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By JUDY STARL
Published September 30, 2006


Decor for your door

Create a Halloween costume for your front door with tips courtesy of Jeld-Wen, the door manufacturer. Start with a wreath made of lichens, dried leaves and twigs. Wire on a red devil mask, sequined pitchforks and a few extra pairs of pointy ears. Tuck in a few black bats with red eyes.

Go fluorescent

Strike a blow for energy saving on Wednesday. The public-private Energy Star program has designated that as Change a Light, Change the World Day. Replace one incandescent bulb in your home with an energy-efficient compact fluorescent and you'll cut down on energy costs and green- house gases. Replace the bulbs on the five most commonly used fixtures (kitchen, family, living, bathroom, porch) and save $60 a year in your own energy costs.

Recharge your batteries

Here's another hurricane helper, but considering how many battery-powered devices we all have (digital cameras, MP3 players, handheld games, etc.), this is useful all year 'round. The Rechargeable Easy Charger from Energizer (yes, the bunny people), 4 by 5 inches, plugs into an outlet and charges up to four AA or AAA cells. The manufacturer is pitching this at women, identified as the family "battery managers," hence the interchangeable face plates in silver, black and eggshell that look less like the garage and more like the kitchen or family room. With four AA batteries, the suggested retail price is $21.99. Look for it at Target and BestBuy.

In da house

The St. Petersburg Home & Remodeling Show continues today and Sunday at Tropicana Field. Lots of exhibits, demonstrations, appearances, including Ed the Plumber from the DIY Network and design diva Gail Steves and DIY expert Mike Ferrara, who will double-team the topic of kitchen and bath remodeling. Hours: 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. today, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday. Tickets: adults, $8; seniors 60 and older $6; free for children 12 and younger. Details, schedules, discounts: www.floridahomeshows.com.

- Compiled by Homes editor JUDY STARK