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Zero Energy means self-sustaining, and using no more energy than is created by the home. Is it possible?

That could depend upon energy needs, geographic locations, and even your knowledge and passion for getting “off the grid.” It has been done, though it could be quite an adventure, say some. Nationally the average single family home uses approximately 30 kWh. A good Zero Energy home may be averaging as low as 40 kWh a day, according to statistics, and a few have been able to live below that average with strict conversation habits.

How can insulating my house help solve Global Warming and Climate Change?

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Insulation refers to an energy savings measure, which provides resistance to temperature flow and contributes to maintaining the temperature for a longer period. Insulated houses use less energy to keep them warm. In the recent years, the awareness campaigns regarding global warming have started to pay off, with more and more people making efforts at an individual level to contribute to this cause; the future is showing a glimmer of hope. ‘Greenhouse gases’ such as carbon dioxide, methane and nitrous oxide exist naturally in the atmosphere, but also are released in significant quantities as a result of human activities. Scientists predict that, given current trends of increasing emissions of most greenhouse gases, atmospheric concentrations are expected to increase through the next century and beyond. And according to a report summary by Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change revealed that “Most emission scenarios indicate that, in the absence of mitigation policies, greenhouse gas emissions will continue to rise during the next century and lead to greenhouse gas concentrations that by the year 2100 are projected to change climate more than projected for twice the pre-industrial concentrations of carbon dioxide.” It seems only prudent to pursue appropriate means to encourage changes in human behaviour which will lead to reductions in the level of greenhouse gas emissions and, ultimately, to a decrease in the threat from global climate change. In this regard, adoption and implementation of technologies designed to enhance humankind’s ability to reduce the consumption of energy are perhaps of paramount concern. The Role of Energy Efficiency and Insulation: Experts at R-Control define energy efficiency as the adoption of cost-effective ways to reduce energy consumption through existing and improved technologies as well as through sound energy use practices. The idea behind energy efficiency is quite simple – if people consume less energy, there will be less emission of greenhouse gases as the result of the burning of fossil fuels. That, in turn, means a greater supply of fossil fuels which can then be used for other purposes in both developed and developing nations. Energy efficiency technologies and practices can, therefore, play a significant role in reducing the threat of global climate change. One of the easiest and most effective energy efficient technologies available today is insulation. Overall benefits from insulation are numerous, including thermal performance, personal comfort, sound control, condensation control, fire protection and personnel protection. The thermal insulating properties of insulation materials provide valuable energy and environmental benefits. Made from a variety of substances including fibreglass, mineral wool, foam and other materials, insulation products such as SIPs, Insulated Panels etc are primarily designed to reduce the transfer of heat through building structures in residential, commercial and industrial applications. By their very nature, insulation products enable consumers to reduce more energy use and emission of pollutants annually than it takes to manufacture them. This results in a very positive overall energy and environmental balance for thermal insulation. To ensure that the benefits of thermal insulation can be attained throughout the world, it is critical that countries should cooperate on education, training, development and guidance for improved energy efficiency. As such, it is important that the leaders of the world should actively contribute to this...

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A Clean Environment Around Your Home

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A Clean Environment Around Your Home

