When Garbage Disposal Reek of Something

Kitchens are without a doubt, one of the most important areas of our home. It is where we store, prepare, and cook food. Additionally, we complete related tasks in the kitchen such as dishwashing. Kitchens also sometimes serve as the spot where we hold get-togethers when relatives, friends, or other guests come over. In layman’s term, the kitchen is where we spend most of our active time. And with all the things that happen in here, trash is always inevitable. Be it plastics, cardboard packaging, or glass. All the things you would find in there that can be recycled or reused. But a large majority of waste that the kitchen produces is food waste. These wastes are uneaten leftovers or spoiled produce. According to the records, each year the United States alone generate about forty million tons of food waste which either end up in landfills and combustion facilities.

Aside from the alarming overall statistics and the possibility of food scarcity if more food and produces are discarded, we can also talk about the effect on a micro-level. All the rubbish in your kitchen will end up stinking if not trashed properly. There are different factors why food scrap produces odors. Science explains it all. Apparently, every food in our kitchen contains different odor compounds. All of which will soon smell strongly and unpleasantly if not managed.

For the recyclable trash, well, you can obviously recycle them. But as for the food scrap you must be thinking, “That’s not a problem! We have a garbage disposal.” Undeniably, garbage disposal plays an important role in getting rid of your kitchen waste. And it is considered one of the vital features of our kitchen ever since it was introduced to the mass. All you have to do is get the proper knowledge about garbage disposal. Great! You are able to recycle some trash and get food waste out but what about the funky smell? What if it still lingers? Well it could be the superhero – the Venom in your Spiderman garbage disposal. You get to grind and break up the waste in it but decaying or rotting food can still be settling around its blades or drainpipes connected to it.

Fret not! There are ways to fight shy of a reeking disposal and keep them clean with just a few things that is readily available at home.

First and the most important thing to do is know the stuff you should not put in your garbage disposal. They will offer you ease but never take advantage of it. Our appliances you will need to get your sink drain plugged, fill the sink with cold water about halfway, and add some dish soap. After a few minutes, remove the plug from the drain and turn your disposal on. This technique should rinse the concealed portions of the disposal. While the water is draining, scrub the sink with a sponge as well as the part of the disposal that are visible.

Next, pour about two cups of ice cubes and a cup of rock salt into it. Then run cold water of them and simultaneously turning on the disposal for ten seconds. The two components make it easier in breaking up food particles and dispose of clammy residue.

In deodorizing, we all know that baking soda is one hell of a worker because of the science behind it. Baking soda proves to be a great absorber of odors (especially the bad ones). To deodorize your disposal, pour about a cup of baking soda into the disposal and partner it with a cup of vinegar, which also has a spot in the “Great Cleaners” hall of fame. This combination should produce a fizzing show due to the chemical reaction which works to dissolve bacteria. After thirty minutes to one hour of letting the combo do the work, run a stream of water while turning your disposal for rinsing.

After doing the aforementioned steps, the stinky culprit should be gone. But if the smell is still present, there could be blockages. Try to unplug it from under the sink. Assess if there are any clog somewhere from the inside of the drain. Remove if there are blockages and plug the disposal back in. If you can’t perform this specific step, find someone or a professional nearby who can do the task for you.

Taking Charge for Electrical Safety

Electrical safety is one of the most vital safety measures to prevent dangerous or unpleasant bound to happen in your home. Electrical safety precautions can help protect the household from electrical shocks and burns. According National Fire Protection Association’s Applied Research Department, there were an approximate 34,000 home structure fires reported per year in 2014 to 2018. Involved in these incidents include lighting equipment like cords, plugs, wiring, and lighting. From these, there were 470 reported deaths and 1,100 injuries.

Electrical distribution and lighting equipment placed first in damage among properties and ranked third among the major causes of fire in the recorded number of house fires, fourth in the cause of house fire death, and third in injuries from home fires.

From these data and the list of all common safety hazards around the house by the National Home Security Alliance, it is evident that electrical safety is one major facet that every household should respect and comprehend.

Here are some tips you should consider to avoid electrical incidents.

If you are working on anything electrical, make sure to cut off the power at the circuit-breaker box prior to doing your electrical chore. If you are not familiar with the function of the circuit-breaker, it is best to study the circuit-breaker fundamentals first or if you are really not confident about it, just ask for someone who knows the basics. This is probably the most fundamental way in dealing with electrical safety hazards. Double-check if there is no power to anything electrical that you are dealing with unless you want to have contact with a grounded wire. I guess not.

It is stated in the National Electrical Code that it is required to have a ground fault circuit interrupters or GFCI equipped in any room in your home that has running water; talk about kitchen, laundry area, and bathroom. The main job of a GFCI is to stop the flow of electricity from a circuit whenever it perceives that the circuit has become a shock hazard. This method is compulsory for newer homes. But for older homes, it is best to get your rooms with running water equipped with GFCI.

