When you make the decision to purchase a new home, you are making an investment in your future. You need this investment to be a sound one – which is why it is important to choose your new home with care.
You may jump at the chance and put in an offer to beat the crowd. Yet in today’s marketplace, its more important to concentrate on getting a solid house that won’t cost you money in the short term. Rather than rushing into buying the first home that suits your fancy, take your time, and consider investing in various inspections before making that final purchase.
A plumbing inspection can reveal many details about your property. Read more
We live in a time of “green living”. Green living means doing your part to help protect the environment. You can do this in numerous ways, such as driving a hybrid car (or not driving at all), switching your regular light bulbs for energy-saving bulbs, recycling, and investing in energy saving appliances.
All can save money. Yet there is one thing you use more than any other fixture in your house, and it will have the largest impact in over all consumption – your toilet.
Having the greenest toilet on the market today doesn’t mean you have to use composting or revert back to old ways of living. Instead it mean choosing a high efficiency toilet that will help you save the most water possible. Read more
Happy Earth Day 2012.
This year more than one billion people across the globe will participate in the 42nd annual Earth Day activities, with this year’s theme being Mobilize The Earth.
When the first Earth Day was held 42 years ago, 20 million Americans from all walks of life participated. It is credited with launching today’s environmental movement, and the passage of landmark laws that we rely on today, such as the Clean Air Act, Clean Water Act, and the Endangered Species Act.
Today you’ll find people participating around the globe, with activities planned in all types of venues, from schools to churches, individuals and businesses.
Mobilize The Earth is designed to provide people with a way of demanding immediate action to secure Renewable Energy for all, and a sustainable future for our planet. If governments from around the globe won’t take steps towards protecting and preserving the environment, it remains with the people. Read more
When you need to call a plumber for help with your pipes, you are bound to hear several technical terms. Plumbers can sometimes forget that not everyone is a plumber. Therefore, not everyone understands “plumbing lingo”. You may find your head spinning when your plumber starts spouting BTU numbers or asking you where the angle stop is located. This helpful list of common plumbing terms will help you understand the lingo the next time your plumber starts talking air locks and back pressure.
Basin wrench – a wrench with jaws on a swivel and a long handle
Aerator – a device in the end of a faucet that mixes air with the water to reduce splashing
BTU – British Thermal Unit, refers to the amount of heat energy needed to raise the temperature of one pound of water by one Fahrenheit degree
Ball check valve – valve with a ball that seals to prevent flow of liquid
Air lock – flow of liquid being blocked by an air bubble
Back pressure – refers to a pipe system in which pressure resists the flow of fluid
Wash down water closet – water closet with a siphon trap way and a flushing rim Read more
One of the easiest ways to save some money and live a greener life too is by making your home more energy efficient. Making your home more energy efficient is not a difficult task – you can use the following tips to get you started. Before you know it, you will have an energy efficient home and you will save some bucks, too.
Windows – A home loses heating and cooling through the windows – especially if the windows are old. Weatherstripping around the doors and windows can also age, crack and chip away, allowing gaps for cold air to enter your home. By replacing your windows, you can save anywhere from 7 to 24 percent in your average electric bill each month. Make sure you reap the rewards by investing in energy saving windows and storm doors. Yes, there is an initial cost of installation, but over time, your investment will pay for itself in energy and money savings.
Insulation – Another way a home loses valuable heating and cooling is due to lack of sufficient insulation. You may think the insulation in your attic and walls is sufficient – but if you have an older home, chances are it could be improved. With conventional stud walls, blown in insulation can greatly improve your comfort level and help reduce your heating/air conditioning bills as well.
When you want to give your bathroom a quick makeover, adding new fixtures is an easy way to go. New bathroom fixtures can make your bathroom look brand new. You can choose to replace a few, key fixtures – or you can go all out and replace them all. Either way, adding new bathroom fixtures will give you the jazzed-up look you want without the price of a full renovation.
There are a few things to consider before you buy your new fixtures. Keep these things in mind and you will soon have the bathroom you want.
Choose a theme – before you hit the home improvement store, you need to know what theme you want throughout your bathroom. Do you want an antique look? A modern look? Retro? You have many options when it comes to a theme, so find the look that appeals to your sense of style. Read more
One of the most common misconceptions people have about going green is that you must make huge changes and give up all the luxuries of life to do any good. That simply isn’t true. Instead of looking at it like you’ll be giving something up, look at it for what you will be gaining instead. In most cases, it may not cost a lot of money up front to go green … and in fact you may end up saving money overall.
None of Earth’s resources will go on forever. Everything has a limited supply, its just a matter of how long we have until it disappears. And water is one of our most precious resources. We simply can’t exist without it.
Green plumbing puts the focus onto what’s most important … conserving our most precious resources. Right now, one in six throughout the world do not have access to safe drinking water. While that may not seem to be something we focus on here in the US, if everyone does their part, it really can make a difference. Read more
10. Toilets are musical – rumor has it the great majority of them will flush in the key of E flat.
9. Think we’ve always separated out mens and womens toilets? Think again. That way of life didn’t start until a high society party in Paris made it fashionable in 1739.
8. The US spent over $100,000 on a study to determine how people hung their toilet paper – flap in front or behind. The results: 3 out of 4 have the flap in front.
7. Just like beds have progressed in TV-land, so have toilets. The first toilet was shown on the television show Leave It To Beaver. The first flushing toilet was shown in the movie Psycho. And as you can imagine, the scene in Psycho caused an enormous amount of complaints about indecency. Read more