The right energy saving measures taken in your home can easily reduce your current utility bills by as much as 50%. Of all measures available, radiant barrier insulation stands head and shoulders above the rest.

Most of us have been educated on the need and purpose of insulation inside of our homes. Insulation forms a barrier that keeps heat away from the occupied or cooled sections of your home. This barrier can be in your floor and/or your walls, but in addition to these, the most effective place for insulation is above your head in your attic.

Radiant barriers are materials used for the purpose of home insulation. They are effective at stopping the transfer of radiant energy from the outside of the home to the inside during the summer months. The barriers are typically installed in the attics of homes in order to reduce heat gain during the summer months, with the result being lower energy bills.

3 Ways for Heat to Transfer

From a physics perspective, heat transfer takes three forms: conduction, radiation and convection.

Most types of insulation used in homes and office buildings – such as fiberglass blankets – are effective vis-a-vis conduction and convection types of heat transfer. However, they are ineffective at preventing radiant heat transfer.

This is where radiant barriers come in. They are a type of aluminum product which can be used in conjunction with other types of insulation materials to protect the home against high energy bills.

These barriers are installed in both commercial and residential buildings.

Types of Radiant Barrier Application

One way to apply this technology in residential situations is to spray a coat of radiant barrier # 85 inside the attic along the roof. This solution is made of insulating ceramic microspheres and pure metal (aluminum) pigment – and yet with no flammable or volatile solvents. This method can reduce radiant heat by up to 70%.

Another option is to install a barrier of aluminum foil in a way that covers the existing, traditional insulation such as fiberglass blankets, foam, or concrete blocks. The foil type of insulation is even more effective than is the spray type, reducing radiant energy by up to 97%.

Radiant barrier and energy savings go hand-in-hand. When installed properly, they can greatly contribute to reduced energy costs by saving in cooling/air conditioning costs during the summer months in a way that traditional insulation materials cannot accomplish on their own.

major home appliances

These days, everyone is looking to cut costs in any way they can.

Lots of people are doing more do it yourself type of home projects instead of hiring people to do it for them and spending money to have it done. There are some things that you should avoid doing yourself and instead hire a professional to do it for you. One of these things is appliance repair. Keep reading to learn why you should hire a professional repairman instead of doing it yourself.

Household appliances are very expensive to replace.

Instead of risking further problems with your residential appliance because you worked on it yourself, hire a service technician. Trying to do it yourself can cause more problems and you may end up having to completely replace your electronic appliance if you break it. By taking the simple step and hiring someone to do it, you can save on having to buy a new major appliance.

If you don’t know what you are doing when it comes to appliance repair, you can hurt yourself. It is not worth the money you are going to save if you do get injured. Avoid getting hurt and instead hire someone to do it for you. It doesn’t mean you can’t do it, but it does mean you are being smart about getting it fixed.

There are some things you just shouldn’t fix yourself.

Appliances are something that should be fixed by a professional service company only. Don’t risk hurting yourself or breaking your appliance any further. Both of these things can cost you more money. If you hire a repairman to fix it from the start you can avoid both of these things happening. Your appliance will be just like new once you hire a professional repairman to fix it for you.

Installing a garage door can be a very simple procedure if you have the proper tools and some experience, at least with handiwork around your home. There are many different components to a garage door, and if you are taking out an existing one, this can also be a time-consuming process. Most people will choose to use a professional to help them install one simply because it’s easier to use a company that does this for a living. However, if you would like to save money and attempt to do this on your own, there are a few things that you need to know on how to install garage door, simple tips that can help you get this done.


Reasons To Install A New Garage Door


There are many reasons that people choose to put in a new garage door. For example, their existing one could be quite old and is no longer functioning as it once did. If it is not closing or opening all of the way, or if it is getting stuck, it is possible that you may need to replace the existing one that you have because it is simply too old to operate. You will want to take measurements of the garage door, the garage door opening, and then go to your local home improvement store to choose one that can be delivered. Once you have it, you will have to remove the existing garage door which is actually a very simple process.


Removing The Existing Garage Door


This can be difficult, and slightly dangerous, and almost always requires someone to help you remove it safely. You will need to remove the extension springs first, and is the initial step that must be done so that the tension on the springs is eliminated. This will require you to completely open the door, lock it into place using locking pliers, affixing it to each garage door track. You will then remove the cables, take off the springs, and released the pliers and move the garage door into the closed position. The torsion springs will then be removed, along with the winding bar, and then finally the tracks and the door. If there is an overhead motorized component, that will be the final step so that you can install the new garage door.


