Did you know that approximately 64% of American home owners don’t have $1,000 in savings available for household repairs? To make household repair matters worse, around 39% of American home owners say that it’s hard to find a reliable repair service as well. This is probably in large part to the fact that most American, [...]
When considering home repair Do It Yourself should be the first option. All over the country people are opting for Do It Yourself home improvement, and are gaining many benefits by making that decision. Obviously a lot of people will be unable to do the house repairs that require things like tearing out a wall, [...]
There are some things you just can’t leave to chance — this is certainly the case when you’re operating heavy machinery of any kind. There are many different elements that go into taking the proper precautions when operating potentially dangerous equipment. The thing is that there are many different definitions of “potentially dangerous equipment”. In the minds of some, this applies to equipment operated at the workplace. However, employees aren’t the only ones at risk when it comes to getting hurt by heavy machinery. The average person can get seriously injured or even killed when dealing with something as commonplace as an RV. People aren’t the only ones at risk, of course. Even if the worst that happens is a damaged crane or RV, there’s still much to be concerned about. Those pieces of equipment cost a lo (more…)
Everyone’s property is different. Some lawns are large, some are small, and some are filled with giant, beautiful trees. Most people accept what their property has given them and never change it, but that doesn’t have to be the case. Having trees on your property can provide you and your home with many benefits that not a lot of people know about.
Peace and Quiet
One of the benefits of having a few trees on your property is that they provide you with some much-deserved peace and quiet. Because of the trees’ ability to block and absorb sound, having a belt of trees along your property line that is over 100 feet tall and 45 feet wide along your property line can reduce noise pollution by 40 – 50%.
A property without trees is open to the world and all its chaos. It’s hard to relax at your home when all your neighbors and passersby can see and hear everything you’re doing. Plant some trees and enjoy your privacy.
Save Money on Energy Costs
Just planting trees in your yard can end up saving you money in the long run. Planting a tree on the west side of your property can lower your energy bill by 3% over the next five years. That might not seem like a significant number but In 15 years, after you’ve planted trees on the west side of your home, your energy bill savings will be around 12%.
A single tree can produce the same cooling effect as 10 room-size air conditioners that operate 20 hours a day.
Along with the privacy and monetary benefits, trees simply look good. They provide an outline for your home and look great from just about any direction. Big, healthy trees are some of the most beautiful parts of nature.
You’ll appreciate the beautiful look of your trees from the comfort of your home and your neighbors will appreciate the beautiful look of your trees as they drive by every morning.
It’s important to keep up with tree care and maintain the trees’ health so you can enjoy their benefits for the maximum amount of time. Any homeowner can do minimal tree care, but for the more complicated tree care, you should consult with professionals.
Most people use propane fuel and propane services in their everyday life. In the agricultural industry, more than 660 farmers use propane for things like irrigation pumps, grain dryers, and standby generators.
The versatile, cost efficient fuel is used by more than 9 million families in the United States in heating their home. In fact, 4.6% of the 98.1 million households that use propane, use it as their main heating source.
For homeowners and renters considering heating your home with propane, here are a few tips to do so safely, saving you money in the process.
Take advantage of the equal payment plans gas utility companies offer. This allows propane customers to have a consistent bill each month without fluctuation. It even covers the months in which bills are usually higher, like in the winter, and lower in the summer.
Have a qualified, professional contractor perform annual maintenance on all your gas products and furnace. Doing so makes sure your appliances are running at full energy efficiency. You may also want to consider having that same contractor or a different one check your entire home’s energy efficiency. This will help save money in the long run.
If your home does not already have one, as it should, install a carbon monoxide detector. Although you won’t be saving any money, it is important to have at least one in the house to protect you and your family from unsafe levels of carbon monoxide in the home.
Change and/or clean the filters on the furnace routinely to remove any harmful elements that might potentially circulate throughout your home.
Set you thermostat to a level that is comfortable for everyone in the household and try to maintain it at that temperature. Frequent changes in temperature can result in increased energy bills because of the effort needed to increase and decrease temperatures. An even better solution is to have a programmable thermostat.
Now that you have an idea of what heating your home with propane will be like and how to save money doing so, you can now be on your way to enjoying your home the way you want. While heating your home with propane has many precautions, the cost-efficient fuel has more pros than cons to ensure your home is safe and warm when you need it to be.
You may think that your heating and air conditioning units run just fine on their own. Especially if you are a renter, it can be difficult to remember how important it is to keep up on things like this. If the owner of your home is not taking responsibility then you will want to remind them yourself. Without proper care and employment of heating and air conditioning services, you are likely to be faced with the prospect of a completely broken down HVAC system, in dire need or repair or (more…)
The United States uses 384.74 million gallons of gas every single day. Approximately 264 million of those gallons are consumed by the vehicles we drive. Over 115 million of those gallons are imported from other countries. And 100% of those gallons release greenhouse gases into the air we breath when they are burned.