Refrain from using extension cords as a permanent power source. They sure are great for jobs that are temporary but to use them as a substitute for permanent wiring can be dangerous. Do not ever run through ceilings or walls because if a cord is covered, heat cannot escape, which can cause a fire hazard.

Kids can be so curious about things. This includes your electrical outlets at home. We do not want our kids to share the same fate with the curious cat so if you have children or having any kids soon, it is highly recommended to get tamper-resistant receptacles. These receptacles are specifically designed to prevent children from getting hurt while fidgeting with an outlet.

As much as possible, avoid getting a single outlet overloaded. It can likely to cause harm if a bunch of appliances with high-wattage are plugged into a single outlet. Give the outlet a break! You could consider installing a new one or reorder your appliances to different outlets.

If you happen to come across a warm outlet in your home, you could be dealing with some problems. There are several reasons why an outlet is warm to touch. This can be a hard task so it is best to get the assistance of a professional electrician to do the diagnosing and rest of the job. The best you can do is to limit how many devices are plugged into the single outlet at one time.

If you do not have any electrical experience at all, do not do any electrical job at home on your own as it is a very dangerous task and can cause serious damages and injuries and worst, death. So make sure to acquire the service of a professional when you run into any electrical problem at home if you are not confident with your skill and knowledge about the situation.

Let There Be Light

In a recent survey conducted by a real estate referral company in 2020, 450 out of a thousand real estate professional responders said that a listing with good lighting—especially those with decorative lightings—are most likely to sell, of course along with other important inspection aspects, unlike homes with lighting fixtures that are outmoded. Most homeowners choose to be tied down by a single dimmer switch rather than surrounding their household with warmth.

If you are planning on selling, it is important to know that good lighting is imperative. Potential buyers can be so technical sometimes but they do not overlook the overall appearance and mood of a space given off by the room’s lighting and listings can get sold just by this particular aspect.

Here are some ways to make your home more appealing through lighting for quick sale or just plain ambiance improvement.

Unblock Natural Light

Although using blinds and other window treatments can be of great help with your home’s cooling and heating, they can inhibit natural light from infiltrating your home, it can somehow appear outdated to potential buyers. Control natural light like using electrical lighting. Remove any type of window covering such as drapes or valances. Or trim down some shrub obstructions outside. Natural light gives off a certain drama and art into a home’s space.

Another best way to achieve getting a radiant room through utilization of natural light is replacing old windows with energy-efficient ones. You can never go wrong with windows that are energy efficient. While they allow natural light to pass through, they are also great temperature regulators. So whether you are selling or just want to save from energy bills, they are the best!

Lighting Assignment

Like the functions of stage lighting in a play, it is also important to know the best lighting situation to do in a specific area in your home. Studies have shown that visibility affects the ability of an audience to understand a spoken speech in a play. So if the lighting designer was not able to make the audience see the actors, the audience would not be able to clench the emotions in a particular or the whole scene. In a home, a seller or homeowner should be able to understand the light needed for a certain space and put the proper mood for it through correct lighting techniques.

Light Layering

Again, mood is one important facet in making an impression for your home. And to create your desired atmospheric effect, consider layering light. First, the general or ambient layer—which is probably the most basic one. We are talking about general illumination such as flushmount, recessed lighting, and any other light fixture. Basically, when a light switch is flipped on, ambient lighting illuminates the space. Ambient lighting helps you see the entirety of the space creating a uniform light level throughout the room or space.

Next is the task lighting. Directed to a specific area of the room, task lighting specializes to light up a certain function: think vanity light in your bathroom to help with bathroom activities, lighting under the cabinet or cupboard countertop food preparation, and a side table lamp in your bedroom to accommodate reading.

Lastly, the accent lighting. It is simply the prettiest of all three layers as it is considered to be the jewelry lighting. They don’t have to be functional. They are basically decorative lights to make the space more appealing especially to home shoppers.

When the Thermometer Dips

Fall in Texas occurs during the months of mid-October to November and the season is almost over for Texans. Winter starts in December and usually lasts up to February, January being the coldest month with temperatures ranging from 7°C (45°F) to 17°C (63°F) – which is still comfortable to many. And now is the right time to prepare your Texan homes because “winter is coming”.

To be winter-ready means to keep you warmer during the cold season. This way will also help the household in reducing energy consumption. Thus, saving money throughout the winter months. You will also be able to extend the life of your home’s systems and guaranty to eliminate safety hazards.

Here are some techniques to prepare your home in the cold weather months:

Air Leaks

While you are still under fall season, it is best to consider acquiring professional services to audit home’s energy. They will also be able to provide evaluation of window and door seals situations. You can also check yourself by holding a candle in front of a prospect draft. If the flame wavered in the draft, then you got yourself an air leak. For doors, you can install foam to a door that is leaking or cover with weather strip inside the doorframe. It is also advisable to get double pane windows as early as you can before winter. Double pane windows helps stabilize your home’s temperature. This means that you are able to reduce energy with double paned windows because their added insulation. The cheaper way to seal out drafts if you do not have double paned windows is by covering your windows with plastic.

