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Air-Conditioning Topics List

421 - "Mini-split ductless central air conditioners, heat pumps for efficiency, comfort"
Update Bulletin Description
- Buyer's guide of 10 ductless mini-split air conditioners/heat pump systems, cooling outputs (SEER), heating outputs (HSPF), efficiency ratings, comfort features, zones available, illustrations of several models, typical installations and a chart on how much you will save by installing a mini-split system.

458 - "Air-condition your house while heating your water for free"
Update Bulletin Description
- Buyer's guide of comfort/efficiency devices - heat pump water heaters, whole-house geothermal/desuperheater units, dehumidifying heat pipes (with or without blowers), and other cooling/comfort devices, payback/savings tables and water heating efficiency tips.

463 - "Roll small portable air conditioner from room to room"
Update Bulletin Description
- Buyer's guide of 10 manufacturers (36 models) of portable air conditioners showing cooling capacity, efficiency ratings, airflow rates, dehumidifying outputs, sound levels, comfort/convenience features, weights/dimensions, prices, and cost-to-use and utility bills savings charts.

486 - "Register/duct booster fans improve year-round comfort, savings"
Update Bulletin Description
- Buyer's guide of 14 automatic register and duct booster fan, filter and decorator register manufacturers listing design types, dimensions of the units, fan air flow ratings, electricity usage, features describing automatic and special controls, decorative finishes (registers only), illustrations of many units, and prices.

641 - "Whole-house fans cool house quietly and inexpensively, easy to install"
Update Bulletin Description
- Buyer's guide of eight whole-house fan manufacturers (28 models) listing blade diameters, maximum air flows, rpms, drive types (direct or belt drive), features, prices, suggested operation of a whole-house ventilation fan, and do-it-yourself installation instructions with a diagram, illustrations, diagram and explanation of how whole-house fan draws in cool air and expels hot air.

713 - "Mini-duct, pressurized central air conditioners (and heating) for efficiency and comfort"
Update Bulletin Description
- Buyer's guide of mini-duct pressurized central air-conditioning system manufacturers, model names, ranges of cooling capacities, main duct and room outlet sizes, many system/component illustrations, installation details, efficiency/cost-to-use chart, and a list of manufacturers of the most efficient compatible outdoor compressor units.

803 - "Tune up your window and central air conditioner yourself"
Update Bulletin Description
- Do-it-yourself maintenance for central and window air conditioner tune-ups; do-it-yourself instructions for making a shade/storage bin for an air conditioner with illustrations and dimensions, required materials list and a troubleshooting guide for air conditioners (a/c problems shown with possible solutions)

861 - "Quiet window/room air conditioners save money, have remote controls"
Update Bulletin Description
- Buyer's guide of nine most efficient and quiet window air conditioners (36 models), EER's, blower speeds, moisture removal rates (pints/hour), wattages, chassis types (fixed, slide-out), dimensions, weights, comfort features, a capacity worksheet, efficiency and maintenance tips for room air conditioners.

921 - "New central A/C saves money, the ozone layer with better comfort"
Update Bulletin Description
- Buyer's guide of the 18 most efficient one- and two-level central air conditioners listing type of refrigerant used, cooling output ranges, SEER efficiency ratings, type of compressor design, comfort features, warranties, tips for selecting a quality air-conditioning dealer, description and an illustration of how a scroll compressor works, savings/payback chart, and info on the new thermostats.

Appliances (Kitchen) Topics List

437 - "New refrigerator/freezers use less electricity and have more features"
Update Bulletin Description
- Buyer's guide of the 13 most efficient, full-featured refrigerators, freezer locations, sizes, colors available, features such as through-the-door ice/water dispenser, insulating packages, sprillproof shelves, illustrations, tips for lowering your refrigerator energy usage, efficiency recommendation chart, tips for buying a new refrigerator, explanation of the Energy Guide label and several prices.

537 - "Use the sun to cook your meals and bake your bread"
Update Bulletin Description
- Buyer's guide of ready-to-use solar cooker/ovens, descriptions, features, prices, do-it-yourself instructions for making a plywood solar cooker, a low-cost cardboard solar cooker, a single hot dog cooker that makes a wonderful boy/girl scout project, solar box cooking tips and unique solar cooking recipes.

578 - "New dishwashers are super-quiet and less expensive to operate"
Update Bulletin Description
- Buyer's guide of the 17 most efficient and quietest dishwashers and dishdrawers listing water usage for normal cycle, number of pumps, descriptions of wash cycles and spary washing system, internal water heater and maximum temperature, internal food disposer options, convenient/sanitizing features, prices, and tips for dishwashing efficiency.

672 - "New gourmet barbecues use wood pellets, flavored charcoal, corn, gas"
Update Bulletin Description
- Buyer's guide of 14 unique gourmet barbecue grill manufacturers listing the maximum heat outputs, type of flue used, cooking surface sizes, special features, prices, listing of seven suppliers of gourmet natural flavored wood/charcoal and a description of the various gourmet woods and charcoals.

722 - "Hot water dispensers are convenient, save time and money"
Update Bulletin Description
- Buyer's guide of 10 hot water dispenser manufacturers listing storage tank capacity, tank dimensions, spout styles, faucet dispenser colors, electrical specification (wattage and voltage), thermostat range, features, prices, suggested uses for hot water dispensers; buyer's guide or bottled water coolers/heaters showing types, cabinet shapes, cabinet colors, hot tank specifications, cold reservoir specifications; suppliers of delivered bottled water and coolers, brands available, water types, sizes available, dispensers and features

737 - "New attractive high-mass kitchen countertops for comfort, savings"
Update Bulletin Description
- Buyer's guide of 14 attractive, high-mass countertop and sink manufacturers listing material descriptions (concrete, granite, quartz composite, slate, ceramic tile, heavy wood, colors, features, and a material/pricing selector guide listing weight, repairability, features and drawbacks.

828 - "Install a warming drawer to keep dinners warm and moist"
Update Bulletin Description
- Buyer's guide of 11 warming drawer manufacturers listing sizes (widths), wattages used, temperatures, timers, colors, features, prices, installation instructions, and kitchen efficiency tips for all appliances.

870 - "New easy-to-clean electric cooktops cook like gas and are safe"
Update Bulletin Description
- Buyer's guide of 14 induction, halogen and radiant electric cooktop manufacturers (26 models) listing features, number of elements, number of cook zones, overall width, shape of element, size of element, wattage, frame colors available, illustrations and descriptions of the different types of cooktop elements.

876 - "Home-use professional gas ranges are attractive and efficient"
Update Bulletin Description
- Buyer's guide of 11 professional/antique gas range manufacturers listing burner types, broiler types, sizes, maximum burner heat outputs, broiler outputs, range configurations available (number of burners, grill, griddle options), convenience and safety features, illustrations, and prices on several models.

Appliances (Other) Topics List

444 - "Front-loading clothes washers wash/rinse better, cost less to use"
Update Bulletin Description
- Buyer's guide of 12 front-loader and combination washer/dryers showing model numbers, max. load capacities, max. rinse spin speeds and settings, pre-programmed washing cycles, water usage per load, hook-up, dimensions, features and photos and prices of many of the models.

559 - "New clothes dryers with precise controls, fewer wrinkles, less energy"
Update Bulletin Description
- Buyer's guide of the 16 most efficient no-vent, standard-vent dryers and combination washer/dryer manufacturers showing types of automatic moisture sensors, max. drying capacities per load, reversing or one-way drum rotation, drum materials used, number and description of drying cycles, overall dimensions, unique features, prices and laundry efficiency tips.

621 - "Install good-sealing dryer vent to save and keep bugs out"
Update Bulletin Description
- Buyer's guide of the best-sealing dryer vent kits with brief description, installation instructions for the floating cap dryer vent, clothes washing and drying efficiency tips: electronic insect and rodent repellers, types (portable, plug-in, light trap), maximum coverage areas, product details and illustrations.

831 - "Central vacuum systems clean better and are easy to install"
Update Bulletin Description
- Buyer's guide of 12 central vacuum systems manufacturers (55 models) listing type (cyclonic, self-cleaning, cloth or disposable bag), cleaning designs, air watts, dust capacity, cfm, suction in water lift, features, descriptions and illustrations of the various types of filtration methods, a layout guide, suggestions on planning your central cleaning system.

849 - "Allergen-safe vacuum cleaners have special design and filters"
Update Bulletin Description
- Buyer's guide of 12 manufacturers (31 models) of HEPA and true-HEPA canister/robot vacuum cleaners listing style (canister or upright), cleaning power (water lift in inches and air flow in cfm), filtration methods, dust bag capacities, length of cord, features, weights, illustrations, prices and descriptions of several models, chart of particle size of common air contaminants.

