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Prepare Your Home for Holiday Guests

Easy Ways to Spruce Up for the Season (December 06, 2011)

NEW YORK, NY -- (Marketwire) -- 12/06/11 -- The average American spends over $1,000 on holiday entertaining, gifting and travel, a number that multiplies with the expense of preparing a home for the festivities. "Before the first guest arrives, make a few simple, strategic upgrades around your home," says Tom Kraeutler, home improvement expert and syndicated radio show host of The Money Pit. "You'll not only impress and pamper your guests, but also save money, energy and time long after the holidays."

Kraeutler recommends these smart solutions for holiday comfort and everyday convenience.

Cut through outdoor chores
Winter storms tend to leave behind unexpected yard work. Instantly clear away downed branches and other obstacles with the Oregon PowerNow 40V MAX Cordless Chainsaw. A simple pull of the trigger delivers an instant start and long run time, without the fuel hassles and dangerous emissions of standard chainsaws. The low-noise PowerNow 40V MAX Cordless Chainsaw also has a built-in PowerSharp precision sharpening system. Learn more at http://www.oregonpowernowtools.com/.

Kitchen convenience on tap
"InSinkErator's instant hot/cool water dispenser is convenient for entertaining and everyday kitchen chores," says Kraeutler. "Guests can help themselves to filtered water for instant hot beverages or cool refreshment, and the dispenser also speeds up tasks like pasta prep and kitchen cleanup." InSinkErator instant hot/cool dispensers are available in a variety of styles to complement your existing fixtures. Visit your local home center or http://www.insinkerator.com/.


Instant shine for entertaining treasures
Polished, shining silver and tableware are perfect finishing touches for holiday tables, but cleaning tarnished treasures can be one of the biggest hassles of the season. Tarn-X Tarnish Remover gives them instant sparkle, with a wipe-and-rinse formula that's safe for use on sterling silver, silver plate, platinum, copper, gold and even diamonds. Find a local retailer and see Tarn-X in action at http://www.jelmar.com/.

Brighten any space efficiently
Standard incandescent bulbs will phase out in 2012, so now's the time to switch to super-efficient LED bulbs from Philips. "AmbientLED bulbs provide dimmable soft-white light that lasts over 22 years, on a fraction of the energy used by incandescent bulbs," advises Kraeutler. "Brighten your holiday home and start saving by using Philips AmbientLED bulbs in lamps and lighting fixtures." AmbientLED bulbs are available in a range of wattages, including 12.5W (60W equivalent) and 17W (75W equivalent). View bulbs and rebate offers at http://www.philips.com/beautifullight.

Time-saving tool for home projects
A time-saver for your projects and a great holiday gift, the Kobalt Double-Drive Screwdriver works twice as fast as a standard ratcheting screwdriver. The Kobalt Double-Drive may look like an ordinary screwdriver, but when you hold the collar, the Double-Drive action is engaged, keeping the bit moving while you turn the handle forward and backward. The Kobalt Double-Drive comes with 21 bits and six drivers, and is available exclusively at Lowe's. Visit http://www.kobaltdoubledrive.com.

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