Installing The New Garage Door


To install the new garage door, you are essentially doing the reverse of what was accomplished when you removed the existing door. You will want to assemble the garage door tracks, and then the rollers and existing brackets. You will need to fasten the hinges, and always use a power drill because it will be faster and allow you to firmly secure everything into the wood. Jamb brackets are added next, followed by actually installing the horizontal tracks and finally the garage door itself.


This basic overview of how to remove an existing garage door, and how to install garage door quickly, should give you a general idea of what needs to be done. The one that you purchase will have instructions, sometimes even including a link to a video that you can watch, so that you can follow the step-by-step procedure watching a professional do this job. However, if you would prefer using a professional to do this for you without having to worry about the dangers of working with extension and torsion springs, there is always going to be a garage door company in your area that can quickly remove an existing garage door, and replace it with a new one, for an affordable price.

There is nothing like breaking off a fresh leaf of mint in the morning. Have you ever tried growing your own herbs? It can be relatively easy, and incredibly simple. Herbs don’t need a lot of care or special maintenance. What could be better? Well, how about having that herb garden in your kitchen!

Okay, so let’s face it: Growing anything isn’t easy. It takes mindfulness to water them everyday, you have to be sure they get enough sunlight, etc etc. But you can do it! It’s worth it to have fresh basil you can throw in your next marinara sauce. Or fresh chives on a baked potato.

Alright, are you ready to give it a go? Let me give you some tips to help you be successful as you start this journey.

  1. Find out where you will put your plants.
    This is the most important step as this will determine whether or not you can even start this project! The plants will need sun, and you will need to be able to reach them easily enough that this doesn’t turn into a nuisance. The amount of space you have will also determine how many herbs you can grow.
  2. Decide which types to grow
    Do you have a specific herb that you use all of the time in almost everything you cook? Good, start with that one and look up the growing conditions it needs. If you can’t think of one, here are a few easy to grow suggestions: Bay Tree, Chive, Kaffir Lime Tree, Lemongrass, Mint, Parsley, Vietnamese Coriander
  3. Buy the materials
    Get the plants, pots, building materials, and assemble this thing! You will want the plant starts, not the seeds. Be sure you know the growing requirements for each herb. Also, if you need additional lights, CFL, or Compact Fluorescent Lights, will help your plants grow.
  4. Structure a routine
    You will need a solid routine to make sure you never forget to take care of your herbs. Remember, your plants can’t grow without the right amount of water and light. Your plants will also need to be rotated once a week to keep them from leaning.

See? Its simple. Okay, I actually left out a lot of details, but this is the gist of it! Get started, and pretty soon you will have a green thumb. Don’t get discouraged if your plants die. Sometimes things happen that are out of our control, and sometimes we just mess up. Good luck and remember to have fun!

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Posted by Mary Broomfield | House Projects

Does anyone not use Pinterest for projects these days? Lately, I find it is all I have to look at, and I am overloaded with ideas for my next project. Today, I am going to post a few of those projects up here on this blog. If it inspires you, do it! And then send me an email letting me know how it went, and include some pictures! I love home remodeling pictures! It feeds my idea generation machine.

Whether you DIY, or hire out, these will leave your home looking awesome! Here are four projects ranging from easy, do it today projects, to serious construction projects:

If you are new to DIY(Do it Yourself), start with something easy, like a pillow.

  1. A pillow that says hello:


This simple project will get you in the DIY spirit! It is easy enough that you could accomplish it in one day, from sourcing the materials, to finished project. If you want to start small, do something like this. But maybe you are not a fan of pillows…

2. A frame that says wow:


Another simple project to keep you going! This frame really had a great makeover. It adds some flair to the bland room. While a frame may not be the center piece of your room, remember, the devil is in the details! This project will help keep your DIY spirit alive and keep you on a roll. But now onto something quite a bit different, but still involving paint…

3. A themed room:


This room really brings a whole new meaning to someone who says they like the color red. It looks great, but can take a lot of planning. Don’t worry, that is a good thing. Because this can help bone up your planning skills for bigger projects! Since there is no construction taking place, you can start to figure out what type of work pace is comfortable for you. This will help you to estimate the time cost of bigger projects and give you an appreciation for the work that goes into them. This project can also be pieced together as your budget allows, meaning it will keep scratching that DIY itch! But now, it is time for a serious project…

4. Under stairwell lounge/storage


How can you not love something like this? I fall for these cozy types of projects every time. Not only is it an efficient use of space, it adds some major cool points to your home! However, this is a serious project meant only for experts. You will be cutting into sheetrock, and working around structural pieces. Do not attempt this if you do not know what you are doing. You can possibly hurt yourself or someone else. But keep working on projects and some day you will be ready!

I hope you were able to try at least one project in this article. Please let me know if you have any questions or comments!