Sandhill Christmas Trees cultivates a festive forest of pines free of pesticides and paint to bestow customers with lush house adornments for the holiday season. Revelers peruse rows of vibrant conifers—plucked from the Earth in mid-November to preserve their freshness—and select the ideal 5- to 6-foot tree destined to uphold cherished North Star or titanium snow-yeti tree toppers. Servings of hot chocolate, cookies, candy canes, and peanut butter–filled pretzels warm up and refuel patrons as they explore the grounds. Though not included in today’s Groupon, Sandhill Christmas Trees stocks a number of wreaths, garland, tree stands, and box-and-rope elf traps as well as delivers sprawling saplings to local residents for a fee.
By suggesting simple ways to improve energy efficiency at home, Euro-Tech's level-one residential-energy audit can shave up to 30% off bloated energy bills. During an audit, a well-trained energy doctor will examine the amount of energy a home consumes versus the cost of that energy. Then, within one week, auditors will reveal their recommendations in 15- to 25-page reports stuffed with suggested energy-saving stratagems, such as using energy-efficient light bulbs, caulking or replacing windows, adding attic insulation, or handcuffing radiators so their heat waves can't escape.
Galaxie Home Remodeling’s professional pane installers equip walls with well-insulated seeing-holes. Fusion-welded windows come with two panes that tilt in for easy cleaning, and a half-screen lets in fresh spring breezes and the musical laughter of neighboring gargoyles. Low-E glass filters out excess sunshine in summer, and argon-gas filling insulates indoor air from winter cold, reducing utility bills year-round so homeowners can save up for hot-dog toaster ovens advertised in SkyMall. The window’s Energy Star certification also qualifies some homeowners for a tax credit. Galaxie Home Remodeling offers additional discounts on orders of four or more windows.
American Heritage Fireplace's chimney technicians scour soot and finesse flues to leave home heaters clean and free of excessive soot and creosote build up. After arriving at abodes, an experienced sweep performs a visual inspection of the chimney interior and exterior, as well as any connected fireplace or wood stove. Then they’ll prep the work area to corral dust and debris and manually scrub Santa chutes with a brush perched atop a graphite rod. The sweeping process ferrets out ash, creosote, and minor clogs, such as bird nests, squirrel nests, and licorice-rope nests; an industrial vacuum devours the falling particles.
Best Cabinets fashions custom furnishings, built-ins, and more using handpicked lumber from the company's 100 acres of Wisconsin woodlands. Each log is cut at Best Cabinets' in-house sawmill, where wood is air-dried, then placed in a dehumidifier kiln to reduce it to 6%–8% humidity—the optimum moisture content for cabinet making. From these carefully prepared raw materials, Best Cabinets' well-trained plank whisperers build custom furniture ($200+) and kitchen cabinets ($200+) using decorative hardware ($5+) to create handsome hiding places for stashes of collectible Funyuns.