Do you remember when you mom used to tell you to turn off the lights as you were leaving a room? This infographic gives you some more understanding of the types of lightbulbs being used and how each impacts the energy being used.
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Take a look at this infographic on HVAC from WellHome, http://www.wellhome.com/blog/2011/04/understanding-hvac/
Understanding the ins and outs of your home’s heating and cooling equipment can be an essential part of helping to insure your home is operating at maximum energy efficiency. Your HVAC system can often times be the biggest component of this efficiency. By understanding how HVAC systems heat and cool your home, it is easier to make an informed and intelligent decision.
Many homeowners may embark on a home improvement project they have never done before. So they struggle in even determining a high level budget because this is completely unknown. Here are some steps to consider in helping you develop a budget in order to see if a project is even financially feasible for you. Read more
Creating budgets is a must for your home improvement projects. It will help everyone involved in your project in understanding where the finances are for your project. It provides a compass on when and how to proceed with various aspects of your project.
A high level budget is important relative to your overall current financial situation. Developing a list of all your desired home improvement projects and providing a quick estimate for each one helps you assess these against other spending like vacations, entertainment, education, etc. Read more
In the first stage of a home improvement or decorative project, many people look through the internet or home magazines to find photos of typical projects to get ideas or inspiration for what they want. There are so many different design styles to choose from for every kind of home improvement project. For example, kitchens can have styles such as contemporary, traditional, modern, country, Mediterranean, Asian, French, Beach, Island, etc. This process takes time to search and find different styles and products that you like. We at HomeZada have come up with a great way to help people with this inspiration phase of home improvement projects. Read more
- Cleaning and decluttering provides you an opportunity to donate items to charity thereby giving you a tax incentive.
- Review the number of cleaners you use and see if you can use fewer cleaners by using multipurpose cleaners or making your own.
- Put your muscle in to it and use cleaning as an exercise to save money on your gym membership. You burn approximately 144 calories per hour of cleaning.
Mint.com teaches us new ways to save money with items in your pantry.
Additionally, Mint also gives us advice on 11 Unusual Household Uses For Food Items That Will Save You Money and how these items can help you clean your home.
The word “project” has lots of different meanings to different homeowners. And not all projects are created equal. There are small projects and big projects. There are simple projects and complex projects. There are urgent projects that need to get done right away, and there are discretionary projects that are more “wish lists.” There are indoor projects, projects on the outside of the home, and landscape projects.
Because of this diversity of projects in the home, planning and executing on these is also different. Below are a series of questions to help you categorize your different projects. Ask yourself these questions about each project you are considering. In doing this mental exercise, it will help you start the planning process.
- Is a budget important because of the size of the project?
- How many products need to be selected in order to execute the project?
- If you have multiple products, how well do they need to work together?
- Who is going to select the products for the project?
- What skill level is required to install the products?
- Are you willing to learn the skill and do it yourself?
- If the skill is beyond your ability, how are you going to find a qualified person or company to do the work?
- Are you going to get multiple estimates or quotes from qualified sources?
- Is the time of year an important factor in the ability to execute the project?
- How long will it take to execute the project?
- Will the project severely impact your current ability to live in the home?
- Is the project urgent and needs to be executed immediately or is the timing of the project flexible?
Your projects may fit in a small, medium and large category. With these questions, you are better prepared in determing the next steps to take for your projects.