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5 Things Every New Homeowner Should Do to Start Conserving Energy at Home

As a new homeowner you may be a little overwhelmed with everything that goes into managing your own household. For one thing, you now have a lot more expenses that renters don’t have to deal with, including property tax, homeowners insurance, and annual maintenance, just for example. But you also have to deal with some maintenance tasks. While you’ll probably want to hire a plumber to flush your water heater and snake your drains and an HVAC... ❯❯❯

5 Effective Duct and Vent Cleaning Tips for Homeowners

Why is duct cleaning important? Duct cleaning is important for a number of reasons – it will make your HVAC system more efficient, it will improve the air quality in your home and it will make your home a nice environment to spend time in. Do you turn on your heating or air conditioning system and smell a strange odor? – That odor is most likely dust, dander, mold and mildew that builds up and settles on the floor of your duct system. When you... ❯❯❯

5 Effective Home Cleaning Tips for Allergy and Asthma Sufferers

If you’re someone who has allergy or asthma problems, you are certainly not alone. In fact, according to many published reports, one in five people in America battle with the allergy symptoms and one in 12 people suffer from asthma. This doesn’t mean that there aren’t effective things that you can do to make dealing with either diagnosis easier to bear. If you’d like some tips on how to keep the various rooms of your house free of... ❯❯❯

5 Effective Ways to Cool Down Your Air Conditioning Costs

Heating and cooling your home can be a major expense. But if you live in a particularly hot climate, your electric bill is likely to skyrocket in the summer, despite your best efforts to curb the incursion of summer heat. You can, of course, draw the shades in the daytime and fling open the windows at night to keep your home interior as cool as possible. You can also run the ceiling fans (although this could end up using a significant amount of energy, as... ❯❯❯

Choosing a Fence Style

Choosing a fence style for your yard or landscape can be difficult given the wide array of available choices. Yet a fence can add more than just functionality to your landscape. It can complement your property in some interesting ways while confining it. The following fence styles might be the perfect match for your landscape. If you aren't sure or need more information, talk to your general contractor who can help you arrive at a fencing solution. Picket... ❯❯❯

3 DIY Jobs That Will Motivate You To Start Your Own DIY Adventure

Carrying out some last minute DIY to leave your home in the best shape possible before a sale can really improve the chances of finding a buyer, but it’s a risky business that a lot of people simply aren’t prepared to take part in. DIY is something that a lot of people find daunting, especially as there are plenty of infamous stories surrounding broken bones and permanently damaged furnishings accessible on the internet, in magazines, or even... ❯❯❯

Moving Out? – Make Sure You Check Your Oil Tank First

If you’re in the process of putting your property up for sale and you’re wondering whether or not you’ve covered all the necessary requirements, make sure you include an oil tank check on your list of things to do. Whilst many of us don’t rely on oil heating, many properties do have oil tanks that require attention should you plan on selling your home. What’s more, property owners are unaware of old or abandoned oil tanks in... ❯❯❯

Looking After Your Glass

On a job site, vulnerable or fragile materials can often get damaged accidentally. This does include glass, as the surface can be damaged in a number of ways, making the finished product look below the standard it should. It must therefore be protected. Alkali Solutions as a Cause of Glass Surface Damage Alkali solutions can cause a world of problems when it comes to glass, and they can appear in a variety of ways. Perhaps surprisingly, water is one of... ❯❯❯

What You Should Know When Buying Oak Reproduction Furniture

The look of antique oak furniture is beautiful and timeless and it can really add a lot of elegance to your home. Many people love to have antiques in their home, because they are timeless treasures that have a beautiful and elegant look. Perhaps you love the look of a particular era, such as Art Deco or Victorian and you want to add that style to your décor? There are many beautiful antique pieces out there that will really add a lot of charm and... ❯❯❯

Top 5 Energy Users in the Average American Home

According to IndexMundi, energy consumption data in 2001 showed that the US was responsible for about 25% of the total energy generated worldwide. As at 2001, about 13 trillion kilowatt of electricity was consumed worldwide and the US was responsible for about 3.45 trillion kilowatt. And most of this energy was consumed by American homes. Now, the average American homeowner spends a considerable amount of money on energy bills every month. Therefore,... ❯❯❯

