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Home Energy Efficiency Myths

Home Energy Efficiency Myths

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Over recent years, home energy efficiency has become a major talking point, with more and more people seeking tips that can help keep their bills – and their home’s impact on the environment – as low as possible. As tends to happen when a topic becomes popular, the good advice tends to be joined by a few myths that can potentially stymy people’s ability to actually improve the energy efficiency of their home as a whole. Below, we’ve outlined a few of these myths, so you know which measures aren’t worth your time – and which ones are. 

MYTH: Hand washing dishes is preferable to using a dishwasher

It’s claimed that there are two benefits to hand washing over using a dishwasher. The first is related to the energy needed to heat the water for washing; according to the myth, less hot water is needed to wash dishes by hand, and thus less energy needs to be used to heat that water. The second is in terms of the water itself, with the myth suggesting that dishwashers use more water than people generally use to hand-wash, which means dishwashers increase water waste.  Neither point, however, is accurate – dishwashers are the more efficient choice, by every metric, every time.

MYTH: Black radiators are preferable to white radiators when it comes to heating your home

If you were to leave two shirts, one black and one white, out in the sun for an hour, the black one would be much hotter to the touch than the white – so this myth does have a basis in scientific fact. However, the difference is in the type of heat; in our example, it’s thermal heat that makes the black shirt feel hotter, but radiators primarily produce convective heat – which colors do not impact. While radiators do produce some thermal heat, it’s not significant enough for you to see any real benefits from black radiators. If you paint a white radiator black than you might see tiny benefits due to the extra layer of insulation, but it’s not significant enough to be worth going out of your way for – if you like the idea of black radiators as a design feature, then go for it, but doing so won’t make an appreciable difference to your heating bills.

MYTH: It’s better to leave your home heating on all day rather than turn it off and on continually 

This myth would make sense if everyone lives in a hermetically-sealed property where it was impossible for internally-heated air to escape – but no one does live in such a property. Our homes are losing energy all the time, which means that if the heat is left on all day, then heat is being lost all day too. It is far preferable to turn your heat on and off as and when needed. 

MYTH: Use plastic wrap to cover windows and prevent heat from escaping

Around 25% of a property’s heat is lost through the windows, so this myth seems to pose a sensible solution to this problem – simply use plastic wrap to add an extra layer of insulation but without preventing natural daylight from entering the room. However, the benefits of doing this are negligible, it’s unsightly, and plastic wrap at all is less than ideal from an environmental standpoint. Realistically, modern double-glazed windows that have been properly installed and are well-maintained are always the best way to prevent heat loss via the windows in your home. 

So what does work? 

All of the myths developed for a reason: because people want to make their home more efficient and cut their energy bills, especially over the winter months. The fact that the above myths have been busted doesn’t change the fact that people still want to see the benefits of a more efficient home – so it’s worth discussing the measures that can actually make an appreciable difference in this regard. 

Most of the principles of good energy efficiency will be familiar to most; there’s simply no magic remedy that will slash bills and cut energy usage dramatically. Instead, focus on the fundamentals: 

  • Ensure that your home is adequately insulated
  • Replace old or damaged windows to help retain heat in your home
  • Keep the thermostat as low as is comfortable and safe
  • Swap your conventional light bulbs for LEDs
  • Turn the lights off when a room is not in use
  • Unplug devices rather than leaving them on standby

The above methods can really help to keep your home as energy efficient as possible, so you can set the myths aside and focus on achieving tangible results.

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It’s Time To Stop Wasting Your Money

It’s Time To Stop Wasting Your Money

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As a general rule, people try to be pretty sensible with their money. In today’s economy, money isn’t the kind of thing that any of us can afford to throw around. Unless you’re in a very privileged position, your money is something that you’ll want to take good care of and not waste. That being said, there are always ways in which you might not be handling your money quite as well as you would like. Of course, this definitely applies to some places far more than others. With that in mind, here are some of the most common places where you might be spending more money that you want to be.

