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In Pursuit of Curb Appeal


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In Pursuit of Curb Appeal

Most people spend their time dreaming up ways to improve the insides of their home. They renovate their kitchens, install new flooring, and paint the walls in vibrant colors. As far as I am concerned, however, the outside of the home is just as vital. After working for years as a landscape architect, I'm passionate about the form and function of yards, porches, decks, gardens, and other outdoor spaces. An inviting exterior welcomes guests to my home and encourages them to enjoy themselves. I decided to create a blog that would extol the virtues of curb appeal—and maybe inspire you to take your homemaking efforts outside.

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Two Tips For Reducing Your Home's Water Usage

Your home requires an extensive amount of water to keep your family comfortable, but there are many communities that have imposed strict water restrictions. Violating these restrictions can result in hefty water bills and expensive fines. Fortunately, there are two upgrades you can install to keep your water usage to a minimum without impacting the comfort of your family.  

Install Rain Collection Systems

One of the most water intensive parts of owning a home is maintaining the yard. However, a rain collection system can be an effective way of watering your plants without having to use water from your home. These collection systems range from being as simple as a large barrel to complex systems that are able to provide pressurized water for your sprinkler systems. 

While these systems can be effective at reducing your home's landscaping water use, it is important to note that your home may be required to comply with rules for where these devices can be placed. This is particularly true for those that are a part of a homeowners' association. These regulations often concern the placement of these systems, and breaking these regulations can lead to expensive fines. 

Upgrade To A Tankless Water Heater

Your home's water heater is a critical component, but many people fail to realize that traditional water heaters are highly inefficient with water use. This stems from the fact that these systems must constantly keep a reservoir of heated water. Over time, this heated water will gradually evaporate and need to be refilled. However, you can reduce this water usage by upgrading to a tankless water heater, installed by professionals like Bode's Electric & Plumbing Inc

These systems are comprised of a series of pipes and tubes that are outfitted with heating elements. As the water runs through these channels, it is heated to the desired temperature before going to the faucet. By creating the hot water on demand, you can ensure that your home is not allowing the heated water to evaporate when it is being stored. In addition to this benefit, these systems are typically far more energy efficient as well, and this can further help improve the environmentally friendliness of your home. 

Water usage is rapidly becoming a contentious issue in many parts of the country, and this has caused communities to take drastic efforts to curb the usage of water by residents. Unfortunately, if your community has imposed these restrictions, you may find that the comfort of your home has been drastically reduced. By making these two upgrades to your home, you may find that these new restrictions have a far less noticeable impact on your home.