Olger Fallas Painting http://olgerfallaspainting.com Painter Maplewood New Jersey Wed, 04 Jun 2014 23:10:39 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.0 6 Eco-Friendly Gardening Tips For Beginnershttp://olgerfallaspainting.com/6-eco-friendly-gardening-tips-beginners/ http://olgerfallaspainting.com/6-eco-friendly-gardening-tips-beginners/#comments Wed, 04 Jun 2014 23:10:39 +0000 http://olgerfallaspainting.com/?p=8076 6 Eco-Friendly Gardening Tips For Beginners is a post from: Olger Fallas Painting

A quick trip to the local gardening aisle of your local home improvement center will reveal plenty of chemicals to help get your garden started. But who wants to use chemicals on organic foods that are supposed to boost our well-being? That was my biggest problem with starting a garden. The two main products I […]

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A quick trip to the local gardening aisle of your local home improvement center will reveal plenty of chemicals to help get your garden started. But who wants to use chemicals on organic foods that are supposed to boost our well-being?

That was my biggest problem with starting a garden. The two main products I wanted to avoid were chemical pesticides and fertilizers. After all, my grandparents and their grandparents grew vegetables using soil, sun, and water. I wanted to do the same.

Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle in the Garden

The more I read about eco-friendly gardening, the more excited I became about growing my own vegetables. The internet provided a wealth of information. Some of it was irrelevant to my goals of being an eco-friendly gardener. Here are the tips I did use:

  • Use Bugs to Kill Bugs – Ladybugs and lacewings thrive on a diet of the aphids that eat plants. Plant bright flowered sunflowers and marigolds around your garden. The friendly bugs will make homes and lay eggs in the colorful foliage.
  • Welcome Bug-Eating Birds – Birds love slugs, snails, grubs, and caterpillars that could wreak havoc on your garden. Instead of throwing money into chemical pesticide, hang bird feeders and nesting boxes to encourage more avian activity.
  • Create a Compost Bin – These work best in a corner of your yard that gets adequate sunlight. You can compost Vegetable peelings, garden waste, and recyclable paper products encourage compost-making insects that can turn that waste into nutrient-rich soil.
  • Fertilize with Coffee Grounds – During the year throw your coffee grounds into your compost bin. If you want to start a garden and don’t have any grounds, ask your local cafe to save them for you in a reusable 5-gallon bucket.
  • Reuse Plastic Bottles – My favorite use for plastic bottles is as protective covers over seedlings. It allows the sun and rain to get through, but keeps the deer away from them. You can also use plastic bottles as watering devices.
  • Recycle Egg Crates – I love starting plants from seeds. Cardboard egg crates are the perfect size for starting seeds indoors. When time comes to transfer them, cut the cups apart and plant the seedling – cardboard and all – into the ground.

Eco-Friendly Gardening – Myths versus Facts

There are a lot of myths about gardening. One is that you have to start in the spring. Another is that you have to have a big yard. While these are true for some people, they are not true for all. My family’s modest yard sports a nice-sized vegetable garden.

Gardening has something for everyone. Thanks to advances in areas such as container gardening, you can even show off your green thumb in the winter. People in high rise apartment buildings can raise beds of plants on their rooftops.

The type of gardening you pursue will depend on your lifestyle and where you live. One thing we can all have in common is the practice of adopting eco-friendly habits. When we do this we’re not only creating healthier humans, but also a healthier earth.

About the Author:

Benjamin Baker has two great loves – his family and writing. He enjoys the research part of his job because it allows him to visit sites like http://www.go-green-solar-energy.com for eco-friendly tips. During his free time, Benjamin enjoys taking his family back to basics with activities like camping and fly fishing.

