18May/16
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The Top Steps You should Take before Deciding to Purchase a Home

Buying property is a dream for most people – it’s probably the biggest financial decision the average person makes in their lifetime, simply because it involves a large sum of money and involves a long-term commitment. That dream house can bring much pleasure, pleasure for a lifetime, but if you haven’t though it through carefully, it can lead to a lot of regrets. So how do we make sure we make the right decision? What’s the right process and what are the things to consider?
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09May/16
Inspecting Your Roof

Safety Tips for Inspecting Your Roof

Most of the time, roofs are durable and can last for years and years, withstanding bad weather without any adverse effects. However, at times it may be necessary to check your roof is still in good condition, whether there has just been a storm which you suspect could have caused damage, you’re experiencing leaking in the top floor of your home, or your roof is just getting old and beaten. If you need to get up on your roof in order to inspect it, safety should be your first priority. With all the risks involved with simply getting up on a roof, staying safe is absolutely paramount.

Inspecting Your Roof
Photo by Michael Coghlan

Roofing Safety Gear

If you are not confident about getting on your roof or don’t think that you’ll be able to get hold of the appropriate safety gear in order to use when doing so, it is strongly recommended that you ask a professional to inspect your roof instead. On the other hand, if you’ve done some roofing work before or simply feel that it is a job you’ll easily be able to do on your own, it’s important that you obtain some roofing safety equipment before you begin. A fall protection harness and fall rescue kits are absolutely essential as these could save your life should you trip and fall whilst on the roof. You can also get safety guards to place around the edge of the roof which not only helps to keep you from falling but prevents any objects which could cause harm from falling to the ground.

Don’t Go It Alone

Since even inspecting your roof brings with it a certain amount of risk, it’s not a job that you can expect to do easily on your own. It’s always a good idea to have a companion on hand to make sure that everything goes smoothly and help you to stay safe. For example, a companion on the ground can help to steady ladders as you climb up to the roof as well as watch you as you work and let you know of any potential safety risks that they can see. In the worst case scenario, working with somebody else can help to ensure that you get medical attention straight away should any accidents happen.

Safety Clothing

Along with specialist roof protection gear, the clothing that you choose to wear whilst working on your roof can have a significant impact on your safety. For example, wearing long-sleeves and clothing that covers your skin can help to prevent any nasty cuts and scratches, and wearing high-quality boots with a grip sole can make it easier on your when it comes to standing and walking steadily on the roof. You should also consider wearing a hard hat as being essential as this will protect your head and minimize damage should any accidents occur.

Inspecting your roof can be a risky business, but when you know exactly how to handle the safety side of things it can become much less dangerous.

18Apr/16
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Recycling, How it Started and Where its Going

Recycling may seem like a relatively new development that grew out of the rise of environmental awareness in the 70s and 80s. However, the first recycling program actually started in 1031 ADin ancient Japan when the first recorded incident of recycling paper sprang up. In the past thousand years recycling has become more widespread and comprehensive, and it’s only getting better.

The Industrialization of Recycling

After 1031 there wasn’t much advancement in recycling practices until 1690 when an industrial recycling factory was built in Philadelphia. This factory made paper from cotton and linen rags. Despite this advancement, recycling was still mostly unheard of except during war time when resources were limited.

Recycling During Wartime

Towards the end of the 19th Century, recycling and reusing materials was less important because of the abundance of goods provided by industrialization. Recycling didn’t again became a priority until World War II, when supplies of everything were being used by the war effort and everyone became resourceful regarding the use and reuse of metal and cloth in particular. Materials were very carefully conserved during the war and immediate aftermath, but when countries became more economically comfortable again, their commitment to recycling materials like metal, scrap cloth, and paper began to fade.

Modern Day Recycling

Recycling as an environmental cause did not enter the public consciousness in Europe until the 1960s when a surge in environmentalism made people reconsider how they were using natural resources. Since then state run recycling programs have been developed across the EU and in most developed countries. Now, materials like paper, plastic, glass, and metal can be recycled in most municipalities. Today recycling has become a large public and private concern with individuals striving to lessen their production of non-recyclable waste and some countries like Sweden even turning their rubbish into energy.

Read more about recycling and how you can help in Reuse and Recycling: Ideas to Prevent the Creation of Waste published by Map Waste, a waste disposal in Leicester.

