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It’s staggering the range of skills you can benefit from with just one company. Internal flooring, tiling, plastering, wiring – even painting and decorating. External landscaping, clearing and cleaning, fencing, decking, patios, windows, doors – the list just goes on!
Focus mainly on reducing water heating and space heating/cooling (low flow shower and faucet heads, energy star heater, regular equipment maintenance, sealing air leaks)
Minimize use of fireplaces or wood stoves
Switch to LED lightbulbs
Unplug unused electronics to minimize standby power consumption
Wash clothes in cold water and hang them to dry
Add insulation and weatherstripping – especially for doors, windows, attic and attic door
Check lights, appliances, curtains and your thermostat every morning and night and anytime you leave home
Install and program a programmable thermostat
Buy certified energy efficient appliances and equipment
Get an energy audit
Reduce water use.
Minimise purchases of new products, especially resource-intensive, heavy or heavily-packaged products.
Embrace a minimalist lifestyle. Declutter your home and donate unneeded items to charity. Buy, borrow or rent used clothing, electronics, house decorations and furniture, cars and other products whenever possible.
Recycle as much as possible, even when travelling, and buy products with recycle-able/minimal packaging. Search online for ways to recycle hard-to-recycle items in your local community.
Compost your food waste.
Fly less and, when you do fly, purchase carbon offsets (select “Individual” then click on the airplane icon to view the airplane carbon calculator).
Reduce standby power consumption by taking the zero-volt challenge.
Computers are some of the biggest energy users in office buildings. So, turn your monitor off at night and ditch your screensavers – most screens do not need these nowadays anyway! Today’s computers can actually be turned on and off over 40,000 times.
2. Choose the right light
LED bulbs are the most energy efficient lighting option on the market today. LED bulbs use 75% less electricity than old-fashioned incandescent bulbs. The also include no mercury in their manufacture and last about 25 times longer than traditional incandescent bulbs (DoE). Granville can install energy-saving solutions throughout your home and garden.
Devices like televisions, microwaves, scanners, and printers use standby power, even when they are off. Some chargers continue to pull small amounts of energy, even when plugged in (a good judge of this is if a charger feels warm to the touch). To highlight this energy waste, in the US, the total electricity consumed by its idle electronics equals the total annual output of 12 power plants (EPA).
4. Use a power strip to reduce your plug load.
To avoid paying for this “vampire power,” use a power strip to turn all devices off at once. Flipping the switch on your power strip has the same effect as unplugging each socket from the wall, preventing phantom energy loss.
Gardening is one of those things that we often look at as a chore. In actual fact, it can be a great way to improve our physical and mental health & wellbeing. One really good top tip to consider is that although winter might not be the considered or usual season in which to consider any garden renovations, taking the plunge at this time of year and by revolutionising your outdoor area in the colder months, you could get your garden ready in time for those balmy summer days!
Granville is ready for you during this or any time of the year to pitch in or help you to develop certain areas such as paths, fences, outside building work and everything else you can imaging – from water features to summer houses! Having it all ready before Summer means you’ll soon be feeling the benefit! Firing up the barbecue, pottering about with the roses, chilling out with a gripping book and a glass of Prosecco in your garden hammock – inviting your pals round for a spot of alfresco dining – what could be better?
Take a look at these great ideas that will help give your garden a makeover ready for the summer.
Clear Your Clutter
You can make your garden feel larger by simply clearing out the clutter. By excavating the old tree stumps, weeds and rockery, sweeping the leaves, jet-washing the path or getting rid of that near-derelict shed – you garden immediately begins to look bigger and better defined. Make light work of your garden clearing project though Granville’s support and project work – have a blank canvas on which to create your brand new garden.
Think about what you could use your front or back garden for. It pays to create zones within your outdoor spaces to add interest to your garden. BBQ areas, shaded seating spots, decked dining areas, lounging reclining, sunbed spots – sheltered from the wind, accessible to the afternoon sun.
Consider creating a large patio area perfect for a spot of outdoor dining. Here, you can cook up a storm in the kitchen and have your nearest and dearest around for foodie lunches and soirees, If you adore the horticultural aspect of gardening, you could set up a gerbera garden, a wildflower area, a veggie patch or even a greenhouse. If a more sculptural and artistic area appeals, you could make plans for a water feature or an ornamental garden. Whatever your end finish, Granville will help bring that into reality.
One way to create a relaxing ambience is with subtle and appealing lighting design. By installing a range of solar-powered lighting at foot level, or by placing fairy lights around tree trunks and by adding lighting into water features, you can create a tranquil and unique garden that looks as beautiful in the moonlight as it does in the sunshine.
Scientific studies have actually suggested that people who live near trees suffer less from depression and anxiety-based disorders than those who don’t. So, if you fancy a garden that benefits your emotional health and well being as well as being a fun and usable outdoor space, you could consider planting a tree or two. Not only does this positively contribute to the environment, it also creates a more stress-free environment.
So, clear out your clutter and revolutionise your outdoor area. Create your dream garden that you can enjoy all year round. You’ll also find yourself feeling better emotionally, mentally and physically from all the hard work you’ve put in. Bring in Granville to develop those complicated building-based areas, electrical and plumbing aspects and ensure you have a landscape and set of garden zones that are safe, guaranteed to deliver pleasure for many years to come and do exactly what you want from them!
Benefit your health! From burning all those calories to improving your body’s dexterity, gardening can bring about a whole host of health benefits!