If you’ve found yourself thinking that this summer feels hotter than last summer, you’re absolutely right. Modern record keeping began in 1880, and this July marked the warmest month since those records started. It’s not just the summer either – every month since October 2015 has set a new high for heat. With the warmer temperatures extending into the fall, here are some tips for keeping cool and saving some dough.
When it comes to replacing your roof, it’s typically not a want, but a need. In that time of need, it’s important to be as informed as possible so that instead of making a quick decision, you make the right decision. We gathered our most frequently asked roofing questions to help guide you in that process.
Image via http://www.adcraftmetrodetroitliving.org/lifestyleguides/gettingaround.aspx May is National Bike Month, celebrating the many benefits of biking on our personal health and the environment. From 2000 to 2013, the number of bicycle commuters in the U.S. grew by more than 62%. With bikes emitting almost 8% less CO2/passenger than cars, bikers can greatly reduce our carbon footprint. While we aren’t all able to bike to work, we can all make small changes that make a big difference.
As a homeowner, you’re always asking questions and learning new things. Whether it’s landscaping methods, the intricacies of an HVAC unit, or the different types of paint for your walls, the more you know about your home, the better decisions you can make. That’s why we’ve compiled this list of our most frequently asked window questions – so you can make an informed decision when (and if) you need to replace your windows.
When faced with a storage problem, many homeowners look to their attic or basement to store items they don’t regularly need. While both are good options, temperature conditions and the durability of the storage area need to be taken into consideration. For those who live in climates with bitter cold winters and sweltering hot summers, attics go through more severe temperature changes, which can affect the items in your attic. Here are a few tips if you intend to use the attic as storage space.
Siding can make or break a home and there are a variety of choices. However, finding a style and color that looks good and adds curb appeal can become challenging when you don’t want to break the bank. That’s why Power Home Remodeling Group has put together a guide to help you find energy efficient siding that works for your home and your pockets.
Homeowners who actively choose to remodel their homes with energy efficiency in mind are helping to contribute to a greener planet, as well as contributing to the effort to create a more sustainable future on a national and global scale. According to Energy.gov, “The 115 million residences in America today collectively use an estimated 22.5% of the country’s energy.” Unfortunately, a lot of that energy is wasted through old or improperly installed windows, doors, insulation and other remodeling products. Thousands of dollars are wasted on a yearly basis, pumping energy into homes that are not equipped to utilize all of that energy.
Most homeowners wouldn’t put this at the top of the list, but one of the best opportunities to reduce home energy costs is in your attic. With considerable longterm savings in mind, there’s no reason homeowners shouldn’t be looking at their attic to ensure every inch is as energy efficient as possible.
Winter is upon us, and so comes the need for homeowners to keep their home as warm and energy-efficient as possibly. Here are some great tips to help you manage your energy bills and your use of energy this winter.
Insulation is key to helping reduce a homeowner’s heating and cooling costs. A home with proper insulation will effectively distribute heat throughout the winter and block the cold air from entering the home. Conversely, during the summer months, insulation can help maintain a comfortable, cool environment. R-value, a metric of thermal resistance, measures insulation’s effectiveness; theoretically, the higher the R-value, the more effective a building’s insulation is said to be.
There are multiple types of insulation to be utilized, with various levels of cost and effectiveness. Read on to learn about all the options on the table for your home.