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Top 5 DIY Home Improvement Ideas Inspired By The Most Iconic Kitchens Of All Timehttp://olgerfallaspainting.com/top-5-diy-home-improvement-ideas-inspired-iconic-kitchens-time/ http://olgerfallaspainting.com/top-5-diy-home-improvement-ideas-inspired-iconic-kitchens-time/#comments Thu, 27 Mar 2014 14:04:37 +0000 http://olgerfallaspainting.com/?p=6045 Top 5 DIY Home Improvement Ideas Inspired By The Most Iconic Kitchens Of All Time is a post from: Olger Fallas Painting

So you are feeling bored with your drab, outdated kitchen huh? Who wouldn’t be in the mood to do some updating when every magazine page you turn, and channel you flip has you drooling over the most luxurious and stylish kitchens of celebrities and socialites. There is no need to feel as though showcasing this […]

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So you are feeling bored with your drab, outdated kitchen huh? Who wouldn’t be in the mood to do some updating when every magazine page you turn, and channel you flip has you drooling over the most luxurious and stylish kitchens of celebrities and socialites. There is no need to feel as though showcasing this kind of sophisticated style in your kitchen is unattainable. With all the resources on the internet and in craft and hardware stores nationwide, you can take 5 of the most inspiring and fabulous looking kitchens and draw inspiration from them to create your own look. Dive into a fun challenge and get inspired by the below suggestions on how to replace expensive luxurious materials from the most iconic kitchens with creative and affordable solutions that will give your kitchen a budget friendly makeover with a wow factor.

1. DIY Copper Penny Flooring

If you have a jar of ever growing spare change for a rainy day, this just might be the coolest long term use for it. Copper has a similar color tone and warmth to a gleaming cherry hardwood floor like in this high end kitchen. However, a floor made of copper pennies is much easier to maintain and will hold up to wear and tear decades longer than wood flooring. As an added bonus, the reflective surface will look heavenly when the light bounces off each and every penny. Be warned, while the finished result of this project looks incredible, laying the floor down properly is tedious and can take a long time depending on the size of your kitchen. 

To create your own penny floor, check out this instructional YouTube video. 

2. Polished Concrete Counter Tops

You might laugh if someone told you that you could get the upscale look of granite counter tops in your kitchen with just a little concrete. Believe it or not, it is true! Don’t worry, no one is advocating that you put an ugly slab of sidewalk on top of your cabinets. There are now companies and contractors like Decorative Concrete of Virginia offer unbelievably gorgeous polished concrete counter tops that would make anyone do a double take. There are hundreds of different color dye options and you can even put flecks of glittery material to mimic the granite look. You will be amazed at how great your kitchen looks and how little you paid. 

3. Update Cabinets with Modern Nickel Hardware

You might think that the fancy silver or pewter drawer pulls and handles on the kitchen cabinets of a kitchen like this would be unable to be recreated due to price. However, you can get the same, modern and shiny look by hunting for a less expensive metal material. Get more bang for your buck by looking for hardware made from nickel or bronze as they are cheaper to manufacture. You can get nickel cabinet pulls like these at Home depot for a shockingly low $1.38 a piece. 

4. Make your Back Splash Pop with Glass Tiles

One of the easiest way to spruce up a tired kitchen is to add a back splash to your counter top utilizing small mosaic glass tiles. Tile shops and home improvement stores carry thousands of styles of glass tiles in all sorts of colors. You can get a completely custom look as beautiful as this iconic kitchen by applying tile grout and placing the glass tiles in any pattern or random design you can think of. For small kitchens this is a phenomenal way to make your kitchen appear larger as the natural light will dance upon the reflective surface. For an even more dramatic way to make the room look bigger you can even install mirrors as a back splash if you aren’t averse to your reflection. 

5. Go Industrial Chic with Lighting

Industrial minimal style lighting is hipper than ever, and laced through uber cool designer kitchens such as this one. For under $20 worth of materials and a little bit of craft enthusiasm you can make your very own industrial hanging pendant lights. All you need are the following materials which you should be able to find at a craft store like AC Moore or from Home Depot:

  • Glass Mason Jars (the number will depend on how many lights you want to hang)
  • A lamp kit for each jar (ask an associate at the hardware store if you have trouble finding the right one)
  • Clear lightbulb (be sure to choose a clear bulb and not white so you can see the filament)
  • Hammer
  • A single nail

For detailed instructions on how to assemble these mason jar industrial lights there is an excellent tutorial at A Beach Cottage’s Blog. 