Gutter Cleanup


Gutters, without a doubt, will be filled with leaves that have fallen from trees. If not maintained prior to winter season, damages may come about. If a homeowner is not able to get leaves and other debris out of the gutter, the channels will be block which may result to overflowing. If they overflow, the water will certainly run down your home resulting to sped-up home exterior deterioration. As for winter weather, stored water from blocked channels will become ice. As a result, gutters could tear away from your home because of the weight the ice adds to them.

Inspect Home System

Probably one of the most vital aspect to check on prior to the cold season is the home’s heating and air conditioning system. Before it gets freezing, make sure to have your HVAC system inspected by an HVAC contractor company. You must service your furnace regularly. In this way, you would be able to assess dilemmas that may occur before costly breakdowns. This technique will also lengthen the life of your furnace and will certainly persist in running in a way that it achieves maximum productivity with minimum wasted expense.

Wood Check

Another thing that needs protection on your home are the exterior wood trims. Painted wood trims adds elegance and warmth to your home. Essential aspect for the winter season. For rotted trims, you have the option of replacing them but it is not a cheap move. To prevent costly repairs, inspect wood trims in a yearly basis. Look over the caulk and paint. Reassure that the caulk is not cracked and apply new caulk if needed. Make sure also that the paint is not chipped and peeling away, otherwise apply new paint.

Water Tank Insulation

Is your water heater running accordingly? If not make sure to check on it and perform necessary actions to fix it for the cold days. Water heater should be flushed two times in a year and ideally, in advance of winter kickoff. Wrap the water heater in a blanket insulation to conserve fuel. Then set the temperature to 120 degrees.

Tree Clearing

Trees in your property sure increase the total property value. These greeneries also save energy and benefit the environment. But during the winter, they can be a burden. It is a good move to trim away branches of trees before it starts to get freezing. During fall season, assess if the trees around your property are still healthy so you can come to a decision whether to trim them or remove them out entirely because once a tree is no longer healthy and shows signs of fall on your home when it gets ice-coated during the winter, it can cause damages.

Double Check on Safety Detectors


According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), home fires occur more in the winter than in any other season, and heating equipment is involved in one of every six reported home fires. Fire resulting to the utilization of heating equipment may be unavoidable so make sure to run a test on all of your smoke detectors. Furthermore, check on their battery life. You may also want to consider getting carbon monoxide detector in your home.

There are so much winter elements that you should look forward to that may bring real damage to your home. You are probably not over with the recent Halloween or still enjoying fall to think of winterizing. But as early as you can, take time to do all the possible things you can do to be fully prepared for the winter elements that may come your way when the thermometer plunges.

Decluttering 101

Some days you just do not want to invite your friends over because you feel like your place is too untidy, filled with things. There are also times that you would see your home as overwhelmingly crowded. Maybe it is time to declutter. Remove all the unnecessary things that is inhibiting you from hosting a Friday night gathering or just enjoying the company of a well-organized, simple, and spacious home on a regular day. Well, it may seem easy to just get rid of all the nonessential stuff. Decluttering is a project of very great extent—a fairly big job. Not to mention the vigor needed for specific areas to do the job.

You do not want to be late in preparing your family’s dinner, go to the supermarket, or miss an episode of your favorite TV series because you are stuck with the decluttering homework. It can be overly demanding thus taking some of your time that is allotted for other house chores and activities. But in order to make decluttering easier, the perfect technique is to do it in several stages. You have to focus on a certain room or space first, finishing it, and moving forward to the next.

Determining the Purpose

Decluttering does not always mean throwing stuff out. Some things that have snuck out of their assigned setting should just be put back to where it belongs like a wine glass in your bathroom. A figurine that has a sentimental worth which you have found in your room can be cleaned and be placed in your personal corner as a display. Glass, paper, and plastic can be recycled. And finally, things that you feel like can be given away to organizations which will be donated to the people wanting or needing them.

Bring out containers before initiating. Make sure to prepare them beforehand NOT DURING the work. Each container—can be a basket, a large box, or a bin—will contain things to be decluttered categorized for specific purposes such as recycling, mending, putting away, throwing out, donating, or any other ground you have in mind.

Living Room

Keeping a living room tidy every day can be quite a struggle for most household as most living rooms do not have much space available for storing things. Sure, a living room can have a cabinet for television set and a side table but they just do not hide that much. It is best to determine the best storage for things that are used very often. These items can be books or TV remote control. Remove all things from the TV console, side tables, and bookcases. Once you have emptied them, find out which items are not on their proper storage or designated spots and put them in your bin specifically for Put Away items. Get rid of the wire madness from your television and other electronics in the space. To make it look more organized, you may want to label the cables, get them off the floor, pinch them together with a clip or cable ties to avoid eyesore. There could be toys around this space so determine whether the toys are still being played by your kids or they can go straight into that donation container you prepared.

