My House Looks Nicer with New Gutters

When I decided to buy new gutters for my house, I went online to see what my options were. I had purchased steel gutters when I first bought the house, and I honestly thought that they would have held up better. I had heard about aluminium guttering, so I wanted to see what made it so much better than steel. I was able to find a company’s website that explained it perfectly. The Gutter Guys site detailed exactly why aluminium gutters are better, and I liked that I could see pictures as well.

There were two things that I really liked about the Colortuff gutters. The first one is that they cannot rust because of the material that they are made from. Marine-grade aluminium is used, which is the same thing that some boats are made from. Continue reading

Putting Up New Gutters for Least Money

I need to do some home renovations on a tight budget and so it is important that I am able to find a supplier that will sell me the materials I need for the least cost possible. I am willing to spend a fair amount of time comparing costs across different suppliers, in order to make sure that I am not paying too much. Right now, I am browsing the selection on www.aluminiumguttersupplies.com.au to check out their selection and see what the prices are. So far, so good, in terms of what the prices look like.

Of course, I won’t be able to buy everything I need for my home renovation projects on that one website, but it should be a good place to get the stuff I need to tackle one of my first projects. I want to put new gutters on my house, and I want to have it done fairly cheaply. I am not sure yet whether I am going to hire a contractor for the job, or if I will try to do it myself with the help of some people that I know. I have a few friends that

Top 4 Tips on How To Improve Air Quality In Homes And Offices

vSo you’re searching for information on how to improve air quality in homes. I guess the reason for your search due to the fact that you might have encountered any of the following signs in your homes:

  • Development of mold or fungi in places like bathrooms, under your kitchen cabinet close to the sink or any other places very inviting for their growth.
  • An unpleasant smell from the air condition ducts.
  • Constant accumulation of dust over your furniture no matter how frequent you get them clean
  • The smell of any toxic colorless gas
  • Or you or any member of your household is or has developed cold, stuffy or runny nose, itchy throat or with constant sneezing.

If any of the above listed falls within your reason for inquiring about how to improve air quality indoors, then you are at the right place for the information you need.

There are several ways that you can improve upon the quality of air in your homes. Some of the most common and efficient methods are:

    1. Cross ventilation process: Cross ventilation is the wind-driven process by which air is drawn in a building from the high

Building a Greenhouse In Your Backyard Can Be a Rewarding Experience

21Have you ever thought of building a greenhouse in your backyard? This can be a rewarding experience. Actually building the structure and seeing the project to its fruition is only one of the rewards. The practical aspects of having a greenhouse in your backyard will be of benefit.

This type of project my seem overwhelming at first if you lack experience in the designing and assembling of such a structure. You will need to know what type of greenhouse will best suit the layout of your backyard and the environment you live in. Having answers to these questions will help make the construction process more satisfying. It is suggested you have access to proven greenhouse plans to help you with these questions.

There are a number greenhouse designs to choose from. Choosing the correct design will ultimately help make your construction experience more rewarding. Some of the more common designs include the dome greenhouse and victorian style greenhouse. Other types include the hoop, a-frame and lean-to greenhouses. Some of the structures are relatively easy to assemble, while others, such as the victorian greenhouse will require greater

Water Saving Tips For Both Indoors & Outdoors

3tWater remains to be one of the most important every day commodities that you really can’t do without. The supply is however limited compared to the demand and you therefore should use the water available to you as efficiently as possible. Cutting on your usage can go a long way in saving your water bills at the end of the month. Just like energy, you should find out the best ways to make a positive change. Luckily, there are simple things you can do to preserve water on both outdoors and indoors.

Indoor Water Tips

Try as much as possible to do full laundry and dish loads compared to washing small loads more often. This does not only save water, but also the energy used when running the dishwasher or washing machine.

Have any household leaks fixed as soon as you notice them. Leaks can be very costly and can graduate to more serious problems when left unresolved. Find a plumber as soon as possible.

Shorten your showering time to save water and energy at the same time. Five minutes in the shower are enough.

Don’t leave the tap

3 Things to Do With Your Grass Clippings

cWondering what to do with all the grass clippings that lays scattered all over your grass after mowing? If you want to avoid grass being tracked in the house after your grass is freshly mowed, here are a few suggestions:

1. Mulch

Many people prefer to have their grass clippings mulched. Mulch is a coat of material that is placed on top of the soil surface. It can bring many benefits such as: improving the health of the soil, decreasing the amount of weed growth, increasing the visual aesthetics of the mulched area, or conserving moisture.