What is pressure cleaning? A pressure cleaning is performed by the use of high-pressure mechanical sprayer or power washer. It removes the dirt, mud, dust, grime, mould, loose paint from object and surfaces such as concrete surfaces, vehicles and buildings.  It makes the tough cleaning jobs easier and quick including blistered paint cleaning, flake removal, cleaning of grease film covering the surface, dried grass clippings cleaning, and much more.   Why should you opt for pressure cleaning? If you want to efficiently and effectively clean your house, office or pavements, then pressure cleaning is the best choice because- It creates a healthy environment- Pressure cleaning is a cost-effective way to increase the value of your house and create a healthy environment around it. It cleans the dust, dirt, mildew, mould, irrigation rust, oil that may cause a health hazard. It is a powerful way of cleaning- Pressure washing is performed by the application water at high pressure which is produced by a specially designed pump. It sprays water about 100 times more powerful than a garden hose. Improves the appeal of kerb- Kerbs are the most overlooked and tough to clean structure. Pressure cleaning will aid you in cleaning the stains and dirt from the kerb and thus increasing its appeal. It is a preventative measure- Regular pressure cleaning is also considered as a preventative measure. A regular cleaning of your home will prevent, premature ageing of the structure, decay and rooting. It extends the life of a structure and at a reasonable rate. Protects you and your family- Your home also houses several contaminations such as algae, mould, mildew, dust and dirt at various part of your home. Pressure cleaning cleans every part of your house including patio, porch, walkway and driveway, thus protecting your family from the pollution. Makes tough cleaning work easy- Some parts of the house are tough to clean including swimming pools, outdoor furniture, decks, patios, outdoor grills, fencing and garage door. Pressure cleaning works great against them and cleans them effectively and easily, thus making your hectic job – easy. Off Your Wall is one of the reputed clearers for roof cleaning and washing in Melbourne region.  Pressure cleaning service- Many people usually buy a power washer to clean up their house, pavements, patio and porch. Such services are inexpensive and also seem to be the best option. But, while using it you may face certain problems. It takes a lot of time and pressure to clean a big house with a small power washer. They give you a low power delivery and cleaning power. Hiring a pressure cleaning service is a very wise decision. These professional and reputed people will pressure clean your entire house including driveways, paths, paves, sandstone walls, fence and roof. Their charges are within your budget and they make your house look new, within a short period work. The pressure cleaning by Powerwash Australia offered, includes- House washing. Concrete cleaning. Deck cleaning. Roof cleaning. Tennis court cleaning. Sandstone cleaning. Commercial cleaning. Driveway cleaning. There are various pressure cleaning service providers in the market. You can choose the most experienced and popular among them. The above informative content is shared by Panache Painting Services company, providing a soft wash for your entire house before sale and house painting in Melbourne region and surrounding...

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Net Zero Energy Building

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In a world highly concerned about energy conservation issues, a zero energy home is certainly a good idea. When we call a building, a ‘zero energy’ building, or  a ‘net zero’ building, the term implies that the total amount of energy consumed by the household (or commercial workplace) matches with the total amount of energy that is generated at the site, thus making the net energy consumption zero. So if you too are about to build a new house of your own, or have an upcoming professional project, this blog is the perfect guide for environment savvy builders. At Zero Energy Home, you can find a complete package of advice resources you need to build an energy efficient building. Watch this video and learn...

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Air Sealing the Exterior of a Zero Energy Home

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We all know about zero energy homes, which are sufficient enough to produce energy which will not affect the environment we live in. One can even go through a design manual to make his/her house more energy efficient. There are a lot of articles on this blog, through which you can not only learn about converting your house into a zero energy one but you’ll also learn about what can be done to make it work in an efficient yet effective way. It is important to know about the steps and how it is done. You can even take the help of the video attached, which will give you an insight of how you can build a zero energy...

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Making Your Home More Energy Efficient

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Energy conservation is the need of the hour. Our energy resources are depleting rapidly and if you do wish to enjoy the benefits of energy in the future, it is important that the required steps to conserve it are taken in the present. Zero Energy Home can be your guide if you desire to contribute to the environment by saving energy. The blog has some useful articles and videos based on the concept of zero energy, which implies matching the energy created in the home to the amount consumed.Scroll through the articles and videos that give useful energy saving tips. The video will tell you about some simple ways in which you can conserve energy at...

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Tips to consider when buying a fridge

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Are you ready to buy a new fridge for your home? There is no need to go rushing in and buying the first thing you said; take your time and find the best fridge for you and your family. To help with this process, here are the tips to consider when buying a fridge. These tips have been shared with us by our appliance repair partner – specialising in Melbourne region fridge repairs by Snowcool Refrigerator and appliance repairs. Did Choice Test It? Choice is the top association for consumer affairs. They test fridges and provide a thorough analysis of the fridges they test before giving a recommendation for consumers. Energy Efficiency Finding a fridge that is energy efficiency will save you money in the long run. It is important to keep track of the rating of the energy rating of your fridge. What About Delivery & Installation? When buying a fridge, will you get it delivered and installed for free? Or is it an extra cost? Talk to the retailer to see the details in regards to delivery and installation, as this is vital to actually get your fridge to your home. Warranty Does your fridge have a warranty? And if it does – what does it cover? Warranty is important to make sure that if you do get a fridge, and it breaks down, you are covered by the retailer and manufacturer. The Price Look around and find the best price. Do not just buy the first thing you see, take your time and find the best value for your budget. There is no rush to get the right fridge for your home. Negotiate The Terms Many retailers are happy to negotiate all the terms of your fridge, including warranty, credit, installation and price. Make sure you get the best deal you can get and that the terms are all balanced out and even. For example, Rutherford is a Geelong electrician offering quality services but he is most regarded for his work and affordable yet reliable service. They also have an excellent resource online. We recommend Snowcool for Maytag fridge repair, Liebherr fridges, Samsung refrigerator repair, Jenn Air fridges     Whirlpool fridges and LG...

