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Investing in Future through Renovation: Smart Ideas for a Green Remodel

Investing in Future through Renovation: Smart Ideas for a Green Remodel



Sustainable living is gaining ground across the world. The benefits one can reap from it are opulent and many, but there is one problem. Namely, it takes quite a bit of planning, resources, and forethought to pull off a successful green remodel. What is more, there is a wealth of ideas you can decide to implement.
That being said, the renovation process does not have to be a costly ordeal. The best way to proceed is to ponder your limits, needs, wants, and capabilities. Then, you need to figure out ways to improve the design and key systems in a way that stands the test of time. We have prepared some tips on how to maximize energy efficiency without blowing the budget and embrace a green future.
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Get your priorities and finances in order

Before anything else, come up with a solid action plan.
In other words, establish your budget and forecast the expenditures. Set realistic goals, not the least of which should be decreasing waste, ensuring healthy living, and using as few resources as possible. Try not to add unnecessary square footage as that would call for extra heating, cooling, electricity, furniture, etc.
After all, the green remodel is supposed to reduce these demands instead of inflating them. Therefore, see if you can get some rooms to do double-duty: a guest room (or at least one of its corners) can be easily converted into a home office. Always use space at your disposal wisely.

Revamping insulation

Insulation is the key component of a sustainable, comfortable home. Done right, it minimizes unwanted temperature loss and trims heating and cooling bills. The first thing to do is to carry out a thorough inspection and identify weakest links in the building envelope, such as attics, doors, windows, nooks, and crannies.
Next, make upgrades where your insulation is lacking. When selecting a product, always take into account its R-value and/or resistance to heat flow. You may also want to check how well the external wall is insulated while at it. Fiberglass, cellulose, and spray foam are among best-performing materials in this area.
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Taking energy-efficiency to the next level

Furthermore, conduct an energy audit and make changes where they make the most difference (instead of bothering with costly extras). For example, replace the biggest energy vampires (older refrigerators anyone?) with newer, Energy Star-certified appliances. Examine your HVAC unit and see if it needs to be maintained or retired.
Moving on, ditch standard incandescent fittings in favor of CFL lighting and LED. The latter two options are way more energy efficient, last longer, and contain no toxic chemicals. Feel free to also check out devices like on-demand water heaters and programmable thermostats in order to make strides towards a truly eco-friendly home.
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Solar power

You can also go the extra mile and invest in clean energy tech. Solar panels are a must-consider: they allow you to harness free energy from the sun and convert it into electricity. They are more affordable than ever before and come in all shapes and sizes. To make the most of them, you should seek residential providers and professionals like those in Skylight Energy.
Sun-blessed Australians are among denizens of our planet who stand to benefit the most from solutions like 10kw solar systems. They are easy to install and allow you to cut down on energy bills and reduce their carbon footprint substantially. But, with the right solution, it is possible to recoup the investment in a matter of a few years, regardless of geographical location.
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Sustainable materials

Last but not least, you may integrate a wide array of sustainable materials into your design. It is a good idea to select local, recycled, reclaimed, salvaged, and recyclable products. Low-maintenance options are a great choice as well. Quartz, for instance, is non-porous and resistant to everything from spills to heat.
Similarly, durable porcelain tiles are popular for bathroom remodels and they also look good (they emulate weathered wood). Finally, if you are looking to remodel a deck, opt for composite materials that spare you the trouble of worrying about insects, moisture, sun damage, etc. The list of solutions goes on, which is to say you can continue exploration on your own.
As you can see, there are plenty of reasons and incentives to go green. To do it right, however, you want to cover all the bases before diving in. So, create a plan and a budget. Get familiar with the latest technologies and systems shaping the sustainable residential ecosystem. Take your time to shop around for energy-efficient products such as high-efficiency insulation and appliances. Be responsible and smart about the use of materials. Finish your remodeling projects with flying colors, improve the household budget, and help Mother Earth in the process!

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February 26, 2019 | 0 comments

5 Minor Tweaks to Make Your Kitchen Pop

5 Minor Tweaks to Make Your Kitchen Pop

If you’re looking for a way to spruce up your home, chances are you’ll want to start with your kitchen. After all, a lot of people say that kitchen is a heart of home. But what to do if you simply don’t have enough time or money to engage in a big renovation project? Luckily, there are plenty of minor tweaks that can give an entire new look to your kitchen. That being said, we have come up with 5 of them that might just be what you were looking for.

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December 12, 2017 | 0 comments

Home Remodeling Projects with the Best Return on Investment

Home Remodeling Projects with the Best Return on Investment

For anybody who owns a home, it may often feel like there is an endless list of home remodeling projects to be done, some big, some small.One of the best way to prioritize what gets done first, is to look at the potential return on investment (ROI) that a renovation project might bring in. Familiarizing yourself with the projects that will give you the highest financial returns, may help you with the decision making process.

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August 22, 2017 | 0 comments

Going Green: 4 Tips To Move To Your New House The Eco-Friendly Way

Going Green: 4 Tips To Move To Your New House The Eco-Friendly Way

On average people move house at least three times before they are 45 and many of them find relocating quite stressful. As a result, many movers do not really think how their impending actions may affect the environment. However, moving house the green way does not necessarily have to be as difficult as one may think and little changes can significantly limit the impact relocation has on our planet. If you are planning to take a conscious effort to green your move, you are in luck because today we bring you 4 simple, yet effective ideas to move your house eco-friendly way. Read on to find out what they are.

