Green Plumbing – Just How Affordable & Environmentally Friendly Is It?

green plumbingHaving an eco-friendly or ‘green’ home is becoming more and more popular in New Zealand. Sometimes it’s hard to know what aspects of home improvements will reap the biggest rewards both environmentally and financially when going green. Let me let you in on a little secret, not many areas of your home will have more potential than your plumbing when it comes to going green.

When you green your plumbing you’ll save on energy costs, improve your health and benefit the environment. Do these improvements sound like something you’re interested in? Then read on… (more…)

Posted In: Christchurch, Fiordland, Hauraki Islands, Kaikoura, Plumbers

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led lightingLED lighting has long been the next-best thing in retail and commercial lighting by designers, but now, they’re catching on with homeowner’s thanks to their energy efficiency.  LED lighting can incur higher upfront costs. However, you don’t need to wait a long time to recover your investment in energy savings.

LED lighting

Light-Emitting Diodes (LED’s) provide many benefits as they burn cool and emit clean, colourless light similar to natural daylight. They also provide significant energy savings as they will last from 35,000 to 200,000 hours. This compares to 1,000 hours for incandescent or 8,000 for compact fluorescents. (more…)

Posted In: Appliance Technician, Auckland, Electricians, Hamilton, lighting, North Shore, Rotorua, Tauranga, Waikato

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eco-friendly green homeIf you’re looking to reap the financial and environmental benefits of living in an eco-friendly green home, then consider building from scratch. A new home lets you add energy-saving features at a significantly lower cost than if you renovated an older home.

Eco-friendly green home

An eco-friendly green home will be designed around solar heating. It will also involve orienting the house and as many windows as practical north.  The kitchen should be east-facing with the living areas west-facing. This will decrease the need for you to use appliances to heat or cool your home.

Builderscrack has professional tradespeople available to advise and provide you with eco-friendly green home solutions. Read more on what to consider when building your eco-friendly home. (more…)

Posted In: Architects, Builders, Invercargill, Kaikoura, Kaipara, Kapiti Coast, Solar Installation

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turfinstallerA lawn grass or turf installer is a tradesperson who can assess your tur and lawn needs, then provide and install prefabricated or artificial grass.

A lawn grass or turf installer will often visit the site to work out how much grass you require and then explain to you the pros and cons of each option.

Artificial grasses have a particular grain direction. Before rolling out the grass, the turf installer will make a note of the grain direction, then they will roll the turf onto the prepared sub-base. Once it’s laid out they’ll position it accurately and stretch out wrinkles, staking the turf before it’s stretched or pulled to keep it from shifting.

Once the turf is positioned, the edges will be trimmed with a razor knife or carpet cutter so they’re perfectly straight. Nails are used to secure the edges of the turf and should be spaced every 30cm, or as required.

A grass or turf installer services will often include:

  • Turf laying
  • Artificial turf laying
  • Turf repair

turfinstallerArtificial turf or grass is a low maintenance product but there’s a few things you can do to ensure it lasts for many years. Each day pick up any animal droppings and every month blow off the turf with a leaf blower to clear off leaves and dust.

This won’t take long and will keep your turf looking great.

Every few months brush your turf against the grain to get it to stand up and make clearing off leaves and dust easier.  You can brush the turf with a stiff outdoor broom, carpet rake or power broom. Each year check the infill and seams.  Hire a professional lawn grass or turf installer to install and maintain your turf.

Posted In: Masterton, Matamata-Piako, North Shore, Palmerston North, Turf & Grass

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air conA heatpump and air con specialist is a tradesperson with the skills required to install heatpump and air con systems. They are able to assess your needs and provide you with a good solution for your home heating and cooling problems.

A good installer will be qualified and have all the knowledge and skills to provide an excellent product.

Selecting air conditioning for your home is a major decision.  It’s an important investment today which will play a key role in your energy bills for years to come.  When the summer heat is at its peak, you’ll want the best, most reliable cooling possible.

It’s not recommended to buy and install it yourself as you may void the manufacturer’s warranty. Hire a professional installer today.

The services of a heat pump and air con will be able to:

  • Advise on the correct size unit you’ll need
  • Advise whether there are environmental issues to think about like sea spray, or sulphur
  • Advise on where the indoor and outdoor units should be put
  • Install the air conditioning so that it’s compliant with any rules and regulations
  • Advise on what you need to do to maintain your air conditioning unit, and provide you with contact numbers to call for servicing or problems
  • Provide a written warranty for the heat pump and its installation
  • Provide a lesson in getting the best out of your heat pump. Read the operating manual, but also get a practical hands on lesson which includes basic heat pump operation, using the remote, thermostat and timers, what the different modes are and how to clean and remove air filters

Posted In: Heating Professionals, Ruapehu, Selwyn, South Taranaki

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