Attic/House Cooling Topics List

411 - "Install attic foil yourself to block heat and improve comfort"
Update Bulletin Description
- Buyer's guide of 20 manufacturers of do-it-yourself attic foil, heat-blocking attic paint, ridge vent kits, prices and installation instructions for a radiant barrier, installation instructions for a roll-out shingle over a ridge vent, safety tips for installing an attic radiant barrier system, sizing chart for area of foil needed.

987 - "New solar-powered attic fans keep house cooler for free"
Update Bulletin Description
- Buyer's guide of 11 solar-powered attic vent fans and turbine fans listing air flow ratings, watts, sizes, features, prices, sizing chart for number of fans required per square foot of attic, installation methods with illustrations and descriptions of various models.

Bathroom Topics List

464 - "Install a new, efficient hydromassage spa kit on your deck or patio"
Update Bulletin Description
- Buyer's guide of the nine best spas, tub material (cast acrylic, vinyl), seating capacities, description of jet types (massaging or invigorating) and specialty seats, type of cabinets, comfort features, illustrations of models, warranties and a monthly energy usage cost chart.

546 - "Convert your toilets yourself to water-saving ones with low-cost kit"
Update Bulletin Description
- Buyer's guide of 8 toilet water-saving flush kits, flappers, dual-flush, diverters, water dams, installation instructions, annual savings of water/sewage chart by converting a toilet to a water saver, tips for conserving water in the bathroom, solutions to common toilet problems, descriptions and illustrations for several products.

556 - "New shower valves hold water temperature steady for comfort, safety"
Update Bulletin Description
- Buyer's guide of 17 thermostatic/pressure-balancing valves and low-cost scald protectors listing comfort zones, types, safety/convenience/comfort features, simple, do-it-yourself installation instructions and diagrams for an anti-scald device, illustrations, description of severity of burns (firt to fourth degree), chart showing water temperature effects on adult skin.

594 - "Remodel your bathroom with stylish, efficient, comfortable products"
Update Bulletin Description
- Buyer's guide of 14 manufacturers of efficient/comfort bathroom remodeling products: electric warm floor radiant heating, wall/ceiling radiant heat panels, hinge-mounted towel warmers, unique shower surrounds, chlorine-removing showerheads, whirlpools (describing jets, controls, comfort features), water-saving toilets, decorative quiet vent fans, tubular skylights/vents, and ceramic tile.

603 - "Home-sized steam room kits are comfortable, easy to install"
Update Bulletin Description
- Buyer's guide of 12 steam generator/room kit manufacturers listing kilowatt usage, controls available, features, aroma therapy options, illustrations of models, prices, guidelines for sizing your steam room and steam room design tips and considerations.

631 - "New designs of toilets flush effectively with less or no water"
Update Bulletin Description
- Buyer's guide of 13 new, low-water usage toilets, types, shapes (round front, elongated bowl) styles (one- or two-piece), water usage (gallons per flush), colors, features, water/sewage savings chart, description of the types of toilets (composting, compressed air-assisted, gravity-flush, incinerating, liquefier, pressure-assisted, pump-assisted or vacuum-assisted), many illustrations of various types.

800 - "Home-size sauna kits are easy to install and available in many sizes"
Update Bulletin Description
- Buyer's guide of 11 sauna kits, styles ( modular, outdoor, portable, precut) size range and height, materials, designs, heaters, controls, standard accessories, features, sauna use and helpful tips, installation instructions for a portable sauna, illustrations for a complete modular and precut package.

862 - "New attractive whirlpool baths provide a relaxing hydro-massage"
Update Bulletin Description
- Buyer's guide of 12 whirlpools and air jet tubs, water capacity ranges, shapes, number of jets, tub materials and descriptions (acrylic, gelcoat, cast iron, soft-sided tub), pump power, features, prices and illustrations with features and descriptions on several models, tips on using a whirlpool tub.

877 - "Super-quiet bathroom vent fan/lights have most efficient features"
Update Bulletin Description
- Buyer's guide of the11 most-quiet, full-featured bathroom vent fan/lights showing air flow ratings, sound level ratings, lighting options, various automatic sensor options, other features, sample installation instructions, illustrations of many of the models and a recommended sizing chart.

938 - "Towel warmers and small bathroom fans for comfort"
Update Bulletin Description
- Buyer's guide of 16 towel warmer and bathroom heater manufacturers, styles, sizes, types (electric, hydronic, gas) comfort features, a sizing chart and illustrations with descriptions and features of selected models.

Door (Entrance/Garage) Topics List

409 - "Super-efficient decorative steel front doors look as good as wood"
Update Bulletin Description
- Buyer's guide of 12 insulated steel front door manufacturers listing finishes, styles (flush, glass, panel, sidelights, transom and sidelights), illustrations showing styles, insulation, metal gauge, hardware, warranties, decorative glass options, and efficiency and security features.

434 - "Solid and insulated real wood front doors are beautiful, efficient"
Update Bulletin Description
- Buyer's guide of 11 highest-quality wood front entry doors, construction types (solid hardwood, composite molded wood fiber, engineered lumber, cross-banded wood construction, laminated wood core, insulated core), illustrations of styles available, decorative/efficiency/security features, glass types and finishing recommendations for solid or veneer wood doors.

457 - "New decorative screen/storm doors for saving, comfort, security"
Update Bulletin Description
- Buyer's guide of the nine best, most secure screen/storm doors listing styles available, construction type and materials used, core/insulation levels, standard colors and hardware (locks, handles, hinges, etc.) available, unique features including type of glass used, prices and illustrations of many styles, guide to measuring for a storm door.

616 - "Build indoor or outdoor vestibule yourself"
Update Bulletin Description
- Do-it-yourself instructions for making an outdoor and an indoor vestibule/bookcase with diagrams, dimensions and a required materials list; suppliers of automatic thresholds, door bottoms and weatherstripping, chart of advantages and disadvantages of common types of door threshold seals, do-it-yourself door threshold installation instructions.

707 - "Block sun and cold winds from patio doors"
Update Bulletin Description
- Do-it-yourself instructions, diagrams and required material lists for making several projects - a patio door sun/wind shield; insulated interior shutters for patio doors; a flowerbox window sun shield and a sun shade window enclosure.

780 - "Pet door kits are secure, easy to install, save money"
Update Bulletin Description
- Buyer's guide of 10 automatic pet doors, features, pet opening areas (width x height), pet door materials, prices, door sizing/pet chart, illustrations of several different models, suggestions on what to look for in a sliding glass pet panel door, recommendations on installing a pet door in a screen and instructions for making a do-it-yourself insulated pet door.

827 - "New garage openers are faster, quieter and safer"
Update Bulletin Description
- Buyer's guide of the 17 best, most quiet garage door openers showing horsepower of motor, drive-type design, standard and automatic controls, special safety features, unique design features, typical installation and regular maintenance instructions and a simple troubleshooting guide.

881 - "Tight-sealing insulated garage doors are attractive, safe"
Update Bulletin Description
- Buyer's guide of 11 highest-quality garage doors, method of insulation, insulation thickness, R-value, colors, glass options, seals, panel contours (flush, raised, ranch), section seals with illustration (shiplap, tongue and groove, compression type, polyurethane material), features and illustrations.

939 - "New sliding and hinged glass patio doors are attractive, efficient"
Update Bulletin Description
- Buyer's guide of 15 premium quality fiberglass, vinyl and wood sliding glass patio doors (standard sliding or French sliding) and hinged, heights, widths, glass options, hardware (locks, handles, hinges, etc.), frame colors, decorative and security features/options.

955 - "Efficient stainable fiberglass and carbon doors look like real wood"
Update Bulletin Description
- Buyer's guide of nine wood look-alike carbon and fiberglass door manufacturers listing styles available (flush, glass, panels, sidelights, carved, round top, transom and sidelights), illustrations of styles, decorative glass options, design features, recommended staining/finishing instructions and typical instructions for installing an entrance door.

967 - "Convenient keyless door entry systems for security and efficiency"
Update Bulletin Description
- Buyer's guide of 10 electronic and mechanical keyless entry and deadbolt manufacturers (for entry and garage doors) listing models, design type, security and convenience features, installation instructions for an electronic model, and prices.

Electronic-Automation Topics List

400 - "Use portable electric power packs for emergencies and recreation"
Update Bulletin Description
- Buyer's guide of six portable power pack and plug-in inverter manufacturers listing nominal voltage, battery power in amp-hours, battery pack type, features, weights, sizes, many illustrations and prices of various models, chart showing household electrical appliances and typical wattage consumption with estimated run time, chart showing automotive/marine accessories and typical current draw with estimated run time.

