Feel Safe and Secure with Home Security Systems

Posted by on Mar 15, 2015 in Green Goods | 0 comments

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Locks and bolts are no longer enough to protect your home and property against intruders. Modern crooks are now bolder and smarter with their thieving ways. But there is no need to panic as there are also modern and sophisticated tools that can effectively protect your home and family. Today’s home security systems can range from DIY types to professional models that you can manage yourself, or get the services of a reputable home security company to do the job for you. Here is a look at modern devices that can help you feel safe and secure in your home.

Alarm systems for home intruders are some of the classic devices for home security systems. These are basically sensors that trigger an alarm in the event of a breach in the windows, doors, or glass break. Sirens can go off to drive away suspects or to alert your neighbors that something is amiss. Some of the newer models do not make noise or issue a silent alarm by notifying owners, security companies, or the authorities through mobile devices. Aside from intruder alert, homeowners can also place panic and medical alert devices for those who have loved ones with special needs.

Installing a surveillance system adds an extra layer of protection for your home. These devices allow you to monitor indoor and outdoor activity in your home on a 24/7 basis. Closed Circuit TV camera (CCTV) can be placed in strategic areas around the house so you can keep an eye on your property or family members with special needs and household workers. The latest surveillance systems are equipped with cameras that can pan, tilt, and zoom, motion sensors, DVR with 80GB-250GB storage, touch screen sensors, home automation alarm features, snapshot camera capabilities, live footage to mobile devices, and wireless technology feature.

Home security systems can be designed according to your needs and budget. You can find DIY models to save on installation costs of have everything done by home security companies. The services of home security companies are covered by fees and contracts that can be as short as 1 to 2 years or up to 3-5 years. If you move around frequently then you may want to consider relocation options offered by the security company.

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Skills You Can Learn to Improve Your Home

Posted by on Jan 24, 2015 in Green Goods | 0 comments

Have you been watching home improvement shoes and decided it’s time you did something with your house? Don’t hesitate to start; many of the skills needed are easier to learn than you would think and some things take no time at all. Before you start knocking down walls, here are some skills that are vital to have for any home improvement project.

Painting

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Usually one of the first steps taken in home improvement, painting is also one of the easiest to make mistakes with. The first mistake is thinking it’s going to be quick and easy. Unskilled painters will leave behind obvious signs: patches where paint it too thin or thick, drips on skirting boards, and blotches in and around corners. These are all easy to avoid; it comes down to patience. Now, while it might not match up to a professional painter, and it will certainly take longer, with a little patience you can still do a good job.

Basic Plumbing

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Understanding of basic plumbing is not only great for DIY home improvement but will also save you a huge amount of money. Leaking taps cost you on your water bill and getting a plumber to come and fix it isn’t exactly a cheap solution. But you might be surprised to know how easily most plumbing problems can be fixed. For example, a leaking tap is often caused by a broken washer inside the tap.

All you need to do to fix it is take the handle off and replace the broken washer. Remember to turn off your water main before you do any plumbing work.

Water Proofing

Another simple job, yet leaving it undone can cause a tremendous amount of damage. Bath tubs and showers are all water proofed to prevent water damage in the walls and floor. In less than thirty minutes, you can reseal your bath or shower without too much work. The seal used is called caulk. To start, remove the old or damaged caulk using a narrow headed screw driver or awl. Clean the surface off with rubbing alcohol to remove any grime or scum then apply a thick line of caulk along the seal joint.

Welding

Not only great for home improvement, welding is a valuable skill that can be used for many other things. For simple home improvement, a small, portable welder is the preferred option. Arc welders, like those available from WIA, are the best due to their simplicity and size. Arc welders will allow you to repair almost any metal furniture you have, but their best feature is giving you the chance to make your own furniture or metal features. Some fantastic things can be made with a skilled hand.

