5 Top Reasons to Remodel your Home

There are many reasons homeowners opt to remodel their home. Homeowners are often faced with obstacles or situations that arise which create the need to remodel their current home. Whether you are looking for a good reason to remodel or just curious why so many homeowners opt to remodel versus buying a new home, here are the top 5 reasons to remodel your home.

5 Top Reasons to Remodel your Home

Family Growth

Expecting a new baby or have a child that’s outgrown the ability to share a room with their sibling? This happens often with families all over the world. Whenever your family grows, it’s time to consider creating more room in the house. One of the top reasons to remodel your home is to make room for your growing family.

Save Money

Purchasing a new home will take more than just picking one out and purchasing it. Often times families choose to remodel their current home because there are too many holes to jump through for another loan or perhaps a new home purchase isn’t in the budget. Remodeling saves you more money in the long run than purchasing a larger home.

Maintaining Safety

As your home ages, so do the frame and other parts of your home. Many homeowners opt to remodel their home because the home is an older home that requires more maintenance. Even if you have a brand new home, chances are you will need to remodel from time to time to curb the issues that arise from a shifting home during inclement weather conditions.

Going Green

Often time’s families will opt to remodel their home because they want to make their home more eco-friendly. There are many small steps a homeowner can take to remodel their home to be greener. Whether you’re looking to add solar panels or switch to energy efficient appliances, there are many remodeling jobs families take on to go green.

(Related: 10 Different Reusable Straws)

Feel Happier

Whether you’re remodeling because of a structural or family growth need, the chance is remodeling your current home will help you feel happier. As your family grows and needs more space, they will feel important when they see you remodeling the home to give them more space. Happiness expands when you remodel your current home because it alleviates stress and helps maintain a safe home that’s large enough for everyone.

5 Ways to Improve the Exterior of Your Home

Improve the Exterior of Your Home

Does your home’s exterior look dull and drab? You aren’t alone. Many homeowners have expressed that they are tired of the way that their home looks, and the lack of curb appeal can make spending time outdoors less than appealing. However, there are so many easy ways to update the way your home looks.

Become the envy of the neighborhood with a new look for your home’s exterior. Here are five ways that you can improve the exterior of your home.

1. Replace Siding

New siding can completely makeover your whole home. A new style or color can change things up. If your siding is starting to look sad, then you may want to consider a full siding replacement. You can pick out whatever style you want, and have the siding professionally installed so that it looks perfect. You could also add trim and other options to really change up the appearance of your home.

If you don’t need new siding right now, you can always power wash siding to make sure it is clean and repaint in any areas where paint has chipped or faded. This is a great option if all new siding isn’t really in the budget for a while. If your home is really dirty, you can even use soap on the siding to help remove years of gunk and dirt.

2. Clean and Cover Your Gutters

It is no surprise that dirty gutters can quickly ruin the curb appeal of your home. To make the exterior of your home look nicer, you can clean both the inside and outside of the gutters. Getting your gutters looking nice might take a bit of time and energy, but your home will look so much better with clean gutters.

To prevent the need for future gutter clearing, you can invest in gutter covers. Gutter covers prevent debris from piling up in your gutters, which not only makes your home look nicer but also prevents clogs and other issues down the road.

3. Maintain Your Lawn

Green grass really does make a property look nice. Even if you don’t have much of a yard, simply having green grass can improve curb appeal dramatically. Keep your lawn looking its best by clearing debris and leaves off of the grass and pulling out any weeds that sprout up. If you live in a place where grass doesn’t tend to survive, you could consider alternatives like artificial turf or shrub beds.

If you are missing a little color, you can also do a little landscaping to add flowers, shrubs, and even trees. You don’t need a full garden to really change the way the front of your home looks. You can use planters, window boxes, or create a little space by the front entry to put bushes and flowers for a little more color and greenery.

4. Paint Your Front Door

One of the most popular home trends right now is a bold front door, especially on homes that are painted in otherwise neutral colors. If you are looking for a quick and easy way to improve the appearance of your home, this might be the project for you. Even for beginners, painting a door is pretty easy, and it doesn’t cost a whole lot. Before you paint the whole door, you might want to look at a variety of color swatches to make sure that the final product will look nice. If you want to stand out from the rest of your neighbors, walk around to see what colors other doors in your neighborhood are painted.