499 - "Simple devices and wireless/wired home security systems"
Update Bulletin Description
- Buyer's guide of 13 security products/systems (hardwire, wireless, audio/video systems, barking dog alarm, mechanical deadbolt pushbutton combination lock), brief descriptions, illustrations of several products, features and tips for safeguarding your home against burglars.

605 - "Back-up whole-house generators for emergencies"
Update Bulletin Description
- Buyer's guide of eight automatic whole-house and portable emergency generator manufacturers (30 models) listing, electricity outputs, fuels (natural gas, propane, gasoline), features, prices, wattage charts for home appliances and portable electric tools, operation and installation instructions.

742 - "Uninterruptible power supply (UPS) protects computer and files"
Update Bulletin Description
- Buyer's guide of eight UPS manufacturers (34 models), VA ratings (350-1500), styles (floor or tower), dimensions, number of backup powered outlets and surge protected outlets, AVR, equipment damage warranties, automatic shutdown software, features, prices, and sizing chart for 10 typical PC systems.

760 - "Whole-house voltage surge suppressor protects entire house"
Update Bulletin Description
- Buyer's guide of the 13 best whole-house and plug-in surge suppressor manufacturers showing model names/numbers, design types, mounting methods, speed of surge reaction times, max. surge power each can handle, clamping voltage, unique features, many prices and illustrations of many whole-house and pont-of-use models.

Fireplace-Wood Heating Topics List

418 - "Corn, pellet and wood-burning furnaces heat entire house conveniently"
Update Bulletin Description
- Buyer's guide of 17 indoor and outdoor corn, pellet and wood forced-air furnace and hot water boiler manufacturers listing heat outputs, log sizes, hopper sizes, blower speeds, tanks capacities, features, prices, illustrations of many models, a wood heat evaluation worksheet and a firewood heat content chart.

436 - "Dry firewood quickly in solar Virginian dryer/mini-greenhouse"
Update Bulletin Description
- Do-it-yourself instructions and materials list for making a two-door Virginian wood dryer/mini-greenhouse, firewood selector guide listing low/medium/high heat content wood types, wood heat evaluation worksheets to determine if wood heating is cost effective for your home, and safe wood burning tips.

553 - "Turn your fireplace into a real heat producer with simple improvements"
Update Bulletin Description
- Buyer's guide of 14 manufacturers of energy efficient and decorative glass fireplace doors, heat-radiating firebacks, inflatable chimney pillows, chimney covers, chimney fans, chimney damper/draft fans, heat-circulating grates showing heat outputs, sizes, features, tips for a clean, efficient fire and fireplace safety along with illustrations with descriptions of several products

687 - "New woodburning fireplaces are attractive, easy to install"
Update Bulletin Description
- Buyer's guide of 11 attractive, high-efficiency radiant and heat-circulating woodburning fireplaces, styles (corner, peninsula, see-through, single-sided, island), sizes, features, prices, a firewood selector guide, and wood heating evaluation worksheet to determine the relative cost of heating with wood.

725 - "Vent-free gas fireplaces are attractive, efficient, easy to install"
Update Bulletin Description
- Buyer's guide of 10 vent-free gas (natural gas, propane, alcohol-gel) fireplaces and log set manufacturers listing heat outputs, styles (bay, corner, single-sided, peninsula, see-through, six-sided), catalyst options, features, prices, illustrations, a sizing recommendation chart for each region of the country, and a cost-to-use chart.

777 - "Wood-burning stoves are decorative, efficient, convenient to use"
Update Bulletin Description
- Buyer's guide of 11 wood-burning stove/fireplace insert manufacturers listing combustion type (catalytic or noncatalytic), efficiency rate, estimated max. burn time, estimated room area size it will heat, heat output, features (comfort and styling), prices, and firewood selector chart

787 - "New electric fireplace kits have realistic flames, use year-round (heat off)"
Update Bulletin Description
- Buyer's guide of 11 electric and gel- or liquid-alcohol fuel log and fireplace kit manufacturers showing how the realistic flames and sound are created, the maximum heat outputs for winter use, the various flame settings, heat and sound controls, unique features, cost-to-use chart, prices, and many illustrations of various models.

816 - "Direct-vent gas fireplaces have realistic flames, high-efficiency"
Update Bulletin Description
- Buyer's guide of 13 high-efficiency, direct-vent gas fireplaces and inserts, styles (bay, island, peninsula, see-through, single-sided, indoor/outdoor), heat outputs, efficiencies, controls, combustion air venting options, unique features, illustrations and a cost-to-operate chart.

880 - "Corn/pellet heaters are efficient, convenient to use"
Update Bulletin Description
- Buyer's guide of 14 corn/wood pellet heaters, types (freestanding and fireplace inserts), heat outputs, hopper capacity, heating capacity listed in square feet, burn time in hours, vent options, auger/feed design, features, illustrations, descriptions of the types of pellet appliances, and a fuel cost (corn, pellets, gas, propane, electricity, oil, wood) comparison chart.

961 - "European masonry fireplaces are convenient and efficient"
Update Bulletin Description
- buyer's guide of 13 manufacturers and builders of true masonry and soapstone heaters, detailed descriptions of the interior structures, design types (many styles pictured), heating instructions with illustrations and explanations, a firewood selector guide, firewood tips and a hardwood fuel values chart.

Greenhouse-Sunspace Topics List

422 - "Conservatories are attractive, many kits are easy to build"
Update Bulletin Description
- Buyer's guide of 14 manufacturers of conservatories and a supplier for easy to follow plans and instructions to build a Victorian style conservatory, styles available, frame materials, glazing options, features, factors to consider when building a conservatory, recommended conservatory plants and tips, illustrations of typical conservatory designs.

623 - "Many designs of do-it-yourself greenhouse kits are easy to build"
Update Bulletin Description
- Buyer's guide of 17 do-it-yourself greenhouse kit manufacturers listing, styles (freestanding, lean-to, gazebo, circular), frame materials, warranties, features, covering/glazing materials, descriptions of glazing/coverings and the advantages of each type, illustrations and prices for several models, suggestions on choosing a site for your greenhouse, tips on installation.

724 - "New patio and screened room kits can be used year-round"
Update Bulletin Description
- Buyer's guide of the 12 best patio room/screen porch kit manufacturers describing the roof/wall design details, window/door designs and options, glass options, special features, material construction details and illustrations of wall and window panels.

769 - "Solar sunroom is cheap and easy to build yourself"
Update Bulletin Description
- Do-it-yourself instructions, diagrams, and materials list for building an inexpensive sunroom/greenhouse and an A-frame portable cold frame, chart showing thermal storage capacity for several different materials, growth characteristics for 13 greenhouse vegetable/herb plants.

992 - "New sunrooms are bright, energy efficient, inexpensive living space"
Update Bulletin Description
- Buyer's guide of 12 efficient sunroom/kit manufacturers listing designs (curved eave, straight eave, conservatory), frame materials, glazing options, ventilation options, shading systems, features and passive solar heat producing tips. Diagram and helpful suggestions on how to turn your sunroom into a heat-producing space to reduce overall heating bills.

Heating (Central) Topics List

312 - "New heat pumps eliminate that chilly feeling and lower utility bills"
Update Bulletin Description
- Buyer's guide of the most efficient, comfortable heat pumps, capacities, compressor types, output levels, blower speeds, efficiencies (HSPF and SEER), warranties, illustration and description of how a scroll compressor works, heat pump maintenance suggestions and a payback chart.

425 - "Easy-to-use smart thermostats save money, improve comfort"
Update Bulletin Description
- Buyer's guide of 11 smart programmable thermostat manufacturers (25 models), time/temperature schedules, number of setback options, comfort/convenience features, installation instructions with illustrations, typical time/temperature family schedule chart and a setback saving charts.

490 - "New gas and oil boilers for efficient, comfortable heat"
Update Bulletin Description
- Buyer's guide of 13 super-efficient gas, propane and oil boilers, efficiency ratings, heating output capacities, dimensions, flue venting method (sealed, direct, natural), warranties, features, illustrations of several models, and a savings/payback chart.

555 - "Warm feet floor radiant heating kits for low utility bills, comfort"
Update Bulletin Description
- Buyer's guide of 15 warm feet water radiant floor system and kit manufacturers listing tubing material types, diameter sizes available, comfort and design features, descriptions of the most common types of tubing materials and six typical installation methods for existing houses and new construction.