Mulching mowers make it quite easy to complete this task. These mowers have special blades that allow them to cut clippings smaller and spread them across your grass, which makes this option very appealing. This simple process is an easy way to enhance the health and beauty of your yard.

2. Bag Them

Bagging grass clippings is an option if you don’t want to leave them on your lawn. After bagging your clippings or leaves you can dispose of them in your waste container with your other garbage. You can also easily add

Importance of Phenolic Air Duct Panels

2Over the past few decades, global warming has had a very disastrous effect on houses and commercial buildings. Because of this, it has become of crucial importance to reinforce buildings especially with respect to insulation. Unfortunately, this process comes with additional costs for the building owners. However, the additional cost is worthwhile. The insulation of buildings helps to regulate temperatures by ensuring that a house retains warm air during the winter of cold seasons and retains cold air during the summer or during warm months.

Traditionally, sheet metals (such as aluminum and galvanized steel) and fiberglass duct panels have been used to insulate buildings. Unfortunately, the challenges of economic development have led to an unprecedented rise in the price of these insulating materials to a point that they have become no longer cost effective. In addition, the transportation of these materials can be very costly making the use of sheet metals and fiberglass duct panels an inconvenience to the homeowners or contractors.

Because of this, engineers have come up with new cost effective means of insulating buildings in the form of insulating foams. The phenolic air

How To Test Indoor Air Quality In Dwellings and Offices

wqAre you looking for information on how to test indoor air quality for your dwelling or office? I guess your search for this information is because you may have encountered with one or more pathogens or pollutants inside of your dwelling or office. These could be any of the following signs:

  1. You may have smelled the presence of strange gas scent like ammonia, carbon monoxide or methane just to mention a few.
  2. You or any of household members may have colds and other allergy symptoms like itchy skin, sore throat, red-watery eyes and consistent sneezing.
  3. You may have observed the presence of mold or fungi, pollen and other allergens

If any of the above is the cause for your search on how to check air quality indoors, then you are at the right place. This article serves to provide exactly these answers for testing indoor air quality.

There are different methods of testing for each individual pollutant. Pollutants like carbon monoxide (CO) and nitrogen dioxide (NO2) that are released into the atmosphere as a result of combustion is easily produced form our cooking stoves in our dwellings. The unique

6 Surefire Ways to Improve Indoor Air Quality

rtAre you contemplating on improving the poor air quality in your dwelling? Do you or any member of your home have any of the following allergy symptoms like colds, itchy skin, sore throat, red-watery eyes and consistent sneezing?

If so, then it’s about time you sought a remedy to reverse this trend. Despite EPA’s consistent advocacy on environment risks to the major industries and other greenhouse gas emitters to cut down on emission, these activities have recently been on the ascendant.

The only remedy forward to reverse this trend in our homes or offices is to find ways to improve on the quality of air indoors. This might sound very challenging and a daunting the first time you hear about this but do not worry because you will be well-informed by the time you finish reading this article.

One way to improve indoor air quality is to prevent the growth of molds and mildew in your homes. These build up as a result of cold air or steam on tightly closed glass windows or doors. As this process continues, they reproduce and become airborne eventually getting into

4 Natural Products To Use In Your Home

naIndoor plumbing, aside from electricity, is possibly one of the greatest advances in technology resulting in convenience and comfort. While most people would be lost without this convenience, there is a definite downside to a room that is used more than any other room in the home.

While no one likes to think about the germs that will inevitably be in and on the fixtures, everyone knows that the bathroom needs regular cleanings to kill germs, remove scum, and keep the plumbing working properly. However, many people mistakenly believe that only harsh, store-bought chemicals can provide the germ-killing and deep-cleaning solution you desire. Fortunately, there are many natural products that can do the dirty work without damaging the fixtures, your health, or the environment.

Here are 4 products to try.

1. VINEGAR

If you’re familiar with do-it-yourself cleaners for any cleaning project, you’ve probably realized by now how popular vinegar has become. It is an excellent all-purpose cleaner, disinfectant, and deodorizer (once the vinegar smell dissipates, of course). Vinegar is excellent to use in the bathroom because it can eat away soap scum on plumbing fixtures without damaging

Most Effective DIY Ways To Save Water

44An average household of four family members wastes about 300 litres of reusable water per day. South African water systems will not be able to cope for much longer, at the rate things are going. Here are some simple, and effective ways that you can save it without changing your lifestyle.

