Hello everyone, Valentines Day and the spring holiday season is closing in fast, and the pace is picking up. In case you missed it, the US (and the rest of the world for that matter)is in a little bit of economic recession right now so this holiday season could be a lean one for most people.
Here at NY Homesteaders homestead we will be making many of our own gifts as we do every year, (I have given my mom a home made gift almost every year since kindergarten) to offset the cost of the holidays.
OK OK, I know what your thinking,
“I’m not the crafty type” or “I don’t know how”
Let me say Check Out The Rest of “Homesteaders Spring Time Holidays” →
Windows and Doors
Windows can be one of your home’s most attractive features. Windows provide views, daylighting, ventilation, and solar heating in the winter. Unfortunately, they can also account for 10% to 25% of your heating bill. During the summer, sunny windows make your air conditioner work two to three times harder. If you live in the Sun Belt, look into
new solar control spectrally selective windows, which can Check Out The Rest of “Home Energy Savings – Windows and Doors” →
Here are 10 great tips on how to make your water heating system(s) more efficient.
Water heating is the third largest energy expense in your home. It typically accounts for about 18% of your utility bill. There are four ways to cut your water heating bills: Use less hot water, turn down the thermostat on your water heater, insulate your water heater, or buy a new, more efficient water heater.
A family of four, each showering for 5 minutes a day, uses 700 gallons of water a week; this is enough for a 3-year supply of drinking water for one person. You can cut that amount in half simply by Check Out The Rest of “Home Energy Savings – 10 Tips To More Efficient Water Heating” →
Heating and Cooling
Heating and cooling your home uses more energy and drains more energy dollars than any other system in your home. Typically, 65% of your utility bill goes for heating and cooling. What’s more, heating and cooling systems in the United States together emit over a half billion tons of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere each year, adding to global
warming. They also generate about 24% of the nation’s sulfur dioxide and 12% of the nitrogen oxides, the chief ingredients in acid rain.
No matter what kind of heating, ventilation, and air-conditioning system you have in your house, you can save Check Out The Rest of “Home Energy Savings – 8 Ways To Make Your Heating And Cooling Systems Work Better” →
Finding a Contractor
Finding a quality contractor is one of the hardest parts of any home construction endeavor. If you are experienced in construction, (someone who does it for a living and not a weekend warrior) that is great, and you can probably do much of the work yourself. If your not experienced it is worth the money to consult a professional to do any work you may have. When selecting a contractor use the tips below , but also meet with your top choices a few times and make sure that your personalities don’t clash too much. Remember your going to have to work with each other and depending on the work at hand this could last for up to several weeks. So chose wisely.
Tips for Finding a Contractor
1.- Ask neighbors and friends for recommendations
2.- Look in the Yellow Pages
3.- Focus on local companies
4.- Look for licensed, insured contractors
5.- Get three bids with details in writing
6.- Ask about previous experience
7.- Check references
8.- Check with the Better Business Bureau
Checking your homes insulation is one of the Check Out The Rest of “Home Energy Savings – 8 Rules For Finding A Contractor” →