It shouldn’t come as a surprise that our dependence on gas is a growing issue. Our heavy usage of gas is bad news for the planet Earth that we love so much. It makes us dependent on the foreign countries who supply it and creates a risk for instability in our country. If only there were some kind of gas products that didn’t deplete natural resources, that is produced domestically, that we could afford. Oh wait there is. We have propane fuel.
Propane fuel is a (more…)
There is more to central air conditioning installation than most people think. If equipment is not installed properly, homeowners can see a decrease of up to 30% in their home’s heating and cooling efficiency. In order to avoid spending more money than you’d like on HVAC repairs, keep an eye out for the following signs that your heating and air unit needs to be checked or replaced.
Rotten Egg Smell
If at any point you smell rotten eggs and you do not have them in your house, there is a natural gas leak in your home. This is a dangerous sign and must be addressed immediately as gas leaks are a very common cause for explosions.
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If the carpet in your home looks like it’s seen better days, it might be time to say goodbye. Carpets not only hold dirt and stains, they can cost you more money than they’re worth. So if you’re thinking about making the switch from carpet to hardwood flooring, but not quite sure yet, here are a few reasons to help you decide.
Hardwood floors last longer
Carpeting has a lifespan of about seven years, but if you have kids and pets, that lifespan can be cut short. Hardwood floors, however, can last upwards of 50 years, and create a timeless look in any space. Would you rather replace your carpet seven times or install amazing hardwood floors once?
Upkeep is easier
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The Bureau of Labor Statistics has said that in the United States there are currently more than 88,000 carpenters and cabinetmakers. That is a good thing because a lot of American homeowners are planning some kind of home remodel or renovation in the nears future. Over the past few years, nearly half said they were seriously considering going ahead with one. Bathrooms and kitchens remain the most popular rooms to remodel. More than $28,000 was spend on kitchens and about $10,400 on bathrooms, according to Houzz. Custom tool manufacturing experts say that many people are opting for custom kitchen cabinets.
- They give a homeowner nearly countess opportunities to express themselves. The first thing most of us notice in any kitchen are the cabinets. They are the biggest part of the room and (more…)
How to Save Money, the Earth, and a Headache or Two With Regular Electric Furnace Repair and Seasonal Maintenance
Like most things in life that have a way of sneaking up on you, the warm, muggy weather that summer brings can arrive out of the blue and often sooner than you think. During the spring and early summer, it may seem like Old Man Winter’s grip is stronger than gorilla glue on one day and the next it may seem as though summer is in full effect. This instability in terms of the weather and temperature can not only wreak havoc on your allergies, your body, and your plans, but it can also wreak havoc on your home’s HVAC system.
It’s no secret that homeowners have a lot on their place to worry about. From maintaining the lawn and garden, keeping the gutters clear and free of debris, having plumbing and electrical problems fixed as they occur, and keeping the house clean (at least relatively), homeow (more…)
It?s a dark and stormy night. You?re laying in bed, tucked safely under the covers. It?s incredibly dark outside, but you see a vague shape in the darkness, like a shadow within a shadow. It looks almost like a hand, but different. Twisted, gnarled. The wind picks up, howling like a spectre outside your home, and the shadowed hand gently touches your window. Barely anything more than a tap, but it?s still audible. Tap, tap, tap. You flip on the light and see?
A tree branch. A simple, harmless tree branch.
It?s time to call some landscapers.
Why have trees?
Trees can be a beautiful addition to any yard. If a piece of property has healthy and mature trees on it, the value increases by an average of 10 percent. Unfortunately, when left to their own devices, trees grow rather err (more…)
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There are some things you just can’t leave to chance — this is certainly the case when you’re operating heavy machinery of any kind. There are many different elements that go into taking the proper precautions when operating potentially dangerous equipment. The thing is that there are many different definitions of “potentially dangerous equipment”. In [...]
Everyone’s property is different. Some lawns are large, some are small, and some are filled with giant, beautiful trees. Most people accept what their property has given them and never change it, but that doesn’t have to be the case. Having trees on your property can provide you and your home with many benefits that [...]
Most people use propane fuel and propane services in their everyday life. In the agricultural industry, more than 660 farmers use propane for things like irrigation pumps, grain dryers, and standby generators. The versatile, cost efficient fuel is used by more than 9 million families in the United States in heating their home. In fact, [...]
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