With winter slowly poking its head around the corner it is time to look at ways to reduce your heating cost before it is too late.Thankfully, there are countless ways you can reduce heating cost. But, one of the most effective ways is by purchasing window treatments that are designed to keep the heat from seeping out of the seams.
What are some of the most effective window treatments for reducing heating cost?
How can professionals help?
Professionals help by examining your current window conditions and providing details on what can be done to keep the heat in your home instead of flowing out. Providing your windows with the right treatments will go a long way with reducing heating costs and keeping you warmer during the cooler months, and a lot cooler during the hotter months. For more helpful tips and information on window treatments for keeping your home more energy efficient, visit Nest Expressions Window and Flooring Fashions for a free consultation, or online window gallery.
Curvy gardens are elegant and unique and are outstanding for all yards small or large. The gardens can be create with basic materials and easy to grow flowers, or complex with all kinds of different plants to add all kinds of colors, fragrances and greenery. The type of curvy garden you choice all depends on the design that pleases you. If you are in need of some curvy garden design ideas, the ones below should help.
Corten Raised Gardens
Corten raised gardens are ones that use materials that are easy to curve, yet sturdy for garden purposes Some are made from metal materials while others are created from wood or plastic. The height of this type of raised garden can be has a high or as low as you want it. Many people love doing this type of garden if they want to create paths with stone throughout the garden area for walking upon to enjoy the beautiful plants in bloom without disrupting the growth of their garden. The best types of plants to place in a corten-raised garden are perennial bulbs and herbs that do not require a lot of maintenance
Round Pot Gardens
Another popular way gardeners love making curved gardens is by adding tons of unique round pots throughout a garden space with a lot of plants that love growing in pots of soil such as annual flowers, tomato plants, cucumbers, strawberry plants, herbs, lettuces and potatoes. Some people will even create a curvy pathway with bricks, pebbles or flat stones first, and add round pots a long the pathway to add character to their garden.
Curved Vertical Wall Gardens
Vertical wall gardens are perfect for creating curved gardens full of life and beauty. The types of plants you can use to create a living curved wall garden are countless. Vines with blooming flowerings are useful, or bushes that are easy to trim into curved shapes are lovely too.
Curved garden ideas are endless and can be made with any kind of materials and gardening tools with a creative imagination.
It does not have to be springtime for you to enjoy beautiful bulb flowers. All you need to learn are the secrets to growing bright fragrant bulbs inside your home using techniques that helps awaken the bulbs from their slumber.
Bulbs that Require Chilling Before Blooming
If you want to grow flowers such as tulips, crocus, hyacinths and daffodils, you will need to chill these bulbs at 35 degrees F for at least 16 weeks. Before you can chill the bulbs, you do need too plant them into a pot with the right kind of soil at the right depth that is right for their proper growth. The bulb packaging you receive the bulbs in will tell you all that. After the chilling phase, you can place the pot of bulbs in a warm sunny spot where they will sprout and grow into beautiful flowers.
Bulbs that Simply Require Warmth and Sunlight
Bulbs that you can grow with ease by simply sticking them in warmth and sunlight before spring even hits are amaryllis and paper whites. You do have to make sure the bulbs stay within 50 degrees F for the first two weeks after potting them as directed on the packaging you receive them in, but after that the potted bulbs need to receive as much sunlight and warmth as possible for them to grow into beautiful blossoms that you can enjoy indoors to fight the winter blues away.
Forcing bulbs for indoor bloom is easy if you know the tricks to activate the bulbs into beautiful blossoms you can enjoy indoors. Just remember to water you bulbs when the soil is dry and too always make sure they are in direct sunlight. It is also important to keep in mind that some bulbs are poisonous to humans and animals so always chill them away from food sources when using the refrigerator for forcing bulbs into full bloom before spring hits. After all, a blooming pot of flowers is suppose to help you feel better with their bright happy colors and lovely floral fragrances.
Large format tiles can give you the impression of a bigger space since they come in sizes of 18, 24 and even 48 inches, which ideally works best in an open space. Tiles can come in several different shapes, but mainly square or rectangular. For each of the two shapes, a large tile is considered the one that has more than 15 inches on any side. Installing large tiles becomes easier if you follow some key tips:
1. Check the Surface for Flatness
Before you install any tiles, make sure that the surface you are installing the tiles on is completely flat. The flatness requirements for large tiles are stricter, but there are advanced technologies that allow us today to obtain a perfectly flat surface. It also makes grouting easier and the tiles easier to clean during the installing process.
2. Always Use a Medium Bed Mortar
You should use a medium bed mortar that was made specifically for installing large tile. It has the right thickness and can provide the right support. Nothing is worse than using the wrong mortar and having tiles fall out of place soon after the installing process, which can lead to having to reinstall the tiles all over again properly.
3. You Can Save Time and Money by Using a Large Notch Trowel
The bigger the tiles, the more mortar you need to apply. For this reason alone you want to make sure you have a large premium notch trowel tool to make the application process faster and easier. It also helps the mortar spread evenly so the tiles stick better to it.