As you can see it is never far out of reach to get your kitchen looking modern and up to date without spending an arm and a leg. With a little creative juice, resourcefulness, and elbow grease you can create a masterpiece in the entertainment and cooking hub of your home even on the tightest of budgets.

Tom has had a busy life. He now enjoys a quieter life and running an interior design business. Tom is currently redesigning a Kitchen and recommends CliqStudios.com Kitchen Cabinets as a great place to source kitchens.

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Renting Vs Buying – Which One Offers More For Your Money?http://olgerfallaspainting.com/renting-vs-buying-one-offers-money/ http://olgerfallaspainting.com/renting-vs-buying-one-offers-money/#comments Thu, 27 Mar 2014 10:00:45 +0000 http://olgerfallaspainting.com/?p=7568 Renting Vs Buying – Which One Offers More For Your Money? is a post from: Olger Fallas Painting

I think we will be happy to rent for a few more years, until we can find a property that’s enough of a bargain to go for, or until our financial situation changes and we have the extra cash to pay for the investment that would be buying a decent sized house. As it is at the moment, there’s not enough money free each month to bother to look at buying.

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As most of us will be aware, renting is not a good long term investment in the same way as buying property is. Yes, you could spend what would have been a house deposit on travelling the world if you’re happy to long term rent. And yes, without your own property you’re less likely to get sucked in to DIY or other maintenance, or even having to pay for accidental damage. These are factors which give you more freedom in life, especially considering as at the end of your tenancy you can up and leave and you won’t have any payments to make keeping you tethered to your unfulfilling job!

Of course, live your life too much un-tethered and you’ll find you have a lot less freedom when you’re over the working age and haven’t made any property or other investments.

So there’s pros and cons of both types of accommodation. But one aspect you might not have thought of, as it goes somewhat against the grain, is the idea that you might actually be able to afford a better home if you’re renting rather than buying.

Case Study

My boyfriend and I have a joint income of approx. £2,300 per month. We currently rent our first home together (as neither of us could afford to move out alone), for £450 per month. At the time we moved out we had to move ten minutes down the road from our parents’ homes as we couldn’t have afforded the rent in the same town and it was a little cheaper ten minutes away.

Whilst £2,300 make look like a decent amount to spend on rent or mortgage payments, we each actually pay out almost £400 per month just for house related bills and rent. In addition to that, there’s petrol for commuting (£150), car maintenance and insurance (est. £45), food to eat (£200) and then the real heartbreaker: debt repayments. Between us we pay approx. £600 each month on repaying loans, credit cards etc (and out of shame, I’m not going to tell you the split of how much we each pay!). Assuming everything was 50/50, that leaves us with about £500 left for miscellaneous, or £250 each.

I don’t know about other people, but having £250 for miscellaneous is a value that always sounds a lot to me, but then quickly seems to vanish. Whether it’s a new pair of shoes for work (and neither of us have expensive tastes), or using £100 of that each month for 3 or 4 months to pay off a summer holiday plus then to save for spending money for a further couple of months, or whether it’s splashing out on a Saturday night and going to a restaurant, or going to see a show for Valentine’s day – there are always things eating in to that left over budget.  Especially when my left over figure is more like £100 than £250!

Renting for £450

So for £450 per month we moved in to a cluster home (where only 2 walls are outward facing, as you share the third wall with one set of neighbours, and the fourth wall with a different set of neighbours on the other side). It’s similar to the old ‘2 up 2 down’, as we literally have a little living room, with kitchen off it which you can reach all the walls in from standing in one spot. Up the stairs, the bedroom is a decent size, as it’s the same as the living room which feels small for a living room, and the bathroom is above the kitchen.

We have a small patch of garden which is surrounded by a public footpath. It’s an improvement from our previous bedroom-only accommodation with parents, and we’re happy there, but do somewhat feel cramped!

