about Ellen

Ellen has spent many years as a professional wordsmith, helping to shed light on such topics as world travel, cargo pants, and the porosity of bath tiles. As a freelance copywriter for Esurance, she brings her boundless curiosity to the world of insurance. Outside work, she can be found cheering on the San Francisco Giants, hiking in the Oakland hills, and (barely) resisting smuggling penguins home from Antarctica.

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The 8 Most Spectacular Flower and Garden Shows in the U.S.

Attention horticulture vultures: spring is fast approaching. Time to jump-start your green thumb at one of these epic garden events.

Travel hacks

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Fuel Technologies: Will It Be Hydrogen or Trash

We’ve covered these exciting new technologies before — now it’s time to find out if they’ve lived up to their promises.

Smart technology

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Are Home Solar Systems Worth the Price?

Residential solar systems are finally getting their day in the sun. But is putting panels on your roof a good investment?

All the news | Smart technology

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4 Must-Read Tips for Fireplace Safety

While a crackling fire on a winter night is cozy and romantic, it can quickly turn dangerous. Here’s how to keep your fire burning safely.

Safe and smart

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Preparing for Severe Storms: Dos and Don’ts

’Tis the season for winter storms. Do you know how to protect your home against heavy rain and floods?

Safe and smart | Homeowners 101

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