589 - "Room zoning system saves money, improves family's comfort"
Update Bulletin Description
- Buyer's guide of 13 home zoning systems, number of zones, type of dampers (internal, side or bottom mount), range size of dampers (rectangular of round), control/comfort features, a savings chart and illustrations and descriptions of several models and designs.

698 - "Super-efficient two-stage/modulating gas furnaces save money"
Update Bulletin Description
- Buyer's guide of 19 super-efficient gas (and propane) furnaces listing efficiencies, type of blower and speeds, number of heating stages, warranties, comfort features, chart to determine the annual savings, a size-estimating chart, and detailed illustrations of several models.

723 - "New geothermal heat pumps for lowest utility bills, best comfort"
Update Bulletin Description
- Buyer's guide of 14 single and multilevel geothermal heat pump manufacturers (26 models) listing efficiencies (cooling-EER, heating-COP), output levels, blower speeds, types (loop or DX), features, freon/R410A, many illustrations, closed loop earth coupled applications with descriptions and diagrams and a fuel cost comparison chart.

733 - "Duct cleaning can improve air quality and lower utility bills"
Update Bulletin Description
- List of 550 certified duct cleaning companies across the country, number of certified technicians at each company, descriptions of the three most common duct cleaning methods, and a checklist for selecting a duct cleaning company in your area.

734 - "Budget-priced 80% gas furnaces improve comfort, savings"
Update Bulletin Description
- Buyer's guide of twenty-two 80% gas furnaces, efficiencies, capacities, burners (one- or two-stage), blower speeds, heat exchanger types (tubular or clanshell), warranties, payback chart, illustrations; listing of flue liners for masonry chimneys, types (flexible or rigid), materials, sizes, illustrations and descriptions.

778 - "Electric radiant ceiling/wall heating kits are efficient, comfortable"
Update Bulletin Description
- Buyer's guide of 11 electric radiant panel, film, cove, and quartz heater manufacturers listing panels sizes and cove heater lengths, wattage heat outputs at various settings, comfort controls and thermostat types available, design and installation features, illustrations of many systems and an electricity cost-to-use-per-month chart.

804 - "DIY gas furnace tune-up saves money long-term, increases life of unit"
Update Bulletin Description
- Do-it-yourself gas furnace tune-up guide, 55-point gas furnace troubleshooting guide showing sympton with possible causes and how to check or repair, energy saving tips, a furnace sizing chart, illustrations and explanation on haow a gas furnace works and definitions of various heating terms.

837 - "Check the size of your furnace for maximum efficiency"
Update Bulletin Description
- Furnace sizing off-time and heating degree days (HDD) charts for 100 cities, a do-it-yourself home energy evaluation check list (house exterior, roof, attic, basement/crawl space, furnace, water heater, appliances, general) and energy audit worksheets.

888 - "Electric warm floor radiant heating is comfortable, easy-to-install"
Update Bulletin Description
- Buyer's guide of nine electric warm floor systems for bathroom or any room showing descriptions of the design types, sizes of the mat, cable, films, etc., heating wattage outputs per foot length or sq. foot, automatic/thermostatic comfort controls, illustrations of many design types, and connection and under-tile installation instructions.

934 - "Simple combination water/space heating systems save energy and money"
Update Bulletin Description
- Buyer's guide of 16 manufacturers of combination integrated and modular water/air heating systems, new air handler units (single-room to whole-house sizes), super-efficient standard and high-output condensing design gas, oil and propane water heaters, heating and cooling capacities, features, size estimating chart and many illustrations of various models.

Heating (Room) Topics List

699 - "Small direct-vent gas, kerosene space heater for comfort and efficiency"
Update Bulletin Description
- Buyer's guide of the most efficient direct-vent gas, propane, kerosene heater manufacturers (55 models) listing types of heater with illustrations (wall/floor mount, counterflow wall furnace, in-floor furnace, radiant console, through the window, dual side) efficiencies, heating capacity, sizes, comfort features and cost-to-use chart, chart on selecting the correct size heater, illustrations of selected models.

706 - "Quiet electric space heaters have safety and comfort features"
Update Bulletin Description
- Buyer's guide of 10 electric space heaters, design types (oil filled, convection, radiant/quartz), heat settings, thermostats, comfort and safety features, portable electric heater safety tips, illustrations and descriptions of several models and a savings chart.

778 - "Electric radiant ceiling/wall heating kits are efficient, comfortable"
Update Bulletin Description
- Buyer's guide of 11 electric radiant panel, film, cove, and quartz heater manufacturers listing panels sizes and cove heater lengths, wattage heat outputs at various settings, comfort controls and thermostat types available, design and installation features, illustrations of many systems and an electricity cost-to-use-per-month chart.

House Construction Topics List

407 - "Stop squeaky floors with simple-to-install kits and engineered lumber"
Update Bulletin Description
- Buyer's guide of 12 manufacturers of do-it-yourself floor "stop-squeak" kits and engineered lumber showing installation instructions for several stop-squeak kits, descriptions of various engineered lumber products (LVL, glulams, I-joists, rim boards), specifications, maximum lengths of the lumber, features/uses, and prices of the stop-squeak kits.

476 - "Unique cedar homes are attractive and energy efficient"
Update Bulletin Description
- List of 14 manufacturers of cedar house packages, seven floor plan layouts and exterior diagrams, construction methods, typical specifications and a construction schedule. Comparison of log insulation values and interior/exterior wall diagrams of several companies' models.

666 - "Permanent wood foundations are efficient, quick to build"
Update Bulletin Description
- Manufacturers of complete permanent wood foundation (PWF) frame panels and other special construction materials, a soil conditions chart showing types of soils and their design properties, PWF design detail sketches and three floor plans and exteriors of several PWF/house kits.

691 - "Soundproof your existing and new walls by several methods"
Update Bulletin Description
- Buyer's guide of soundproofing product manufacturers, 18 soundproof wall designs describing basic construction (single stud or double stud walls) and absorptive materials, STC (sound transimission class) ratings, fire ratings, recommended room-to-room STC's, and soundproofing tips for homes.

738 - "SIPS houses are strong, efficient, quick to build"
Update Bulletin Description
- Buyer's guide of 13 SIPS manufacturers listing insulation type (EPS or polyurethane), optional skin materials available (OSB, plywood, drywall, paneling), maximum panel sizes, thickness of panels, insulation R-value ranges, features, panel assembly details, and a chart comparing EPS panel thickness and R-value for various skins.

746 - "Concrete/foam block houses are efficient, strong, secure, quiet"
Update Bulletin Description
- Buyer's guide of 18 manufacturers of concrete/foam blocks showing type of foam used, dimensions and weights of blocks, finished insulating wall R-values, prices, detailed descriptions of how the blocks are assembled and many illustrations of the various block designs and assembly methods.

750 - "Use straw bales to build an efficient inexpensive house"
Update Bulletin Description
- Construction details for building straw bale houses, methods of building with straw, tips on buying straw bales, hints on obtaining a permit to build a straw-bale house, illustration and characteristics of two-string and three-string bales, comparison chart of R-values of different wall types and a list of reference books, newsletters, workshop classes and videos.

860 - "Many methods to use concrete to build strong, efficient houses"
Update Bulletin Description
- List of 20 concrete system manufacturers, descriptions of the various building methods (insulating concrete forms, concrete block systems, panel systems, aerated concrete systems, shotcrete systems, removable forms and stucco basics, illustrations throughout, floor plan with exterior diagram.

House Plan Topics List

476 - "Unique cedar homes are attractive and energy efficient"
Update Bulletin Description
- List of 14 manufacturers of cedar house packages, seven floor plan layouts and exterior diagrams, construction methods, typical specifications and a construction schedule. Comparison of log insulation values and interior/exterior wall diagrams of several companies' models.

518 - "Timber-framed homes are efficient, beautiful, super-strong"
Update Bulletin Description
- Listing of 18 timber-frame house manufacturers and builders across the U.S., seven exterior diagrams/floor plan layouts of unique houses -1,400 sq. ft. to 4,300 sq. ft., illustrations of the timber framing, and specifications on some of the homes.

774 - "Post and beam houses are efficient, super-strong and uniquely attractive"
Update Bulletin Description
- List of 16 post and beam house (and modular kit) manufacturers, six floor plan layouts and exterior diagrams and detailed house package specifications (posts, beams, exterior walls, insulation, house wrap, roof, windows) for the plans (sizes range from 1,700 sq. ft. to 3,200 sq. ft.), and a frame wood selector guide.