Renting for £550 to £650

So we’re now looking at properties to rent that are slightly bigger, especially as we’ve got some foreign visitors planning to stay over the next year, and our living room offers no privacy, nor enough room for anything other than the sofa bed when it’s pulled out. How much can we expect to have to pay for more room?

There seems to be a number of properties available for between £550 and £650 which would be a step up in giving us some extra room. Some of the locations are similar to ours, yet some are a little less close to town or other shops/pubs etc which would colour our choice. For the more expensive option we’d need to spend a bit more time indoors though anyway so perhaps how close we were to town wouldn’t matter! And we could have friends over to stay more easily with not only a spare room, but more reception rooms, and more space within the main living room to host.

Buying for £450

Now, the maths behind paying monthly instalments for a mortgage are not as straightforward! I’m going to work it out based on having saved up only a 5% deposit. The Which Mortgage Advice calculator suggests we would be able to borrow between £112,000 to £160,000 based on our earnings. To work your potential mortgage allowance and repayment figures go to http://mortgageadvisers.which.co.uk/mortgage-calculators/mortgage-repayment-calculator/.

For around £450 per month mortgage repayments, over 25 years at 3.2%, we could buy a house for a little over £100,000 with 5% deposit. How do the houses for sale compare with my rental property for £450?

For £109,000 there’s a one bedroom (not big enough for a double bed) flat who’s bathroom and kitchen look like they need a  lot of work doing, and the living room is smaller than my current one. No good for guests.

For £105,000 there is 2 bedroom property with a small living room and a quirky bit of extra space above via a wooden ladder. I think quirkiness helps to reduce the price of this 2 bed!

The final property within budget is an auction property. So there aren’t anywhere near as many options to buy for £450 per month as there are to rent!

Buying for £600

For a little over £600 per month with the same variables, we could afford to buy a house at £130,000. So for £630 each month, would we be able to live in a similar space as you could for renting? 2 bedrooms, a spacious living room with another reception room, and a garden?

Even for £125,000 to £140,000, there’s a mixture of 1 and 2 bed properties available in the same area, some of which are apartments without gardens, some of which are houses with more on offer, but are perhaps slightly further out of town or in a less ‘respectable’ part of the town.  Also, there’s no guarantee that for this price the living room will be any bigger than in my cluster home. Added to that they seem to all have a ‘catch’ such as no parking despite being in town, or ‘shared courtyard’ etc.

Perhaps when it comes time for us to buy, we’ll have to move further away from our families, perhaps closer toward Northamptonshire or Kettering, in order to be able to buy something which makes it that bit more worth paying for.

Final Thoughts

How important is it to get on the housing market now, versus delaying and ‘wasting money’ on rent but enjoying a more spacious property with somewhat less hassle for a few years more? Perhaps this is just another factor affecting the number of young people who ‘can’t afford to buy’ – because if you scraped all your savings and earnings together, you might just be able to afford a property. But after all that effort you wouldn’t still want to be living somewhere feeling cramped or out of desired location. So why bother?

I think we will be happy to rent for a few more years, until we can find a property that’s enough of a bargain to go for, or until our financial situation changes and we have the extra cash to pay for the investment that would be buying a decent sized house. As it is at the moment, there’s not enough money free each month to bother to look at buying.

Nearing their 30s, Hannah and her boyfriend are trying to think of how best to approach the next 5 years sensibly, from getting out of debt, to eloping to save money, to buying a property as an investment. As yet unresolved, they hope to move either way in to a bigger property in the next few months, and will be checking in with local rental agent Ashan Property for the best deals.

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Best & Worst Ways To Cut Costs On A Construction Jobhttp://olgerfallaspainting.com/best-worst-ways-cut-costs-construction-job/ http://olgerfallaspainting.com/best-worst-ways-cut-costs-construction-job/#comments Thu, 20 Mar 2014 10:00:53 +0000 http://olgerfallaspainting.com/?p=7559 Best & Worst Ways To Cut Costs On A Construction Job is a post from: Olger Fallas Painting

First, you most likely will get undivided attention, since the construction workers will likely not have other projects going at the same time.