5. Add Décor to the Front of Your Home

To make your home look especially inviting, you can add some décor to your porch or around the front door. Wreaths are a great way to add a little beauty to the front of your home, or you can place chairs and other furniture in front of your house. You might also want to consider a cute welcome mat for in front of your door. You can find outdoor décor at so many different places, so you can shop around and see what kinds of items you are drawn to before you start decorating.

Will these ideas help you spruce up your front yard? With these five easy ways to improve the outside of your home, you might soon be the envy of your neighborhood.

5 Best Apps for Homeowners

With more and more of society owning a smartphone and the average person checking their smartphone an approximate 40 times per day, it’s no wonder there are more and more apps available for all walks of life. Whether you’re a homeowner looking to remodel or looking for the best possible apps that help you call the landlord less for basic maintenance, these apps I’m sharing today are the 5 best apps for homeowners.

5 Best Apps for Homeowners

Houzz

This inspirational app is sure to inspire you with your next home remodeling and décor project. Showcasing blog posts, tutorials and design ideas in one simple app. This app showcases items that are found on the Houzz website and will inspire even the least creative homeowner.

BrightNest

This app is the perfect way for homeowners to learn how to make their home a bit brighter without going broke. Money saving tips and eco-friendly ideas combined with healthy eating tips makes this app the perfect one for homeowners looking to stay on budget and live a healthier lifestyle.

AroundMe

This app is the perfect one for homeowners who are looking for a place to eat out, hotel to stay at or pretty much anything that’s around them. If you’ve moved to a location that you’re not familiar with then this pap is a must have for your new home ownership status.

Wunderlist

This is the perfect to-do list app for homeowners to ensure that they’re getting tasks done in a timely fashion. Organize ideas and plans in this easy to use app that can be used for all members of the household that are involved in the design and other homeowner tasks that need to be completed.

Mint

This is the must-have app for homeowners if you want to know where your money is going every month. This app will help to give you a visual of where the money goes and how you spend money to learn how to reduce expenses and increase savings without stressing out.

There you have it 5 best apps for homeowners that will help you with design, budgeting, remodeling and other necessary tasks that arrive when you’re a homeowner. Whether you’re a new homeowner or a long-term homeowner, each of these apps will surely help you handle home ownership with ease.

Nectar Mattress Unboxing and Review

Sleep is crucial, right?  Everyone agrees to that.  That’s why the mattress industry is as large as it is…and why we have four mattress stores in our town that are within sight distance of each other.  The industry is huge!  Have you heard of the new craze in mattresses?  Online mattress ordering, delivered right to your door with a money-back guarantee.  We tried this process recently and we loved it.

Let me back up a little bit, since January we’ve been working on fixing up the downstairs of our house.  If you’re a regular follower of my blog you know that we bought this house almost two years ago and it was decorated in the best 70’s decor possible.  We’ve since gutted and redone most of the upstairs but the downstairs has been untouched.  We’ve tackled the homeschool room and now we’re on to the guest bedroom downstairs.  The room is a good space but it lacked a bed, decor, and it boasted of two different colors of paneling. 🙂  We’ve added window treatments, a rug, and we’re working on the decor.  Nectar helped us with the most important aspect of a guest bedroom, the bed.  They gave us a mattress to review and we couldn’t be happier with it.

I’ll tell you every step of the unpacking process so you won’t have to wonder at all about it.  If you’re still hesitant know that they offer free shipping and free returns.  They have a marvelous 365 night home trial!  Wondering about their warranty?  They have what they call a “forever warranty.”  It doesn’t get any better than that!

The mattress arrived quickly after we had ordered it.  The mailman delivered it to my door just like this.  It is very heavy but being in a bag it was easy to pull it/roll it to where I wanted it till my husband came home.  He wanted to open it with me and we opened it as soon as he came home in the evening so please forgive my dark pictures.  (Notice, the two kinds of paneling?  We’ll paint them soon!)

