Friday, January 26, 2018

Making Your Home More Efficient

The less efficient your home is, the more likely you’re going to be spending a fortune on bills.
Not only is this damaging your finances, but the environment as well. The energy homes use
across the world is one of the leading causes of pollution along with other environmental
issues. So if you aren’t to worried about your own finances, at least do it for the good of the
rest of the world. To try and help you make your home more efficient, here’s just a few
things you can do.

Inside The Home

There are so many ways in which you can save money from inside the home. All you need
to do is get out of some of the bad habits you’ve got into. For example, do you walk around
the house in broad daylight with all the lights turned on? This is just draining so much energy
and making your bills soar. Just turning off the lights and using natural light can help to save
money. You could even think about using energy efficient lighting to save you money. They’re
so much better than normal bulbs. You can hire electrical services to come and do this for you.
They’ll have better bulbs and systems that they can put in place to help save you money.
Another thing that is going to save you a lot of money is turning the plugs off. As annoying as
it may be, leaving things on standby is easily one of the reasons your energy bills is so high.
If you’re a culprit of needing the TV on to fall asleep, then this has got to go too. Or at least
put a setting on that will automatically switch it off after an hour or two. If you have a tumble
dryer then this should be a big no no to use. Not only will it try and shrink your clothes from
time to time, but just an hour of this uses more energy than the other two culprits we have just
listed. Get a clothing horse, or even just wait for the weather to clear up a bit before you think
about using the tumble dryer.

Outside The Home

This option might be a bit more expensive, but it’ll definitely pay off in the long run.
Solar panels are becoming increasingly more popular, and they can save you a hell of a lot of
money. A lot of people consider them unsightly, but this isn’t always the case. Solar panels
add that modern edge to a home. It can save you hundreds each month as well. They work by
using photovoltaic cells given off by the sun's rays to produce electricity which is then flooded
into your home. The only downside to this being if you have a period with no sun the energy
levels will be weaker, and you will have to rely on the mains electricity. But for the most part
you’ll have plenty to last you a while.


Thursday, January 25, 2018

Help! The Walls Are Closing In! How To Help Your Family Home Feel Bigger

When your family has grown quite significantly since your move-in day, it is not uncommon to feel
like your home has shrunk a few sizes. Of course, you can’t just take your children back to the store
- no matter how many times you have threatened to in order to get them to clean their rooms
- and moving house in the current economic climate may not be an option.

So, you’ll have to make do with what you have - but hope is not lost. There are plenty of ways
to help your home and the rooms within it feel bigger, and here are a few helpful tips to help you do just that.  

If there are plastic boxes shoved under the bed, on top of the wardrobe, and in every potential clear
space - then you’ve got too many. If every side that you own is covered in either toys, paperwork, or
junk that you were meant to throw away - no matter how big the room is, it is going to feel small.
The first step in helping any house to feel bigger is to do a big clear out. Now, you may not have
enough junk to fill several skip bins, but it is probably more than you imagined. Let face it - children
are hoarders, and so are sentimental parents. Be sure to get the whole family involved, and have a
competition to see who can declutter and tidy their room the quickest. Have a few rules in place
like everything must have a place, all sides must be clear, and if you haven’t used it in the last six
months, it is time to get rid of it. This will help you to be ruthless and keep everyone goal orientated.

Have Some Clear Space In Each Room
Looking at the room you are in now, do you have any clear wall space? Having furniture on every
single wall can make a room feel ten times smaller than it is and extremely crowded. Add a few children
to the mix, and you may feel like you’re stepping on everyone’s toes. Having a rearrange of furniture,
or getting rid of pieces that don’t bring you any joy, serve no purpose and just collect dust, is a good way
of freeing up some space. You can also reevaluate storage solutions. If you have a couple of low
cabinets taking up an entire wall, what about swapping them out for a taller cabinet that is thinner,
takes up less room, and has more storage inside?  Thinking height, rather than width, will not only
take up less wall space but less floor space. You’ll be surprised what a difference taking out just
one piece of furniture can make.

Let There Be Light
Dark walls and not a lot of natural light can really make a room feel small. Moving furniture away
from windows, or painting the walls a lighter colour, can help to open a room up and not feel as
claustrophobic. Make sure you have a floor or wall lamp in any particularly dark corners to eliminate
shadowy areas. You could even install some mirrors in small hallways/rooms, that will reflect light to
increase the feeling of space.

There are plenty of upsides to staying put, especially whilst your children are growing up. You will
have plenty of memories for when they fly the nest - a day that every parent longs for and dreads
simultaneously. Making these few changes will allow you to keep your family home useable and avoid
the hassle and cost of a big move.


The Ups and Downs Of Small Home Ownership

Owning a small home can be an excellent idea for a number of reasons. It can save the owner
money to purchase, cost less to run, and take up fewer resources to build and maintain to name
but a few. However, there are some challenges that need to be faced when owning a small property and
this post is designed to help you weight the ups and the downs to see whether it is the right choice for you.


One of the most appealing aspects of investing in a small home rather than a large one is that the
initial price islikely to be a lot less. That usually makes it easier to raise the deposit, and meet the monthly
mortgage payments you will owe on it as well.

Alternatively, it may mean that you can afford to be in a more desirable location. Something that can greatly
increase your standard of living because you will be close to amenities that are important to you such as
restaurants, night spots, and sports facilities.


The astute among you will not be surprised to find that it is the lack of space that is the biggest problem
with buying a smaller property rather than a large one. After all, it means not only is there less room to live
in but you also have to be more ruthless with the items that you bring with you to furnish your home.

In addition, there can be some serious problems when you are renovating a smaller property and
need to get essential items installed. The reason being that not only are you limited in terms of where
to put these things, but you also have less space to move these bulky items around in. Something
that can make the job much more difficult. That is why you have to smart about it and pick items
like this hot water tank that comes in different sizes. With the smaller one easily designed to fit into
even the most modest of properties.


Another one of the most convincing reasons to buy a smaller property is that they aren't as expensive
to run as large places.

The reason for this is very simple, and it mostly boils down to the fact that there is less space to heat
and light, so you fuel bills will be lower. Also, if anything needs replacing or repairing the house structure
itself, the size of the property means that it's likely to cost less. After all, you would expect to pay more to
replace the roof of a mansion than you would a terraced house.

Of course, it's important to remember that smaller homes include flats as well, and as these come in
blocks, any cost for work on the structure of the building is usually divided among the residents.
Something that can also mean this type of property is less costly than larger homes to maintain.

Therefore, in conclusion, while there are some issues with space in smaller homes, all the saving that
can be made by investing in them make it best choice overall.