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Who doesn’t want to save a buck when they can? Usually trying to save your hard earned cash is a good thing. Sometimes though, saving money isn’t the wisest decision. Below are listed examples of times you should try and save money on your home improvement project, and also times when trying to do something on the cheap is the wrong way to go.


BEST: Go Over Every Detail of the Project   Sit down yourself (if you are doing the project DIY) or with your contractor and take a look at every single cost involved in the project. You may spot costs for things you wouldn’t mind skipping. Some may be obvious to throw out, but really discuss with your contractor before you throw out too much. You don’t want to get rid of anything that may be important or make a big difference in the end results.

BEST: Start in the Off Season   Starting work on home improvement in the winter has several perks. First, you most likely will get undivided attention, since the construction workers will likely not have other projects going at the same time. This means a project done faster for you, and with more focus. Second, in the winter months both material and labor costs are down thanks to it being such a slow building period.   

BEST: Shop Around   It seems like a given to some, but make sure to speak to at least three contractors. This will make it easier for you to make an informed decision, but also allow you to take into consideration what all the prospective contractors have said about your project, and if there was an idea you like, or something you hadn’t thought of.  

BEST: Make Green Choices   You may be surprised to learn that when you make environmentally friendly choices during your remodel, you aren’t just helping the planet, but also your wallet. Green updates and projects could save you money in the way of tax breaks (check to see if any are available) or in lowered utility bills. Energy efficient changes to your home will result in lower heating and cooling costs.

WORST: Buying Cheap Fixtures   You may be saving a buck now, but you have to consider the long run when it comes to home improvement. Finding the look of the fixtures you want for your sink, door, or cabinets at a cheap price may not be hard, but are you really saving money if thanks to their poor quality you have to replace them not long after the fact? This is of course on top of the fact that appearance wise, these fixtures will look old and dingy much quicker, meaning changing them in an effort to “improve” your home was pointless.  

WORST: DIYing Something Complicated   Know your limitations. There is a reason that professionals usually do these jobs. It may be tempting to put your skills and brain to the test and take on a project on your own, but this could ultimately be a very bad thing. Not only could you end up injuring yourself, but you could purchase unnecessary tools and materials. You also could mess up, resulting in a professional needed to come in behind you and complete the original project, along with new fixes. All this means more money for you when it is all said and done.

WORST: Skimping on Anything Structural   This is the perfect example of something tricky you should NOT do yourself. It can lead to a dangerous situation during the work, or for years to come if the work is not done properly. Also consider the fact that a contractor will have working knowledge of the permits necessary, and where to look for wiring and gas pipes while working.

WORST: Hiring an Unlicensed Contractor

Beware! Just like there is a reason construction is a profession, there is also a reason why contractors should be licensed. Hiring someone that is licensed is for YOUR protection. In order to obtain it, the contractor has proven they have a minimum amount of experience and that they can pass a test on handling business finances. There is also the added benefit that in a lot of states, to become licensed, a contractor must also have proof of insurance.

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Randy Dunn is the owner of Dunn Construction, located in Mechanicsville Va. Randy has been providing quality exterior siding replacement for the surrounding area of Glen Allen since 1960.

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Where Should You Learn How To Use Power Tools?http://olgerfallaspainting.com/learn-use-power-tools/ http://olgerfallaspainting.com/learn-use-power-tools/#comments Thu, 13 Mar 2014 14:17:06 +0000 http://olgerfallaspainting.com/?p=7549 Where Should You Learn How To Use Power Tools? is a post from: Olger Fallas Painting

Power tools are effective yet dangerous implements. One wrong move can mean slicing a finger off or causing a severe graze. Nobody who doesn't know what they’re doing should go anywhere near a power tool of any kind. Education is the key.

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Power tools are effective yet dangerous implements. One wrong move can mean slicing a finger off or causing a severe graze. Nobody who doesn’t know what they’re doing should go anywhere near a power tool of any kind. Education is the key.

If you don’t know anything about using power tools, where should you find out how to use them?