4. The Dimensions of Large Tiles can be Inconsistent
From tile to tile, you will see variations in size for small details like joints. In order to get a proper installation, you need to have a minimum of 1 /16 inch joint and at least three times the tile variance.
5. The Larger the Tiles are, the Larger the Variance of Flatness
Large tiles can have a flatness variance, which can be tested if you place one flipped upside down on a flat surface. When you press on each of the tiles corners, you may see a difference. If the tile doesn't have the right flatness you desire you can toss it aside and find one that is flatter to keep the installing process going smoothly and help the tiled area come out properly.
Installing solar energy into a home is an outstanding way to reduce electricity cost and help the environment. Solar panels are also essential for becoming dependent on your own energy source, which means your household does not have to rely on outside electricity sources.
All this results in a lifestyle where electricity bills no longer exist providing more income in the pockets. This is why so many people install solar panels onto their homes. Not only do solar panels put money back into the homeowner’s pocket, but it also increases the value of their home and helps with easier selling once on the market.
How can installing solar panels onto a home help with easier selling?
Solar panels help with easier selling of a home because potential homebuyers will see the benefits of purchasing a home with solar energy. Having solar energy means a homeowner will never have to pay for energy cost. The cost a homeowner will have to provide at some point in time are the cost of replacing a damaged solar panel or installing a new solar panel system when the old one needs upgrading, but panels and systems typically only need replacing every 30 years.
Another benefit to having solar energy is most states offer generous renewable energy incentives to homeowners who choice this environmentally friendly energy saving method for providing electricity to their home. Home buyers who see this benefit with a new home are more app to purchasing it. After all, who can say no too purchasing an energy saving home that pays you back during tax season for helping the environment and living an eco-friendly lifestyle?
Solar panels are also a selling point because loosing electricity in a home with solar energy is rare. This is because the main source the solar panels pull from for their energy to provide electricity to your home is the sun. Potential homebuyers who see this benefit will love the fact that they will never have to be without power to their home when others are suffering from power loss during storms due to trees falling on power lines and other mishaps that go wrong with power lines that provide electricity to typical family homes.
End Notes to Keep in Mind
As you have just learned adding solar panels can do more than increase the value of your home, but it can also help sell your home.
Freshly harvested tomatoes right from the garden are the absolute best for tossing on salads, eating as they are, creating homemade sauces, baking in the oven with a layer of fresh mozzarella cheese and creating casserole dishes. Some people even love to sun dry fresh tomatoes to bring out their natural sweetness, which creates a healthy snack too munch on.
Tips for Growing the Best Tomatoes
1. Space Tomato Plants Wisely
Whether you are planting tomatoes in the garden from seeds or pre-grown plants its essential you space them out wisely. Tomato plants grow into small bushes that can get up to 5-feet tall with lots of vines and about 3 to 4-feet wide. Some people prefer growing individual tomato plants in large pots with individual trellises so they can weave the vines of the plant through it so the tomatoes can hang freely off the trellises without falling over during the growing and harvesting phase.
2. Provide Direct Sunlight
Always plant your tomato seeds or plants in direct sunlight with good fertilized soil. Sunlight is essential to helping the tomatoes grow large, full of flavor, plump and juicy and with a good ripen color.
3. Allow Breezes to Move through Tomato Plants
An odd, but helpful way of growing strong and sturdy tomato plants that do not tip over in windstorms is to all the plants as they are growing to flow through the summer breezes freely. If there are not many summer breezes, where you are place a fan near your tomato plants a few times per day and allow the breeze coming from it to do the winds job.
4. Water Properly
Over watering tomatoes can cause them to decay right off the vines before even ripening and too little water can cause them to dry up and fall off the vine before ripening. It is essential to make sure the soil of the tomato plants stays damp and warm, but not soaking wet to the point it causes the roots to develop disease and weaken. If the soil is dry, add small amounts of warm water to help hydrate the tomato plants again.
5. Provide Organic Plant Food
Adding organic plant food to the tomato plants monthly is also essential for growing juicy plump ripened tomatoes. Never use chemical fertilizers to help with vegetable plant growth because you will just be poisoning your food supply.
Nothing is worse then waking up in the middle of the night to squirrels wrestling around in the attic and chewing on the structure and wires of the home. In fact, if these creatures are allowed to hang out in this area of the home for too long they will build enough a next and become a hazard. This is why it is essential to trap them and relocate them to a different area outside far away from the home. Hiring an exterminator or expert in wild animal removal is also an optional if removing the squirrels from the home is too difficult of a task for the homeowner.
Once the squirrel removal has occurred within the attic it is essential to go around the space and block and repair any cracks and holes within the attic space that the squirrels are capable of crawling in through. Repairing any broken windows within this space will also help prevent the animals from reentering. If there are holes within the roof, repairing the roof needs to occur too in order to keep the squirrels out for good. Keep in mind squirrels enter a home’s attic because it is warm in the cooler months and usually has installation that is soft for building nest, which is why making sure any vents, eave gaps and soffits are properly repaired as well since squirrels can get in through these areas too.
