Wednesday, 20 Nov 2019

My husband and I thought it would take us a while to find the perfect home once we seriously started looking. We had actually given ourselves a generous timetable of a year, figuring that we would look at a lot of houses before finding the one we wanted. Well, we needed all of two weeks. The third house we looked at was the one we both instantly knew was ours. We knew we had to wait a bit for the paperwork to clear, but I already did a search on things such as access locksmiths in Brisbane and electricians.

The only reason we needed an electrician was to add some outlets to a few rooms. The more important thing though was finding a good locksmith in the area. The couple we purchased the house from seems really sweet, but I just have a very cautious nature about myself. Though they assured me that they would turn over all keys, I just knew that I would feel better if a locksmith came out before we even moved in and changed all of the locks in the house.… Read the rest ...

I went to my sister’s house a few weeks ago, and I was surprised at how different it looked. She had ordered plantation shutters for her living room and dining room, and they really made both rooms look so much nicer. She had department store shutters in both rooms before. While they were decent, they were nothing like what she has now. I asked her where she got them from, and I was not surprised when she told me that a local company had come out and installed them for her. It was just obvious that these were of a quality that cannot be purchased of the shelves at one of the local home centers.

She was really excited about the price that she paid for them, and I could see why once she told me. She showed me the website where she got them, and I was happy to see that they were still having a really great sale on them.… Read the rest ...

Electric, gas, and water bills are often hefty, leaving home owners struggling to pay bills or increase energy efficiency. Consumers are also becoming increasingly concerned with energy efficiency for reasons outside of slimming bills and saving money. Besides, who wouldn’t opt for a more efficient home, rather than a gas-burning, utility-chomping place of living?

Fortunately, several avenues to reducing energy inefficiency exist. Outlined below are several strategies for increasing your home’s efficiency, all while saving money and helping our green Earth.

Invest in a tankless water heater

Every home needs a water heater. For many years, hefty, sizable water heaters have taken up space in laundry rooms and basements, as well as raise utility bills. Tankless water heaters are relatively new developments, currently becoming more popular in homes around the world. These heaters are installed directly on walls, usually sticking out no more than three inches, if any.

Traditional water heaters must heat and reheat large tank-fulls of water throughout the day, resulting in energy inefficiencies. Tankless renditions of ever-necessary H2O heaters are slightly more expensive than their outdated, tank-holding counterparts, unfortunately. However, tankless heaters are certain to reduce any home’s energy usage as they only heat water as needed.

Trade out inefficient incandescent bulbs for greener options

Outdated, traditionally-used incandescent bulbs generally convert less than five percent of energy used into light, with the 95-percent remainder emitted through heat. Incandescent bulbs are, as described, obviously wastes of money. Also, these bulbs inherently, excessively heat homes as part of their nature. LEDs and CFLs help reduce lighting inefficiencies related to their outdated counterparts.

CFLs are cheaper than LEDs, although energy use between the two are comparable. Compact fluorescent lamps (CFL) generally reduce electricity used by 50- to 75-percent in comparison to incandescent bulbs. Often times, initial investments in CFLs are cheaper than less-efficient options. As if their benefits are not detailed thoroughly enough, CFLs last 10 times longer than their inefficient counterparts.

Crawlspace and attic insulation

Heated and cooled air from homes escape through all cracks and openings, particularly attics and crawlspaces. Spray foam insulation is usually the most popular for plugging gaps in subfloor areas and attics. Unfortunately for home owners, insulating these areas is difficult, time-consuming, and physically exhausting.

Clean Crawls is a trusted provider of attic and crawlspace insulation, cleaning, and restoration. This licensed, bonded, and insured company has more than 20-years’ experience in the Pacific Northwest, … Read the rest ...

It’s just the end of May and the scorching heat has already become unbearable. Hasn’t it? So what do you choose to stay cool during such bad hot days? Do you still rely on fans or are happy with keeping the temperatures low with air conditioning?

If you are among the ones who utilize fans to keep themselves cool and also save on your electricity bills during summers, we have a question to be answered – Do fans actually cool the air?

Fan just cools you down and not the air

You may feel that fans keep your room air cool. But that’s not true. All that fans merely do is to make you feel cooler. Fans do not do anything to cool the air. They just move the hot air surrounding your skin, blowing away the heat around you. This helps your body’s natural cooling process to work more efficiently, thereby, cooling you down. Here are some of the attributes of ceiling fans, which allows you to understand the mechanism of it, as to how it cools your body.

Leaving the fan on in an empty room is total waste

So basically, a fan can help lower down your body temperature but, it will do nothing to cool the hot air inside any room.  If you are not in the room and are still leaving the fan on, thinking that it will ease the heat in the room by cooling the air, you’re wrong. If you are not in the room and have still left the fan on, you are just wasting energy resources and adding on to your monthly bills with some more electricity costs.

A fan near a window can help bring cooler air inside

It is true that a fan does not cool air. But there is an exception to this rule. If the temperature of air outside your house is cooler than the air inside, then you can utilize a fan to draw in some cool air from outside. This can be done by placing a fan near the window. This way the cooler air from outside will enter the room and the hot trapped air inside will escape through the window, leaving your room a bit cooler if not much.

You should not that in this case too, the fan is not making the air cool but it is just drawing in some already … Read the rest ...

When I went to my friend’s aunt’s house for a cookware party, it was the first time I had ever been there with her. Her aunt’s house is absolutely gorgeous, and it gave me some really great ideas on how to redecorate some parts of my own house. The thing that I liked the best about her house were the window treatments, and I asked her where she had gotten them. She told me orange county shutters is the company that sold them as well as installed them, and that I would be able to find them online.

I did end up buying a few things for my kitchen from her party, but I could not get those shutters out of my mind.… Read the rest ...