Nectar mattress delivery

After we untied the drawstring on the blue bag and slid it out we found a large duffel bag covering the mattress.  I think we’ll keep the blue drawstring bag to store my kid’s ball pit balls.

Nectar Mattress Unboxing

After we unzipped the duffel bag we uncovered the tightly wrapped mattress.  Here comes the fun part!

Rolled Nectar Mattress

Can you see how thick the plastic is?  It’s thick!

Packaged Nectar Mattress

After we carefully cut that thick layer open with scissors, we unrolled the mattress and found a Nectar envelope opener.  This made removing the last layer of plastic a breeze.  We wouldn’t have wanted to cut the mattress by accident.  I thought this was a great idea and was pleasantly surprised to see it included.  How thoughtful!

Nectar Mattress Opener

See how vacuum packed it is?

Nectar Mattress Inflating

Here are the pillows beginning to inflate along with the mattress.

Nectar Mattress and Pillow
We let the mattress air out a full day before laying on it even though they assured us that the fumes the mattress put off were safe.  Look how plush it is.  It really is the right amount of support.  It’s not too hard or too soft.

Nectar Mattress

The pillows are amazing!  I was needing a new pillow so I think I’m going to steal one off of our guest bed.  My daughter is trying to take claim of the other one although I’m not sure my husband is going to let her. 🙂  My husband loves the bed and is wanting to stay in the guest room to sleep.  I think we might have to replace our bed too!  Which, now that I think about it, my daughter would like because that would mean two more pillows.

Girl on Nectar Bed
My kids have loved hanging out on the mattress, even before the sheets were on.  It is the comfiest place in the house!

Boy on bed with toy football

It is a great place for day dreaming.

Girl on Nectar Mattress

It’s the perfect height for us and it goes with so many bed frames.  Adjustable, platform, floor, box spring, traditional, divan, you name it!  Because we didn’t have a mattress in here previously we had to go shopping for a box spring and it was not a fun experience.  The prices varied so much and driving somewhere, borrowing a trailer, and hauling it home wasn’t very fun.  If I could do it over again I would have ordered a box spring online somewhere.  That experience made me so thankful for the ability to order a mattress online.  Going from store to store, matching prices, dealing with less than friendly/knowledgeable employees, and laying on mattresses in public that who knows how many peole have laid on before you.  Yes, I think ordering mattresses online is the way to go.

Nectar Mattress Height

If you’re in the market for a new mattress, don’t lose sleep over trying to pick a brand, try out the Nectar brand!  With free shipping, free returns, and a 365 night trial, there’s nothing to lose!

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Hide TV Cords with Legrand In-Wall Power Kit From Best Buy

The reviewer has been compensated in the form of a Best Buy Gift Card and/or received the product/service at a reduced price or for free.

Legrand in wall kit

If you’ve followed my blog for a while you know that we moved last year and we’re still making this home our own.  We’ve moved walls, redone the floors, painted and painted and painted everything, and we’re currently working on adding trim to the baseboards.  One of the projects on my husband’s to-do list is to install our TV on the wall.  Currently, it’s setting alone on the TV stand.  While it does have suction cups on the bottom of it I still worry that something could happen and it fall on one of the children.  Ugh, I don’t think I could live with that.  That’s why I’m glad Best Buy emailed me about the Legrand In-Wall Power Kit.  It houses the cords in the wall so they won’t be dangling down.  Doesn’t that sound amazing!?  It’s like it’s just floating there on the wall.

I responded to Best Buy before consulting with my husband and as it turns out that that wall we built, where the TV will one day live, is made with extra dry wall and super thick sound proofing insulation.  That won’t be a problem, but we’ll just have to wiggle the insulation around to feed the tube and that seems like a project that’s going to require my husband’s assistance.  Any project that requires me to think and I can’t just follow step by step instructions isn’t a project for me when the kids are around.  I don’t have good problem solving skills with little ones running around me. 🙂  This should be an easy peasy project for my husband once he gets the time off from work to do it.