781 - "Circular/octagonal panelized houses are attractive, efficient, easy to build"
Update Bulletin Description
- Listing 10 circular/octagonal panelized house kit and structural insulated panel manufacturers, eight floor plan layouts (several with exterior diagrams) ranging from 600 to 2,000 sq. ft., each kit manufacturer's range of standard kit floor plan sizes (sq. ft.), and construction specifications for several manufacturers.

835 - "Heating your house with passive solar heat is simple"
Update Bulletin Description
- Listing of 14 manufacturers of do-it-yourself passive solar house kits, floor plan layouts of 5 passive solar houses and 6 floor plan layouts of kits utilizing passive solar design features and a thermal mass material selector chart.

869 - "Dome homes are efficient, withstand hurricanes, tornadoes"
Update Bulletin Description
- Listing of nine manufacturers of dome home kits, construction methods (hub and strut, hub and double strut, concrete channel frame, sprayed concrete), size ranges in square feet, exterior diagrams and six floor plan layouts, general specifications and features on some floor plans.

879 - "Steel-framed houses are super-efficient, offer design flexibility"
Update Bulletin Description
- Listing of 21 steel-framed (red iron, light-gauge, panel) house manufacturers showing material/construction specifications, items included in framing packages, six floor plan layouts, exterior house diagrams and several steel framing illustrations.

944 - "Log home kits are unique, efficient and easy to build"
Update Bulletin Description
- List of 13 half and full-log kit home manufacturers, wood types used, eight plan layouts and exterior diagrams, sizes, diagrams of log profiles (full round, Swedish cope, "D" logs, square and rectangular logs) and corner styles (butt and pass, dovetail, interlock, saddle notch, square notch, notch and groove).

963 - "Modern modular houses are attractive, strong, efficient"
Update Bulletin Description
- List of 36 selected manufacturers of modular houses, areas they serve, seven different models exterior diagrams with floor plans layouts (from 832 sq. feet to 3,527 sq. ft.) and typical materials and construction specifications.

Indoor Air Quality-Allergy Topics List

503 - "Household carbon monoxide detector/alarms protect your family"
Update Bulletin Description
- Buyer's guide of eight CO detector/alarms and tablet manufacturers (32 models) listing number of stages, power sources (plug-in, hardwired, battery), type of alarm (audible and/or visual) warranties, features, safety tips to help reduce CO levels, diagram showing potential CO sources in the home, chart showing effects of CO exposure, chart of health effects and sources of indoor combustion pollutants, illustrations and descriptions of various models.

586 - "Use certain houseplants and special planters to purify air naturally"
Update Bulletin Description
- List of purifier planters, 20 most effective house plants for specific pollutants and a growing guide, tips for healthy houseplants, general information on hydroponics, description of different hydroponic systems and kits, list of manufacturers and suppliers of hydroponic kits and supplies, do-it-yourself instructions for building a simple hydroponic unit.

649 - "Portable, room-size humidifiers improve comfort, save money"
Update Bulletin Description
- Buyer's guide of 10 humidifiers, designs (tabletop, console), selector guide of various humidifier types shoqing illustration of evaporative, warm steam, steam mist, cool mist, ultrasonic, description of how the differnt types of units work, advantage and disadvantages of each type, outputs, features, humidification sizing chart and a chart showing maximum indoor humidity levels to avoid window condensation.

718 - "Room air cleaners are necessary even with a furnace filter"
Update Bulletin Description
- Buyer's guide of the 16 most effective room air cleaner manufacturers (55 models) listing maximum cfms, clean air delivery rates (CADR's) - dust, tobacco smoke and pollen, filter types (HEPA, electronic, electrostatic, pleated media, high density), recommended room size in sq. ft. for each model, speeds, weights, features, prices, a sizing selector chart, illustrations and descriptions of various models.

914 - "New range hoods are decorative, quiet and efficient"
Update Bulletin Description
- Buyer's guide of six quiet/efficient range vent hood manufacturers (18 models) listing styles (canopy, tilt-out, slide-out, island) updraft or downdraft types, sizes, noise levels listed in sones, widths available, speeds, air flows, features, cooking efficiency tips, illustrations and descriptions of various models

950 - "Central air cleaners are effective for allergies, improve efficiency"
Update Bulletin Description
- Buyer's guide of 11 whole-house air cleaner maufacturers (35 models) listing filtration methods (self-charging electrostatic, pleated media, HEPA, electronic, UV purifying), dust arrestance ratings, features, prices, an allergen/design selector chart and illustrations and descriptions of selected models.

Insulation-Caulking Topics List

410 - "Weatherstrip your doors to stop air leaks and lower utility bills"
Update Bulletin Description
- Do-it-yourself instructions with illustrations for sealing and weatherstripping doors and windows, types and descriptions of various types of door bottom weatherstripping available (illustration of each type) and a chart of caulking materials.

602 - "New types of environmentally friendly insulation for do-it-yourselfers"
Update Bulletin Description
- Buyer's guide of 10 do-it-yourself new earth-friendly, high density attic, foam and wall insulation manufacturers, installation methods, R-values, thickness, sizes available, insulation selector guide, installation instructions for batt insulation and a U.S. map showing recommended insulation levels.

668 - "Vented insulated roofing panels make cathedral ceiling simple"
Update Bulletin Description
- List of 19 insulated vented and stress skin roof insulation panel manufacturers, size of panels, insulation values per thickness in inches, types of insulation (expanded polystyrene, polyisocyanurate, isocyanurate, urethane), descriptions, design and recommended installation details.

748 - "Convert garage or basement to room with wall insulation systems"
Update Bulletin Description
- List of 12 manufacturers of materials for insulating and/or finishing a basement or garage with a product description of each system, do-it-yourself instructions for insulating basement walls and do-it-yourself instructions for making a movable insulating wall with diagrams, dimensions and required material list, recommended total R-value chart, adding wall insulation savings chart.

937 - "Use the proper type of caulking and tools for efficiency"
Update Bulletin Description
- Buyer's guide and properties of 10 common types of caulk materials, list of 15 manufacturers of caulk and special tools, and tips on how and where to caulk properly, an illustration of suggested places where air leakage occurs in your home, and recommendations on how much caulk is required for several areas.

Landscaping-Gardening Topics List

412 - "Control pests naturally with herbs and flowers"
Update Bulletin Description
- Chart of 30 herbs and flowers that will repel 25 specific insects and pests and growing guide - height, spacing, preferred soil, bloom time and flower color.

416 - "Cordless lawn mowers are powerful, quiet and convenient"
Update Bulletin Description
- Buyer's guide of rechargeable cordless and gasoline walk-behind and robot mowers listing speeds, overhead valve or L-head engine, prices, horsepower, cutting path, weight, cutting height, lawn grass selector guide showing 10 different types and mulching mowing tips.


438 - "Select the proper trees for comfort and efficiency"
Update Bulletin Description
- A selector guide of 100 types (deciduous and evergreen) of trees, mature heights and shapes, growth rates (slow, moderate or fast), hardiness zones and recommended landscape layouts with illustrations for the various climates - hot/humid climate, hot/arid climate, cool climate and temperate climate; schedule for tree care, planting and caring tips for trees.

500 - "Attract butterflies to your backyard"
Update Bulletin Description
- Selection guide of 80 host and nectar, flowers, shrubs and trees to attract butterflies, do-it-yourself plans for a butterfly hibernation box and several butterfly flower garden plans.

540 - "Use good bugs, birds, bats control bad bugs in your garden"
Update Bulletin Description
- List of mail-order suppliers of beneficial insects and organic products, suggestions on attracting and keeping good bugs in your yard, beneficial insect and natural control chart showing beneficial organism and pests it attacks, amounts required and when to release, chart showing products to control over 50 different pests, natural pest control tips, do-it-yourself bird and bat house plans (illustrations with dimensions), suggested dimensions for various birdhouses and nest boxes.

607 - "Growing flavorful herbs in your backyard"
Update Bulletin Description
- Selection guide (flower color, sizes, bloom time, hardiness) and growing instructions for 18 herbs to use in baking breads, herbal butters and cheese spreads, harvesting/drying methods, herb garden design and recipes.

701 - "Dwarf shrubs are attractive and efficient landscaping"
Update Bulletin Description
- Description of 100 different types of deciduous, flowering, broadleef evergreen and needle evergreen dwarf shrubs, hardiness zones, height at maturity, growth rate, texture, habits and hardiness zone map of the U.S.

715 - "Unique concrete pavers make building a solar patio simple"
Update Bulletin Description
- Buyer's guide of 13 manufacturers of unique paving products, do-it-yourself molds, low-voltage lights built in bricks, paver layout guides, patio edging systems, list (by state) of 55 local interlocking concrete paver manufacturers, illustrations of several patterns and patio building instructions showing several diagrams.