Hole Repair

Cupboard doors quite often come loose, especially under high use. This is caused by the hinge screws moving ever so slightly and pulling out of their holes. As the screws pull, the holes are enlarged and, of course, as the holes get bigger the doors become looser. There is a very simple way to fix these holes though. Grab some tooth picks, about four or five, depending on the size of the hole, and use wood glue to stick them together. Place them in the hole, covered in the glue and cut them off at the surface. Once it is dry and firmly in place, you can simply fasten the screw back in and find your doors once again secured.

These are just a few skills that are useful for DIY home improvements. What skills have you put to use around your house?

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Natural Fibres to Use in your Bedroom

Posted by on Dec 17, 2014 in Green Goods, Home Essentials | 0 comments

There’s something comforting about snuggling up under a warm wool quilt or kicking back in cotton sheets, and your go-natural approach doesn’t have to end there. There are a host of options for going natural in the bedroom that will ensure you get a perfect, uninterrupted night’s sleep. Whether you suffer allergies or just like the crisp feel of using natural products, the bedroom is the perfect place to employ the use of natural fibres.

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Wool

Renowned for its anti-allergen and insulation properties, wool is one of the go-to products for the boudoir whether you utilise wool quilts, pillows or underlays. Wool bedding comes in a variety of weights and paddings, meaning it’s easy to select the perfect product to suit your sleeping arrangements. Wool product companies such as MiniJumbuk specialise in wool bedding so it’s worth checking out the MiniJumbuk website; for some ideas and advice.

Some of the great features of wool are that it’s very easy to care for, tends not to retain moisture and, if looked after, will serve you for many years to come. And while we’re talking wool, don’t forget woollen rugs and carpets. Natural fibre flooring also deters dust mites and has a beautiful look.

Feather down

Like wool, feather and down bedding has great insulation and hygiene qualities, and is also easy to care for. Whether used for quilts or pillows, feather and down provides great warmth for its weight and re-plumps to shape readily. As a natural fibre, it resists moisture and dust mites, making it another perfect option for those with allergies and asthma.

Cotton

Crisp, clean, cotton sheets have to be one of life’s little luxuries and are a must-have for the bedroom. Cotton breathes well, so is perfect for bedding as it draws moisture away from your skin. While cool on warm nights, it also helps retain warmth when the weather’s chillier. Like wool, cotton is a hypo-allergenic fabric, meaning it’s great for allergy sufferers and those with sensitive skin. A good set of cotton sheets will also wash and wear well over time, so check the label to ensure it’s 100 per cent cotton you’re slumbering upon. Likewise, cotton quilt covers are fresh and easy to care for with the same attributes as sheets.

Bamboo

In recent years bamboo has been increasingly used for bed linen and bedding. A readily available resource, bamboo feels like silk, yet is fully breathable. Again bamboo boasts anti-allergen properties and is highly absorbent, making it perfect for hot summer nights. Bamboo is even considered antibacterial due to the structure of the fibres.

Mohair

Nothing says luxury quite like mohair and a mohair blanket or throw is a beautiful addition to any bedroom. Made from the wool of Angora goats, mohair is soft and renowned for its shine and lustre. Like wool, it has great insulating properties and also repels moisture, keeping it cool in summer.

Not only are natural fibres great for allergy sufferers and renowned for their breathability and moderating temperature, they are more sustainable than their synthetic counterparts. This means you’re not only doing yourself a favour by using them, you’re helping the environment a little as well.

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UV Systems: Keeping your home and water safe

Posted by on Dec 5, 2014 in Green Goods, Safety Tips | 0 comments

Who wants to have unclean water in their homes? No one… There have been many methods of disinfecting it since boiling days. Continued research and studies brought us different technological breakthroughs that aimed to bringing clean waters to each home. Different disinfecting systems  were adapted by each country with one goal, to make it safe and healthy.

Although many disinfecting systems have been used and despite meticulous process of filtering our, water we still can never be sure of its safety. Different kinds of bacteria still lurk in our water making it unsafe and unhealthy. Because of this many opt to install systems that cleans and help them feel safe with the water they take in their homes. This system is called the UV Systems. How does it work? The following infographic will tell you how.
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Eco-Friendly Home Organizational Tools Every Homeowner Should Have

Posted by on Oct 21, 2014 in Green Goods, green living, Home Design Ideas, Home Essentials | 0 comments

One way you can alleviate stress in your life is to get rid of the junk inside of your home. Keep clutter at bay with these eco-friendly home organizational tools.

