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Money Saving Tips For House Extensions And Energy Saving Lighting

Thursday, May 10th, 2012

Save up to 90% On Your Fuel Bills When Planning A House Extension or Loft Conversion

Whether you’re considering having new electrical wiring done or installing new spot lighting within your home, house extension or even a loft conversion remember to bear in mind tthe new LED and Energy Saving Bulb range that is now available and replacing traditional bulbs.

Light New House Extensions With Derwood Homes BuildersWith property refurbishments and renovations increasing due to the housing market crisis we are finding that rewiring and the installation installing of new feature lighting and in particular spot lights into kitchen extensions and loft conversions are also on the increase. Unless you are careful you’re electrical consumption can quickly increase, which as we know is becoming a costly experience hence why replacing your existing bulbs for new energy saving units can save you 90 % on your electrical lighting costs and well worth thinking about from the outset!

I have to admit that getting used to the different lighting effects LED bulbs offer, can be an issue but to answer some of the most common questions, the following advice should be helpful towards deciding how to light up your new house extension, loft conversion or even a garage conversion.

1. How long do LED bulbs last?
Well, LED light bulbs have a much longer life span compared to standard halogen bulbs. In fact LED bulbs last up to 50000 hours – that’s over 5 years of continuous use! In reality this is more likely to be 20 years meaning that you may never have to replace the bulbs again.

2. Will LED bulbs fit into my old light fixtures?
The answer is yes. The majority of LED bulbs are designed to be retrofit, meaning they are the perfect to replace your old halogens unless other wise statedon the packaging.

3. What’s the difference between Warm White and Cool White?Saving money building a new house extension with Derwood Homes Builders
This is the biggest confusion that people find difficult to decided on. Many LED bulbs offer 2 different colour options. Warm White LED bulbs provide
a warm, natural light ideal for living rooms and bedrooms where more atmospheric lighting is required. Cool White LEDs give off a more crisp, bright white light perfect for kitchens and bathrooms.

I have even tried mixing soft and cool effect bulbs in my home and found this theme to be a good balance for my loft conversion but the reality is that it is down to personal choice. The down side is that the new range of bulbs are more expensive than traditional bulbs although the price is falling. It’s a shame that our considerate government couldn’t continue to subsidize the cost of the bulbs so that everyone could benefit and help ‘save the plant’ by replacing all house hold bulbs for the energy saving one’s rather than offer solar panels to a select few with the right shape roof on their house! I’m sure the benefits would be far more advantageous.


That Giant LED Balloons are to be used to Illuminate Hadrian’s Wall for the Olympic CelebrationsElectrical Lighting For The London Olympics

Unless you have been living on Mars for the past few years, it won’t have escaped your attention that the Olympic Games are due to be held in London during the summer of 2012. The games themselves will be a fantastic showcase for the city but the organization and staging does come at some considerable cost to UK taxpayers. With tickets being incredibly hard to purchase for many events, the organizers are keen to get as many people who live outside London involved in a lot of different ways.

Take Hadrian’s Wall in Northumberland for example… it is planned to have a string of giant balloons lit up by LED lights to illuminate the whole length of the wall during the summer evenings of 2012. Titled ‘Connecting Light’, this unique event is set to be a fantastic spectacle attracting many thousands spectators to the North East of England to view the huge line of tethered balloons, 2 metres in diameter, all lit up using different colours of eco-friendly LED bulbs located inside the balloons themselves. Wow.. that is bound to be something worth seeing.

It was designed by a New York-based arts collective company and commissioned by Hadrian’s Wall Heritage in partnership with the London Organizing House Extension LED lighting AdviceCommittee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games (LOCOG).

The idea behind the illuminated balloons is to create a contemporary communications system running from each coast along the border between England and Scotland. The lights will provide a fabulous line of pulsating colours as messages are sent along the wall. These messages can be made visible through smart phones, iPads and tablets.

The London 2012 Festival will also run for 12 weeks during the whole summer to coincide with the London Olympic Games as is bound to bring some amazing entertainment for many all over the world to enjoy.

Let’s hope the weather will be good!

For more advice or a free quote for a new house extension, loft conversion or to build your dream home feel free to contact us at any time

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Bridgend Builder Teaches Clients How To Make Money

Friday, December 16th, 2011

Make Money In Your Home By Fitting Simple Money Saving Devices 

It’s that time of year where the dark nights and cold weather can make life a little miserable.

The good news is as a reputable Bridgend Builder we love help our customers make money and save money by following these simple steps around your home. Where there is the ‘will’ there is also a way! With energy and utility bills rocketing you really should be looking at ways to reduce them.Money making ideas

If you are on a water meter you can cut your water bills by installing a couple of simple devices to reduce your usage. Flushing the toilet accounts for about a third of all household water use, and several water companies offer free “save-a-flush” devices.

Putting one of these in your toilet cistern will reduce the volume of water used every time you flush. In fact you can even placed two bricks in each of your toilet cisterns to save on water consumption and costs. A simple idea that really does work.

There is also a device called ShowerSmart that helps to reduce amount of water and energy used when having a shower.They are simply fitted to  non-electric showers to regulate the flow of water, and the makers claim the yearly savings for an average family are about 6% on gas bills and 6% on water bills.If your haven’t already done so, start fitting energy saving light bulbs to every light source in your home.

Being a reputable cardiff builder and bridgend builder servicing most areas area South Wales we would be more than happy to provide you with a quote to carry out any of our money savings tips.  When we construct new self build houses for customers, or house extensions or even loft conversions current building regulations now mean that energy conservation is paramount in design and construction.

Bridgend Builder Helps You To Make MoneySome companies are giving these away for free so it is worth while asking. You could save as much as 30% on your electric bills. Teach everyone in the family to get into the habit of turning electrical appliances and lights off when not in use. Then of course there is the obvious, make sure that your loft / attic space has at least 300 mm of insulation to prevent heat being lost through your roof.

If you haven’t already got at least 300 mm of insulation in your attic then pop down the likes of B & Q a grab some extra rolls that are on offer and fit them in your loft. You can save an extra 12 % on heat loss. Make sure every pipe is insulated as well. 

Turn the thermostat down by 1 % in each of your rooms. It will save you on average about £70 a year. Again, turn each radiator thermostat down by a notch to help save money. Try and keep all doors closed throughout the house. This will definately help save on fuel bills.

Just as important is to get your boiler serviced. Just like a car if it isn’t serviced you can bet it is operating below standard. Oh and by the way, why not check in on your elderly neightbours to ensure that they are coping during the winter… you could even give them some money making tips.

If you would us to fit any of these devices feel free to contact us here at any time at ……… we would be glad to help.In the mean time wrap up warm and start thinking about saving money. Every penny counts.

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