732 - "Build an efficient deck or a DIY screened gazebo kit"
Update Bulletin Description
- Buyer's guide of 15 screening/frame and gazebo kit manufacturers listing sizes, materials (wood or vinyl), features, illustrations, detailed instructions with diagrams, dimensions and required materials list for building a solar deck and a solar positioning chart for 58 cities.

765 - "Flowering climbing vines can block summer heat and glare"
Update Bulletin Description
- Selector guide of 60 varieties of climbing vines (annual and perennial, flowering and non-flowering), climbing methods, common and botanical names, vine lengths, growth habits and characteristics, bloom times and colors, exposure, hardiness zones and a hardiness zone map of the U.S., illustrations and descriptions of the types and growth patterns of vines, and 10 mail-order vine seed suppliers.

775 - "Warm your deck/patio efficiently for comfortable year-round use"
Update Bulletin Description
- Buyer's guide of 14 gas, propane, alcohol-gel, and wood outdoor deck/patio heaters, type (radiant infrared umbrella heater, portable log set, outdoor fireplace, portable fireplace, tank-top heater, earthenware woodburning fireplace, portable infrared heater) heat outputs, features, prices, cost to operate heater chart ($ per hour), recommended placement and area of warmth of umbrella-type radiant heaters, illustrations and features of selected models.

793 - "Use attractive ground cover to help cool house"
Update Bulletin Description
- list of 55 ground cover plants, types (perennial, deciduous, evergreen), hardiness zones and U.S. map, height, spacing, preferred soil, propagation methods (division, cuttings, seeds), chart to estimate number of plants required for specific are in square feet and a mulch selector guide.

809 - "Attractive vinyl and fiberglass fencing, gate openers for homes"
Update Bulletin Description
- Buyer's guide of 12 vinyl fence manufacturers showing styles (full privacy, semi privacy, privacy with lattice, picket, concave picket, closed rail picket, post and rail, crossbuck, basket weave), illustrations of some styles, colors, warranties, features, suggested installation and building fence guide; gate opener manufacturers showing types (swing, slide), travel speed, cycles per hours, maximum gate weight/length, features.

841 - "New hand and complete sprinkler systems are good for lawn/gardens"
Update Bulletin Description
- Buyer's guide of 11 hose-end, underground sprinkler/timer system manufacturers listing types and accessories available, selector guide showing types and features of underground sprinkler systems and hose-end sprinklers, illustrations and watering tips.

851 - "Control mosquitoes with zappers, repellers and birds"
Update Bulletin Description
- List of mosquito-specific bug killers and repellers, simple mosquito control tips and plans for making bat, bluebird and purple martin houses.

859 - "Grow fragrant shrubs for a pleasant scent"
Update Bulletin Description
- Selection guide of fragrant flowering shrubs, basic shrub shapes and how to prune shrubs.

971 - "Grow an herbal tea garden in your backyard"
Update Bulletin Description
- Selection guide and growing instructions for 15 herbs to brew teas, flower color, plant size, bloom times, harvesting/drying methods, an Elizabethan Knot Garden and other garden designs.

980 - "Do-it-yourself retaining walls are easy to build"
Update Bulletin Description
- Buyer's guide of eight do-it-yourself segmental retaining wall system manufacturers including dimensions, weights, exposed face areas, features and typical installation instructions with diagrams, various illustrations and descriptions.

999 - "Do-it-yourself drip watering kits are easy to install, save water"
Update Bulletin Description
- Buyer's guide of 12 drip watering system manufacturers describing each system, kits and accessories (drippers, foggers, micro-sprinklers) available, typical landscaping drip watering layout, planning tips for a drip watering system, and a chart showing different types of plants and soils, watering amount/frequency and suggested system.

Lighting (Indoor) Topics List

471 - "Efficient holiday lights and decorations, DIY ornaments"
Update Bulletin Description
- List of sources for efficient LED, rope and other holiday lighting products and reflective decorations including, instructions for making several reflective ornament (CD wreath, simulated stained glass, reflective sunburst) designs yourself and efficient holiday decorating tips.

667 - "Efficient SAD therapy light kits are available in many designs"
Update Bulletin Description
- Buyer's guide of 12 powerful SAD therapy light kits, visors, window and dawn/dusk simulators, lux levels (light intensity), sizes, weights, warranties, bulb type (incandescent, fluorescent halogen, red light), features, prices, various illustrations of several styles, suggested light box usage procedures, chart of light levels in the environment.

919 - "New super-efficient night lights with safety features"
Update Bulletin Description
- Buyer's guide of new green-glow; fluorescent; theme night lights; smart std. light bulbs; prices.

936 - "New compact fluorescent bulbs make reading easier, save money"
Update Bulletin Description
- Buyer's guide of compact fluorescent bulbs/fixture manufacturers (standard and full-spectrum for easy reading) listing types (intergral or modular), light quality CRI ratings, ballast types (electronic or magnetic), styles/shapes with illustrations, a guide to lighting, savings chart from using high-efficiency lighting ,and a room-by-room lighting guide.

Lighting (Outdoor) Topics List

441 - "New fiber optics and low-voltage kits make outdoor lighting safe, easy"
Update Bulletin Description
- Buyer's guide of 13 low-voltage/fiber optic lighting and brick kit manufacturers showing styles of lights, fixture materials (metal, cast metal, plastic), features, prices, many illustrations of the lights and tips for designing accent lighting for your home and landscaping.

514 - "New solar-powered lights are decorative, easy to install and bright"
Update Bulletin Description
- Buyer's guide of nine manufacturers (30 models) of new high-tech solar-powered accent, motion-sensing security, landscaping lights, mailboxes, emergency street address locators and lanterns, styles available, max. on-times per day, bulb types used, prices and illustrations of many styles.

530 - "Motion-sensing security lights for efficient security, accent lighting"
Update Bulletin Description
- Buyer's guide of nine electric and solar motion-sensing light manufacturers (28 models) listing coverage angle, sensitivity range, styles (floodlight, lantern, yard light, entryway, landscape, adapter), bulb types, wattage, delayed off time settings, features, prices, weekly cost to operate chart, security lighting tips and illustrations with descriptions of several models.

558 - "Install efficient, dark-sky complaint security/entertaining outdoor lights"
Update Bulletin Description
- Buyer's guide of 14 HID and fiber optic security/entertaining outdoor light manufacturers listing styles, materials (oak, cedar, metal, plastic), bulb types (compact fluorescent, fiber optics, high pressure sodium, metal halide, mercury vapor, quartz halogen), bulb efficiency, features, color quality characteristics, and cost-to-operate chart.

Miscellaneous/Comfort Topics List

731 - "Non-toxic alternative cleaning methods and insect controls"
Update Bulletin Description
- List of 18 natural/organic garden insect controls, recipes for 42 natural household cleaners and 16 indoor organic insect controls.

Remodeling Project Topics List

462 - "New hardwood flooring is attractive, warm, easy to install"
Update Bulletin Description
- Buyer's guide of solid and engineered hardwood flooring manufacturers, types of wood species, sizes, patterns, prices, prefinished or unfinished availability, hardness/stability guides, descriptions of wood flooring choices, wood flooring styles (strip, plank, parquet), description of surface finished, description of type of cut and wood flooring grades, and floating floor installation details.

482 - "Cork floor tiles are beautiful and durable, provide warmth"
Update Bulletin Description - Buyer's guide of nine cork floor tile ans panel manufacturers listing tile sizes, colors, finishes, thicknesses, features, typical patterns, installation instructions and maintenance recommendations, and general information on how cork bark is stripped from trees.

484 - "Add extra storage to make home more comfortable"
Update Bulletin Description
- Several do-it-yourself storage projects (pantry, shelves, under-stair cabinets), and special storage and wall insulation products.

544 - "No-maintenance wood-alternative deck materials and kits are beautiful"
Update Bulletin Description
- Buyer's guide of 18 wood-alternative and recycled material decking/railing kit manufacturers showing plank sizes and designs, standard colors, warranty periods, attachment methods to deck framing, special features, prices and diagrams of several of the various designs.

858 - "Add exterior insulation and synthetic stucco"
Update Bulletin Description
- Mfgs. of exterior insulation finish systems; stucco; colors; textures; DIY instructions for adding external stucco.

Roofing/Siding Topics List

403 - "High-quality gutter guards eliminate gutter cleaning, clogs"
Update Bulletin Description - Buyer's guide of 12 gutter guard, flexible downspouts and complete gutter system manufacturers listing materials, colors, warranties, dealer-installed or DIY, features, installation instructions, many illustrations, and photos.