Researchers say that in less than 20 years, the water demand in South Africa will exceed the available resources. With the growing global population and the increasing demand on available water, South Africans could be looking at permanent water restrictions and penalties in the near future, if measures aren’t taken.

Municipal water used for gardening is estimated at 30-50% of the total domestic water use in South Africa. Let’s be honest, will you allow your beautiful green garden to dry out, and suffer in this heat? That’s why more people are reusing their grey water for gardening.

What is Grey Water?

Grey water is reusable water made up of that from the hand basin, bath, shower and washing machine, that can be used in the garden.

Experts say that many diluted soap residues can provide useful sulphates and

Advantages of Green Homes for Owners

eGreen homes have a number of features that make them energy efficient. Many owners feel good about green construction because they have a smaller carbon footprint than those constructing traditional houses.

Healthier Interior

Conventional construction will not produce the same interior environment present in green homes. In general, people living in environmentally friendly domiciles experience better air quality. This occurs for a number of reasons.

– Moisture and mold problems are common with standard houses. However, proper sealing and ventilation in green homes prevent moisture from developing. If moisture does occur, drying is swift due to effective ventilation techniques. Environmentally conscious design focuses on building methods that combine barriers and insulation into one effective material instead of a multitude of layers that could cause problems.

– Radon mitigation systems installed in these residences prevents radon gas from accumulating in the soil around the structure. An absence of radon gas is healthier because radon gas is associated with the development of lung cancer.

– Construction products that do not emit volatile organic compounds help create a healthier environment inside the house. These products include paint, adhesives, and cleaners. VOCs have

How to Properly Recycle Aerosol Cans

deToday, recycling is common practice. Many municipalities provide recycling cans for free. Some ever offer incentives to get more people to recycle. Most people are aware of what they can and cannot recycle, with one exception: aerosol cans. Aerosol cans are made from either aluminum or steel, which means they are 100% recyclable (even cans that were used to dispense pesticides). However, there’s a bit more to it than just throwing it in a recycling bin and putting it out by the curb for pick up.

Here’s how to properly recycle an aerosol can.

1. Use the entire product
If no product comes out when you press down on the actuator, then the aerosol can is empty. There may still be remnants of the product left, but it will be disposed of by the staff of the recycling center. When the can is empty, it can be recycled like any other aluminum or steel product.

Aerosol cans are still recyclable if there is product left in the can, but you will need to take it to a hazardous waste facility. This could mean a long drive depending

7 Things to Do With Fireplace Ashes

ewDoes your fireplace collect ashes that become a nuisance? They can be messy, may cause you to constantly sneeze, and may take away from the beauty of your wood burning unit. But, you can choose to see the downside of the mess, or look at it with a more positive view.

The popularity of using ashes for various remedies began as early as the 18th century when the many benefits of potassium carbonate, potash from ashes, began to catch the attention of scientists. In an article posted by the Oregon State University Extension Service, it is mentioned that ash from North American trees was exported to Great Britain and in the late 1700s the first fertilizer from wood ash was patented.

Ashes, or wood residue, from the fireplace may be unpleasant at times, but they can also bring a variety of benefits. If you aren’t sure what to do with the pile of wood residue your fireplace produces, the following ideas might give you a different perspective and may prove helpful.

    1. Spruce up Your Lawn – Certain lawns and soils can greatly benefit from a little wood

Make Your Home Affordable With Green Living

e4There is no single prototype for living green. Lowering energy bills is the best way to increase long-term affordability of home ownership. Some builders create smaller spaces with a luxury feel or rustic Santa Fe style adobe housing. The quest to lower electric bills increases the foreign market for solar and wind energy.

It is not one size fits all. Going green is based on lowering your carbon footprint. It includes a new solar or hybrid car, solar pool heaters, solar hot water heaters, increased attic or wall insulation, and energy-efficient home monitoring systems to reduce energy use.

Installing solar lights along the driveway is easy and affordable. Solar gates are used on ranches for over a decade preventing expensive electric wiring in remote areas.These solar gates work very well with back-up batteries.

Water issues are a key driver in green living. It requires switching out shower heads for those which use less water and replacing old toilets with low-flow toilets. Overhauling older home systems with new solar air conditioning, tank-less hot water heaters, water efficient dishwashers, and solar exterior house lights bring a new hipness to

Using Houseplants for a Thriving Lifestyle

3tStudies have proven that like outdoors, indoor plants filter and clarify the air surrounding them, a natural alternative to artificial air fresheners. Certain plants are more proactive in their fight against unwanted air pollutants. For example, Aloe (Aloe Vera) is a very easy to take care of plant that filters toxins found in chemical cleaners and paint products. Consider adding a decorative houseplant or two to a room prone to unwanted & lingering smells as an inexpensive and attractive solution.

