According to national averages, 44% of your energy cost comes from heating and cooling your home. A few very simple things you can do to make sure you are not wasting money would be to make sure your windows close properly leaving no way for air to escape. Maintain your homes a/c unit make sure monthly it is running properly and functioning as it should. Check your insulation. These simple steps could make a huge difference in your homerunning in an efficient manner.
If you are not using your electronics you should make sure everything is unplugged. Even when not in use your electronics usually have a standby mode which means they are still using power, thus costing you money. The easiest thing for you to do would be to use a power strip and plug your T.V, laptops and cell phone chargers, this way you can turn them all off at once. This is a great way to save some money and keep your home running more efficiently. We hope you find these tips handy, helpful and easy. If each of us does our part, we can make a big difference in our air, our water and our bank accounts.…
Times are hard and seem to only be getting harder. One of the newest products available right now is Spray Foam. Spray foam is highly energy efficient. Although a little costly out of pocket spray foam quickly pays for itself.
The company I have become fond of is Natural Polymers. The main reason I have chosen this company is because they are GREEN. They offer green materials, so while you are making your home more energy efficient you are also using recycled materials, which is very cool. Their product is Low Emitting (1-4 points) and recycled materials (1-2 points)
Getting your home blown with spray foam while under new construction is ideal because the foam covers every nook and cranny, leaving no room for air or bugs to make its way through and significantly lowering your energy bills. Spray foam is not just for new construction only. You can call a local Spray Foam Contractor and have spray foam installed in attics, under pier and beam (which is really helpful with noise, weather, critters making nest and so forth) and even covering the roofs of trailers. Trailer homes are really benefited by spray foam as they tend to use a lot of energy escaping from the roof. There are very few things you can do to help out your trailers energy bills, spray foam is one of them.
When looking at the various ways you can make your home more energy efficient, do not over look spray foam, it is an inexpensive way to cut back on energy bills.…
Some people get very ambitous with their paint colors and end up having a wide variety of colors from one room to the next. When done right, this is not a bad thing. Yet, just painting every room a different color is not always the best idea for the flow of your house. Moving from one room into the next should be a compliment from the last room. They should stay within the same color family. Many times getting a color sheet from where ever you choose to buy your paint is a good way to get your color ideas, make the colors in your home a theme. Making each room just as inviting as the last.
*Paint the inside of your door.
Most any door you pass by on the street is painted. Have you ever considered painting the inside of your door, getting rid of the plain, boring white door? This is a fantasitc way to make your house stand out from others. The idea behind it is simple. Make your door, blend with the wall. The best way to do this is, whatever color you paint the wall that your door is on, get the color sheet and go one color darker than what is on your wall. This gives the room a whole new look, in a very simple way.
*Go off the furniture you plan to keep.
If you are having a hard time deciding on what interior paint to buy, start with looking at the furniture you plan to keep. This way you know what you already like, and what will look good in your house, complimenting your color theme, not clashing with it.
Make sure you cover your floors and windows very well when painting, you want to paint the walls not your walls, ceilings and windows as this just creates more work for you. This is called masking off the room and is very important when painting.
Interior paintingis one of the most important things you can do for your home, and takes very little technique. Plain, boring white walls were yesterday.
If you are feeling a little brave and want to go beyond just the brush and roller, such ideas as sponge painting and brushed pearl are just a couple of ideas that may work for you.
Valuable money saving tips can be found at Energy Efficient Home Tips.…
Posted by admin on October 14, 2014 in Home Guidewith Comments closed | ∞
Are you a “Handyman” a “Do-it-Yourselfer” or one who enjoys remodeling your home?
An index of home remodeling and upgrading projects will follow.
WATER TRAPPER DOOR MAT
Our legendary mud, water, and sand-tested Water Trapper door mats are now available in decorative leaf and woodgrain designs. These tough polypropylene mats are suitable for indoor or outdoor use, and will not fade, rot, mold, or mildew. Anti-slip backing for secure grip. Decorative door mats measure 2′ x 3′. Polypropylene. Hose off, air dry. USA. $39.00 With winter on the way, now is a good time to prepare. Protect the floors of your house by preventing guests from tracking snow and grime onto your floors. Do you ask your guests to remove their shoes?
Combine a unique, waterless cleaner with a heavy-duty non-abrasive cleaning towel and you’ve got DynaWipes–the perfect cleaner for all your home and garage cleanup projects. Non-flammable DynaWipes contain a specially-formulated dissolving agent that works like magic on grease and grime, yet dries quickly. And with four skin conditioners (including aloe and vitamin E), your hands won’t look like you’ve been cleaning things all afternoon. Comes in an economical 120-count dispenser. Keep one in the garage, the basement, the car, the boat–anywhere you have tough cleaning tasks!
Posted by admin on September 14, 2012 in Happy Homeswith Comments closed | ∞
Clean Mold Without Chemicals
There are many alternatives to cleaning mold without burning your lungs with harsh chemicals. Even if you are not allergic, mold can be damaging to your health and needs to be removed immediately, therefore learning how to do so without the use of chemicals such as bleach can save you the long-lasting harm to not only your health but also at times damage to the surface you are cleaning.
Using safer alternatives such as Vinegar and Tea Tree oil will save you much more than imagined. Using Vinegar will clean most surfaces. Where Bleach will leave behind a heavy smell and is dangerous to breathe Vinegar is completely natural and is safe to inhale for all ages. If you have young children around you also do not have to worry about them getting into vinegar and being harmed. Before cleaning up annoying mold you will want to look into fixing the problem at hand.
You will want to make sure any wet or damp surface is dry and aired out. You can do this by using a dehumidifier and stopping any leaks that could be causing moisture. Moisture where it does not belong causes all kinds of problems and headaches. Getting these issues fixed will be the best solution for your mold problems. Once you get to the root of the problem then you can take vinegar or tea tree oil, dilute it with water and spray right on the mold then proceed to wipe clean with a rag or sponge. If you see any residue of the mold just repeat these steps until the mold is gone.
Vinegar is very inexpensive and can be purchased at your local supermarket. If Tea Tree Oil or Vinegar is not up your alley there are other safe alternatives to harsh Chemicals for cleaning and removing mold. You could also use Baking Soda or Hydrogen Peroxide. Hydrogen Peroxide is also an excellent preventative tool. If you have a problem area that has been prone to being a parent for mold you can use Hydrogen Peroxide to clean these areas and prevent outbreaks. Always make sure you look the natural thus safer means of cleaning and for the removal of mold. Even if it requires a little more effort and work, you will save yourself time and money by taking the steps to prevent these unnecessary and unsanitary outbreaks, keeping your living environment a breath of fresh air.
Gayle firmly believes in using safe alternatives for keeping her house clean.You are welcome to check out her tips and tricks for safe mold removal.…