The Legrand In-Wall Power Kit Includes:

  • Power grommets, 54″ power harness, 6′ power cord, fish tape
  • Hole saw, hole saw handle

Here’s the step by step instructions:

 

  • –  Before you do anything measure your TV plug width.  This is designed for most TV plugs up to 1.13″ wide.  By the way, this casing is paintable for a perfectly customized look. I just love that!
  • –  Then you’ll want to locate where your electrical cords are located and avoid those.
  • –  Next, cut a hole in your drywall where you want the TV to go.  The Legrand In-Wall Power Kit comes with a tool to cut the perfect hole.  No worries there!  If you’re drilling into a wall with insulation, simply move it to the side when you insert the wires.
  • –  Cut the hole where you want the power cord to go below.
  • –  Once you have the hole cut you can feed the cord through the top hole to the lower hole with the power plugin. The Legrand In-Wall Power Kit comes with a hook that you can feed up from the bottom hole to pull the power cord down in the right place.
  • –  All that’s left to do is to screw in the front plate it puts tabs along the side of it to hold it onto the wall. This will hold it in securely so you don’t have to worry about it falling out or being pulled out.

Legrand Flat Screen TV Kit

I hope that helps give you an idea of how to install it but here’s a video from Best Buy that will show you exactly how easy it is to install the Legrand In-Wall TV Power Kit.  I’ll come back and give you an update once our TV is on the wall.

If TV cords have been driving you insane or you’re worried about a tipping TV, head over to your local Best Buy and pick up the Legrand In-Wall TV kit! You can also find out more info and order it on BestBuy.com.

 

Home Decorating With Pantone’s Color of the Year – Greenery

It’s already 2017 (can you believe it?) and the ICYMI has recently named “Greenery” the official Color of the Year.  What do you think of the new color?  It seems to be catching on and making it’s way into beauty, fashion and into, my favorite area, home décor.

The director of the Pantone Color Institute, Leatrice Eiseman says,”The tangy yellow-green speaks to our desire to express, explore, experiment and reinvent, imparting a sense of buoyancy.”  While I think it’s a fun color worthy of playing around with it’s not something I want to deck my house out in.  I just got rid of a bathroom set and stove that had a very similar green color to them.  Actually, come to think of it, our homeschool room/office already has carpet that’s this color.  Does it still count as stylish if it’s from the 70s?  Well, anyway, I’m here to share a few ways you can add a fun pop of color with Pantone’s new greenery.  This post contains some affiliate links.

Ikea Greenery Picture1.  Olunda Picture Frame – Available at Ikea, $30

 

Greenery Notebook

2.  Notebook – Available at Amazon, $5

 

Century Green Vase

3.  Century Green Vase – Available at CB2, $40

 

Green Dutch Oven

4.  Cooks Enameled Cast Iron Dutch Oven – Available at Amazon, $65

 

Green Glasses

5.  Green Glass Tumblers – Available at Amazon, $33

 

Greenery Pillow

6.  Surya Cranmore Floral Throw Pillow – Available at Target, starting at $35

 

Green Chalkboard Decals

7.  Set of 2 Green Chalkboard Decals – Available at Land of Nod, $13

 

Green Ruffle Pillow

8.  Ruffle Throw Pillow – Available at Land of Nod, $8 (originally $24)

 

Birch Lane Kids Lamp

9.  Birch Lane Gourd Geous Lamp – Available at Wayfair, $67

 

Moroccan Trellis Green Rug

10.  Moroccan Trellis Rug – Available at Amazon, starting at $30

That’s all I have!  I tried to only list things I would actually enjoy owning and wouldn’t break the bank.  Several of the things I listed were even on sale.  That ruffle pillow from the Land of Nod is calling my name.  At only $7 I want to get one in every color!  So cute!

Tell me, do you embrace the new Pantone colors every year or only your favorites?

How to Throw the Ultimate Tiki Party

This post is sponsored by Wayfair.
Tiki Party

Summer is here and summer nights practically beg for a party, right?  Summer music playing, fresh squeezed lemonade, a giant inflatable pineapple floating in the pool, and kids running around in hula skirts.  I can picture it now!

Here are some ideas for creating some fun summer memories with The Ultimate Tiki Party!  Click on the pictures below to be taken to the product detail page on Wayfair.com.