Kitchen

For most parts of the decluttering work in your kitchen, you would probably just be able to fill the Put Away container. But like the living room, the kitchen can be quite a challenge to keep clean on a daily basis as cooking and eating happen here. You might want to start off with the areas where there are more stored items such as the pantry. Remove all trash such as an empty bottle of ketchup and long-expired items. Next go through specific category of items like utensils or glassware. Place them back to their proper storage areas. Proceed with the other zones including the drawers, the area under your sink, and lower cabinets.

Bathroom

Bathroom can also be a haven of mess. From expired medications to vanity products such as makeup or skincare items sneaking out of their designated site. Trash items that you will no longer use and put those that remain back in your vanity or medicine cabinet. For the items that you frequently use like toothpaste or a moisturizer, store them properly where you can easily see it when needed. Moving forward, empty cabinet drawers and discard unnecessary items through evaluation and put the rest back into the drawer.

Bedroom

If you want to set a sight on an entirely clutter-free bedroom, start with your bed. Never come out of your bed without making it first. That is one of the most important part of the decluttering a bedroom. Next, go through bedside table. They usually support items such as an alarm clock, table lamp, eyeglasses, medicine, books, or your mobile phone which are all useful during the night. Put away books that you have finished, an empty glass of drink which you had the night before, or unneeded items which could just add up to the weight and take space. Get one of your bins where you can put clothing that need to be hanged or folded. Evaluate what items do not fancy your fashion taste buds and those which do not fit anymore so you could donate them. Fold the ones that you are going to keep and put them in drawers properly.

The Horror of Halloween Party Aftermath

We can all agree that October is one of the most interesting months of the year because of Halloween. People have been celebrating it for many years and the celebration approach has evolved a lot over the course of time. We just can’t get enough of the candies, the costumes, the horror and especially the parties during this holiday. Everyone always look forward to a fun spooky season party. If you are planning to host a Halloween party at your home, you should bear in mind that making your guests experience the best Halloween gathering is not the only responsibility you will face. Cleaning up odious byproducts before, during, and after a Halloween get-together can also be quite challenging. But do no fret! You and your friends can still rock your spooky costumes and enjoy the Halloween night with these few tips to clean up messes on Halloween.

Horrifying Costume Makeups and Paints.

Halloween is the one day a year when people, especially kids, can dress up whatever they want. Most people use makeup for their costumes and in a party, makeup stains can be your worst nightmare! In most cases, costume makeup is made with oil. Your sofa or carpet can end up getting stained—this is most likely to happen and you would need to have a strong stain remover. You can do home remedy to discard the tenacious stain spot by mixing a warm water and one teaspoon of detergent. Grab a clean cloth and dip it into the mixture. Blot the spot with the cloth. Do not rub it. Let the cloth absorb the stain. For wall greasepaint stains, get a degreaser available at your home such as a dishwashing liquid. Apply it on the stain and let it sit for a while before wiping it down. There are other items that can be used for heavier degreasing works but these commercial products may contain toxic solvents. You can always look for green cleaning alternatives.

The Ghosts of the Half-Eaten Candies.

Halloween is not all scary. It can also be sad. There would be half-eaten candies, crushed caramels, and unfinished sweets scattered on the floor after the party. I am not insinuating that you pick them all up and eat them—horrifying thought. These Halloween staple can be really sticky and hard to clean up. Using a metal sponge can cause further problems. The best way to deal with it is by soaking a rag in a hot water. Wring it out and dab it on the sticky nightmare like what you would do with a hot compress. Keep doing it until it is easy enough to pull the candy out of the floor. It will surely leave color stains hence, spray a rubbing alcohol on it.

Bloody Scenes.

Ever wonder how Dracula cleans up after his meal? He sure gets a hard time removing blood stains. Fake blood is also a big thing during Halloween. But they can also be a big problem during post-Halloween party cleanup. Fake blood is made of corn syrup mixed with red-colored dye. You are lucky if it falls on the floor. You can just simply dab the stain with a kitchen towel or a rag and apply a rubbing alcohol. Other degreaser can also do the work. If it accidently stained, say your carpet, try doing the process with the floor stain. But if you feel like stain is worse, you might want to seek the service of a professional cleaning company for stain removal on carpets.

Scary Pumpkin Residues.

What is Halloween without the infamous pumpkins? They have been a big part of the tradition throughout the years. Kids love to carve pumpkins turning them into the scariest Halloween decoration. Carving them can be grubby. Fortunately, you can bond with your kids in carving their pumpkin masterpieces without worrying about the mess it would make. Before the activity, lay down old newspaper or simple paper on the floor. The carved out insides of the pumpkin should fall down to the paper on the floor, making it easier for you to collect them after for trashing. On the other hand, use a wipe cleaner for the residues spilled over the table.

Mysteries of Halloween Emesis.

Vomiting in Halloween parties is in fact, inevitable. I mean, with the amount of candies present and excessive Jell-O intake, it is possible that you will be facing a messy situation. But cleaning the vomit mess shouldn’t be that of a big problem. For easy scrapping, you can use an instant absorber. It can turn a liquid mess into solid residue. You can also use alcohol and hydrogen-peroxide based products if there are residue stains or any foul odor.