Warning Signs Indicating it’s Time to Replace Your Windows in Swansea

If you’re planning on making some improvements to your home it can be difficult to know where the best place to start is. If you’re toying with the idea of ripping out your old windows and adding some new double glazed windows, but you’re still unsure if it’s the right decision, check out these serious warning signs. They will help you to decide if this is the first job you should be tackling or if you can afford to wait a little... ❯❯❯

Choosing the Right Light Bulb

One of the biggest, most often overlooked, costs for a homeowner are the utilities. It’s a monthly, albeit necessary, drain on your wallet, and the bills can add up. This is especially true when it comes to lighting. While it may be tempting to light up your home with the cheapest (incandescent) light bulbs at the store, in fact you’d be doing yourself and your dwelling place a disservice. Here’s why you should pick energy... ❯❯❯

The Best Energy Efficient Upgrades for Older Homes

If you live in an older house, chances are that you’re spending a significant amount of your monthly budget on energy costs. There’s a lot to enjoy about an older home, including the size of the rooms and all of the character that it contains but there’s also several features that it might be about time to consider upgrading to help out on energy costs. The good news is that there are some upgrades that you can make that will... ❯❯❯

How to Eliminate Mold in AC Ducts

Mold in the air ducts – it’s every homeowner’s worst nightmare. However, many homeowners have no idea that they even have mold in their ductwork. If you haven’t cleaned or used your AC system in a long time, there may be a chance that your air ducts are full of mold. Ideally, you want to clean out the ductwork before you turn on or use your AC system, because if you don’t, you could risk spreading mold throughout your entire... ❯❯❯

5 Design Tips for a Green Family-Friendly Kitchen

If the last time that you looked at your energy bill, you thought to yourself “I’ve really got a find a way to lower these costs”, then this is the kind of article that you’ve been looking for. That’s because we’re going to give you some tips on how to make one of the most occupied spaces in your home– your kitchen –a bit more energy efficient. If you’d like some effective suggestions on how to make... ❯❯❯

How to Prevent Common New Home Construction Problems

When you’re in the process of having a new home built, there is so much to take into consideration. The design of the home. The materials that you want to use. The time frame that you would prefer the house to be completed in– the list goes on and on. And being that we’re pretty sure that you don’t want there to be any “hiccups” or serious issues, we thought that it would be a good idea to provide you with a list of some... ❯❯❯

Remodeling can lead to Costs Savings

Home owners are driven to make improvements to their properties for a number of reasons, including preparing for a sale and improving their own living conditions.  In many cases, the decision to upgrade your home's features is a result of economic conditions influencing your circumstances.  For example, when real estate markets are slow, home owners unable to move to new properties fix-up their existing residences instead.  Even in robust... ❯❯❯

How to Choose the Right Mirror for Your Bathroom

It doesn’t matter if you are remodelling your bathroom or just updating some of the fixtures that you currently have, knowing how to shop for the latest items and understanding what parts of the project can make the biggest difference in your overall decor makes the entire process successful. One of the easiest ways to upgrade your bathroom is to change the mirror that you have for a different style that has some lighting that comes with it. You can... ❯❯❯

5 Tips for Reducing Home Energy Usage and Costs

All homeowners are concerned about their energy usage and costs. Not only does wasted energy harm the environment significantly, increasing your carbon footprint, but also it can get extremely expensive, as energy costs are constantly rising. Instead of wasting energy and spending more money than necessary, some simple changes around your home can make a tremendous difference in your energy use. Here are 5 tips for reducing home energy usage and costs. ... ❯❯❯

Framing and Insulation Tips for Older Homes

When you happen to live in an older home, although it tends to have a lot of room and comes with a lot of charm, being that it also has a bit of wear and tear on it, understandably there will come many times when you’ll need to do a bit of upgrading to your home. This is especially the case as it relates to framing and insulation. If after doing some inspecting, you’ve come to realize that your house needs some help in either one or both... ❯❯❯