Energy Conservation – Simple Tips That Will Reduce Your Energy Bills

There are many good reasons to conserve energy. If we use less gas, oil and electricity we will save money, and the pollution associated with extracting and using fossil fuels will decrease. Reducing greenhouse gas production may help to reverse global warming. In a nutshell – conservation of energy has both personal and societal benefits.

Most people are concerned with making their money last longer and energy conservation can help by reducing our energy costs. Homeowners can do many things to cut down on their energy needs. Perhaps the best thing they can do to is to install better insulation to retain warm and cool air.

Heating and air conditioning are the biggest energy consumers of the average household. Much of the heat and cool air escapes because of poorly insulated roofs, walls, doors, and windows. In fact in a lot of cases heating and cooling is responsible for around 50% of your energy costs. Improving insulation will result in greater conservation of energy and lesser energy costs. Small changes in this area can result in dramatic reduction in your monthly payment to your utility company.

Old cooling and heating appliances should be replaced with newer models which are more energy efficient. Other large appliances like refrigerators can also be replaced with newer models that are designed to conserve energy. Always make sure you read the energy label, if you do, you will often find that a cheap product in fact can be expensive in its everyday use because of its energy consumption.

Traditional light bulbs are inefficient because much of the energy they consume is converted to heat. Replacing all your incandescent bulbs with compact florescent bulbs will provide the same level at light with less energy consumption. Even though the cost of these bulbs is greater than traditional bulbs, they last up to 20 times longer, resulting in significant overall savings.

Using alternative energy sources such as solar panels or wind turbines can greatly reduce the amount of energy needed from traditional sources. The electricity produced by these devices can be fed back into the local power grid if it is not immediately used by the household. This reduces the power bill even further (the power meter runs backwards) while supplying clean power to your community.

Conservation of energy is something that everyone can contribute to. By being careful in how we use our resources we are building a society for our children and grandchildren.

8 Simple Tips to Keep Your Lawn Mower Running

1. If you have a gas mower have a look in the instruction manual to find out how to check and change the oil. Check the oil level often, add more oil when necessary and change it when it’s dirty.

2. Store the lawn mower in a shed or in some kind of protective environment so that it isn’t sitting in the elements.

3. Check your lawn mower to see if it contains instructions for sharpening your mower blade. Some lawn mowers do encourage you to sharpen the blade and others do not. If the manual does direct you to sharpen the blade then do so frequently.

4. The best time to mow your lawn is after any dew from the night before has had time to evaporate. This means that the late afternoon is usually better than the morning as the grass cuts better when it’s dry and the humidity has left the air. Also, wet grass can cause problems with the mower and generally just makes a bigger mess!

5. Try mowing your lawn in different directions each time you mow. This will help keep your lawn healthy and will reduce the likelihood of any patterns forming over multiple sessions.

6. Make sure you keep the fuel and oil that you pour into your mower as free of foreign objects as possible. No matter what your daughter insists, her bottle of moisturizer added to the gas tank will probably not make your lawn mower run any better.

7. Take the time to clean the grass off the underside of the mower from time to time. Make sure the mower is off before you attempt to clean the underside. Make sure if you are going anywhere near the blade you disconnect the spark plug wire first.

8. Clean the air intake for the mower. Combustion (petrol or gas) engines need some type of air intake to run correctly and if the air intake on your mower is clogged with grass then the mower won’t run at peak efficiency.

And one final tip: To really enjoy your lawn in comfort, why not consider a Lifestyle Lifetime Retractable Fabric Awning? They look great, keep you cool in the hot summer sun, and are fully guaranteed. Plus, if you book a free consultation right now, you could win $2,500 towards your new awning installation! Contact us today:

Enter Today!

10 Easy Tips To Refresh Your Space For Spring And Summer 2016

It’s the time of the season, friends!

1.Time to paint those bland winter walls! Neutral tones are just fine, but add in some of the cool blues and greens that are making a statement this Spring. Pastels and Ultra Brights are the spring and summer trend for this year.

2. Clear the clutter! Time for spring cleaning. Get to those scary spots (under the bed, closets, storage) and throw away all that old junk that you don’t need. A good philosophy to follow is ‘The things you truly need will come to you’. This will reassure you when you come across that shoebox of old trinkets that you would probably be too embarrassed to put on display anyway.