Family and Friends

It’s rare for someone to not know anybody who has an idea of proper power tool usage. Get the help of an expert you’re on friendly terms with and ask them to teach you. What they can show you really depends on what sort of tools they have.

If they’re amateur DIY enthusiasts, the chances are they can only show you how to use the basics. For any advanced tuition, you’ll need to look elsewhere.

See if your family and friends have any connections. They might be able to put you in touch with someone who knows what they’re doing, and would be willing to spend a few hours teaching you.

YouTube and More

When all else fails, the Internet can always step in to give you a hand. While the Internet has some fantastic resources on power tool usage, it’s always better to have someone else teach you how to use power tools. Otherwise, there’s always a danger of not using the proper hand techniques.

Teaching something practical through an instructional video is different from being shown in person where someone can step in if something goes wrong.

Overall, this option requires self-awareness. You need the awareness to stop when it’s obviously too dangerous to keep learning without the help of someone by your side.

Local Classes

See if there are any classes in your local community. Obviously, you won’t find any class labeled ‘Power Tool Tuition’. Instead, you have to be quite savvy. Search for classes that involve a degree of wood and metalworking. During these classes, you’ll encounter many of the common power tools you’ll want to use at home.

We recommend this tuition option because of the practical aspect of it. You aren’t just sitting with a tutor who shows you how to control your oscillating multi tool. You’re actively making and building something. The best way to learn anything is to put it into real usage.

You’ll learn more about a cordless drill by putting up a shelf than reading a book on it.

Trial and Error

Some people can get away with reading the instructions that come with the tool and just getting started with it. Generally, those who already have prior construction experience will do this. Even if you’re experienced, you still need someone who can stand by your side and make sure you don’t injure yourself or someone else.

Even with the above options, you won’t learn everything in a few sessions. You’ll soon discover that most of your lessons will be learned through your own mistakes while building something else.

You might sustain minor splinters and cuts, but every injury is a crucial lesson!

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Jonathan Hendricks is a serial blogger who shares his views and insights through his articles. He mostly writes articles related to home improvement, gardening and business. He feels that Fitzall Blades are a must have around the house for doing complex DIY work.

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How a New Jersey Property Management Company Helps with Commercial Energy Conservationhttp://olgerfallaspainting.com/new-jersey-property-management-company-helps-commercial-energy-conservation/ http://olgerfallaspainting.com/new-jersey-property-management-company-helps-commercial-energy-conservation/#comments Fri, 31 Jan 2014 09:00:50 +0000 http://olgerfallaspainting.com/?p=7285 How a New Jersey Property Management Company Helps with Commercial Energy Conservation is a post from: Olger Fallas Painting

A New Jersey property management company can help you conserve energy in the common areas of your condominiums.

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People often think that going green is too expensive or difficult to accomplish.  However, the facts tell a different story.  Conserving energy can be easy, and it can actually save you money.  In fact, energy use is the largest operating expense in commercial office buildings, and represents approximately one-third of a typical operating budget.  Furthermore, that energy use alone comprises almost 20 percent of the country’s annual greenhouse gas emissions.   Through increasing your energy saving awareness, a New Jersey property management company can not only help you to be a better steward of your property, but also a better steward of the environment.

Commercial Energy Conservation Tactics

It’s a fact that office buildings and common areas waste up to one-third of all of the energy that they consume.  As such, commercial energy conservation is an important part of any sustainability goals.   There are many approaches you can take when working to manage commercial energy use.  Implementation and modification of materials and technology is one such approach.  Another, cost effective approach is behavior modification.  There are many potential ways to practice conservation and promote cost savings.  Whatever tactic, or combination of tactics, you choose to use, it’s certain that a New Jersey property management company can effectively help you to reduce costs and improve sustainability.

Changing human behavior is one way to approach commercial energy conservation.  It is often true that employees of commercial office tenants are able to consume energy at their own discretion.  They can sometimes use office equipment, lighting, and heating with no consideration of the energy expense.  This is also true of residents of a condominium and their use of public areas or rooms with a common use.  By proactively increasing awareness and changing energy consuming behaviors, a New Jersey property management company can substantially increase your energy efficiency through the following methods.

