Solar Energy

solar energy

Solar energy in its simplest term refers to the energy generated by the sun.  That energy can be harnessed and used to perform different tasks.  It is not harmful and the equipment it uses is very environmentally friendly.  If we compare solar energy with electrical energy, then solar energy is very cost effective and beneficial for home use.  You can easily reduce your electric bill by using solar energy in your home.

Solar Energy Bulbs

There are special types of solar-energy bulbs available.  The bulbs have special sensors that sense darkness and will turn on automatically.  There is no need to turn on the solar-energy bulbs manually.  If the sensor detects light the bulbs will turn off automatically.  The use of solar-energy bulbs is easy.  Just purchase them from the local store, install them, and they are ready to use.

A Clean Energy Source

Solar energy will not pollute the environment.  It is a clean energy source and is environmentally friendly.

Comparing solar-energy systems versus electrically-generated energy systems, the solar-energy systems are very easy to maintain.  As we all know, solar energy is energy generated from the sun; so, there is no need to buy fuel for refilling the system.  There is some maintenance required but not as much as an electrical system requires.

A solar-energy system works autonomously.  No foreign energy sources are required for running the system.  If the electric-energy power outsource is damaged, then your house system will not be affected due to damaging weather because of the independent solar system.

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Lower Home Electric Bills

Lower Home Electric BillsMost people are interested in conserving energy to lower home electric bills.

 Six Tips to Lower Home Electric Bills

  1. A good roof coating will help to deflect heat. This ensures that your home maintains a set inside temperature.
  1. A well-insulated attic will help keep your entire house cool. An attic can only perform efficiently if it is properly insulated.  Seal the attic door with weather stripping to maintain a seal to ensure air flow from the house is not going through the attic.
  1. Seal any leaks around windows and doors as these contribute to the high cost of electric bills. This also results in increased workload of your home’s heating/cooling system. Sealing leaks reduces the workload of the heating/cooling system, which cuts down on the electric bill.
  1. Reduce the temperature on the thermostat. 1°C equates to a 5% savings on your electric bill. 68°F is an ideal thermostat temperature during winter season and within a degree or two of 75°F in the summer.
  1. Water heaters utilize a large amount of energy. It is the second largest energy consumer after cooling/heating system in your house. Avoid using hot water to wash your clothes.  This helps save as much as 90% of energy that would be consumed by the washing machine.
  1. Use of energy efficient materials and appliances around your home is another way to save money on energy bills. These are commercially available items that effectively reduce home energy bills. One of these items is power efficient windows, which deflect the outside temperature from in-flowing into your home.

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The Top 10 Areas Commonly Checked by Your Home Inspector

home inspectionsBelow is a list of common areas that are missed by a home inspector during a home inspection. This list is intended to inform homeowners about the need to have these areas checked for possible problems, as well as the need for upgrades or repairs, if any.

  • Smoke detectors sometimes are missed during the inspection process.
  • Electrical fixtures and wirings, which are often embedded in between double walls or embedded in concrete.
  • Backflow prevention devices should also be carefully considered, since this helps prevent any untoward flooding in the event of plumbing and waterline leakage.
  • Basement bathrooms and laundry tubs are sometimes also missed in the process because not all homes have these areas and fixtures in their basements.
  • Venting for the dryer should also be considered.
  • Electrical grounding is very important. Improper grounding could cause major problems from accidental electric shocks and could also cause house fires.
  • Flexible gas connectors, valves and uncapped gas lines, should be of paramount concern since the slightest indications of gas leakages can be tragic and disastrous.
  • Indoor furnaces should also be checked. If not functioning properly problems could range from gas leakage to defective firing systems that could also cause a house fire.
  • Water heaters need to be checked to make sure that they are installed properly. Pressure release valves must be in proper working order along with the important copper run-off device that should always be checked.
  • Garage door openers or extension cord wiring being used as permanent wiring for fixtures.

These are the top 10 commonly checked areas by your Home Inspector for your home safety, security and peace of mind.

Easy DIY Paint Repairs for Your Home

Easy DIY Paint Repairs

Paint is considered to be the clothes of your house.  Although paint problems may look ugly and major, you can actually be saved from the obligation of calling a professional painter and spending huge amounts of money.  You, yourself, can be your very own Picasso when it comes to painting retouches in your home.

