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How to Upgrade Your Period Property

How to Upgrade Your Period Property

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We all dream of a period property. Living somewhere with a sense of history, gorgeous original features, and high, airy ceilings is many people’s ideal home situation. But period properties can be difficult to upgrade. You want to make the most out of your home – as with any other big investment – while at the same time ensuring that you maintain and look after the features that made you fall in love with it in the first place. If you’re looking for some ways to make your period property more efficient and practical for you and your family’s lifestyle then read on.

1.       Windows

You lose 20% of your home’s heating through poor-quality glass which is badly insulated. But the windows of a period property are one of its most enticing features, so how do you keep the glorious aesthetic of your home and at the same time improve your energy efficiency? Try looking for Replacement Windows that are in keeping with the look of your home and, at the same time, can provide you with eco-friendly and durable windows that are exactly designed to meet your specifications. Work with experts in window-fitting and you won’t regret upgrading your windows for both the look and feel of your home.

2.       Electricity

There are some clear signs that it might be time toreplace your home’s electrical wiring. In all likelihood, it was built in a time before electricity was commonplace, which means that the wiring will have been installed over time and so might not be of the best quality. Not only is bad or faulty wiring frustrating, but it can also be dangerous and cause fires or shocks. Contact an electrician is you think you have an old-fashioned fuse box – you can tell if it has a wooden back. Cast iron switches are also a clear indicator that it’s time for an upgrade. Not only will this enhance the safety of your electrics, but a modern fuse box will also up the value of your home.

3.       Decide on your aesthetic

There arelots of optionswhen adding on to a period home. You might find that there just isn’t as much space as you’d like, or the shape of the rooms doesn’t quite fit with your lifestyle. If that’s the case, then it’s worth considering an extension. But how? An obvious option is to go up, take advantage of high roofing and expand into the loft. You can gain two or three additional rooms by simply building upwards, and you’re less likely to run into planning regulation difficulties.

Another possibility is to extend onto the back of the property. When you’re buying, find out how much surrounding land you own and so you’re aware of how far you can build out, adding onto the back or side of your property. If you’re meeting with an architect, decide how you want your property to look. Although it can be tempting to try and make extensions fit in with the property, remember they’ll never look exactly the same so you might decide instead to make a feature of the new.

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Thou Shall Not… The Energy Cutting Commandments

Thou Shall Not… The Energy Cutting Commandments

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Energy prices are rising, and that isn’t good news for the average homeowner. Keeping the finances out of the red isn’t easy as it stands currently, but higher energy bills only make it harder. The result is that the majority of people are looking for ways to cut their expenses in half. Unfortunately, there are so many tips on the Web that finding the ones that work is difficult. In fact, it’s almost like trying to find a needle in a haystack. Thankfully, this post has put together the great and the good of energy cutting tips.

Here are the commandments that you need to implement in your household.

Go Green

Run of the mill homes burn fossil fuels to keep warm. Although it’s effective, it is also expensive and bad for the environment. The obvious solution is to implement eco-friendly methods to help save the planet and your bank balance. Take the kitchen appliances as an example. On an average day, a family can use these devices dozens of times. Some don’t even turn off at all, such as the fridge. By turning them down, the amount of energy they use is a lot less throughout the week. By the end of the month, this should reflect in your bill.

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Switch Providers

Almost everyone picks a supplier and never changes. The reason is the hassle. Apparently, it is too much bother to pick up the phone or browse the internet. The truth is that it couldn’t be easier. All you have to do is click on a comparison website and input your search. The results then appear, and you choose the one which seems the most beneficial. Quite simply, they do all the heavy lifting so that you don’t have to worry. Because energy providers are rivals, the discounts they offer to new customers are significant.

Maintain The Boiler

The boiler is without a doubt the biggest culprit when it comes to energy bills. Most of them are outdated and use energy as if it grows on trees. Thankfully, there are ways to get it to tow the party line. For starters, you can replace it with a newer model. Yes, this is expensive in the beginning, but the savings are quite remarkable after a couple of years. Or, you can use experts like Heat-line to prevent heat loss. The electric heat tape that they sell, for example, regulates water temperatures so that it doesn’t keep on heating and cooling down. If this doesn’t sound appealing, you can do it yourself with a furnace cover or foil.

Replace Light Bulbs

Standard light bulbs are remarkably inefficient. In essence, they produce more heat than they do light. That means the majority of the energy is wasted on needlessly. It’s almost like throwing money down the drain. By installing CFLS bulbs, there is no reason to lose money any longer. These are eco-friendly bulbs that have a much better light to heat ratio. Sure, they are not as bright, yet they get brighter with time.

Follow these commandments and there won’t be any nasty surprises.

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