Energy Conservation Stamp, 1975

Energy Conservation Stamp, 1975 (Photo credit: kristykay22)

Simple Steps Recommended by a New Jersey Property Management Company

As with any change, awareness is the key. The first step in changing energy wasting behaviors is to be aware of what needs to be changed.  Taking an energy audit can help you to see areas of weakness and room for improvement.  Only once you are aware of areas that need to be changed, you can take the first steps.

Some first steps can be as simple as turning off the lights when they aren’t in use, or even promoting the use of natural daylight as an alternative to artificial light.  Many residents would be happy to trade in the harsh lighting used in many commercial settings today for a more natural environment.  Also, janitorial practices should be revised in order to reduce the hours in which artificial lights are used.  Another simple step is to set the thermostat back in the evening or whenever the building is empty.  Additionally, you can synchronize start up times and power-down times, in order that energy use is optimized.

Cost Effective Investments

Beyond behavior modification, there are other targeted cost effective measures you can take to decrease your energy usage.  Investing in energy efficient products and devices and save you money in the long term.  Installation of energy efficient lighting greatly reduces energy consumption, as do occupancy sensors.  Other energy saving strategies can include installation of window films, adding insulation, or adding reflective roof coating.

Programmable thermostats provide an automated approach to reducing utility bills.  They offer preset energy reduction programs, and even remote control of the thermostat.  Also, keep in mind that new heating and cooling equipment is more efficient.  You can retrofit, upgrade, or install new equipment in order to take advantage of new technologies.

Energy Conservation and Profit

Don’t forget that your efforts will reap rewards.  Energy efficiency improvements can increase your net operating income and asset value.  It is estimated that even a 10 percent decrease in energy usage can lead to a 1.5 percent increase in net operating income.  Through following these simple tips with help from a New Jersey property management company, you can do your part to reduce pollution and harmful greenhouse gas emissions, conserve precious resources, and ultimately save money.

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Did you make a New Year’s resolution to organize your craft materials? You’re not alone! January is the perfect time to organize all your craft supplies — and keep them that way throughout the year! Start with something simple, like these file-racks-turned-supply-storage from Pretty Prudent. Can you believe all these supplies were once stored in […]

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Did you make a New Year’s resolution to organize your craft materials? You’re not alone! January is the perfect time to organize all your craft supplies — and keep them that way throughout the year! Start with something simple, like these file-racks-turned-supply-storage from Pretty Prudent. Can you believe all these supplies were once stored in a drawer?

For four more ideas, visit our friends at CraftFoxes.

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8 Cool DIY Kitchen Backsplasheshttp://olgerfallaspainting.com/8-cool-diy-kitchen-backsplashes/ http://olgerfallaspainting.com/8-cool-diy-kitchen-backsplashes/#comments Sun, 26 Jan 2014 17:32:12 +0000 http://olgerfallaspainting.com/8-cool-diy-kitchen-backsplashes/ 8 Cool DIY Kitchen Backsplashes is a post from: Olger Fallas Painting

A kitchen backsplash is a thing that every kitchen has but how can you easily design it? There are lots of ways! If you are looking for a rustic kitchen backsplash, make it of wood – of natural wood or just old pallets, that’s cheap and looks great. Wine corks can also comprise a fantastic […]

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A kitchen backsplash is a thing that every kitchen has but how can you easily design it? There are lots of ways! If you are looking for a rustic kitchen backsplash, make it of wood – of natural wood or just old pallets, that’s cheap and looks great. Wine corks can also comprise a fantastic kitchen backsplash and will give you an opportunity to utilize all the corks. If you have lots of different tiles, they can be used for a funny and bright mosaic backsplash. A 3D backsplash can be made of tiles attached to one another in several layers – a cool idea!

For the full story, visit our friends at Shelterness.