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May 31, 2017 | 0 comments

3 Simple Ways To Add Warmth To Your Minimalist Home Décor

3 Simple Ways To Add Warmth To Your Minimalist Home Décor

Minimalism had become one of the biggest trends of the last few years. When it comes to this trend, less is more; it’s all about simple shapes, clean lines and subdued colors. Minimalism has been popular in fashion, jewelry and most notably, in home décor. From big mirrors to oversized cushions and architectural furniture, this trend is bold yet simple. There are a few ways to keep your house feeling comfy and warm, as you still want that cosy feel.

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March 07, 2017 | 0 comments

OLED Drive O-Drive 1200

OLED Drive O-Drive 1200

One of my favourite features of OLEDs is how simple it is to make them into a light source. No extensive knowledge on heat management or optics for safe operation is required, really just plug & play. But is it though? What about powering up the panel, how do I find the suitable driver? This was actually one of the first questions we asked ourselves when looking at OLED lighting panels. Not much help can be expected from the panel manufacturers, either they don’t offer drivers at all or the drivers are so specific that they can only be used for the OLEDs of that specific manufacturer. The latter can be quite frustrating in the early stages of a project when one just wants to compare the different solutions on the market to select which OLED fits best. What can easily be found in various configurations are constant current power supplies. The problem here however, is that they tend to be quite bulky and offer only one output current. That means essentially that a design must start with looking for the available standard driver configurations on the market and then fit OLED size, quantity and brightness around that – not the ideal approach for a creative design. And finally a shred of doubt remains as all standard drivers are made for LEDs: Can OLEDs be operated with them safely as well? Something needed to be done and after a lot of design work and testing, we are proud to present O-Drive 1200 – the first and only DCDC OLED driver of its kind. The basic design idea was to offer a maximum flexibility to the user about which, and how many panels we could connect in the smallest possible package. The latter is very important considering that a thin and lightweight outlay is one of the main characteristics of an OLED. O-Drive 1200 allows you to design an application that is equally thin and can easily be hidden behind the panel. Amazingly compact: O-Drive 1200 Size Comparison OLED driver Goobay / O-Drive 1200 O-Drive 1200 was developed around the idea of flexibility. The wide output voltage range works on OLEDs with a variety of configurations from both LG Display (6 and 8.5v input), and other manufacturers. With a selectable output current, the O-Drive 1200 can be controlled with an 8 stage dip switch. This means that users can attach different panel sizes and different colour temperatures that require different current ratings. The O-Drive 1200 is also cost effective; it lets you connect a number of panels to one driver, saving you money and time. Details of this can be found in our data sheet. Further, the dimming option on the O-Drive 1200 allows you to adjust the brightness on the panel. This means that you can experiment with brightness in your design using just one driver, without having to plan for the exact driver configuration in advance. For example, the different current stages are selected on the panel range of LG ensuring that a panel can be driven with its nominal current, as well as a higher value within the safety margin of the manufacturer. So the 10x10 cm panel in 2700K by LG Display, for instance, can be operated at 150mA, as per data sheet, but also at 250mA, leading to a 66% increase in brightness. Additionally, the user can dim the output current to min. 55% of the selected value via the trim potentiometer on the driver, thereby offering further adjustment options to define the right balance between brightness and panel life time, both ultimately determined by the current. So can your design benefit from using O-Drive 1200? Our main consideration was to offer a solution for applications where multiple OLED panels are used, for example in indoor lighting products. Due to their low power consumption, OLEDs are also ideal for battery powered solutions and O-Drive 1200 can be the ideal driver as it can be powered directly from battery. We believe that the success of OLED lighting will depend on innovative designs that stress its unique features and hence offer an added value to the customer over other lighting technologies. O-Drive 1200 is intended to provide designers with a maximum degree of flexibility to deliver such innovative OLED ideas. For further technical questions and volume enquiries, please contact us at shop@organic-lights.com.

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September 29, 2016 | 0 comments

OLED Driver O-Drive 1200

OLED Driver O-Drive 1200

If you are looking to use several OLEDs in one application, O-Drive 1200 is what you need! Designed specifically for the requirements of OLEDs, our unique constant current driver offers an unmatched performance level in a very compact design.

The wide input current range of 6-24 VDC allows the usage of a wide range of common constant voltage power supplies, and is equally perfect for battery operation or usage within a 24VDC network. The user has to only select the required output current for the connected OLED (s); the output voltage is adjusted automatically based on the provided load.

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July 20, 2016 | 0 comments

Spring Renovations – Getting your Backyard Ready for Summer!

Spring Renovations – Getting your Backyard Ready for Summer!

It may seem quite soon to start thinking about preparing for summer but if you are planning to make your backyard perfect for the summer, it is never too early. Not a single renovation project can be done overnight so it is a good idea to start thinking about it as soon as possible. If you plan to spend much time outdoor, you should consider some of the following backyard renovation projects.

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March 30, 2016 | 0 comments

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