515 - "Long-life architectural asphalt shingles are attractive too"
Update Bulletin Description
- Buyer's guide of 12 attractive architectural and other unique-looking asphalt roofing shingle manufacturers listing base mat, styles, fire rating, wind resistance, weight per square, exposure, warranties, features, installation instructions, suggested advantages of using asphalt shingles, illustration with description of styles of shingles.

712 - "Durable insulating house, wall, roof paint improves comfort"
Update Bulletin Description
- Buyer's guide of 11 energy-saving ceramic and low-emissivity wall, house and roof paints, particle types, coverages, colors, features/uses, warranties, prices, typical application instructions, cleaning and maintenance, painting tips and chart showing the temperature of coatings and other materials in sunlight.

735 - "New decorative, no-maintenance siding adds insulation value"
Update Bulletin Description
- Buyer's guide of 15 new decorative and standard types of no/low-maintenance exterior siding materials and insulation kits (cultured stone, insulated vinyl, thin brick, plastic simulated cedar/stone/brick, fiber-cement, engineered wood), surface textures, profiles, warranties, features, prices, installation details, illustrations and descriptions of various types of siding.

776 - "Many alternative roofing materials are attractive, last a lifetime"
Update Bulletin Description
- Buyer's guide of 20 roofing material manufacturers showing material types, various styles for each material, warranties (up to lifetime), features, chart showing prices, fire rating, estimated life, weights and colors and many illustrations of the various types.

858 - "Add exterior insulation and synthetic stucco"
Update Bulletin Description
- Manufacturers of exterior insulation finish systems (EIFS), colors and textures (swirl, smooth, sand, stone), features, descriptions of fastening systems and complete do-it-yourself instructions for adding external insulation and stucco; manufacturers of high-efficiency insulation.

896 - "Attractive residential metal roofs last a lifetime, keep house cooler"
Update Bulletin Description
- Buyer's guide of 17 manufacturers of residential aluminum, copper, steel roofing, materials used and finishing methods, profiles and simulated styles (cedar shakes, tile, slate, standing seam), sizes of each panel, colors available, thickness and weights of the shingles or panels, unique features, and illustrations of many styles and contours.

Skylight/Light Tube Topics List

673 - "New fixed/vented skylights are stylish, efficient with remote controls"
Update Bulletin Description
- Buyer's guide of 11 skylight manufacturers listing frame materials (vinyl clad, aluminum clad, fiberglass, vinyl, aluminum), shapes with illustrations (rectagular, square, dome, custom shapes, diamond-shaped, etc.), flashing and glazing options, accessories available, features, prices, sizing chart, illustrations of several models and instructions for making a skylight lightwell.

920 - "DIY skylight tube kits brighten room, install quickly"
Update Bulletin Description
- Buyer's guide of the 8 best skylight tube kit manufacturers showing tube materials, roof dome materials, indoor diffuser materials, diameters availabe, design type, warranties, features, installation details, prices and many illustrations.

Solar Product/Project Topics List

442 - "Do-it-yourself solar window heater is easy to make"
Update Bulletin Description
- Do-it-yourself instructions, diagrams and materials list for making three differnt designs of solar window heaters, some designs include an optional summer ventilation door.

443 - "Solar water heater kits are effective, easy to install"
Update Bulletin Description
- Buyer's guide of 10 easy-to-install solar water heater kit manufacturers listing system types (active or passive), collector types (flat plate, evacuated tube), collector sizes, plumbing layouts, prices, illustrations and specifications of several models.

450 - "Generate your own electricity from the sun for free"
Update Bulletin Description
- Buyer's guide of 13 PV systems, kits, controls, shingle manufacturers listing solar cell/kit type, selection guide, suggestions on sizing your PV system, overview of photovoltaics (crystalline silicon flat plate systems, thin film systems, concentrators), PV system terms, illustrations and prices.

485 - "Generate your own electricity with a windmill for house, boat, RV"
Update Bulletin Description
- Buyer's guide of 10 portable and whole-house windmills, rated power output, voltage output, sizes (includes weight, number of blades and rotor diameter), start up wind speed, rated wind speed, features, prices and a wind speed chart for 116 cities. Specifications and information are listed for selected models and siting and tower recommendations.

508 - "Use various do-it-yourself passive solar projects at your home"
Update Bulletin Description
- Do-it-yourself air-type solar wall heater instructions with illustrations and required materials list, building tips for a Trombe wall, special design features for various climates (zone 1 through zone 6) and solar position charts.

537 - "Use the sun to cook your meals and bake your bread"
Update Bulletin Description
- Buyer's guide of ready-to-use solar cooker/ovens, descriptions, features, prices, do-it-yourself instructions for making a plywood solar cooker, a low-cost cardboard solar cooker, a single hot dog cooker that makes a wonderful boy/girl scout project, solar box cooking tips and unique solar cooking recipes.

688 - "Build your own solar water collector to heat house or water"
Update Bulletin Description
- Do-it-yourself instructions for making a water-type solar collector, plumbing diagrams, required materials list, a list of 11 solar kit suppliers, descriptions and diagrams of types (thermosiphon or active systems), chart of recommended glazing systems, instructions on making a simple, do-it-yourself solar access viewer.

695 - "Solar preheater for hot water heater is simple to build or buy complete"
Update Bulletin Description
- Do-it-yourself instructions, diagrams and required materials list for making several designs of batch solar water heaters (one-tank batch heater, basic two-tank batch heater) and a plumbing schematic, diagrams of alternative designs of batch solar water heaters and a list of ready-to-use batch solar kits.

792 - "Save money with a solar food dryer kit or build a DIY one"
Update Bulletin Description
- Buyer's guide of electric food dryers and dehydrators showing wattage, warranty and features, recommended features to look for when selecting a food dehydrator, recommended tips for solar drying fruits, recommendations for solar drying vegetables, suggestions for successful drying in a solar food dryer and do-it-yourself instructions for a solar food dryer, materials required, illlustrations and dimensions.

940 - "Solar wall heat is effective and inexpensive to make"
Update Bulletin Description
- Simple DIY instructions/diagrams; materials list for making two designs of solar room heaters.

Swimming Pool/Spa Topics List

759 - "Ozone swimming pool/spa purifers reduces chemical usage for savings/comfort"
Update Bulletin Description
- Buyer's guide of the best UV and CD ozone and salt-type pool/spa purification systems showing ozone output volumes, electric voltage required, amps of electricity used, weight and dimensions of each model, recommended applications and sizes of pool/spa, features, prices, recommended chemical concentration ranges and maintenance for pools/spas, illustrations of many models and typical installation instructions.

797 - "Add months of swimming with a do-it-yourself solar pool heater kit"
Update Bulletin Description
- Buyer's guide of 11 solar pool heating kits (and complete solar pool kit) showing collector materials for each model and mounting application, suggested mounting locations, dimensions of the various collectors available, unique features (warranties, controls, etc.) for each manufacturer, and charts, a map and worksheet to determine the correct system size required for your area of the country.

893 - "Solar or electric ionizer purifies pool and spa water with less chemicals"
Update Bulletin Description
- Buyer's guide of 12 manufacturers of electric and solar ionizers showing pool purification kits listing spa-size purifying capacities, solar model installation instructions, unique features, controls, product diagrams, prices and tips to keep water crystal clear.

Tool Topics List

845 - "Rechargeable battery and robot lawn mowers are quiet, powerful"
Update Bulletin Description
- Buyer's guide of 10 rechargeable cordless and gasoline walk-behind and robot mower manufacturers listing speeds, OHV or L-head engine, prices, horsepower, cutting width, weight, cutting height, lawn grass selector guide showing 10 different types and mulching mowing tips.

Ventilation-Fan Topics List

493 - "Decorative ceiling fans for style, comfort and savings"
Update Bulletin Description
- Buyer's guide of 11 manufacturers of high-quality, standard and air cleaner ceiling fans listing unique and unusal styles, blade pitch, blade size, blade finishes and colors, speed range (rpm), controls (hand-held or wall-mount), features, many illustrations and features of selected models, a chart showing recommended fan sizes and temperatures for various rooms.

993 - "Window or whole-house heat recovery ventilators bring in fresh air"
Update Bulletin Description
- Buyer's guide of 15 whole-house and window HRV and ERV manufacturers listing model numbers, air flow rate ranges, energy transfer efficiency ratings, type of heat exchanger design (enthalpic or just heat/cool), electric power consumption, unique features, prices, illustrations of models and a chart of common indoor air contaminants/problems.