Your home

Your home is likely to be the most expensive thing that you own. Which makes it all the more important that you do your best to bring the cost of running your home down. Luckily, there are plenty of ways you can do just that. If something goes wrong with one of your appliances then contacting someone like Appliance Repair Whirlpool to get it fixed instead of replacing it is going to be a far cheaper option. Not only that but simple things like reducing your energy usage is a great way to bring your regular bills way down.

Entertainment

Most of us use many of the stellar, and fairly cheap, streaming services that are currently available like Netflix. These services are fantastic as they allow you to pick from a huge library of titles, both old and new. That makes it that much more ridiculous that so many people still pay for standard television. A lot of streaming services are available for specific TV channels to catch up on stuff you’ve missed anyway so there is no reason to bother with standard television anymore. Do you really want to shell out extra money just so you have to TV on a fixed schedule instead of whenever you want?

Transport

When trying to find the right car, it’s shocking how many people tend to ignore the mileage that they can get out of it. Of course, there are plenty of important factors when choosing a car, but you really don’t want to neglect the average miles-per-gallon. It might not seem like something especially important, but that cost will start to add up over time. If you’re not in a position to switch to a more economical car right now, consider carpooling to work. By doing that you can split transport costs down the middle, saving you a lot of money.

The reality is that spending money we don’t want is just an inevitable part of living in the modern world. The key is to make sure that you put as much effort into taking the best car possible of your finances so that you don’t wind up in trouble. Simple things like reducing your spending and giving yourself a safety net by putting money in a savings account can make a huge difference and let you get on with your life.

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How To Save Money On Home Appliances

How To Save Money On Home Appliances

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A lot of us overspend on home appliances. This can include the initial purchase price, as well as running costs such as maintenance and energy bills. To help save you money, here are just a few tricks that could have you spending less on your home appliances.

Shop the sales

Many appliance stores have regular sales on. These can be great times to grab bargains on appliances. The January sales is a popular time for massive appliance discounts – because few people have much money after Christmas, retailers often have to offer much better deals to attract customers in.

Read reviews

Online consumer reviews can often tell if an appliance is reliable. Unfortunately, many of the cheapest appliances are less reliable, which can lead to frequent and expensive repair costs in the future. Save yourself money in the long run by reading reviews and only choosing an appliance that has good customer feedback.

Consider the energy rating

Most appliances come with an energy rating from A to G. Appliances that are graded A are the most efficient and are the ones that will save you huge amounts on your energy bills. It’s worth noting that fridge freezers can go all the way up to A+++ – if you’re buying this type of appliance you may not want to settle for an A.

Look out for online freebies

There are many sellers online giving away free appliances on sites like Gumtree. Whilst these appliances tend to be older (and therefore less reliable and less energy efficient), the fact that you’re paying nothing for them up front means that you’ll still likely save yourself money compared to buying a brand new appliance. A condition of these freebies is that you usually have to pick them up yourself from the seller – this means having a vehicle big enough to pick up the appliance.

Know when to repair, when to replace

When an appliance breaks, you need to weigh up whether it’s cheaper to repair or replace. Some repairs can be so costly that you may as well as buy a replacement. You should also consider the appliance’s lifespan.  It may be worth splashing out on central vacuum repair on a home vacuum system that’s only been installed 10 years ago (these systems can last 20 years), however it may not be worth getting a dishwasher repaired that’s 10 years old (these appliances usually only last 9 years).

Don’t extend your warranty

A lot of appliances will come with a year’s warranty. After this period, the seller may try to tempt you into paying for an extended warranty. These are rarely worth paying – whilst it does mean that your appliance will be repaired for free, the overall monthly warranty payments are likely to come to a much higher cost than were you to pay to get it repaired. Few warranties also cover the full amount of repairs.

Use your appliances less

You may also be able to save money on your appliances simply by using them less. Consider measures such as only washing full loads instead of half loads in your washing machine or letting frozen foods defrost before cooking them so that you use the oven for reduced periods.

