The largest amount of energy that
is consumed by homes on average is due to heating requirements, which are
continuing to steadily. The average heating bill (at the time of winter alone)
in the U.S. in 1999 was $564, which reached $989 by the next 6 years, and it is
showing no signs of halting its steady growth even after almost 5 years have
passed since the end of 2005.
Does our heating bill rise only
when we use more heat to warm up our homes? It is obvious that using more
energy equals more money needed to pay for it. However, the actual vampire of
our home’s heat energy is something a little less obvious – the unwanted
thermal energy loss effect. This is normally the main reason for our heating
bills being much higher than they need to be.
This article will focus on
explaining the details of this effect and how we can solve its different
aspects. So, let’s take a look at the most effective and important ways we can
go about doing this:
1. Fixing bad insulation. What is
insulation exactly? There are certain materials that are embedded in the core
of our home’s wall structures, and sometimes, even roofs and floors, that have
a specific purpose – they absorb our home’s heat and radiate it back inside,
for as long as possible, allowing our homes to maintain a relatively constant
temperature once we turn off our heating. Your insulation is effective (good)
if it radiates a high proportion of the heat it absorbs, and, also, for a
reasonably long time. So it is ineffective (bad) if it does not do so. Bad
insulation is one of the biggest heat wastes in our homes.
You can review your home’s
insulation materials by asking experts to … Read more
As the mercury rises across the UK and Europe this summer, in homes and offices more and more people are now buying air conditioning units than ever before. With hotter summers, coupled with a growing awareness for the importance of indoor air quality, UK retailers have reported a rise in air-con unit sales as people splash the cash to keep cool in stifling temperatures.
It’s not just these last few months that Brits have been investing in air-con to escape the heat. In 2018, 8.4 million air-con units (including residential, commercial and industrial uses) were sold across Europe including 200,000 of these across the UK, according to the Carbon Trust. With the Met Office forecasting that British summers could be 5C warmer by 2070, sales of air conditioning units may well continue to rise in years to come.
If you’ve been smart enough to invest in an
air-con system for your home or office keeping your system in good working
order will help it perform better. Although many people wait for their system
to start making a strange noise or notice it’s running less efficiently to call
for a service, it’s better to be ahead of the game and plan regular maintenance.
Whilst neglecting necessary maintenance ensures a steady decline in its performance, here’s five additional benefits to keeping your air-con unit fully serviced.
Operational Life – Regular maintenance will ensure
your unit maintains up to 95% of its original efficiency and can double the
lifespan of the unit. Filthy condenser coils and clogged up filters means your
system has to use up more energy to do its job properly. Monitoring your unit for
any damage on the pump, belts, and other parts allows you to keep the system
running as efficiently as possible.
Energy Bills – … Read more
When you make a resolution to renovate your bathroom, you
are required to spend for quite a few bathroom accessories to make it happen in
a splendid way. Bathroom renovation is unquestionably a major move; therefore,
it is supposed to be done with the due attention and graveness. The fittings
and fixtures must be moved flawlessly so as to ascertain that you may not
encounter any sort of minor or major issues. If you observe, you will realize
that bathroom taps are the most utilized accessories among all; therefore, you
have to pay close attention when it comes to the selection of bathroom taps.
A bathroom is useless until the taps are installed in it. As
you must have a clear idea of the prominence of bathroom taps, you need to be
well aware of the factors which can influence the purchase of the taps. The
moment you enter a hardware store, you get to see a huge range of beautiful
bathroom taps and it is the most critical moment to make a perfect decision as
beauty might make you forget the actual purpose of buying and you make a
purchase for an inappropriate or expensive type. Here you have to rationalize
your decision and double-check if the taps you are willing to get will be
useful for you or not. The following points will help you understand how to opt
a perfect bathroom tap within your budget and usability.
First of all, you need to consider sizes of your bathroom,
basin, bath tub & wherever you need it as it is very evident that your tap
size must be in accordance with the item so that it may not seem awkward or
Secondly, water pressure is a vital aspect and the taps are
available in different … Read more
When a homeowner is
considering to make a change in the exterior of the home and install siding,
there are many common concerns. Maybe the biggest reason a homeowner has
decided on siding is over maintenance concerns. One thing most people will
agree on is the fact that maintaining a home’s exterior can be a draining
process, especially as time goes by and simple band-aid solutions don’t cut it
By choosing siding for
your home, you haven’t ended the decision process quite yet. You should examine
some of the issues involved. Here are the biggest things a homeowner will face.
1. Will your home’s
overall look take a big hit? In the case of older homes, there might be a type
of wooden plank siding already existing. Any homeowner who has lived in such a
home is aware that the care and expense involved in maintenance is practically
never-ending. Should you switch to a synthetic material? Ultimately, it will
come down to the amount of importance you place on traditional looks and
authenticity. There are some options that bridge the gap between vinyl and
2. You must decide if
the aluminum siding is the best thing for you at the moment. Whether you had an
aluminum exterior already on your home when you purchased it, or used it as a
quick upgrade for deteriorating wood, you should think about its feasibility in
the present. If you are considering selling your home, aluminum will probably
set you back considerably in value, while an upgrade could send the price in
the opposite direction.
3. If choosing vinyl,
only trust a true professional for installation. Problems with vinyl siding
have been noted when the installation process was botched. Buckling can occur
and lead to the need for … Read more
a move is in sight and the current house needs to be sold, don’t panic if it
needs a lot of work. Whether buying or selling, the entire real estate process
is overwhelming. Of all the projects that need to be done, tackle the ones that
are most likely to get the house sold more quickly. Take a deep breath and a
look around. It’s really not so bad!
flooring can make a dramatic change in an outdated home. Update worn-out carpet
or old linoleum with beautiful new hardwood floors. When all the flooring in
the home matches, it is more pleasing to the eye. The Provenza heirloom collection is a timeless choice
that will transform the house from dated to jaw-dropping.
of the cheapest ways to make a huge change is a can of paint. Tape off the
molding, doors and windows and give the walls a good cleaning with mild soap
and water. Once they’re clean and dry, give them a fresh new coat of paint. The
brightness and overall clean feeling will make the space feel brand new.
costly, new appliances make a world of difference in an otherwise boring
kitchen. New sets ensure that the appliances are in good working condition, and
might still be under warranty. Plus, buyers love to see matching sets.
turns off a potential buyer more than seeing garbage and clutter in every nook
of the home. Go through and purge personal items, and give the house a
Make it presentable for someone who may one day call it theirs. First
impressions really do matter.
downright scary to sell a home, especially when there is a lot of work to be
done. Prioritizing the right projects can give a … Read more