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Making Your Home More Energy Efficient

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Depletion of energy resources is a major global problem that we have been facing in the twenty-first century. Around the world, governments, organizations and citizens have taken the responsibility for saving energy through conservation practices at homes and commercial places as well. So if you too are passionate about energy-conserving homes and commercial firms, on this site, you can find shared the various ways and methods to apply for energy saving. At www.zero-energy-home.com are articles, illustrations and video tutorials for you to read and watch and learn, about the latest technology that you can put to use, along with handy tips. So let’s all join hands for the purpose. A video has been given here, illustrating tips on saving energy in your...

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Solve Electrical issues through experienced electricians

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Solve Electrical issues through experienced electricians

There are several reasons why you may want an electrician. There may be electrical fault in your home or you may need a new hot water system to be installed. You may be revamping and require a switchboard replacement or may be encountering electrical issues at your commercial premises. Whatever may be the reason, calling for the service of electricians is the wise option. The reputed electricians Melbourne offer high-end and professional services include electrical installations and maintenance, repairing the existing and new electrical systems and components. Tasks carried out by electricians for residential services The team of high-end residential electricians is committed to offering solutions to any sort of electrical requirement. The electricians are proficient in all electrical fields and deliver free cost saving and energy advice. They understand the fact that renovating the house or losing electricity can be daunting and consequently they work responsively and fast, since they are highly trained in handling any complicated electrical situation. The common electrician services for residential purposes include: Energy efficient lighting Safety checks for electrical and home wiring Fault detection and repairs and switchboard upgrades Home rewiring Installation of power points and repairs External and internal lighting Data and phone cabling Security lighting Smoke alarm installation Hot water repairs The residential electrician in Melbourne is friendly, sincere and always arrives on time. He provides a lifetime guarantee on repairs. He will carry out electrical safety check for free. It is a great check to be performed regularly to make sure the home is safe from all possible hazards caused due to electrical fault. This is true of elderly homes or if you have just shifted to a new home. Electricians for commercial purpose If you need to renovate your current workplace or want to install fluorescent lighting using energy saving LED lighting for industrial and commercial premises, the electricians Melbourne will make sure they complete the task in a perfect manner. They have a vast knowledge of cabling systems for all your communications and data needs. They can supply you the comprehensive data requirements from installing media outlets to a complete office fit-out. Electrical testing service Guarantee the safety of your workplace and also the staff with the help of diverse testing and tagging service offered by electrician in Melbourne. He will conduct complete electrical testing services in your business place for the safety of your organization. The electrical services for commercial purposes also include the installation of exit and emergency lighting at your workplace. The more intricate commercial electrical services will also be undertaken, which include services in the distribution boards and main switch rooms....

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Air Sealing the Exterior of a Zero Energy Home

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There are different aspects that should be a part of zero energy homes. In general, building zero energy houses can be divided into various parts. One of these parts involves sealing the exterior. There are a large number of joints and interfaces between the construction materials which have to be sealed through air sealing. Penetrations of the windows and exterior doors also have to be sealed, so that air does not escape, leading to maximum heating or cooling. Go through this video to see how air sealing is done on zero energy homes with the use of cutting edge...

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Best Sustainable Home Designs

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With the putrefying effect of climate change, it has become almost necessary for people to opt for energy efficient homes in hopes to minimize their effect on the environment. In an attempt to reduce our carbon footprint, Green Homes, or Zero Energy Homes (ZEH), have been making their appearance nowadays which are a lot more energy efficient than normal homes. These energy efficient homes employ various measures to preserve energy, such as through insulation, solar energy etc. To let you know about the many things you as a home owner can do to play your part in helping the environment, here are a few videos that will allow you to preserve energy and make the world a greener...

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