Olympic Stain Tour & Lowes Giveaway!

If you’re anything like me, the day you finally decide to stain the deck is also the day the weather man was wrong. You walk outside, gather your supplies, open up the can of stain, and…. drip drop, it starts raining. The next day it’s too hot and humid. You push the stain to the back of your mind and focus on the kids and events you have going on, until one day you finally decide that deck is getting finished. But now it’s 40 degrees outside! These situations are exactly what the OLYMPIC Paints & Stains WEATHER-READY Truck Tour will help you handle with ease.

Olympic Stain

The WEATHER-READY Truck Tour will be traveling to Lowe’s stores in 21 cities across the Midwest. Along with a unique and educational home-improvement experience, the tour will allow you to be part of a Guinness World Record for the largest paintbrush mosaic!

As part of the OLYMPIC Paints & Stains event, visiting DIY-ers will experience three weather scenarios, and be equipped with the knowledge to overcome each of them. In the wet environment, you’ll get to put on a rain slicker and see how OLYMPIC Maximum stain can be applied to and penetrate damp wood. Now that rainy day won’t stop your plans!

Olympic Blue Chair

Perhaps you didn’t want to work in the rain anyways. The hot environment simulation will give you a chance to see stain applied in warmer temperatures than typical stain. You’ll also get to use oversized adirondack chairs to view participants adding their paintbrushes from the day to the mosaic, working toward that Guinness World Record! And finally, for those cold days, an OLYMPIC brand ambassador will equip you with the knowledge you need to be able to apply stain in temperatures as low as 35 degrees. Check out the WEATHER-READY Truck Tour dates and locations below, and head over to Lowe’s to stop waiting and start saving!

Friday, May 06 – LOWE’S STORE OF S. INDIANAPOLIS, IN

Saturday, May 07 – LOWE’S STORE OF NE INDIANAPOLIS, IN

Sunday, May 08 – LOWE’S STORE OF BEECH GROVE, IN

Monday, May 09 – LOWE’S STORE OF CLARKSVILLE, IN

Thursday, May 12 – LOWE’S STORE OF S.E. CINCINNATI, OH

Friday, May 13 – LOWE’S STORE OF NW CINCINNATI, OH.

Saturday, May 14 – LOWE’S STORE OF N.E. LOUISVILLE, KY

Sunday, May 15 – LOWE’S STORE OF E. LOUISVILLE, KY

Monday, May 16 – LOWE’S STORE OF S. LOUISVILLE, KY

Thursday, May 19 – LOWE’S STORE OF S. LEXINGTON, KY

Friday, May 20 – LOWE’S STORE OF N.E. LEXINGTON, KY

Saturday, May 21 – LOWE’S STORE OF RICHMOND, KY

Tuesday, May 24 – LOWE’S STORE OF CLARKSVILLE, TN

Wednesday, May 25 – LOWE’S STORE OF S. CLARKSVILLE, TN

Saturday, May 28 – LOWE’S STORE OF WEST KNOXVILLE, TN

Sunday, May 29 – LOWE’S STORE OF N. KNOXVILLE, TN

Monday, May 30 – LOWE’S STORE OF E. KNOXVILLE, TN

Thursday, June 02 – LOWE’S STORE OF LEXINGTON, NC

Friday, June 03 – LOWE’S STORE OF WINSTON WEST, NC

Saturday, June 04 – LOWE’S STORE OF NORTH WINSTON, NC 

Monday, June 06 – LOWE’S STORE OF CHARLOTTE NORTHLAKE MALL, NC

Giveaway!

I have a $100 Lowes gift card to give away!  To enter to win, comment below telling me what you would like to use Olympic stain on?

Tips to Survive a Renovation

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Brita Universal Jug Cooler Filtration System for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine.

Tips to Survive a Renovation

I’m currently undergoing a kitchen renovation.  When will it end you ask?  I don’t honestly know.  We haven’t even ordered our cabinets yet!  I’m hoping to be in and settled in a few months but in the mean time I want to share a few renovation survival tips I’ve picked up along the way.  If you have any you’d like to add to my list please share in the comments!  I need all the help I can manage right now! 🙂

1. Say so long to your garage

Our garage has certainly became a workshop, lumber storage yard, assembly station, and warehouse for old appliances.  While this might not be the case for you, prepare yourself that it might be a possibility.  Everything in there will be covered with dust, drywall dust, sawdust, dusty dust.  If you have anything that you want spared dust you should probably move it out before your renovation begins.