If squirrels are not caught and removed from a home’s attic severe wire damage could occur potentially causing an electrical fire and burning down the entire home. Squirrels can also shred attic vent ducts, insulation and pipe lines too, which can cause a homeowner even more costly issues. Worse of all, squirrels leave their droppings and urine behind, which causes unsanitary conditions inside a home along with awful smelling odors. Sometimes squirrels will even die in the attic and begin to decompose and this causes unhealthy conditions for members living inside the home too. Squirrels also carry a number of zoonotic diseases that can cause illness in humans as well.
Therefore, if squirrel noises are coming from the home’s attic it is time to get a trap to trap them right away or call in professional help to rid them from the home for good. Remember not doing so will cause health issues or a possible house fire. Solving this squirrel problem quickly and safely is best.
Scrubbing down the microwave is not an easy taste when all those nasty food particles and grease are stuck on. However, with the easy tips from, "How to Clean Your Microwave Oven with Lemon," I surprisingly got the job done easily.
The floor in my bathroom is tile and it tends to get dirty often, but I am not able to clean it with chemical filled tile cleansers. Instead, I make my own homemade lemon verbena tile floor cleaner using basic ingredients from my kitchen that help get my tiled floor clean naturally.
The basic natural ingredients needed to make my homemade lemon verbena tile floor cleaner are 1 cup of baking soda, 2 gallons of hot water and 40 drops of lemon verbena essential oil. The baking soda safely cleanses and deodorizers my tile floor gently while the lemon verbena helps kill germs and adds a lovely fresh light lemony scent to the air of my bathroom naturally. You can easily find these ingredients at any organic grocery store or herbal shop.
Making the Tile Cleaner
Now the easiest way to make the homemade lemon verbena tile floor cleaner is by pouring all these ingredients directly into a mop bucket and mixing them together with the mop until the baking soda dissolves in the hot water. Next, you are ready to clean the tiled floor in your bathroom or anywhere else in your home such as the kitchen.
Using the Cleaning
The way to use the homemade lemon verbena tile floor cleaner is by soaking the mop in the cleaner for 5 minutes. Then ring the mop out and begin to mop the floor focusing on the really gritty sticky greasy places. Do this until the tiled floor becomes clean. You will notice all the dirt and grim comes up easily without having to scrub a lot with the mop, which is nice. You will also notice the air with have a lovely lemon verbena scent to it that is refreshing and uplifting. Once you have cleaned the tiled floor well with the homemade cleaner, allow the tiled floor to air dry for 30 minutes. After, you will have a lovely squeeze clean tiled floor. You can make and use this homemade lemon verbena tile floor cleaner as often as you need to in order to help keep your tiled floors clean naturally.
Now you can also use this homemade lemon verbena tile floor cleaner on marbled floors and glass floors. It will not damage or scratch them at all. However, I would never recommend using this homemade floor cleaner on wood or laminate flooring because it could causes discoloration or damage.
I do hope those of you who try the homemade verbena tile floor cleaner like the way it cleanses your tiled floors naturally and safely. I know I do and will continue to wash my tiled floors this way always. I wish you all the best with keeping your tiled floors clean in an earth friendly manner.
Spilling ink on your clothing can be a real nightmare and trying to get the ink out after it dries onto the clothing is even harder to remove. However dried ink stains can be removed using basic materials and ingredients from your medicine cabinet and kitchen. All you have to have is a little bit of patience and time to remove this ink.
Materials and Ingredients Needed
The materials you will need are measuring cups and spoons, ½ cup of hydrogen peroxide, 2 teaspoons of dish soap, small spray bottle and several round cosmetic cotton pads. If you do not have these materials on hand you can always find them at your local drugstore all together for less than $7 which is sometimes cheaper than drugstore brand stain removers.
Making the Remover
Once you have all your materials you can make you homemade stain remover solution by measuring out your ½ cup of hydrogen peroxide and 2 teaspoons of dish soap. After you can take off the sprayer from the spray bottle and pour the ingredients into your small spray bottle. After you can place the sprayer back onto the spray bottle and give it a good shake to combined the hydrogen peroxide and dish soap together until it becomes a foamy liquid solution.
Removing the Ink Stain
Now to remove the dried ink stain from the clothing you will you stain remover and spray several squirts onto the dried ink stain. Next take a round cosmetic cotton pad and begin blotting the dried ink stain out with it. Do not rub because it will make the ink stain bigger. Continue blotting and spraying the ink stain with the cosmetic cotton pads and stain remover until all the ink has been blotted out of the clothing. You will be able to see this happening because the stain solution will help pull the ink out of the clothing and directly onto the cosmetic cotton pad which will turn the color of the ink that was spilled onto the clothing. This may take several minutes to do but this ink should come completely out of the clothing. After you can toss the clothing into the washer machine and give it a good wash to help remove any extra ink from it and than your clothing will be looking brand new again.
So, there you have it a homemade stain removing solution to remove that dried ink stain from your clothing. I wish you all the best of luck with removing the dried ink stain and I hope this bit of information helps.