If you are more than ready to be dealing with the kind of messes that a Halloween party would scare you, maybe it is time to start decorating your place and invite guests! If you do not have someone to help you with the aftermath, it is advisable to call for a cleaning service company so you wouldn’t worry about making your home look as fresh as it was before.

Catching Some Sun

Light is solar radiation is emitted by the sun. In approximately one and a half hour, the amount of sunlight that hits the surface of the earth is adequate enough to handle the energy consumption of the entire world for a year. Although every place on earth gets some light from the sun throughout the year, the amount of solar radiation that strikes any certain spot deviates.

Solar technologies have been introduced which capture solar radiation and turn it into forms of energy that are useful such as electrical energy. The conversion is done either through mirrors concentrating solar radiation or photovoltaic (PV) panels. This energy is then used to generate electricity in some homes.

How can residential solar installations help in increasing energy savings in a household? How much does the installation add cost? Is it a worth-it approach in achieving benefits while preserving savings? It is better to comprehend the benefit-cost analysis of getting solar PVs installed to your properties once and for all.

Solar Energy Industries Association have recorded that the United States has over two million solar panel installations in both residential and commercial facilities. This number is a million higher compared to the numbers in 2017 and is expected to reach over three million by the end of 2021. This is a clear manifestation that more people are interested in spending less money for electricity and establishing a minimum price for electricity for the next 20-30 years through solar installations.

There are installations with battery storage. It is more appealing to areas in the U.S., where power supply is often down. Through battery storage, homeowners will be able to store electricity to be used for periods when power is out. These installations are more common in the state of California where there are frequent wildfires causing utilities to constantly stop power operations. These are also popular in Texas as well in Florida where tropical cyclones often occur leading to power outage.

If your home is on the market, there are certain things to be considered in order to determine the value of the solar PV installation of the home. The value will depend on the location, size, cost of local electricity, and age of the residential system. Knowing the current market value based on the age of the system can be quite burdensome but recent tools have been developed to ascertain the value of a residential system today. This has become a great helping hand for appraisers and realtors nowadays. Home shoppers across the country have considered paying to get residential system installations as they are worth it even if it is a $15,000 bite for 3.6-kW photovoltaic (average in size) system. This is approximately a $4 per watt PV system.

In a recent survey conducted by the National Associated of Realtors, it has been manifested that most buyers focus on the home’s costs of operation and its utility bills. There are also great effects in promoting energy-efficient home listings than standards.

Home buyers should not overlook one red flag that may come along the way. Determine whether the residential is system is owned. If it is leased, things can get complicated especially for the sale of the property. There are two options for the home buyer—they either shoulder the existing lease or make the home seller pay it out and just merge it with the mortgage by making it an additional cost to the listing’s price. The latter would be more practical. As for realtors, it is best to make a clear presentation on how the prospect buyer would save when buying a listing with PVs on it. Talk numbers and make a comparison of bills prior and after utilization of residential system. In that manner, home buyers would get an idea that an extra cost for installation will be beneficial in the long run.

If by this time you are already sold in getting PV installation, make sure to know some pointers in selecting the best solar installer in your area. The most preferable way would probably be through referrals from family or friends who have gone solar or go through online testimonials of solar clients of different installers. There are also available tools found online to help interested clients make a comparison of solar installers. Better acquire three to four bids for the installation of the same metrics and characteristics.

In going through the bids, your concern should mainly focus on important things such as provision of references from other clients within your area. Get to know the challenges these customers had and how the bidder company made a resolution out of it. It is also vital to know whether the company is familiar with local permitting. Ensure that the company is familiar with the local processes with regards to permits.

Never forget to validate licensure or certification of the company. If you want to assure that you will not meet any problem concerning the installation process, ensure that the company bidder has an electrical contractor’s license. To further investigate, pay a visit at your state’s electrical board and they will provide you information whether the bidder is admissible or not.

Make sure to know if the system is aided with a warranty that is strong. Normally, a solar equipment has a standard warranty of ten years for inverters and twenty years for panels. If the company ensures a strong warranty, it is a mark that they are using an equipment of great quality. Ask who has the responsibility of maintaining the system and attend to it in times of repairs.

It is also important to get the amount of energy—at least an estimate—that the residential system will produce every month or every year. It should be measured in kW-hr. Doing so will help you make a comparison of figures with your recent utility bills and be able to get an initial computed savings in the future and the period of breakeven. Do not forget to obtain the total cost of getting the system which include the installation, hardware, the cost of connection to the grid, permits, taxes, and the warranty.

Going from Standard to Eco-Friendly Home

We are living in a world of changing environment and it is important to be aware environmentally. In many ways, it is substantial to have enough knowledge about how you can save through building or purchasing a sustainable home. There are various measures on how you can transform a house producing emission into an energy-efficient home and these ways are simple — from switching to products that are friendly to the environment and many more easy methods.