2.  Lower your food expectations

While you don’t have to succumb to eating fast food every meal of the day, it’s good to remind yourself that take and bake pizzas are okay right now.  A store prepared chicken pot pie is better than a fried meal in a bag.  Sandwiches, cereal, fruit, nuts and yogurt provide easy nourishment.

3.  Set up a make shift kitchen

You may not be cooking up Master Chef worthy dishes here but it’s nice to set up a simple “kitchen” some place.  Our kitchen of sorts consists of a toaster oven, microwave (see picture above), and a wok on a hot plate.  I’m going to add a Keurig to the mix tomorrow.  We’re eating off of paper plates and using plastic cups and cutler to save on the amount of dishes we have to wash.

4. Be kind

Renovations are rough on everyone, the wallet, the ones renovating, the ones watching and supervising, and especially the kids.  While noises and strange smells will happen, interruptions in power and water will happen, and even *gasp* interruptions to the internet it will be okay.  Relax, take a deep breath, and try to roll with the punches.  This is a temporary and tense phase that will pass.  Give each other the benefit of the doubt and try to always be kinder than you feel like being.

Coleman with Brita filter

5. Stay hydrated

It probably comes as no surprise but the busier people are the more likely they are to not take care of themselves.  Drink, drink, drink.  Don’t forget to drink as you’re working.  You’ll have more energy and feel better….and if you feel better you’re more likely to be kind to those around you (which is point #4).  We love the Coleman cooler that has a Brita filter in it (the Brita Jug Filter system also includes attachments for Igloo and Rubbermaid jug coolers)!  It’s so nice to have filtered water available outside without the hassle of tracking extra mud and dust inside to get to the fridge.  The cooler eliminates the bulk water bottle waste, makes it easy to filter large amounts of water, and it makes regular old tap water just taste better!  It comes with reminder tags to replace the filters every 2 months.  To buy your own and Be a Brita Hero to your family visit HomeDepot.com.

Brita is hosting a #H20Hero contest where they’re promoting the Brita filter as the unsung hydration “hero” and are giving folks a chance to win a prize.  You can go and vote for the finalists in the contest now.Brita Cooler

6. Have a plan for pets

Last but not least, have a plan for Fido.  Find a place somewhere that’s safe for your pets to be that’s out of the way and away from harmful things they might eat.  A crate may be needed or maybe a kind neighbor would let them run in their backyard when a lot of noisy construction is taking place.

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6 Energy Cutting Tips for Your Home

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of IGS Energy for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine.

Being eco-friendly is not just about recycling and toting around reusable grocery bags though these are great, easy ways to be more green. Helping the environment can actually help your wallet as well. With these green actions and adjustments around the house, you can effectively lower your electricity and water bills as well as save on other general expenses.

1. Turn off the lights when you leave the room. Electricity bills are typically one of the highest bills a household gets each month. Turning off the lights when you leave the room as well as turning off any appliances and electronics that are not in use are easy ways to help you conserve energy. Electricity generation is also a big source of pollution because many energy companies still rely on burning coal to provide energy for homes and businesses. By actively making sure that you are not wasting any electricity, you will simultaneously cut down on the amount of pollution created as well as cut down on your electricity bill.

2. Make the switch to CFL bulbs. It is true that CFL bulbs, also known as compact fluorescent lamp bulbs, are more expensive than regular incandescent light bulbs. However, when you factor in how much money you save in the long run with CFL bulbs, you will see that these more eco-friendly bulbs actually pay for themselves with the savings you will incur. CFL bulbs typically last up to 15 times longer than a traditional incandescent bulb, and they also have the capability of putting out the same amount of light as a traditional bulb but while using half the energy. In fact, one CFL bulb can save buyers more than $30 in energy costs in its lifetime. If you replace all of the lights in the house with CFL bulbs and make it a habit to turn off the lights when not in use, you could save hundreds of dollars in electricity costs annually.

