Home Improvement: Exploiting opportunities for energy efficiency

To identify opportunities that are likely to arise for energy efficiency upgrades, start by making a list of future home improvements you plan to carry out over a number of years. then try to match these to major energy efficiency projects, such as insulation, solar installation, window and boiler replacement. Below are some planned projects and recommended opportunities for energy efficiency improvements.

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Planned project and energy efficiency opportunity 

  • Internal decoration, Re-plastering walls, Refitting kitchens, Refitting bathrooms and cloakrooms etc.

Internal wall insulation.

  • Rendering external walls.

External wall insulation

  • Re-roofing.

Photovoltaics (PV) Solar panel roof installation, Roof or loft insulation. If external wall cladding is planned, prepare the way by extending the roof at eaves level.

  • Replacement windows.

Specify high-performance windows and combine wall insulation works.

  • Replacing old hot water cylinder.

Specify a twin-coil (or triple-coil) cylinder ready for the later installation of solar water heating.

  • Replacing worn-out boiler.

Specify ‘A’-rated high-efficiency replacement boiler.

  • Replacing floorboards

Floor insulation and underfloor heating (can be paired with renewable technology).

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My Christmas decoration – What do you think compare to yours?

Christmas decorations are a must for most families as the Christmas season approaches and jingle bells start to ring. Decorate your home with your favourite Christmas themes and colours.

Below is my Christmas decoration which I have used for some couple of years with little additions and slightly different display style. I recommend you buy Christmas tree and decorations that can be reused for a couple of years to save the environment, money and help combat climate change.

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Christmas Tree decoration
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Christmas decoration of ceiling, wall clock and TV
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Christmas decoration on windowsill 
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Christmas figurine on windowsill 
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Small Christmas tree on windowsill
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Father Christmas figurine on windowsill
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Christmas decoration on cabinet drawer with fish tank
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Santa stop sign on window
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Christmas decoration on kitchen window
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Christmas door bell
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Rotating Christmas light display on ceiling
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Christmas decoration on toilet
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Christmas shower curtain decoration 
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Christmas tree
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Christmas decoration on ceiling and curtain
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Christmas bell decoration on window

I wish you and your family Merry Christmas and happy new year. Remember the reason for the season is to celebrate the birth of our Savour and Lord Jesus Christ.

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How to identify damp in your house

Damp is one of the last things we want to face at home. It doesn’t matter if we’re a homeowner or a renter, it’s not a good thing. It can make a room feel cold, unwelcoming and unhealthy, and at worst it can mean structural or weatherproofing issues.

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Structural dampness is the presence of unwanted moisture in the structure of a building, either the result of intrusion from outside or condensation from within the structure. A high proportion of damp problems in buildings are caused by ambient climate dependent factors of condensation and rain penetration. Capillary penetration of water from the ground up through concrete or masonry is known as Rising Damp.

From condensation to penetrating damp and the dreaded rising damp, different types of damp present different problems, below is how you can identify defects that will cause damp in your house and fix them on time before they cause structural and health issues.

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Damp checks

  • Flashings at junctions to roofs and chimneys.
  • Uncapped pots to open chimneys.
  • Badly eroded mortar joints to brick or stonework in walls.
  • Leaking gutters, downpipes and overflow pipes.
  • Leaks around windows and door flames.
  • Windowsills that don’t project out from the wall sufficiently, or have eroded drip grooves underneath.
  • Garden shrubs or mounds of earth banked up against walls.
  • A lack of ventilation indoors allowing a build-up of condensation from steamy kitchens and bathroom.

 

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Easy ways to change your lighting for home improvement

Even if you don’t want to spend time and money redecorating, there are still lots of simple ways to improve your lighting.

These could include:

  • Changing the central light fitting. There are myriad of different light fittings. Pendant lights are simply those that fit on the ceiling. Downlighters provide general lighting directed downwards and can be subtle if recessed. Uplighters have the opposite effect, reflecting light from the ceiling and upper walls, gently illuminating the whole room. Wall lights are usually fitted to supplement a ceiling pendent but they can also be used independently in areas such as hallways.

  • Using the correct light bulbs for your light fitting. Energy efficient light bulbs are now available in a wide range of types and designs, even for dimmer switches, so there’s no excuse for keeping your old, incandescent bulbs.

 

 

  • Adding floor and table lamps. For specific areas of the room used for particular tasks, such as a desk in a study, cabinet or a kitchen work surface.  The best choices are directional desk, table and floor lamps.

  • Replacing shades. Changing the shades to suit the purpose of the lamp or light fittings to fit in with the interior design of the room.

  • Installing a dimmer switch. Dimmer switches are cheap and easy to install but have the power to instantly change the atmosphere of a room. they can be used in fixed light fittings, floor and table lamps.

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