In office culture, it is common to receive or give a gift of an indoor plant. Most often the plant is placed in a window to provide a barrier between the chaotic, sometimes distracting outside world, or between cubicles to provide more color in an open, uninteresting space. Similar ideas can be incorporated when decorating a home. To add privacy without surrendering natural light to curtains or blinds, a tall plant in a windowsill may be all that is needed between a room and the realities beyond.

Unlike the size restrictions of an office space, decorating a home with indoor plants can turn to a canopy

Annual Seed Starting

2eSeeing tiny sprouts break through the ground and peep through the melting snow is sure to make any gardener antsy for Spring, and these last few days of warm weather have certainly been teasing. Although some regions cannot promise consistent warm weather this early in the year, there is still an opportunity to get a head start on the season by starting seedlings in a greenhouse, garden window, or well-lit part of the house. Let’s take a look at some of the early stages of starting seedlings and the transformation process from indoor and to outdoor plant.

Prepare a Seed Starting Mixture and Sterilize Planters

Sterile seedling mix is crucial not only for the initial growth stages of plants, but also preventing for plant diseases, which can be extracted from soils which are not properly sterilized.

A seed starting mix can easily be purchased from a greenhouse or garden store. Creating a home-made seed starting mixture is easily done with four simple ingredients:

· 4 parts screened compost

· 1 part perlite (which can be purchased from most garden stores)

· 1 part vermiculite (also can be purchased from most

Early Spring Chores to Start the Garden Off Right

eFor most parts of the country it seems like winter is coming to a close. With warmer weather finally in sight, the urge to do something outside might be starting to set in, and March is the perfect time to get out of the house and into the garden. Want to get a head start for the official gardening season but don’t know where to start? Don’t worry we have you covered with some spring gardening chores to get you outside and get a jump start before the season starts.

Get Your Tools Ready

This is probably one of the most important, yet overlooked, tasks that needs to be done for gardening season. Just take a simple inventory of your equipment and see what you have, if you are missing something, put it on your shopping list. Once you have everything, make sure all your tools are clean and ready for the work ahead.

Prune Away

Spring is the prime time to prune your deciduous trees, shrubs, leggy perennials, hybrid tea roses, and floribundas. Sometimes it can be difficult to select what branches to prune away and which

Energy Conservation and Reducing Your Carbon Footprint

e3The world currently lacks a cohesive move forward in reducing pollution and improving world resource use in an efficient manner. Lowering emissions, reducing our carbon footprint, energy conservation, and population control are key to manage global energy and mineral resources in the future. Big energy must be used for deliver energy management and conservation technology in the commercial real estate arena to improve outcomes and save money.

America has a larger carbon footprint than most of the globe. Global tax rate differences are applied to carbon emissions and energy use across OECD & G-20 countries. Emissions from transport energy are more costly than heating and process emissions taxed at a lower rate. The weighted average energy effective tax rate in 41 countries is EUR 14.8 per tonne of carbon dioxide produced from energy use.

The costs of high energy use can seriously harm our local and national economy. This cost is higher in highly dense cities. Real estate managers have new roles in lowering energy use and improving green profiles for commercial business districts across America.

Existing buildings are retrofitted with smart technology to reduce energy

10 Things People Appreciate Most About Log Home Living

3rrThere is no reason to wait until retirement to dwell in your dream house. Start looking into this alternative style of accommodation right now; and find your idyllic refuge.

10 Things people appreciate most about log home living

1. A log home is a retreat

A favourable escape from the accelerated urban sprawl is the rustic idyll of a log home. Indeed, most of them are located away from crowded urban areas and offer a peaceful retreat from the buzzy cities with their questionable air quality that city-dwellers have grown accustomed to. To make the most of a long summer evening or, for that matter any day with beautiful weather, they are often equipped with porches. This outside area of the house is ideal for relaxing or having drinks with friends while engaging in long scintillating conversations.

2. Wooden houses are eco-friendly

The environmental benefits of log home lodging are numerous. In fact, they are often praised as energy-efficient alternatives to traditional stucco-and-cement houses. The thick wood provides substantial insulation to keep residents toasty during the winter and comfortably cool during the summer. In a time when many people