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Incorporating a Little More Nature Into Your Interior Design

Incorporating a Little More Nature Into Your Interior Design

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Interior design takes a whole lot of thought and consideration to get right. You may have to trial and error a few different concepts before landing on the right one to suit you, your personality, and your lifestyle. But generally speaking, you want to get things right as early on in the process as possible – this will help you to save money and avoid wasting your hard earned cash on concepts or items that simply don’t fit and have to be reworked! An aesthetic that tends to be taking the world of interior design by storm, and which generally works first time round, is a minimalist, natural look. This is neat and tidy, has a clean finish, and leaves spaces feeling open and fresh. But how can you achieve this? Well, a simple method is to simply incorporate more nature into your home. Bring the outdoors indoors! Here are a few steps that you can take to get started in the right direction!

Natural Light

Let’s start with one of the basics – natural light. Sure, we can light our properties artificially if they are looking a little dark and gloomy during the days. But nothing quite compares to natural light. Not only does it benefit your home’s aesthetic by flooding open spaces with a cool and fresh look, but it’s good for you too! Natural light regulates your body’s circadian rhythms, which ultimately determine your sleep-wake cycle. Making sure that you are exposed to sufficient natural light during the day will help to ensure that you get a good night’s sleep and wake the following morning feeling bright, well rested, and ready to go! You can boost natural light in your property by carrying out simple tasks, such as ensuring that blinds are pulled up properly, curtains are drawn properly, and that windows aren’t blocked. If you want to take extra steps, consider having skylights fitted, French or glass sliding doors fitted, or extra windows professionally built in.

Wooden Surfaces

Next, you should opt for more natural materials within your home. Sure, manmade materials are generally cheaper and more easily accessible. But it’s worth going the extra mile for your home design. Wood is a great option and, in aid of reducing deforestation and habitat destruction, you should consider using reclaimed wood like Manomin Resawn Timbers. This will also have a rustic or vintage feel, which works really well! A nice sustainable alternative could also prove to be bamboo!

Houseplants

Add a little greenery to your interiors! Houseplants are aesthetically pleasing and actively improve the air quality in your home. They take in negative substances from the air and leave you breathing easy. Just make sure that any
plants you invest in are non-toxic if you have pets or children in your property.
As you can see, incorporating a little more nature into your home is relatively simple. So, get started today to start seeing and feeling the benefits as soon as possible.

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5 Simple Eco-Friendly Home Improvement Projects

By Guest Blogger by Diana S.

5 Simple Eco-Friendly Home Improvement Projects

 

Every home needs a change every once in a while. And since today it’s all about going green, you can use this opportunity to make your home greener. This way, you won’t only aid in saving the environment, but you’ll also be able to save a lot of money on your bills. Even though some of these projects may seem costly now, when thinking long-term, these home improvement projects will save you tons of money in the future. But with so many things you can do to green up your home, choosing the upgrades you’ll go for can be quite challenging. That’s why we came up with a list of five simple eco-friendly home improvement projects that might just be what you were looking for.

Add more insulation

Having a high-quality insulation means you’ll have to spend way less money on keeping your home cool during summer and warm during winter. Many older homes aren’t as insulated as new ones, so depending on when your home was built, you might want to think about adding more insulation to it. Luckily, this is a project you can do yourself and avoid calling in professionals. If you decide to add a layer of fiberglass, which is the easiest way to make your home more energy efficient, all you’re going to need is a utility knife, a straightedge and a little bit of effort.

Let natural light in

Another great way to make your home more eco-friendly is to start relying on natural light more than you do now. Think about the rooms in your home where the light is always on and see if they’re able to fit a new window or two. By relying on natural light, you’ll be guaranteed to save a lot of money on your electricity bill. Also, it has been shown that natural light has a positive effect on your productivity. So, if there’s an office or study room in your home, installing more windows there is definitely a good idea.

Buy at antique shops

Antique shops are great places to visit when you want to make your home more environmentally friendly. That’s where you can find tons of different doorknobs, lighting fixtures, and coffee tables which might just be what you need in order to give your home a fresh look. Moreover, when shopping in antique stores, you’ll be investing in repurposed items, which is always a good thing to do when trying to save the environment. Make sure you visit all the local antique stores, and you’ll be guaranteed to find items that will match the style in your home perfectly.

