers of QuietRock comes ThermaProof Windows, the most energy efficient windows on the market today!
Tyco Rapid Response Fire Prevention Tips
Fires are just as likely in winter as in summer. Tyco fire suppression & building products bring your family security all year round.

In The Kitchen, with Dom DeLuiseIn The Kitchen with Dom DeLuise

Here are some of Dom’s best recipes for you and your family to enjoy over the next month!

Peach Cake — Try this peachy keen recipe for the family!

Dom's Pumpkin Soup — Satisfying for the Whole Family!

Sauteed Garlic Shrimp — My fantastic seafood dish will have your mouth watering.

Sweet Potato Biscuits with Honey Butter — It's time for Tea and Biscuits!


Here are some of Rebecca’s best Gardening and Decorating tips to keep you busy indoors and out all month long!

How to Choose the Best Christmas Tree — Sometimes, it is tricky to figure out which kind of Christmas tree works best for your home. So here are a few tips on how to choose the best tree for your family.

Toxic Holiday Decorations – Stay Stylish but Safe this Season. — There is nothing more beautiful than bringing nature indoors for the winter holidays. But beware; lurking beneath the surface of all that natural beauty is an organic toxic brew.

A Winter Garden…Indoors — Just because you are putting your garden to bed outdoors, it need not mean you have to stop planting altogether.

Facts About Christmas Trees & Treecycling — Treecycling is the act of recycling your Christmas trees so that they can be turned into compost or mulch. These trees contain valuable nutrients that can be used in other capacities.

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