Is it Time to Repair or Replace Your Air Conditioner

Because air conditioners work continuously, especially during the hot summer months, it leads to constant wear and tear of their internal parts. If left unnoticed, it can trigger issues ranging from minor malfunctions to complete break-down of the system. This is why it’s important to regularly monitor your AC unit for early signs of damage or any other problem. By getting your AC repaired or replaced at the right time, you can avoid a lot of unnecessary hassle and big expenses down the road. … [Read more...]

Things You Didn’t Know About Ducted Air Conditioning

As homeowners we tend to take our ducted air conditioners for granted. Once they are installed, we seldom have time to look at them or think about them until there is a serious problem. However, there are many things that you might know about your ducted air conditioners. Here we’ll reveal some unknown facts about ducted AC units that are worth knowing. Ducted AC Produces 3X More Cooling Than the Energy It Consumes The Choice’s Ducted Reverse Cycle Air Conditioning Buying Guide states that … [Read more...]

How to Stay Warm at Home This Winter

Colder temperatures do not have to mean being uncomfortable at home. There are ways to increase your coziness by taking a few steps to prepare for winter. Make Doors and Windows Shut Tightly As cold weather approaches, make sure all of the windows and doors in your home are able to close completely. Some simple housekeeping can help your doors and windows attain a tighter seal. Clean debris from door thresholds, window sills, and tracks by using a portable vacuum or dry paintbrush. This … [Read more...]

How Can I Reduce My Utility Bills?

High utility bills can be a big drain on the budget, and we're always on the look-out for ways to bring them down. Not only does it save money each money, using less power or water is better for the environment too.   More Insulation One of the very best ways to bring down your home heating bill is to reduce how much heat is being lost. Adding additional insulation inside the house can be difficult and can involve a fair bit of renovation to take down walls and rebuild … [Read more...]

4 Simple Steps to Saving Energy This Summer

Summer is here, and the high temperatures that come with it. In many places, summer means high heat and humidity which many people avoid by turning on the air conditioner and staying indoors. While this is an effective way to beat the heat, keeping your home chilly by using your air conditioner can lead to high energy consumption and high energy bills. Try some of these tips to help increase your energy efficiency and decrease energy consumption this summer.   Line Curtains with … [Read more...]

What are the Advantages of Solar Energy for Homeowners?

Solar energy has seen a massive increase in popularity over the last 10 years, and many homeowners are now considering installing solar panels onto their properties to reap the benefits.  Whether you choose to have your solar panels installed by professionals, or prefer to take a DIY approach, below is a list of the benefits that homeowners can reap when they choose to make use of solar energy. 1. You Can Save A LOT of Money Based on research conducted in 2011, homeowners with solar panels … [Read more...]

Simple Ways to Conserve Energy in the Winter

There are two seasons in every year in which our energy bills go sky high and that would be winter and summer simply because of the amount of energy it takes to heat or cool a home. If you have lived anywhere in the north this past winter with its record-breaking cold snaps and snow storms, you have probably noticed your energy bills ran much higher than in the past several years. Why not learn from what you experienced this year to keep your power bills lower next year and while you’re at it, … [Read more...]

Create an Eco-Friendly Home on a Budget This Christmas

Christmas is an enjoyable time but each year it becomes a more commercialized event. Unfortunately this increases the impact of Christmas on the environment. Despite this, there are many ways families can reduce the damage to their surroundings. These are some simple ways to create an eco-friendly home on a budget this Christmas. Use Natural Decorations Nature provides a huge abundance of natural decorations. Decorating your home with natural items reduces the cost to the environment and also … [Read more...]

Best Ways to Save Energy When Cooling or Heating Your Home

Energy bills are something that we all need to pay if we want to keep our homes warm in the winter and cool in the summer, but that doesn’t mean anybody likes paying any more than necessary. Thankfully, there are a number of energy saving strategies that you can implement into your day to day life when heating and cooling your home that will not only save you money on your energy bills, but keep your carbon footprint low as well and help you be kinder to the environment. More and more … [Read more...]

Surprisingly Green Cities You Need to Know About

When you think of a “green” city, what do you think of? You probably think of Portland, where it seems like everybody rides bikes instead of driving cars. Maybe you imagine San Francisco, where all of the big tech lives (tech-driven cities are more likely to be green). We’re willing to bet that even Washington DC is in your top 5 since the federal government keeps making strides to improve the sustainability of their buildings. You probably don’t think of cities like Fresno, or … [Read more...]

Home Maintenance – The Least Glamorous Jobs that are also the Most Important

Although it may be more fun to spend our home budgets on some new throw cushions or curtains; we should consider spending it on these more important, albeit less glamorous, things first. They will not only save us money in the long run but will also help us to reduce our carbon footprint. When you consider factors such as environmental decline and the controversy surrounding a stagnating national wage that fails to increase in line with inflation, there is a pressing need to spend in a … [Read more...]

How To Go Green: Eco-Friendly House Renovations

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If you’re looking at renovating with the environment in mind then there are a host of great options. You’ll be pleased to hear that these options are not only kind to the environment but also kind to the hip pocket. Eco-friendly doesn’t have to mean expensive. In fact often it’s about working with what you have or can reclaim. So here are five tips for an eco-friendly renovation. Insulation Much of our energy consumption is dedicated to heating and cooling our homes, so turn your … [Read more...]

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