14 Dec 10 Things To Keep Up-To-Date On Home Maintenance
With approximately 30 per cent of expats now owning property in Dubai, the need for protecting one’s assets is particularly relevant since investors not only look to maintaining their portfolio for sustainable returns, but often also because they live there.
Preventing problems by establishing a pro-active property maintenance plan need not be time consuming or expensive. However, if maintenance and repairs are ignored, over time your home’s condition inevitably worsens and your landlord once did the fixing up that will now fall on your head. One of the best things you can do for your property, and the planet, is create a sustainable environment. Here are the top 10 ways to save energy that our EUROTEK team can help you with.
- Installing aerators on your taps reduces water consumption by forcing air into the water flow without lowering the pressure.
- Light Emitting Diodes, better known as LED lights use less energy, produce less heat, and last longer than conventional bulbs.
- By installing energy saving devices, or switching to high efficiency air conditioners, you can reduce your energy consumption by up to 20%.
- Exterior landscape shading is another great way of reducing energy costs. It lessens heat radiation, allowing the air to cool before it reaches the windows and walls of your home.
- While everyone loves to walk around in a patch of their own grass, very few people think of the high costs that go into maintaining it. Using artificial grass instead will eliminate the use for an irrigation system, and with high-grade grass available, you will barely be able to tell that it isn’t fresh.
- When your house gets heated up, the air-conditioning unit must work that much harder to cool it down. To avoid this, all you need to do is draw the curtains in any room that isn’t being used. The heat radiation is greatly reduced, and in turn will also reduce the energy consumed by your cooling system.
- Planting indigenous trees and shrubs in your garden that are used to growing in the desert, will require minimal amounts of water and save you high irrigation costs.
- Did you know that 90% of a washing machine’s energy is used to heat the water while it washes your clothes? Changing the temperature to 30-40 °C, will greatly reduce your electricity bill. Another thing to keep in mind is to only do a load of laundry when your machine is full to optimise the use of energy.
- As far as possible unplug your electrical appliances after you’re done using them.
- Fit a dual flush button to your toilet.