Bamboo Bathroom Décor

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A bamboo bath and vanity set can help improve the décor in your bathroom and provide you with more storage space for all of your beauty and health products. In addition to a bamboo vanity set, you can use other bamboo bathroom accessories such as a hand towel tray, wastebasket, and a soap dispenser to organize and spruce up your bathroom. Bamboo bathroom accessories and storage products are very appealing, and they hold up well in areas like the bathroom, where humidity is high.

Bamboo Storage Bins and Carts

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Bamboo storage bins are perfect for those smaller items that you want to keep grouped together but do not want to dedicate any of your precious counter and cabinet space for. Bamboo storage bins can be used as drawers on desks and tables or alone as décor. Carts are ideal for small kitchens and bathrooms where there may not be a lot of space to move around in. Carts can be used for storage or additional workspace. When they are not in use, roll them into a corner to keep them out of the way.

Shelves and Hooks

The use of shelves can open up a room and add some much-needed space since they can be placed practically anywhere. Consider adding a variety of shelving to the den, kitchen, bathroom, and garage areas to gain the maximum amount of storage capacity and utility for your space. Shelves can also add an extra touch to the décor in any room. Hooks, meanwhile, can be used in entryways, bathrooms, and anywhere in the home where there is not enough space to hang coats, towels, or other articles of clothing. You can also use hooks to hang up your pots and pans if your kitchen does not have much cabinet space.

It is not necessary for you to spend money on renovations to declutter your home. Discover additional eco-friendly organization changes to keep your home clutter-free while doing your part to save the environment.

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Eccentric Ideas to Make Your Child’s Room Unique

Posted by on Sep 25, 2014 in Green Goods | 0 comments

Every mom knows how difficult it can be to try and figure out creative ways to decorate a child’s room, especially while sticking to a budget. Although it may be tempting to go out and purchase everything for your child’s bedroom from the nearest department store, doing so can be very expensive. Additionally, purchasing décor solely from department stores can result in a bedroom that is predictable, bland, and unexciting. If you really want your child’s room to stand out in a crowd, try some of these unique decorating and project ideas.

A Touch of Nature 

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If you want to bring a touch of nature indoors in a fun and creative way, try hanging your child’s bedroom curtains on a painted branch instead of a curtain rod. Look for a branch that is sturdy and has an interesting shape with gentle curves. A shaped branch will provide much more visual interest than a completely straight branch. Be sure to trim off any twigs that may stick out from the sides of the branch and interfere with your ability to hang it up on the wall.

Perforated Metal Pegboard

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Every kid could use a pegboard in their room to organize papers, display artwork, and pin up homework reminders. However, a standard pegboard is not the most attractive bedroom accessory, especially with its dull brown color. If you want to add a lot more character to your child’s pegboard without diminishing its functionality, paint the frame in a fun color that matches your child’s bedroom. Once the frame is painted, pick your pattern of perforated sheet metal, measure the required piece, then cut it out to fit over the cork part of the pegboard. You can then spray paint the metal with shiny metallic spray paint and allow it to dry before fastening it in place over the top of the corkboard. The end result will be a unique and fun-looking pegboard that looks like a piece of modern art.

Stained Bookshelf Crates 

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If you want to add a touch of rustic appeal to your child’s bedroom, ditch the standard bookshelf and make use of some old crates instead. You can use fruit crates, mail crates, old milk crates, or craft crates that can be found at any craft store. To make the crates look authentic and rustic, simply stain them to a rich brown color of your choice. The crates can be stacked on top of one another to create a natural-looking rustic bookshelf that can be filled with books, candles, or knick-knacks. More ideas can be seen here at Pinterest.

If you are ready to stretch your artistic muscles and create a bedroom space that is fun and unique for your kids, try some of these simple and inexpensive do-it-yourself projects.

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