The Future of Waste Management

Looking forward, it is likely that countries with less advanced recycling programs will start to emulate effective programs, like the ones found in Japan and Sweden. These countries rely on education and social pressure to encourage citizens to effectively participate in the recycling programs, making them more efficient. Also on the horizon is the expansion of composting as an environmental practice to recycle organic material into compost to use as a soil supplement. With the rise of composting we may also see a rise in the use of packaging that is also compostable, such as compostable plastic and paper packaging. In addition recycling factories are becoming more adept at using every possible bit of a material while keeping energy usage down.

 

12Apr/16
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How Using a Ceiling Fan Can Reduce Energy Costs

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Are you interested in ways to save on your yearly heating and cooling cost and be more energy efficient?

Keeping up on the maintenance of your air conditioner and furnace will definitely land you the best results in performance from them. Perhaps though, you are looking for more ways to get additional performance out of your HVAC system that does not necessarily have to do with the units themselves. The Lancaster HVAC experts at Lancaster Heating & Air have something to share that is simple and will more than likely help lower your cost this year.

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21Mar/16
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Finding An Electrician In Your Local Area

Electricians carry out a huge number of jobs around the home, from fixing electrical appliances, to adding additional lighting, so every homeowner should have the number of a reliable electrician on their phone. However, it can be difficult to find someone suitable, and while friends may give you recommendations, it’s important to get more than one opinion before you sign a contract. Here are some ways to make sure you find the right electrician.
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05Feb/16
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Meeting the Neighbours in Your New Home

There are a lot of changes that you have to undergo when you decide to move to a new place. One of them is the neighbourhood. If you have a tight relationship with your old neighbours, then it might be difficult for you to adjust now that you are leaving them behind. The good thing though is you could possibly form a stronger bond with the new neighbours.

Be the first one to make a move

Even before you move to your new house, you need to introduce yourself to the neighbours there already. Tell them that you are moving in to a place just right next to them. If they receive you well, then you are lucky. You just have a kind neighbour to share your life with for the next years. If you were not received well, then you have something to work on. Don’t make snap judgments. Don’t think that they are rude or they are not welcoming. They might just feel awkward welcoming someone new to the neighbourhood. Take note that not everyone is as sociable as you.

Bring something nice

When you introduce yourself, take something nice like baked goods or items that you have bought from the place where you came from. This will make them feel like you are a nice neighbour. It could also be a beautiful way to start small talk. Of course, you don’t have to talk about a lot of things or expect a long chat right away. This takes some time to develop.

Don’t bring your old attitude to your new place

When you have been around the neighbourhood, you might have an idea about the type of people they are. If you find one whom you feel very comfortable with, it might be easy for you to think that you can share everything with them. You might even start gossiping just like you did in your old neighbourhood. You might even say something not so nice about another neighbour. This is something you should avoid. Just because you managed to do this with your previous neighbours does not mean you can do it again. They might not welcome you anymore if you do it. Besides, they might have a pretty close neighbourhood too. Before you know it, your bad behaviour could quickly become the talk of the neighbourhood and this could result in you not being welcome anymore.

Start packing

Once you have met the neighbours and felt comfortable with them, it is time to focus on the main task and that is to pack your items and transfer them to your new house. In doing so, you can ask help from removal companies in Cheltenham. You can expect only the best services if you have chosen the right removals in Gloucester to help you. There are a lot of removal companies in Cheltenham but not all of them are of the same quality. If you can find a removal company in Gloucester that has great reviews and has affordable rates, then go ahead and seal the deal.

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02Feb/16
interior-design

The True Benefits of Replacement Windows

People in general tend to wait for something that is important up to the last moment and then start searching for the ways out. Same situation happens with home renovation projects. As a rule, homeowners think about windows replacement projects only when it is already obvious: such as serious air leakages or shabby look are the first vivid signs of the necessity of windows replacement project. Some experts say that they can name other telltale signs such as higher level of condensation or fogging glass, or rotted frames and sills. Some windows can be just repainted or renovated, but for most old fashioned wood windows such project can become simply a hassle but not a solution. A lot of windows in old houses are just stuck shut, because of their age or multiple coats of paint.
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01Feb/16

3 Benefits of Replacement Windows for Your Home

A lot of people today underestimate the importance of windows replacement projects. If you even notice that your windows became drafty, foggy, hard to open and close, or visually have rotten sills and frames, then it is definitely the time to examine the real benefits of new replacement windows. New windows will help you save a lot of energy, can provide consistent temperatures in your home, and will undoubtedly improve your home’s curb appeal. Moreover, if you ever decide to sell your house, replacement windows can actually yield up to a 74 percent return on such investment.
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