Ventilate your roof

Most of the homes have heat trapped in the roof. If this is the case with your home, this heat is going to make things uncomfortably warm during the summer and make you use your air conditioner more often. And in order to make sure this doesn’t happen, you should think about ventilating your roof. There are Whirlybird vents which are powered by wind and are guaranteed to keep the air in your roof fresh. So, if you want to green up your home, make sure you get one of these and contact experts who offer Whirlybird installation services and can have it set up for you.

Use low-flow showerheads

We all tend to use large amounts of water when taking a shower. Still, most of that water goes to waste and when going green, reducing the amount of wasted water should be one of your most important goals. Luckily, you can now get low-flow showerheads that will help you reduce the volume of water used when taking a shower to a mere fraction of the water that was wasted before. Some of these even come with a timer which can alert you when it’s time to wrap it up.

All the projects we mentioned above are going to help you aid in saving the environment and save money. Still, make sure you always keep looking for new ways to make your home greener.

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6 Simple Tips on Saving Money while Cleaning Your Home

By Guest Blogger Sammy D.

6 Simple Tips on Saving Money while Cleaning Your Home

There are a variety of ways to help clean your home that don’t include having to spend a lot of money.  Here we give you 6 tips to make your home sparkle and to keep your hard-earned money saved for a rainy day.

Clean Your Home Frequently

By maintaining a clean home daily, means that you won’t have to worry about deep cleaning your house with tougher cleansers which will save you money down the road. Regular vacuuming, mopping, and dusting of furniture goes a long way in having a clean home so that you won’t have to play catch-up with your cleaning later.

Buy No-Name Cleaning Products

Many no-name cleaning products work just as effectively as brand-name products but cost a lot less. Overall, the main cleaning components are the same in the cheaper brand, so your house will still have the same clean result.

Buy Cleaning Products on Sale or at a Cheaper Store

If you feel as though you prefer some brand-name products over the cheaper variety, you can still find a lot of these products on sale or save with the use of coupons. Knowing where to shop for these preferred products can also cut your costs, as some stores charge more compared to others. Try visiting a dollar store to get some great deals on brand-name products that you love.

Buy Cheaper House-Hold Appliances

When choosing a product to aid in cleaning your home, the more expensive ones are not always the ones that allow for the best clean of your home. Research online if you are unsure, and see the ratings of some less expensive options.

For example, a budget vacuum cleaner can often clean as well as a more expensive model. For under $200, you can purchase a vacuum cleaner that will serve you well for all of your cleaning needs. To save money, you can also choose to purchase a vacuum cleaner that works on carpets alone and sweep any hard floor surfaces in your home.

When wanting to wash your floor, buying products where you are having to constantly purchase replacements of disposable wet pads can add up quickly. Instead, buy a cheaper, reusable, and washable soft fabric mop head to wash your floor.

Choose Multi-Purpose Cleaners

If you feel like you have to purchase a specific cleaner for a unique task, keep in mind that each individual cleaner adds up to a lot of clutter and a lot of extra cost. Although you may not be able to clean your mirror with the same product you use to clean your toilet, there are a lot of multipurpose cleaners out there that are great at doing just that, cleaning multiple areas of your home. They will also save you wasted money on specialized products that are often increased in price.

Make Your Own Cleaning Products

By making your own cleaning products, not only are you saving yourself some money, but you are also creating a product that is better for the environment, and in turn, better for you.

The internet is full of websites that will provide you with a list of ingredients of what you need, and also include how-to directions to aid you in making your own cleaning products. These can include all purpose cleaners, floor cleaners, glass and mirror sprays, deodorizers and even stain cleaners.

The ingredients needed to make these products are relatively cheap and can also be bought in bulk from a variety of stores.

Don’t feel as though to keep your home looking its best requires that you spend a lot of money. Save your money and try some of these tips to keep your home clean and keep your money in your wallet.

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