Lynn D'Avolio
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Posted by Lynn D'Avolio on 9/13/2016

Concept image of Feng ShuiFeng Shui is an ancient art and science developed over 3,000 years ago in China. It is a complex body of knowledge that reveals how to balance the energies of any given space to promise the health and good fortune of the people living there.

The basic principles of Feng Shui are the principle of the five elements, Wood, Fire Earth, Metal and Water. These are the basic building blocks of nature and the environment in Feng Shui. Feng Shui, at it's core, is the belief that you can bring life changing results in to your home by knowing how to apply these elements to your home.

The best way to begin to make your home a Feng Shui home is to clean out the clutter. Based on the practice, de-cluttering your space is a good way to clear out some negative energy. Another important Feng Shui aspect is to have quality air and lighting to balance the energy in your home. Try opening the windows often and have lots of air purifying plants.

Define your Baqua, the Feng Shui energy map of your home. There are eight areas on which to focus using a compass in order to do a reading of your home .Each area of your home is connected to a different 'life area.' For example, the southeast area of your house is connected to the flow of money and energy in your house. If you are looking to increase prosperity to your home you need to increase wood and water in the southeast area of your home. You need to use wood and green and brown colors to bring about abundance in this life area. Contrarily, the east is connected to family and health and the use of the wood element and lush plants in this area will help bring about health.

It is best to express Feng Shui elements in a subtle way that is visually pleasing and will work well within your home.




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Posted by Lynn D'Avolio on 5/7/2013

Energy costs can really take a toll on our monthly bills. But you can take control of these costs with a few simple steps. And to help out, programs like Mass Save (Masssave.com) and www.energystar.gov will help homeowners save even more. Did you know that even when you turn off appliances, such as your TV, they still use energy? With all the electronics in your house, the energy use can really add up in a year. A quick easy way to control these costs is to get an advanced power strip, where there are multiple plugs for electronics that need to always be on (i.e. your cable box) and those that don't (i.e. you TV). The power strip will automatically turn off those electronics that are in the "don't keep on" sockets when the electronic in the "master" socket is turned off. Mass Save estimates that you can save $30 annually by using one of these on your entertainment system. Mass Save and Energy Star has a variety of other ways to save on energy from product savings (on things like light bulbs and power strips) to rebates for buying energy savings appliances. You can also get a free home energy assessment to help you get started on improving your home's energy savings. And if you are low income, there are programs to help you save on costs even more. Each state has it's own energy savings programs, so even if you aren't from Massachusetts, there are resources available to you. Be sure you contact your state's energy department to find out more about ways to save.