Break Down
All kinds of paint, whatever brand it may be, will only last for a specified number of years before the break-down process begins to show. When you experience paint break down, it basically means that the first or primary layer on the surface is weakening.  This problem is commonly experienced in old houses that have several paint layers.  When the break down process begins, paint will start cracking and peeling from your wall or your wood surface exposing the wood or drywall.

To fix this, try scraping or pressure washing the surface.  After that, fill in any holes using putty if it is wood or spackle if it is a wall surface.  After filling in, get sand paper and fine sand the surface.  Then, wipe away the dust and let it completely dry.  If pressure washing the exterior of your house or if it rains you will need to wait 24 hours for the surface to completely dry. Once it is dry, you can start painting.

Moisture Build-Up
Another cause of paint break down is due to moisture build-up, leak or excessive condensation.  Most probably, you can find mildew and mold along with this problem.  This kind of problem is often experienced in the bathroom.  However, it can also occur in other parts of the house because of leaky roofs and close outdoor shrubs.  Your paint can sag down due to the moisture.  But in this case, you won’t see any chipping debris.

If moisture build-up is the cause of paint breakdown, there is another remedy for that.  You will most likely be targeting mildew.  If it is an interior surface, a solution consisting of three parts water and one part bleach can be used to kill the mildew.  If it is an exterior surface, you can wash it off using an exterior solution intended for pressure washers.  Both of these can be bought at your local home improvement store.  If you don’t have a pressure washer, they usually can be rented at the big box home improvement store.

Fading Color
The last paint break-down problem is fading color. This is usually experienced with surfaces on the exterior of the house. However, it can also occur indoors when specific colors were used for the walls. Basically, paint color fades when exposed to too much sun.  To avoid this kind of problem, most people try not to use bright and bold colors such as deep red.  If you have an affinity for deep colors, try to look for hues that have a ruddy or golden tone to them. You can try consulting a paint associate about this. Try to find out how much red oxide or yellow oxide colorant was mixed for the specific color that you want. Basically, if the paint associate says that each colorant has about 1 ounce or so in the tint base to create the color, then you have spotted a color that can resist fading for a very long period of time.

Affordable Lighting Upgrades You Can Do Yourself

kitchen lighting

Inside or outside your home, simple lighting upgrades can make a huge difference in the appearance of your home.  A change in lighting fixtures or bulbs might seem like an almost-too-simple answer to small home renovations, but it can really change the entire mood and atmosphere of your home.


  1. Outdoor Lighting

The outside appearance of your home is what you choose to display to the outside world.  People who drive by, who come to visit, and your neighbors see the outside display first.  Simple and affordable lighting upgrades can make a huge difference.  Certain fixtures can dress up and enhance what might otherwise be a simple décor.


  • Fixtures

Depending on the décor of your home, there are many styles of lighting fixtures for outdoor lighting.  For a more updated and modern look, chrome or metal colored spotlights and track lighting can brighten up your outdoor areas.  If you’re looking for a more traditional or rustic style of lighting, there are lamps and sconces for literally every décor theme.


  • Motion Sensors

For security as well as convenience, motion sensors are an excellent lighting upgrade that every home should have.  Motion sensors can be placed at every entrance to the home as well as fence gates and other dark or shadowy areas of your home and yard.  Whenever you or someone else walks by or opens the door, the lights automatically come on.  This is not only convenient to you, but also adds another level of security to discourage intruders.


  • Path Lighting

For sidewalks, driveways, or other paths, lighting can be added along the sides for both safety and aesthetics.  Simple lighting along both sides of your driveway not only guides vehicles safely to your home, but also creates a beautiful atmosphere and adds character to your home.


  1. Indoor Lighting

In every room of your house, the lighting makes the biggest difference to the atmosphere and décor.  Lighting that is too bright or too dim can change the outcome of your color scheme and decorative additions that you have spent time and money working on.


  • Kitchen and Bathrooms

In most homes, kitchen and bathroom lighting is meant to be bright and inviting.  In the kitchen especially, the light needs to be bright enough to see everything you need to without coming across as too clinical. Track lighting is one example of a simple and affordable upgrade for kitchen and bathroom lighting that not only lights up a space well, but can also highlight your décor scheme and add a modern or traditional look depending on your choice of fixtures.


  • Living Areas

Consider using a dimmer for the lighting in your living areas. A dimmer can allow you to set just enough light, and change the mood of the room as needed. Decorative lighting should also not be overlooked. Adding small lamps and spotlights around your house, especially near art or decorative pieces, can really update your home.


Simple and affordable lighting upgrades can change the overall look of your home, inside or outside.

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