However, we don’t hear about green homes more often. The concept is well-liked but not frequently brought about. It sure is popular and the benefits are as pretty as a picture. But what’s inhibiting homeowners from achieving a greenhouse? Going green would probably take a big bite out of your budget for home renovation or home construction, that’s why. A lot of materials in building a home that makes it easier to achieve desirable temperature are very costly. In America, building an eco-friendly home would cost at a range of $100,000 to $400,000 because of its high-quality materials and methods of construction that will offer fewer repairs in the future than a standard home would require.

You are probably preparing to stop reading from here because who would want to deal with expenses just to go green? I know. We know! But think long term. Being green can be quite expensive or out of your budget — but one thing is for sure, in the long run, a green home will definitely increase your savings. With this, you wouldn’t have to stress yourself out and worry from paying high monthly bills anymore, you would be able to put your money into something else that is more important, save extra money for special occasions, outings, and travels, and you are going to help in the reduction of carbon footprint which is a very important issue in saving the Earth. Those are just some of the prizes that await.

Here are some techniques you can do to start from black to going green:

Refer to Your Map

When purchasing or building a home, future homeowners should definitely consider one of the most vital aspects — location. The property’s location is important because it plays a huge role in your first steps to go green. Try building or looking for a home that is not facing west. This technique can certainly keep your home cool because it is less exposed from the sun throughout the day. You might also want to avoid properties that are in environmentally sensitive areas. These areas are either frequently hit by hurricanes, gets easily flooded, or earthquake-prone. Checking for accessible supermarkets and other facilities is also important and if there is a convenient way to get to public transport as this will help you reduce usage of your vehicle from getting to a point.

Get Some Sun

The most renewable energy comes directly from the sun. And human beings have come a long way in figuring out how to use the sun’s energy to achieve the most beneficial prizes. One of which is cutting down the consumption of energy through collected solar power in solar panels. Solar panels are initially expensive. But the remarkable long-term energy savings can leave a household in awe. The amount of power a home can collect depends on the location and the way the panels are constructed. So if you want to go from green to greener, solar panels will certainly be of great help.

Switch to Efficient Appliances

You just purchased or built your dream green home, congratulations! But it doesn’t stop there. Another idea to achieve a greener home is selecting the best appliances for your home that are energy-efficient. There are many appliances that offer not only remarkable energy savings but also performance. Try to choose those who are certified by adjudged as energy-efficient by certain institutions and agencies.

Think Small

We have our own preferences but when it comes to the size of a home, it is best to build a smaller one if you are planning of going green. Mainly because a smaller house takes less impact on the environment compare to that of a large home. With the amount of space in a larger house, it would likely require more heating and cooling. It is advisable to make your home provide way more tangible benefits out of the money spent in building it. However, extending the family or bringing in some relatives is inevitable. Just make sure to put adequate means in place.

Keep in Mind the 3Rs

We have been accommodating the principle of Reduce, Reuse, Recycle or the 3Rs. Cut back on the amount of trash generated in your household. This means to lessen acquiring unnecessary products that are harmful to the environment. You can also recycle materials like plastics, tiles, and glasses for aesthetic purposes in your next home improvement project. You can also reuse materials like wood flooring and doors that you have previously used.

Go Green Light

One misconception about LEDs is that they are much more expensive than traditional incandescent bulbs. That is true. But wanting a greenhouse means taking all measures to “be green” including choosing environment-friendly lights such as LEDs. Although they are costly to acquire, they offer remarkable savings from energy in the long run.

Harvest Rainwater

Most households in America use rain barrels to collect rainwater. It is advisable to get one or any rainwater harvesting system if you are building a greenhouse. This technique collects rainwater from the roof and make its way to a tank as its storage. The water that is collected will be used for such household purposes including sprinkler systems and toilets.

Replace or Update Windows

The U.S. Department of Energy (Energy Saver) said that energy efficient windows are an important consideration for both new and existing homes. In green homebuilding, it is important to know that windows with higher energy efficiency can definitely increase energy-savings in the household. In selecting, look for windows that are labeled as ENERGY STAR windows. These products are deemed energy efficient by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and are designed to protect the environment. For a purchased home, a thorough window inspection should be done to get an idea whether existing windows have air leaks, need treatment, or need to be replaced. In this manner, homebuyer would be able to come up with the best solutions to improve efficiency and achieve a greenhouse.

New Homeowner Essentials

In reality, low mortgage rates prompt first-time shoppers to purchase a home without any careful consideration of what will be necessary in the future. Most likely, many buyers will purchase a home that will demand for several improvements or repairs in both mechanical and structural aspects. The expense of such measures would likely cause the homeowner to break the bank.

Sure. One house in the market will match your fancy—a spacious outdoor, a big pool, nice kitchen—basically, a buyer’s dream home. But with the help of professionals from the real estate field, a buyer would be able to go beyond the gleaming covers of what they will call home. A home inspection is essential for first-time shoppers. However, a few buyers tend to overlook the inspection in order for their offer to look more engaging to the sellers considering a competitive market nowadays. It is a responsibility of the agent to spell out the hint of menace that would come about without a proper inspection prior to purchasing a home. Most of the time, homeowners buying a house that is not in good condition—with the intention of improving it and increasing its value—pay particular attention only to aesthetics. A lot of priority issues get usually disregarded.

