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7.21.2014

Advice on How to Save on Your Heating Bills

Winter coming around can be a frightening prospect for some people - it's going to get cold, and to top it all off, you have to spend more to stay warm. Maybe you'll get lucky and it will end up to be a winter that's not so cold. Maybe you'll save just a little bit from having to keep your heaters and thermostats on for most of the day/night in order to stay warm, but there has to be a more reliable way. So what is it?

Let's Go Over a Few Tips

Sure enough, there are quite a few more ways of saving on your heating bills than hoping it isn't going to be a cold winter - a little prudence, moderation and a bit of a routine can keep your bills a little bit lower.

·         Lower Your Thermostat: Think about bringing your thermostat a few degrees lower than you think it has to be. Chances are you're setting it a little higher than it has to be, so dialing back just a tiny bit can help you save a bit of money. Also consider dropping it even further when no one's at home - if you're at work or out of the house and the kids are at school you don't need it as high to keep the house heated.

·         Bring Your Fans Out: Most people when they think of fans - they think of staying cool. However, if you use them wisely you might be able to get a different kind of effect. A fan that’s turned on can produce some warmer air into circulation.

·         Use Your Curtains: Leaving your curtains open during the day can cause the house to become naturally a little bit warmer than it might be without them. Closing your curtains at night can trap the warmer air inside of your home and thus further reduce your heating bill. This might be common sense, but you’d be surprised at the amount of people that don’t do this simple step.

·         Consider Insulation: A well-insulated home will prevent the air already in circulation from escaping. It's a bit more of an investment on your part - chances are you already have curtains and fans - but using the tips above combined with insulation supplied by a certified insulation agency like YBS Insulation, providers of insulation products can trap more warm air inside of your home; and more importantly, it can keep the cold air out. View this as blocking up the leaks caused by tiny gaps around the windows and doors in your home. It may not seem like much, but it amounts over time.

Full-time Mum around the house

For those of you who are full-time parents and spend a huge portion of your day in and around the house, cutting your heating bill will be even more prevalent. You certainly don’t want to be cold during the day, but you also don’t want to continuously over-spend when it comes to the heating. By following the above tips, you should definitely save money. 

Stay Warm without Spending a Fortune


There's a few other smart methods to saving on your heating bills - consider getting your windows winterized (a thin plastic film will do) to keep some more of the cold air out, or get a shower head that propels less water and flow (to save on your general water heating) can make sure you stay warm this winter without a huge hike in your heating bill. Don't work hard and make yourself miserable to save money this winter - work smart and remain comfortable in the warmth of your own home.

7.13.2014

Fun Ways to Decorate a Kid's Room

When it comes to interior decorating, few places offer the opportunity for fun and whimsy that a child's bedroom does. No colour, no theme, almost nothing is too strange if it creates a comfortable space where kids can play and express their creativity.

A child's bedroom is so much more than just a place to sleep. It's a place to colour and imagine, to hide from siblings and to play with friends. With that in mind, there are many fun ways to create a child-friendly space with room to learn and grow. Instead of a bed, why not build a loft to put the mattress on, creating a play area underneath? The space that results is perfect for building blanket forts. Plenty of shelves or netting on the walls create a storage space for books and toys, and child-sized chairs or beanbag cushions make a comfortable place to sit down.

When it comes to painting, the options range from classic neutrals to fun brights - why not let the kids decide the colour for the walls? Older children can even help paint. Having a single accent wall that can be painted without moving everything around allows frequent colour changes as kids’ interests shift. Special effect paints such as chalkboard paint can really shine in a child's bedroom, creating a space where drawing on the walls is not only okay, it's actually encouraged. And speaking of drawing, why not hang some of the child's artwork in a fun frame on the wall?

Keeping a child's room clean can be a challenge, so make sure to find fun ways to design easy storage options that even small children can use. A simple duvet on the mattress makes it easier for kids to make their own beds, while kid-friendly hooks make it easy for them to hang up their own clothes. The laundry bin could become an animal that needs to be fed dirty laundry every evening, while under the bed storage could double as protection from the scary monsters that otherwise lurk there. Removable mattress covers and easy-care fabrics make clean up of spills and accidents much easier, and are available in a wide array of fun colours and patterns.

Whether following a theme or just keeping it fun and letting children pick everything out, decorating a kids room is an opportunity for fun and creative expression.

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