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WANTED: Clog Busters!!

Uncle Sam Says…Protect your environment. It’s the right thing to do. Do your part for our Country and environment to keep sewers flowing and fat-free: –Scrape food and grease from plates into the trash – garbage disposals don’t remove grease. –Place a strainer in your sink drains. –Pour off cooking grease from pans and bakeware into a resealable can. Let it cool before placing it in the trash. –Collect turkey frying oil and take it to the local household collection facility for free. The tallow company picks it up and recycles it. For more tips on how to stop The …

Protect Your Septic System: Grey Water Can Do It!

Are you tired of costly septic system maintenance? Are you looking for ways to economize your household budget, better protect the environment and reduce septic system load? A greywater system is your answer. This is cutting-edge technology designed to safely recycle water from inside the home for reuse outside the home, taking pressure off septic systems. Read on to learn how greywater saves you money and water. No more worrying about the need to increase or replace stressed septic systems. No more burnt landscaping because of drought-inspired water restrictions. Greywater is simple-to-use and provides ample water to keep the garden …

Why Plumbers Need Websites

Are you a plumber? Are you interested in increasing business and making more money? If you answered yes to both of these questions there is one thing you should consider doing: create a website. Still not convinced? Here are three benefits of having your own website: 1. Draw in search engine traffic. Instead of relying only on newspaper ads, referrals and calls from people who find you in the phone book, you can add in customers from the major search engines. It takes time to gain traction and receive business directly attributed to your website, but soon enough you will …

Going Green With Your Plumbing Business

Over the last few years the plumbing industry has jumped on green bandwagon. Eco friendly appliances hit the marketplace and now are the norm in our households. From a plumbers perspective it is a green paradise. From solar water heaters, to composting toilets, point of use heaters, irrigation systems, and rain sensors to low flow showerheads. Your clients are relying on you to not only fix a leaky faucet, but assist them in working on building or remodeling an eco friendly home. In addition, green-design principles are being rapidly accepted by local, state, and federal agencies, and by major U.S. …

The Basics of Effective Electronic Communication

Email has become an irrefutably essential tool for swift and efficient communication in today’s highly digital society, especially for business owners. Time is entirely too limited and valuable. Using Email to communicate quickly while on the move or multi-tasking seems like a no-brainer. Messages regarding booking new jobs, connecting with old clients or conversing with employees can be sent and received in a matter of minutes. Utilizing Email for communication can help your business to run smoothly by saving you time and energy. However, if not approached and crafted properly, your Email correspondences could be sending out the wrong message …

Manage Your Leads

In order to increase revenue for your business and have a successful 2011, one of the most important things you can do is to get a handle on your lead management system. Leads are generated in a number of different ways through online marketing, word-of-mouth and advertising campaigns. Following up on leads that result from your marketing efforts is a key part of building a business and making the most of prospective customers. What do you do when you get a lead? Do you have a structured system in place for managing current and past leads? Studies have shown that …

Industry Buff?

eLocal INVITES YOU… to Be Our Next Blog-Off Expert The eLocal Blog-Off Series has taken the Home Improvement Industry by storm. Our first few Blog-Off threads generated an overwhelming number of responses from experts in many fields. We would like to invite you, our contractors, to join this industry-wide conversation. Participating in this new forum will provide you with an innovative, simple way to network and exchange ideas with consumers and fellow businesses. This network will break down professional barriers and create a fund of knowledge with a multi-industry consensus. In each bi-weekly Blog-Off we pose a question that is …

Blog-Off #3: The Limitations of Going Green

“Green” has been a buzz word for the past few years. As the concept increased in popularity, so did the prevalence of eco-conscious alternatives for everything: food, fashion, building materials, cleaners, etc. As a result, the green movement is appearing in our homes now more than ever. We discovered that many homeowners are pursuing green options already and that this will be a strong trend in 2011. But does going green mean making sacrifices? The Big Question Although there are more green options now than ever before, going green, by definition, rules out a large number of non-green choices. So, …

Blog-Off #3: Prevailing Thoughts from our Experts on Going Green’s Limitations

During our third Blog-Off, we asked over 50 home improvement experts the following question: does going green limit homeowners? Our experts talked about the specific limitations of going green and suggested the best ways to spend your money if you want to join the green movement. Interested in what they had to say? We pick our top 5 comments here. Blog-Off #3 Re-Cap For our third Blog-Off, we asked a panel of expert interior designers, contractors, and manufacturers to weigh in on the following question: How do you think going green constrains homeowners in the design/remodeling process? Are there any …

Blog-Off #3: Does Going Green Limit Homeowners?

By now you’re familiar with our series uniting experts in the home improvement industry. If not, read our Blog-Off announcement. During our last Blog-Off, our experts predicted the 2011 home improvement trends. They outlined everything, from colors and design to materials and fixtures. However, one trend dominated the rest: going green. Thus, for this Blog-Off, we wanted to see how going green affects the homeowner.