Window or roof replacement and porch improvement are—without a doubt—costly! However, doing such procedures will help a homeowner to stop throwing their hard-earned money from energy bills and protect their investment overall.

Roof Inspection

One of the most important facets of a house is its topmost layer. A buyer purchased a home with a badly damaged roofing. We are not just talking about missing a number of shingles but a poorly working roofing underlayment. It is important to have an idea of how old the roofing is and the manner that it was built before moving forward. It is also essential to check on other parts such as the chimneys and flashing as pieces of waste or even animals are able to gain entry even into small openings.

A shingle roof can last up to thirty years compared to the life of a metal roof which is 2 to 3 times to that of the shingle roofing. Nevertheless, metal roofing is much high-priced. It can be quite practical to have one’s roof inspected by professionals for storm wrecks on a yearly basis. It can also be useful if homeowners do their own inspection visually by listing down missing or small damage details.

Home Insulation

A well-insulated home gets to keep all the desired temperature in the house all year long. Insulation helps protect home from the cold that the winter brings and the excess heat that the summer offers. It is also useful to prevent pests such as rodents and bugs to infiltrate the house. Initially, a first-time homeowner should know if the house is permeable through insulation experts. Somehow, they would be advised to take part in some repairs or changes including the usage of waterproof filler and sealant. Aside from helping a homeowner increase energy savings, doing so also helps them from getting harmful waste creep into their home. Homeowners can also refer to the house’s energy bills throughout the years to get an idea or to measure the efficiency of the house’s insulation.

Green Care

Keeping the greens in your property adds up to the beauty of one’s entire home. While these trees can beautify your garden or backyard, figure out how to prevent future dilemmas it may cause. Big branches may fall heavily during a bad weather or storms. Trees suffering from disease may spread. Roots can also damage pipes. It is best to get the advice of a tree surgeon regarding the trees around the property and check if the limbs need to get pruned regularly and if the ill ones need to be removed at once.

Gutter Overflow

It sure is terrifying when it is storming or just raining cats and dogs. Your house is not safe from interior leaking during heavy rains or you might just wake up from a stagnant water in the yard all because of bad downspouts and gutters. For a first-time homeowner, it is critical to check whether the home’s gutters are wide enough for water to flow freely without leaves and other elements getting clogged. The standard width of a gutter for most homes is about 4 to 6 inches. It is useful to clear gutters every year or every six months. On the other hand, to prevent water collecting near the house and infiltrating inside which may cause mold, downspouts should be lengthen or extended 5 feet from the foundation of the house.

Lighting Upgrade

For first-time homeowners, it is important to know which will take a big bite out of their savings when it comes to lighting. Unlike incandescent bulbs, Light-emitting diode lights evidently use much less energy. Diode light is more power-wise than filament light because they use more than ¾ less energy than incandescent bulbs. In an average American household, there are about 30-40 incandescent bulbs installed. If replaced with LEDs, homeowners could save up to $300-$400 on energy cost annually. Although LEDs can be pricier than incandescent bulbs, it can be worth it as they are much efficient and will increase energy savings in the long run. However, before buying for the entire home, it is best to decide on what shade would best fit in your spaces as LEDs have a variation in terms of shades. If you get convinced on replacing old bulbs, do not throw them away for safety—to some extent. Compact fluorescent lamp bulbs has mercury vapor that could be released into the air. It can also infiltrate into any water runoff if it breaks in a landfill. They can also be recycled for aesthetic purposes. Some parts of it can be reused. But if you do not have any reason to keep them, just take them to any hazardous waste center near you.

Good Homeowner

What it Takes to Be a Good Homeowner

Have you recently experienced the joy of moving into your own home for the first time? Congratulations. You have every right to feel good, it is a great achievement and one of those important milestones in life.

Good Homeowner

Buying a home is an investment. One that, when the time is right, you may be able to reap the benefits of when it comes to selling it. Even if the last thing on your mind is increasing the value of your property, you will still want to look after your investment.

That means being a good and contentious homeowner. Even if you have a good head on your shoulders and have a lot of common sense, you may not know the ins and outs of what it takes to be a good and contentious homeowner.

Don’t worry though, as that is why we set up this website. To give you a helping hand, in this post we are going to discuss what it takes to be a good homeowner.

Cleaning the Interior

One of the most important things you need to do if you want to be a good homeowner and ensure that your property stays in good condition for many years to come is to have a cleaning schedule in place and sticking to it. Although it will depend on the other responsibilities in your life, like family and work commitments, for instance, you should be able to make time every day to do some cleaning.

Now household chores like washing up the dishes and vacuuming carpets (or sweeping the floors, if you don’t have carpets) are the kind of jobs you may want to do every day. Whereas others you may not need to do them as frequently. You could make it a goal to arrange your schedule so that over a week while keeping on top of the daily tasks, you completely clean your home.