3.  Only do laundry when there is a full load. You may be tempted to throw your favorite shirt into the wash by itself when you accidentally get some unsightly stains on it, but consider spot-cleaning it and waiting until you are ready to toss an entire load of laundry into the machine before washing it. A washing machine and dryer use up tremendous amounts of energy, so it is more eco-friendly to maximize the use of these machines by only turning them on when there is a full load to wash. When you do fewer loads of laundry, you will cut down on your water and electricity bills as well as your carbon footprint.

4. Make the switch to low-flow and aerating faucets. Just like the CFL bulbs, the initial purchase cost of a low-flow and aerating faucet would be offset by the savings you would incur with use. These faucet heads pump air into the water coming out of the faucet so that you would still experience plenty of water pressure, but with less water usage. When you consider that a single five-minute shower can use up approximately 40 gallons of water, it is easy to see why using less water for day-to-day activities is crucial. By using low-flow and aerating faucets and shower heads, you can help conserve water as well as reduce your water bill.

5. Replace paper napkins with cloth ones and disposable dishes and silverware with reusable ones. It can be tempting to use paper plates and plastic disposable forks and spoons if you hate doing the dishes, but all of that garbage getting tossed out at the end of each meal is bad for the environment. Paper napkins are ill-advised as well for the same reason. When you switch to cloth napkins and reusable dinnerware, you dramatically reduce the amount of garbage you will produce. Though initially purchasing a good dinner set and napkins would be more expensive than purchasing disposable items, you will also never need to buy these items again, unlike the constant need to refill and replace disposable ones. Coupled with fewer washing machine loads and a low-flow faucet, cleaning your reusable items will also still be environmentally friendly. IGS Building 6. Shop around for an independent energy supplier.   What is the difference between a utility and a supplier you may ask?  Well, in areas where this energy choice (sometimes referred to as energy competition) is allowed, the utility is responsible for maintaining and repairing the infrastructure of the poles, pipes, and wires that will still deliver electricity and natural gas to consumers.  While a supplier, on the other hand, is a company that sells the energy that the utility delivers. Suppliers compete in an open marketplace by offering a variety of services and incentives, and consumers chose those that most appeal to them and best meet their energy needs. Suppliers have more options to purchase the energy more efficiently and cost-effectively.  (Go here to learn more about energy choice and deregulation)

To put it in a different way, imagine you are going to buy the latest Smartphone from Apple.com or Target.com and the U.S. Postal Service delivers it to your home, in a deregulated market, you can choose an independent supplier (like IGS Energy) to purchase your electricity and natural gas on the open market, deliver it to your utility, and your utility delivers it to your home (or business).

You may also choose to remain with the utility whose rate often fluctuates with market conditions – meaning their rates are variable and move up and down at various times of the year. The benefit of an independent supplier like IGS Energy is that you can lock in rates at today’s low rates for the longer team and have the peace of mind that if rates jump around, yours remains steady. Suppliers are also able to offer other options such as longer-term fixed rates, flat bills, or green energy products.  IGS works with your local utility as part of the utility’s customer choice program – they aren’t in direct competition. IGS Energy Salesman Serving over 1,000,000 customers, IGS Energy is one of the largest independent suppliers of natural gas and electricity in the country.  Not only that but they also offer a wide range of home protection products to help customers protect their budgets against costly repairs of the utility lines that keep their home running smoothly, that most people don’t know are their own responsibility.  It’s not too late to make a change, you can check your options here: natural gas and electric supply products.IGS Energy IGS Energy is also actively involved in their community.  Across all of their offices throughout six states, 630 IGS employees gave back to their communities, and company-wide they provided more than 3,000 combined hours of volunteer service. Over 45 organizations were supported during the All-Employee Day of Service including Goodwill, Habitat for Humanity, community food pantries, and animal shelters.  Check out more of ISG Energy community involvement here: IGS Companies community support. 

To see if you could benefit (and possibly save money!) visit IGSenergy.com to be connected with one of their trusted energy advisers.  

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