Many of the homes built during the 1980s may still have heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) systems that are more than 20 years old. Recent estimates indicate that this applies to 20% of the homes built during that time period. In order to keep air conditioners running throughout the United States, about six percent of the electricity produced within this country is used. While that may not sound like a significant output, reducing it could have a positive effect, particularly for reducing household energy usage and costs.

How to Reduce Energy Usage and Costs

Since nearly 87% of American homes do have air conditioning to cool down during hot weather, reducing energy usage and utility bills tends to be important. When the temperatures rise, this usually accounts for an additional ten percent to 22% tacked onto a household’s overall energy costs. One way to reduce usage and cost is for households to lower their thermostats when they’re asleep or away from home

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Some of us tend to not think about what happens to our weekly garbage after we toss our trash in the dumpster or take our bins to the curb for a garbage truck to pick up. Others are a little more aware of the non-degradable waste that is pilling up in landfills or making its way into our oceans and are trying to make better consumption habits but aren’t sure where to start. The majority of us heard Reduce, Reuse, Recycle at some point in lives but aren’t sure how to apply to it their household. Below are a few simple and easy recycling tips that any home can do to improve their environmental impact.


One of the simplest recycling tips to reduce waste is to stop buying single-use products. Instead of using paper towels to dry your hands or clean up messes, buy a few washcloths or make your own out of an old towel and you’ll never have to buy paper towels again. You can also purchase reusable c

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When it comes to home modeling, the kitchen is the most popular room in the house. Out of the top 20 U.S. metro areas, homeowners in San Francisco spend the most money on kitchen remodels, averaging almost $70,000 for a large kitchen.

Within the kitchen remodeling realm, U.S. kitchen cabinet demand is projected to grow to almost $17.1 billion by 2021. Cabinets alone generally account for 40 to 50 percent of total kitchen remodel costs.

A lot of kitchen remodeling is done to breathe some new life into a worn down kitchen and perhaps to add some more space to a once cramped area. You can anything from cabinet lights to decorative knobs and pulls to a slide out spice rack to add a fresh look to a kitchen.

One way to add more space in a kitchen and to any room is adding shelves. Here are some benefits of adding adjustable wood shelf brackets to your kitchen:

Over two thirds of businesses and offices in the South use central air conditioning all summer long. If air conditioning is one of the only things keeping your business moving during the hot summer months, you no doubt know how employees and clients are affected by a malfunctioning commercial HVAC system. As we move into the hottest part of the season, you’ll want to have a professional contracting service on-hand in case your system is in need of repairs. Here are three of the most common issues that can arise with a commercial HVAC system, and some of the warning signs that your air conditioner is in need of maintenance.

Leaking Gas

Natural gas is odorless, but many HVAC manufacturers will give their gas supply the smell of sulphur to make it detectable. If you smell that tell-tale a”rotten egg” smell, you should call your gas company immediately and plan to have employees w

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What’s in a carpet?

You might be better off asking what’s in your carpet. It’s easy to take for granted a part of the home that’s constantly underfoot, but your carpet has the potential to influence more aspects of your life than you realize. From your health to your interior design, rugs and floorboards all play a huge part in how comfortable you are in any given day. When you start noticing a difference in your indoor air pollution, or are just tired of the same look day in and day out, it’s time to look into custom made area rugs. These are designed to fit the unique specifications of your home and your personal taste, leaving no corner unturned on your way to a better living situation.

Which features should you look for in your custom cut rugs? These five tips aren’t a bad place to start.

Dirty Carpets Can Promote Allergies And Poor Health

This may come as a surprise, but a dirty carpet is more than just unattractive. It

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If you’re starting to notice problems with your roof and your basement water, the unlikely culprit may be a clogged gutter. Rain gutters have existed since ancient times (taking the shape of gargoylesat the end of the Roman empire) and the technology itself is very similar to what it was thousand of years ago. Then, as now, gutters are subject to clogging and leaks. Whether you have a metal gutter system or a stone gargoyle on a parapet, here are a few ways to prevent your rain gutters from falling into disrepair.

Clean them Regularly

Ideally, you should have gutter cleaning services paying you a visit twice a year. Clogged gutters are one of the biggest contributors to flooded basements, which can result in thousands of dollars in unanticipated costs. Hiring a professional gutter cleaning company saves you from having to climb ladders and stand on roofs, which can be dangerous if you’re not a profe

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From wooden entrance gates to the typical residential fence installation, fences and barriers are important in our world, in the United States as well as in many places beyond it. Wooden entrance gates are only part of a wider national and worldwide trend, which even guardrail installation can now be considered to be a part of. From wood fencing to the more and more common and trendy PVC fence, there are many fencing options and opportunities that are out there in the world. All you need to do is look into them to find the one that is the right fencing option for you. Maybe it’s the standard wood fence with wooden entrance gates but it might even be wooden electric gates as well. Fencing can be used to provide security as well as protect privacy, and hiring a professional company to install your fencing can help to ensure that you will get the best results in your fencing solution possible.

All ty

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Sometimes we see do-it-yourself projects in magazines or television and it gives us this false sense of security that any and all jobs around the house can be done ourselves, including roofing work and replacement. Now let’s not jump to conclusions here, there are certain things that can be done yourself. Routine roof maintenance can be a DIY job, but others shouldn’t. Every year your roof should be inspected by a professional, and when damage occurs replacement should be performed by a professional. Here’s a few reasons why you should tackle roof maintenance yourself and leave roof replacement to the professionals.


Yes you’ve considered the roofing shingles that you have bought. You have considered which ones you want on your roof and picked the ones that will make your new roof look perfect. You measured and bought enough to cover your entire surface.

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There are plenty of projects within and around your home to keep you busy with upkeep, maintenance, and upgrades. Depending on the state of your house when you first acquired it, this might mean more work than you realize, but it is important to complete for a number of reasons. Of course, there is the safety and security of your home that is paramount. You also want a fully functional home, and one that provides comfort. On top of all of that, if you can maximize the energy efficiency of your home, you can help save resources as well as on your own personal expenses.

Deciding where to begin

Your house might make up your mind for you, if there are pressing necessities that must be addressed, like leaking pipes, inefficient heating, or poor insulation. But if you are trying to decide where to begin, it might not be a bad idea to take a look at your Read more ...