Water Heating Topics List

429 - "DIY kits to get hot water to bathroom faucets in seconds"
Update Bulletin Description
- Buyer's guide of seven manufacturers of quick-delivery hot water kits showing types of controls (timer, demand button, remote controls), prices, installation instructions, detailed product descriptions, illustrations, and six manufacturers of tiny point-of-use electric water heaters showing water capacities, first hour hot water ratings and sizes.

511 - "Tune up water heater for lower utility bills"
Update Bulletin Description
- Gas water heater troubleshooting guide and a listing of high-output, efficient gas water heaters and heat trap fittings.

647 - "Electric waters offer never-leak warranty, more hot water"
Update Bulletin Description
- Buyer's guide of 11 manufacturers (50 models) of super-efficient and never-leak electric water heaters, gallon capacities, energy factors, tank and parts warranties, insulation thickness, electronic safety/timer controls, a worksheet to estimate peak hour hot water demand and a savings/payback chart.

678 - "Tankless water heaters for endless showers, energy savings"
Update Bulletin Description
- Buyer's guide of 16 manufacturers (60 models) of gas and electric instantaneous water heaters showing model names/numbers, voltage required, hot water flow rates at various temperatures for comparison, features including controls, sizes, sizing flow rate chart and illustrations of unique models.

811 - "New gas water heaters produce plenty hot water, save money"
Update Bulletin Description
- Buyer's guide of the seven most efficient gas water heater manufacturers (45 models) listing model numbers, gallon capacities, Energy Efficiency Factors, First Hour Ratings, insulation, tank warranties, parts warranties, type and thickness of insulation, and sizing worksheet and a worksheet to determine the payback for various efficiency models.

Water Purification Topics List

496 - "Water softeners save money overall with better comfort"
Update Bulletin Description
- Buyer's guide of 10 efficient water softeners, types of controls, softening capacities, regeneration cycle times, physical sizes of the units (cabinets, resin tanks, brine tanks) features, prices, diagrams and description of basic water softening system process, many illustrations of various models, annual water costs to operate chart, sizing guideline and water hardness charts.

569 - "New water filters/purifiers for safety and better taste"
Update Bulletin Description
- Buyer's guide of the best 16 water filter and purifier manufacturers listing descriptions of the filtration methods, styles (countertop, under-counter, faucet, water bottle) of the various models, features, prices, many illustrations of models, and two charts showing the recommended filtration methods for hazardous contaminants and common water problems.

692 - "Shower/bath water filters remove harmful and skin drying chlorine"
Update Bulletin Description
- Buyer's guide of efficient shower and bathtub water filters, filter types (KDF media, activated carbon, carbon block), element life, dimensions, weights, features, prices, installation instructions and diagrams, many illustrations of various models.

978 - "Recycle greywater to water lawn, cut water/sewage bills"
Update Bulletin Description
- Buyer's guide of nine greywater and heat-recovery water system manufacturers, sizing and payback information, system diagrams, guidelines for choosing a system, chart showing quality of various greywater sources, schematic diagram of an automatic system, and water conservation tips

Window Improvement Topics List

498 - "Do-it-yourself tilt-in sash kits make windows just like new"
Update Bulletin Description
- Buyer's guide of 11 tilt-in sash replacement and channel kit manufacturers listing frame materials, colors, glass options, features, gneral painting and staining instructions, illustrated installation instructions for window fix replacement channels and two different replacement sash kits and suggestions on how to measure for sash replacement kits.

563 - "Interior storm window kits are efficent, easy to install"
Update Bulletin Description
- Buyer's guide of 10 interior storm windows and kits, frame materials (vinyl, PVC pipe/foam, aluminum, polypropylene), attachment methods (magnetic, clips, compression, hook and loop, plastic channel, steel spring system), glazing options (acrylic, plastic film, glass), frame colors, features, installation instructions for several different types of kits and specifications.

617 - "Window film improves comfort, blocks fading, saves energy year-round"
Update Bulletin Description
- Buyer's guide of do-it-yourself and professional window film manufacturers (34 films) listing colors, properties (total solar transmittance, total solar reflectance, total solar absorption, visible light transmittance, ultraviolet rejected, U-factor, shading coefficient, emissivity, total solar energy rejected), prices, definitions/technical terms of the properties and installation instructions.

736 - "Window awnings are attractive, block heat, save furniture"
Update Bulletin Description
- Buyer's guide of adjustable and fixed window and door awning kits (canopies, small and large retractable awnings, retractable vertical awnings), widths, projections, fabrics, features, suggestions on measuring for an awning, recommended cleaning of acrylic awnings, benefits of a fabric awning, explanation of how awnings save energy, prices and illustrations.

813 - "Retractable screen kits (doors/windows) are attractive, convenient - Buyer's guide of 12 add-on retractable door/window screening kit and special screening (heat/sun control, pet-resistant, etc.) manufacturers showing types, door sizes, colors, features, prices, and descriptive illustrations showing components of retractable screen kits, add-on porch and garage door screening kits.

843 - "Build an indoor combo shutter and bookcase"
Update Bulletin Description
- Do-it-yourself instructions, illustrations and required materials list for making a combination window shutter/bookcase, simple insulated shutters and three different designs of exterior storm windows.

883 - "Rolling window/patio door shutters for security, privacy, efficiency"
Update Bulletin Description
- Buyer's guide of 14 rolling shutters showing material option, types of insulation used, colors available, width ranges for the slats offered, opening and closing options, types of automatic controls, representative prices and illustrations of many models and styles.

889 - "Retractable patio/deck awnings block sun, rain and are easy to install"
Update Bulletin Description
- Buyer's guide of nine manufacturers of various retractable awning designs (lateral arm, track, freestanding, screened sides) listing maximum widths, projection distance from wall, features, prices, typical installation instructions, and an awning fabric (12 fabrics) selector guide.

970 - "Reuse removable window film/shades each summer to block heat"
Update Bulletin Description
- Buyer's guide of 12 static-cling window film (plus a small sample), sun-control shades/screens, and window well liner manufacturers listing sizes, visible light light transmitted, total UV rejection, shading coefficient, colors available, descriptions, prices, installation instructions for static cling vinyl window film, illustrations and descriptions of several products.

Windows (New) Topics List

413 - "Self-cleaning or decorative window glass is efficient, attractive"
Update Bulletin Description
- Buyer's guide of 14 manufacturers of self-cleaning glass and complete windows with decorative glass listing window styles, frame materials/colors, decorative glass options offered by each, many illustrations of glass options, features, and descriptions of how self-cleaning glass works.

497 - "Designer glass/plastic block windows are secure and attractive"
Update Bulletin Description
- Buyer's guide of nine manufacturers of standard and designer glass/plastic block, other security windows and glass block installation systems listing sizes, colors, patterns, features, prices, several illustrations throughout and illustrated do-it-yourself instructions for a silicone system and for a mortar system.

658 - "Garden windows add light and openness to any room"
Update Bulletin Description
- Buyer's guide of 20 garden window kits listing frame materials (solid wood, aluminum, vinyl), color of frames, styles (awning, casement, top vent, single hung), glass options, features, prices, installation instructions and do-it-yourself instructions for making a low-cost garden/greenhouse window.

677 - "Super-efficient bow and bay windows add openess to any room"
Update Bulletin Description
- Buyer's guide of 12 manufacturers of the most efficient bay, bow, angle and curved window kits, styles (casement, double-hung, picture, angle, etc.), frame materials, frame colors available, glass options, decorative glass options, warranties, features, tips for installing bay and bow windows; manufacturers of bay and bow roofs and kits.

700 - "New super-efficient, no-maintenance, insulated vinyl replacement windows"
Update Bulletin Description
- Buyer's guide of the 15 highest quality, most efficient vinyl window manufacturers listing frame insulation, new glass options, styles with illustrations (awning, bay, bow, double hung, casement, French casement, tilt turn, single hung,, fixed), colors, features, charts showing insulating R-values, visible transmittance, and solar heat coefficient of different types of glass.

926 - "Fiberglass replacement windows are efficient, maintenance-free"
Update Bulletin Description
- Buyer's guide of 11 high-quality and efficient fiberglass window manufacturers listing styles shown with illustrations (awning, bow, double hung, casement, slider, picture, single hung), glass options, frame colors, features, double-hung window installation instructions and illustrations with descriptions of several products.

974 - "Wood windows are efficient, attractive, easy to clean/maintain"
Update Bulletin Description
- Buyer's guide of 12 efficient, low-maintenance wood window manufacturers listing styles with illustrations (awning, bay, bow, casement, French casement, double-hung, slider, geometric shapes, fixed units, tilt turn), wood types, frames (solid wood, vinyl-clad, aluminum clad), colors, glass options, illustrations, warranties and features.


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