If you really can’t figure out a schedule that works with your current lifestyle, then it may be worth thinking about hiring a cleaner. Yes, it is another expense you will have to factor into your weekly or monthly budget but will enable you to look after your investment better.

Pest Control

Having uninvited guests in your home is never a pleasant experience and can really put a dampener on this new stage in your life. Pest control is often something that people don’t think or worry about until they have actually had pests in their homes that they need to get rid of. The best time to start thinking about and planning is before you have a problem. Preventative pest control is ultimately less expensive and more effective than pest removal.

In many ways, this goes hand-in-hand with the above point about cleaning, because an untidy, and unclean home is the perfect habitat for a multitude of pests. However, you need to do more than just keep your home tidy and clean, as pests can also be attracted to issues like dripping taps or any leaks there may be around your home.

You may not always be able to stop pests trying to become your new roommates. Rather than trying or take on the job of getting rid of them yourself, if you think you have a serious pest issue, it’s always best to rely on the services of professionals. They have the experience, expertise, and access to better products and tools.

Interior Maintenance and Repairs

As well as cleaning, even if you have a new build home, there are also other maintenance and repairs jobs you need to stay on top of if you want to be a good homeowner. Just as it’s important to keep things clean to get the best lifespan out of them, it is also crucial you make sure they are in the best condition possible. Things like making sure the sealant around windows and door frames is still doing its job and that any condensation and damp is dealt with before it becomes a serious issue.

Everyone has different ways of tackling these kinds of jobs, but often the best way is to have some kind of schedule in place. Much like with cleaning, there are maintenance jobs you will want to do more regularly than others. Consistency is the key.

Decorating and Renovation/Remodeling

Unless you have the budget to have the home of your dreams built, it’s quite common to redecorate or carry out renovation and upgrades so that it meets your own personal needs and taste.

If your kitchen is dated and doesn’t have the benefit of all the mod cons, you may want to remodel and renovate to modernize it.

Even if you had work done when or just before you moved in, if you are intending on living in the same house for a long time, there will be decorating and renovation work you may want to carry out. Tastes change, after all, and it can be nice every couple of years even just topping up the paintwork around your home to freshen it and give it a new lease of life, even if you don’t want to make any drastic changes to the color scheme or décor.

As your family grows and changes, you may also need to decorate or renovate to accommodate those changes. For instance, if you moved into the property as a newly married couple without any kids, you may have to child-proof it when you start trying for children or fall pregnant.

Cleaning the Exterior, Landscaping and Gardening

Being a good homeowner means that you not only take good care of the interior of the property, considering the points we have already covered, but that you also take good care of the exterior. That includes taking care of any gardening and landscaping work.

If you have a lawn or intend on creating one, it’s part of your responsibility as a good homeowner to make sure that the lawn is kept neat and tidy with regular mowing, particularly during spring and summer. A badly maintained lawn that hasn’t been cut regularly looks untidy and can make your whole property, at least from the outside, look bad because of it.

Just as it is important with the interior of your house, you need to make sure the exterior is tidy and clean. As well as ensuring your garden and yard are safe and hygienic, keeping those areas clean and tidy will also prevent pests from becoming a problem.

In addition to the general yard work and lawnmowing, if you have trees on and around your property, you have a special responsibility to look after them properly. When dealing with trees that are taller than you, it is almost always a good idea to leave it to the professionals. As a general rule of thumb, even if you are an enthusiastic DIYer, if a ladder is required, then you need an arborist or tree surgeon.

Exterior Upgrades and Extensions

As we’ve already considered, it is quite possible that when you bought your home, although you are happy with the investment, there may be things that need to be modernized or just improved. It’s not just on the interior you should be interested in doing this, as you need to pay close attention to the exterior.

Take the windows for instance. How long ago was it that they were installed? Are they double glazing and stormproof? Do they provide the optimum level of protection and security for you, your household, and your personal belongings? These are important questions to consider.

Then, think about your roof. Again, when was it installed? Is it showing any signs of deteriorating or not fulfilling its role property? The best time to deal with your windows, doors, and roof is before there is a major problem.

Exterior Upgrades and Extensions

Just as you may want to make upgrades to the interior to accommodate changes in your family, you may also want to make upgrades to the exterior and structure of the property. If the space around your home and your budget allow for it, you may want or need to build an extension. Whether this takes the form of an additional room or wing of the house, a new garage, or a conservatory/sunroom, will depend of course on your own unique needs and tastes, but it is important to think about these things.

Summary

Buying and owning your own home is definitely something you should be proud of and celebrate. However, with the ownership of a house, comes the responsibility of looking after it. No one else is, are they? As we said, buying a home is an investment. As is the case with any investment, you need to look after it.

The intention of this blog post was not to stress you out or leave you worrying constantly about the condition of your home. Rather, it was to help you learn what it takes to be a good homeowner and put plans in place to become one.