5 Home Energy Conservation Tips for the Winter

Everyone knows that home energy bills always become higher during the wintertime. Fortunately, there are a few simple tricks to keep costs down. Here are five top energy conservation tips that you can implement this winter. (And you know what the great thing about these ideas are? You can “reverse” some of them and use to stay cool in the summer!)

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Stop fireplace heat loss

This may come as a big surprise, but your fireplace could actually be the place you’re losing the most heat from. Wood-burning fireplaces, for example, can end up letting a lot of heat escape through the chimney. Make sure this doesn’t happen by installing airtight doors and inflatable draft stoppers. Another way to stop air escaping is with a flue sealer, which can be easy put in place by anyone.

 
Add attic insulation

Insulating your attic is one of the best ways to keep energy costs down. You can tell when a house is poorly insulated because it quickly becomes a very unpleasant place to live. It will save you a ton of money in the long run, and even more if you can do the insulating yourself. The recommended minimum level of insulation for attics is R-38, which equals about 12 inches. According to Habito, improving insulation also makes a huge difference to your property valuation and ease of sale.

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A Quick Guide to Using Natural Products (Recipes Included!)

We use lots of natural products around our home, and the main reason for that is, we have two 2-year-olds. And man, are they QUICK these days! They can do some serious damage in the amount of time it takes me to move a load of clothes from the washer to the dryer, let me tell you what! They keep us on our toes, so the more natural products we use in the house, the less of a poison control issue we run into! (Or at least, that’s our hope! HA!)

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Natural is arguably the new normal, according to many consumers. The ability to use products that are more effective without compromising on safety is one of the main reasons why natural products are revolutionizing consumer trends in the world. Every feature of beauty products has an alternative to natural products and this development reflects the conscience of the modern consumer.

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Recipes for Natural Products

Natural products are relatively easy to make. The golden rule in each of these products is to use available ingredients and use as few ingredients as possible. Natural deodorant, for example, uses some of the most available ingredients in a home setting and therefore saves on money without compromising on the safety. It is also important to mention that the process for this project is simple and everybody can successfully make a deodorant. Continue reading

Why You Should Hire A Pro to Maintain Your HVAC Systems

Even if you don’t think about it very often, you can’t help but admit that your HVAC (heating, ventilation, and air conditioning) systems are a staple to you living comfortably in your home. When the furnace breaks down at the height of winter, or your AC stops cooling on a balmy summer’s day, you feel the loss. It’s uncomfortable and, depending on the circumstances of your home and where you live, could actually be detrimental to your health.

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Not only do our HVAC systems keep our homes and offices comfortable all year long, but they also help keep our air healthier. This is a must for people with asthma, allergies and other respiratory conditions, but everyone benefits from breathing in higher-quality air.

 
Since your HVAC systems serve such a vital role in your home or workspace, it’s important that they be maintained adequately to ensure proper functionality for years to come. For this purpose, we highly recommend recruiting the assistance of a professional HVAC repair and maintenance company.
 

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Keeping Your Loved Ones Independent…with a Home Elevator!

For some reason, the past few months around here have been fraught with medical issues for our family! I guess it was just our turn, right? Even right now my hubby is recovering from surgery, and he’s finding it a bit hard to get around the house. Last week I was helping out his grandparents, who find it EXTREMELY hard to get around the house, and I got to thinking about accessibility issues when it comes to our homes!

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When your loved one can no longer move around their home the way they would like to, it can be a difficult situation to be faced with. Should they move? Should you place them in a home for the elderly? Luckily, those are not the only options available. You can actually make their home more accessible by installing a home elevator. It is much more cost-effective than buying a new home, and it will give your loved one the independence they are missing!

The residential elevator cost will not be cheap, but it is still much less expensive than having to buy a new home or having to pay for their care in another facility every month. It is also much less stressful, and your loved one will be able to continue living where they would rather be anyway.

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Three Key Pieces of Home Decor that Every Home Needs

Every home is different. Each home serves as a reflection of the tastes, interests, lifestyles, and values of the people who live in them. Interior design is how we communicate those characteristics through color, patterns, fabrics, textures, and layouts. It’s what allows us to craft truly memorable homes that are comfortable for the people who live in them, while taking pride in the space in which they live!

Even though each home can become unique, through the different choices in color scheme and other facets, there are some practical considerations that every home needs to accommodate. People need to eat, people need to sleep, and furniture and decor items, especially the more expensive ones, need to be protected against wear and tear. Though it may seem dull in comparison to choosing a beautiful color scheme, or picking out a beautiful set of drapes to adorn your windows, you need to think about these practical considerations, and how you’ll address them.

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To help you do just that, we’ve compiled this list of three key home decor pieces that every home needs, regardless of your living situation or design style.

A Comfortable, Appropriately Sized Bed

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Few things in life are as important as a good night’s sleep, and that’s why a bed that allows you to rest comfortably every night, without going overboard on size, is at the top of the list. When you don’t sleep well, or don’t get enough sleep, it will ruin your entire day. You’ll be tired, irritable, and unfocused. If that’s the condition you’re trying to operate in, it won’t matter how great the rest of your home design is – you’ll be too grouchy to appreciate it.

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