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Saving Energy in Swimming Pools and Hot Tubs - Our Top Tips to Save Money
Natural swimming pools and ponds

Top tips for energy efficient swimming pools - reduce pool cleaning & running costs

...ature, nothing beats that! Natural solar heated swimming pools are the best way to save energy Another eco-friendly alternative to your traditional chemically treated pool are those that use a salt-chlorine generator to convert salt into chlorine. These pools are easy to maintain, they cost less to operate, hav...

Permeable interlock pavers & paving stones
Permeable laneways and patios

Water-permeable landscaping surfaces

...and read about are not actually porous and don't absorb water any differently than conventional paver stones, the permeability comes from creating a larger space between them to allow water to drain through. To that end, the stones have bumps on the side that create a natural gap between them, allowing water to pass th...

Deck Construction, 10 Top Tips for Building Decks
Decks, porches and gazebos

Building a deck ? 10 Tips to make your deck last longer

...a bed of 3/4" clean crushed stone will also act to prevent frost heave, it just can't have any fines in it because the water has to drain off rather than being retained. One thing to always bear in mind, especially if building a deck or landscaping a garden in cold climate zones and your home has a basement, is how t...

Pallet beds are trending but pallets can be toxic so be careful
Recycled and Reclaimed Materials

Is it safe to build beds or furniture with shipping pallets?

...alone, is how clean they are . Stains on pallets may be from food, or from toxic substances. It can be difficult to ascertain what a stain is, so it is best to assume any stained pallet may be contaminated with something toxic. There are enough shipping pallets hanging around that you can bypass any that look a little ...

Condensation on windows in our homes - why is it there? - how to stop it?
Walls and Roofs

Condensation on windows is a pain but is it a problem & how to stop it?

...ant to carefully seal air-barriers in homes , paying special attention to joins and breaks in the membranes – especially where secondary trades have passed after air-barriers were fitted - and by using specialist sealing tape that stays stuck down properly. Last but not least – if you live in a cold climate area that...

Why basements flood and how to prevent that with a sump pump
Basements improvements

Why Basements Flood & How to Prevent Flooded Basements

...ater level alarms for sump pumps... Should I get a sump pump high level alarm? A sump pump alarm which alerts to high water level is a valuable and affordable addition that can alert you to a problem that you may be able to solve easily in time to possibly prevent a basement flood. Many of the smart home automation...

Natural swimming pool design (NSP) for eco homes
Natural swimming pools and ponds

Natural ponds and natural swimming pools

...how to manage having finned swimming buddies. Natural swimming pools are a great way to cool off in hot summers. image via Pinkax.com Pool maintenance: Maintenance of a natural pool falls into a completely different category than that of a chlorinated pool. Caring for a natural environment makes pond maintena...

Swimming Pool Heating - Save energy & money & be Eco-friendly as possible Tips
Natural swimming pools and ponds

Heating a Swimming Pool - Top 10 Cost-Efficient & Eco-friendly ways to heat a pool

...also ideal to have a pool in an area shielded from the wind, as wind on the surface of a pool creates ripples or small waves. Heat loss through evaporation is an interaction of water temperature, air temperature, humidity, and surface area of the pool. A flat, tranquil swimming pool will have a water surface area equal...