3. Splurge on some new artwork. Whether it’s a light hearted oil painting, a sleek sculpture, or a Monet piece you’ve been eyeing for a year, reinvent your space!

4. New accessories! Reframe your photos with more interesting casings. The heavy woods and metals are out for the spring. Change up that china vase, try blown glass, recycled glass cobalt, or topaz! There are a variety of colors and shapes to choose from. Throw pillows can bring any color into your room or out of your artwork.

5. Change your window treatments. Lighter fabrics such as satin, chiffon, hand painted or dyed silks, are all in this spring. The colors are zesty and the look is fresh!

6. New rugs can change the entire look of your space! Move away from the heavy traditional patterns and textures and look for stripes, polka dots, and Kandinsky-esque styles.

7. Love your furniture but looking for a change? Slipcovers are still the way to go! Solids are always safe, but if you want to branch out, a lot of the light colored damasks are coming back in. Again, if you want to be trendy, go with greens and blues–light to bright colors. If you know your taste, then just be creative with it!

8. If you can manage to swing it, change out a few of your side tables with lighter colored woods or glass tops. If not, cover up the winter table tops with some light colored scarves or placemats. Work with what you’ve got, it brings out your most creative self!

9. Change your dishware for the season! Use fun, bright colors and chic designs on pottery or glass. Tangerines, ocean tones, hot pinks and purples! Check out Issac Mizrahi’s line.

10. If nothing else, open up your space and add a splash of color with fresh flowers. They are at their best now and the colors are the inspiration for modern color trends. House plants and foliage of any kind (even if it’s faux) are a must in your spring space!

So there you have it! Spring-summer 2016 is the time for reinventing and refreshing! Use your invigorated senses to inspire your dwellings. Happy Spring!

And remember, if you really need help getting your space refreshed for the spring and summer, call us in for a free quote or inspection and you could WIN $2,500 towards your new Lifestyle Home Products Installation!! Just click the button below to find out more!

ENTER TODAY

Benefits of Owning a Patio Awning

by Dion Semeniuk

More and more of us each year try harder and harder to enjoy the outdoors and the warm days of summer without having to leave our own backyard. Backyard pools are becoming more popular as prices become more affordable. Even gazebos and sunrooms are increasing in popularity. These are all great ideas to enjoy your backyard. One idea that now is also becoming mainstream in Ontario is the patio awning. Below are 3 top benefits of owning a patio awning:

Protection

The number one benefit of owning a patio awning is protection. Many properties have patio doors leading onto the patio or deck. Unfortunately, this area by most property owners is not being used to its full advantage. Basically, the area is useless when it rains or if the sun and its harmful rays are not your cup of tea. Having a patio awning will eliminate both of these issues and provide you with more enjoyable usage of your patio or deck.

With the shelter that the awning provides, you may sit outside and still enjoy the fresh air and sounds of the outdoors without getting wet or worrying about harmful UV rays from the sun. Also, any patio furniture you own is now protected from these weather conditions.

More Living Area

With the added protection as mentioned previously, you now have just expanded your living area. You may now be outside and enjoy a nice dinner and entertain your guests without the worry of a rain shower. Your guests will enjoy the comfort of being shaded from the sun and take in the beauty of your backyard. The awning will basically give you a second dining room as well as living room and you will be able to enjoy all your meals outside under the protective awning canvas.

Price

A benefit of the patio awning is that you do not need to break the bank to own one. As opposed to getting a pool or gazebo to add value and cosmetics to your house, choosing an awning can be the logical choice if you are on a tight budget. There are many companies that offer pre-made awnings that come in different sizes, fabrics, and colors that will probably more than suit your needs. A simple investment in owning a patio awning can make a great difference in how you spend your days and evenings in your backyard.

To find out more about how Lifestyle Home Products can help you get the patio awning your home deserves, CONTACT US today. Our design and installation experts will work with you to deliver one of our custom, Canadian-made retractable fabric awnings to your Ontario home, quickly and on budget. Give us a call!

Photo: Awning Installation in Scarborough

Here’s another beautiful awning, just recently installed in Scarborough, Ontario.

Awning Scarborough

This awning makes an amazing shaded outdoor retreat over the client’s back deck…a perfect spot to sit outside, protected from the weather rain or shine.

To find out more about our custom retractable fabric awnings, CONTACT US today and make an appointment. Our experienced design professionals will be glad to give you all the details, and work with your budget to create an amazing outdoor living space like this for your Ontario home.