Archive for January, 2011
Energy Efficiency Pics
Simple energy saving methods can save you thousands of Rands a year. Let’s face it – electricity costs in South Africa ar increasing at an alarming rate. If Eskom is exact in its assessments, by 2012 electrical tariffs will have increased by as much as 300%! For most of us, energy saving is non a priority until we start feeling the pinch on our pockets. So, if you’ve watched with silent alarm at steadily increasing electrical bills from month to month, then it is definitely time to start think of ways to reduce your electrical usage. And there are Read the rest of this entry »
Solar Heating Pics
The question “Should we use solar energy?” is one that should maybe be rephrased so that we should probably be asking, “What will happen if we don’t use solar energy?”.
Two of the most pressing issues facing us as a race and this beautiful planet we ar privileged to call home are the level of carbon emissions being released into the atmosphere and global warming being caused by, amongst other things, this self-same level of carbon emissions.
Where Do We Stand?
We need to take steps – and Read the rest of this entry »
Hot Water Tanks Pics
Hot water heaters are one of those things that most people don’t think about until they stop working, then it’s suddenly an emergency to get it replaced. But preparation ahead can help you avoid making a rash decision when the time comes to replace it.
It’s a good idea to get your water tank chequered every year or two, especially if it’s ten years old or more. It doesn’t cost a lot, and you’ll usually get some advanced warning when it’s time to replace it. Which can save you a lot of trouble if you can Read the rest of this entry »
Water Heating Pics
Tankless heaters are becoming more and more democratic thanks to their long term saving effect on electricity and water. There ar many brands in the water heater market but the following tankless water heater comparison focuses only on four major brands that have provided top quality models according to the industry magazines and consumer reviews.
Rheem company has a variety of unlike options to offer, which run on gas, are innovated, and that will provide you with plenty of hot water when you need it.
Rheem is Read the rest of this entry »
Ceramic Tile Pics
Ceramic tiles have innumerable patterns. You can select the pattern that suits your requirements. You can select dissimilar patterns for different areas of your home. The wise mix of colors, designs and materials can create tile patterns.
A pre-grouted tile consists of factory pre-assembled sheets of tiles intentional for quick and easy installation. Quarry tile is a thicker, tougher, water-resistant tile best suitable for surfaces that receive heavy traffic. Satillio is a hard, decorative floor tile with Spanish origins. Slate is a brittle material usually found in various shades of gray with tints ranging from blue Read the rest of this entry »
Solar Pool Heater Pics
Pool heaters are needed to enjoy maximum usage of the pool all year long especially during the colder seasons. These heaters ar quite costly and most require high consumption of electricity. This high cost coupled with environmental problems (greenhouse gases) caused by such make it less good for use.
Solar pool heaters on the other hand, counters the negative impacts declared above and convert it to beneficial usage. It is ecologically friendly, has lower operational cost (it uses the free solar energy to run) and quite effective in heating up the pool.
Ground Source Heat Pump Pics
Homes and buildings all over the country ar taking advantage of the greatest resource that we have, which is the earth. They are employing the Ground Source Heat Pump or GSHP which is a heating pump that uses the constant temperature underneath the ground to not only supply heating and cooling to home and buildings but also to supply free hot water. These units use loops that are put into the ground so that they can access this constant temperature that is about 3 feet under or more. This temperature in the ground stays the same no matter how Read the rest of this entry »
Convection Heaters Pics
Space heaters ar dissimilar from electric and patio heaters wherein a single room can be warmed up with ease. These small heaters are portable and can be used anywhere and everywhere but the usage of such heaters should be avoided astatine places where flammable materials are present. It is an excellent way to lower the electric consumption bill. For beginners, space are classified in 3 different types as follows:
• Convection Heaters
• Radiant Heaters
• Combination Heaters
Radiant heaters are used where quick heating is required, while convection are Read the rest of this entry »
Electric Fireplace Pics
If you thought you had to choose between quality and price on these unbelievable units, think again. You can find cheap electric fireplaces, without sacrificing the features that you really want. If you have been looking at the options for installing a fireplace in your home, you know the traditional fireplaces can be very costly. Installing a chimney system, rewiring, and once in place keeping wood stocked, make it quite an ominous task. On top of that, you have to contend with the soot that accumulates when you start fires, and the uncooperative fires that don’t start at all. Read the rest of this entry »
Baseboard installation involves the use of trims to wrap the cross section of the wall and the floor. Basically, baseboards are used to cover rough and uneven edges between the joints and also serve as protection from abrasion and furniture. Baseboards can be made out of plastic or wood consist of a simple plank nailed, screwed or glued to the wall; however, particularly in older houses, it can be made up of a number of moldings for decoration.
Baseboard and shoe moldings come in different varieties and styles. To get the look and design you want, Read the rest of this entry »