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Contractors Can Improve Your Home

Hello! I would like to give you the warmest welcome to my blog. My name is Pete and last year, I decided to carry out some home improvements. Somewhat foolishly, I decided to try and carry out the work myself. As you can imagine, it was a bit of a disaster as I do not have many skills. Thankfully, I have a friend who works in the construction and contracting service. He called in some of his friends who were able to come in and fix up the mess I had made. I am really pleased with the results so I thought I would write about it here.


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2 Ways To Increase Your New Build Home's Energy Efficiency

by Regina Barnett

Building a brand-new home is an exciting and challenging project. It can involve a huge number of decisions that need to be made, from large decisions about the overall design style of the exterior through to minor choices over fixtures and fittings. As well as these aesthetic decisions, it's also important to focus on how your new home will function with regard to energy consumption.

In many places, dealing with extremes of hot and cold weather at different times of the year is the norm. National laws regarding insulation have gone a long way to increase the energy efficiency of homes, which is good for the environment as well as your back pocket. However, the design of your building and additional features can further enhance the comfort level of your home and reduce your expenditure for cooling and heating costs.

Here are two simple ideas that you can ask your home builders to incorporate to make your new home a low-energy and comfortable home.

1. Expand your eaves

The eaves of a home serve an important purpose. They help to keep your home watertight and provide protection against the elements. Many modern homes stick with a standard eave size, but you can greatly improve the comfort and energy efficiency of your home by opting for eaves that are larger than average.

By increasing the eave size, you'll provide more shelter from the sun during the summer, which will help to keep your home's interior cooler. Larger eaves will still allow the warming winter sun in, because it reaches your home at a lower angle than the overhead summer sun. You can increase your eaves' effectiveness by angling them slightly downwards instead of at a right angle.

2. Position windows wisely

Windows play a key role in your ability to regulate airflow through your home. If positioned wisely, windows can help to reduce the use of air conditioners during summer and heaters during winter. Unfortunately, many new homes don't capitalise on this natural way to reduce a home's energy consumption.

North-facing windows that can be fully opened will allow warm winter breezes into your home during the cooler months. Southerly facing windows will allow the cooler air from the shaded side of your home in, which will reduce internal temperatures during the summer. High-set louvre windows along the roofline of your home are also an excellent way to evacuate hot air as it rises.