At the start of a new year, it is often the time to sit down and consider what you want your life, your hobbies, your work and your home to be for the year that unfolds. Whether you wish to change your habits or not, there are always some basics you need to maintain to keep things ticking, regardless of what your goals for 2017 are. This article is designed to help you make your house a stress-free environment that not only feels cozy but always works to fulfil all your needs at the best cost.
Create A Place That Keeps You Warm And Cool Efficiently
Winter is an expensive season for homeowners who fail to check their heating systems: Old radiators are costly to run and are not able to maintain a sufficient heat inside the house. So, if you are having difficulties keeping your rooms warm during the cold months, make sure to get in touch with a professional to get your radiators tested and bled so that their performance is at their best. But, homeowners often forget that summer can be just as expensive if your cooling system has not regularly been serviced. Do plan time for thorough air conditioning maintenance before the warm weather arrives so that you can keep your home cool when it’s hot outside!
Become An Energy Expert Who Knows How To Save Money
It is not easy to ignore the rising cost of energy bills, but it would be foolish to think that expensive bills are a fatality for homeowners. You can indeed stop energy wastes with a simple change of habits. Keeping your phone charger plugged in at all time can account for a high waste: Up to 90% of the energy consumption related to chargers is linked to a charger left plugged in after the charge. Additionally, the comfort of a cup of tea can be an expensive experience as kettles do need a very high amount of energy to boil the water: In short, don’t boil a whole kettle for just a cup. Another common waste of energy on all bills is the energy used by the fridge and the freezer to maintain your food cool when there are empty spaces on the shelves. Buying and storing food efficiently is key to saving on your energy bills! You could start by planning in advance your lunches for the week.
Love Your Windows And Know When To Change Them
Windows are at the center of your home décor and yet, they are too easily ignored. They let the sunlight in; they provide your house with fresh air, and they can help you set the mood in a room with a pair of elegant curtains. But, they need to be looked after very carefully: Old windows let the cold air in during winter and can increase the risk of mould. But this is not all: Window frames need to be looked after regularly, especially if the windows face the elements. So be brave and out your fingers along the window frame to check for dry rot; you will identify its presence quickly if there is give under your fingers. This is a call for new frames!