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It’s Not Every Day That You See A Luxury Home With A Giant ‘Cheers’ Mural (PHOTOS)http://olgerfallaspainting.com/its-not-every-day-that-you-see-a-luxury-home-with-a-giant-cheers-mural-photos/ http://olgerfallaspainting.com/its-not-every-day-that-you-see-a-luxury-home-with-a-giant-cheers-mural-photos/#comments Sun, 26 Jan 2014 17:27:56 +0000 http://olgerfallaspainting.com/its-not-every-day-that-you-see-a-luxury-home-with-a-giant-cheers-mural-photos/ It’s Not Every Day That You See A Luxury Home With A Giant ‘Cheers’ Mural (PHOTOS) is a post from: Olger Fallas Painting

We think it’s great to wear your heart on your sleeve! Or your walls. The owner of this luxury loft in downtown Indianapolis is clearly devoted to the TV show “Cheers.” Devoted enough, anyway, to paint a spectacularly large mural of Sam Malone, Carla Tortelli, Cliff Clavin and Norm Peterson across the billiards room. (The […]

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We think it’s great to wear your heart on your sleeve! Or your walls.

The owner of this luxury loft in downtown Indianapolis is clearly devoted to the TV show “Cheers.” Devoted enough, anyway, to paint a spectacularly large mural of Sam Malone, Carla Tortelli, Cliff Clavin and Norm Peterson across the billiards room. (The Beatles get a slightly more modest amount of appreciation.)

Well, the loft’s on the market now, for $2.5 million. Let’s hope there’s someone else with that kind of coin who is also a big fan — or is willing to shell out a little more for a new paint job. (As someone in the comments over on Curbed pointed out, paint is cheap — switching out that green bathroom might cost a little more.)

Check the place out here, and tell us in the comments if you’re ready for everyone to know your name as the person who loves “Cheers” this much:

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Artists Create Mesmerizing Miniature Worlds, All Within The Confines Of A Fish Tankhttp://olgerfallaspainting.com/artists-create-mesmerizing-miniature-worlds-all-within-the-confines-of-a-fish-tank/ http://olgerfallaspainting.com/artists-create-mesmerizing-miniature-worlds-all-within-the-confines-of-a-fish-tank/#comments Sun, 26 Jan 2014 15:57:39 +0000 http://olgerfallaspainting.com/artists-create-mesmerizing-miniature-worlds-all-within-the-confines-of-a-fish-tank/ Artists Create Mesmerizing Miniature Worlds, All Within The Confines Of A Fish Tank is a post from: Olger Fallas Painting

Welcome to the world of aquascaping, an intricate “outsider” craft that involves arranging rocks, stones, wood and — yes — aquatic plants in wild, underwater designs. If you weren’t aware of the fish-tank-bound art practice, we’re happy to introduce you to its submerged wonders. Whisper of the Pines The following images come to us courtesy […]

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Welcome to the world of aquascaping, an intricate “outsider” craft that involves arranging rocks, stones, wood and — yes — aquatic plants in wild, underwater designs. If you weren’t aware of the fish-tank-bound art practice, we’re happy to introduce you to its submerged wonders.

whisper of the pines
Whisper of the Pines

The following images come to us courtesy of the Russian and Eastern European artists who competed in last year’s Planted Aquarium Design Contest. Transforming empty tanks into tiny, aquatic dreamscapes, the participants engage in a surprisingly beautiful mix of design — part Ikebana, sculpture and landscaping. And, in case you need reminding, these minuscule imaginings take place under water.

The Planted Aquarium Design Contest 2013 jury chose a selection of winners worthy of a nearly $7,000 prize pool (based on composition, originality, grooming, viability, photo quality and general impression). The competition hosted a People’s Choice Award as well. In other words, this is the real deal. Behold, a glimpse into the world of aquascaping that you never knew you were missing:

charm of light
Charm of Light

mini mountain range
Mini Mountain Range

morning forest
Morning Forest

wild west
Wild West

forgotten forest
Forgotten Forest

lost beach
Lost Beach

forest lair
Forest Lair

way to heaven
Way to Heaven

change of seasons
Change of Seasons

drowned forest
Drowned Forest

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