Recycling with the Atlanta Home Inspector

  Outgrown clothing, stacks of papers, and an over-abundance of plastic shopping bags cluttering your home?  Need some ideas about where to start in the recycling process? The Atlanta home inspector has thought of a few ways to benefit the environment, as well as, a few ways to help people.

All children grow whether we want them to or not, so it is common to have shirts and pants cluttering up the closet space. A good way to recycle the outgrown garments is to donate them. In our community there are various drop-off stations for clothing. Not only are you cleaning-up your space, but also providing clothing for someone else.

Mail, newspapers, magazines and school papers tend to stack-up. A common occurrence in our home, is that the stacks just get shuffled around. Growing tired of this shuffling stack dance, we decided to set up bins for paper products.  Our waste management company picks up our bin once a week. Now books are another story. It is hard to let books go thinking that they might not get read. So a great alternative is your public library. Most of them will take book donations and add them to their collections.

When you open a can of green beans what do you do with the can? Placing veggie and fruit cans with aluminum soda cans is another recycling option. Check with your drop-off or pick-up crew to see if they prefer label peeled or left on the can. It varies by location.

Glass can also be recycled. A separate bin in the garage is helpful to collect any bottles or assorted glassware. Once again, our waste management company picks-up these items during their regular route.

If you have a pet, don’t let him or her leave their deposit behind in your neighbor’s yard. Re-use that plethora of plastic shopping bags to collect their little or big “offerings” as you walk.  You can’t beat the price of them – free!

It might seem like extra work and difficult decision-making, when the subject of recycling is approached. However, recycling benefits our earth – our home.  Also, you are helping other people by donating items that you no longer need or use.

Happy recycling!

When you find your dream home, make sure that you get a thorough home inspection in Atlanta, GA from the home inspector Atlanta, GA, David Lelak of IHI Home Inspections, 404-788-2581

50 Creative Reuse Ideas For Your Home And Garden

“Creative Reuse” is the transformation of everyday items that would otherwise be thrown out into something useful. It’s where being “green” and the arts can converge. 

In every Bridge Mill home, there are literally hundreds of items that be reused and repurposed, including such disparate items as chipped coffee mugs, step ladders, and bubble wrap. After transformation, for example, these three items can become a simple storage container, a plant stand, and greenhouse insulation, respectively.

Real Simple made a list of “50 All-Time Favorite New Uses For Old Things“. It’s a list of Creative Reuse projects from which you’re bound to find inspiration.

For example, the magazine suggests using an old Twister Mat as a children’s party tablecloth; or an old eyeglasses case to hold nail care essentials such as clippers, files and scissors.

Some of Real Simple’s other top ideas included :

  • Distinguish your glass from other party-goers’ glasses at a party with peel-on/peel-off window decals
  • Protect counter tops from hot dishes with and old mousepad-turned-trivet
  • Eliminate travel bulk. Carry non-prescription medicines in an old contact lens case.
  • Use Play-Doh as a candle or sparkler holder
  • Pour pancake batter into an old ketchup bottle for no-mess cooking

With Creative Reuse, you’re limited only by your imagination and, even then, Google can be a terrific project resource.

Check the Real Simple list for 50 great ideas.

Do us a favor if you or someone you know is about to buy that perfect home, please recommend us to them. When you find your dream home, make sure that you get a thorough home inspection in Atlanta, GA from the home inspector Atlanta, GA, David Lelak of IHI Home Inspections, they serve Atlanta and all of North Georgia. Call us today at 404-788-2581 for a thorough home inspection in Atlanta. We won’t let you buy the money pit.  You can also schedule your Atlanta home inspection today online.  We create Peace of Mind One Atlanta home inspection at a time.  Be sure to check out all the other reasons other customers chose IHI Home Inspections at our original website. 

Good News For Allergy Sufferers Linked to Environmentally Safe Products

   According to the EPA inside air is more polluted than outside air. Paints and finishes are considered one of the top 5 hazards to human health. Low level toxins are released not only upon application of paint, but also for years after the fact. Volatile Organic Compounds or VOC’s  were thought to be essential to the paints performance. However, low VOC and zero VOC paints and finishes have now been developed.

 The safest paints and finishes are those that are made naturally. Water based natural paints do not emit smell- this is good news for allergy sufferers. Oil based natural paints usually emit citrus or essential oil fragrance. 

 Natural paints and finishes are made from raw plant ingredients: oils, resins, dyes.  Essential oils and water are also ingredients.  There are also natural mineral ingredients such as milk casein, clay, bees’wax, earth and natural latex.  

When choosing the “greenest” paint (not in color, but in natural form) it is best to research your choices to arrive at the best decision for your own environment. There are so many choices available to consumers and contractors today that deciding on a healthy and environmentally sound product is much easier than in the past.

When you find your dream home, make sure that you get a thorough Atlanta home inspection from the Atlanta home inspector, David & Bonnie Lelak of IHI Home Inspections, they serve Canton, Alpharetta, Roswell, Cumming, Woodstock, Atlanta and all of North Georgia. Call us today at 404-788-2581 for a thorough home inspection in Atlanta. We won’t let you buy the money pit.  You can also schedule your Atlanta home inspection today online.  We create Peace of Mind One Atlanta home inspection at a time.  Be sure to check out all the other reasons other customers chose IHI Home Inspections at our original website. 

The choice is yours, “Cheap Charlie” or “Thorough David” you decide.  If you want a thorough Atlanta home inspection for a reasonable price call us today at 404-788-2581, you’ll be glad you did.

Services Provided: Atlanta Home Inspections, Home Inspection Atlanta, Atlanta Home Inspections, Radon Gas Testing, Radon Inspections Pool & Spa Inspections, Infrared Inspections, 5 Star Protection Inspections, Moisture and Leak Detection Inspections.

Value Added Features

  • I walk the roof on 99% of homes – most inspectors don’t!
  • No Risk Home Inspections – Ask about our 200% Guarantee
  • 24/7 Convenient Online scheduling
  • Recall Check – appliances checked for manufacturer recalls NEW Service now being offered!
  • Discounts available for Military and 2nd Inspections
  • Radon Gas 48-Hour continuous testing available

We also provide State of the Art Thermal Imaging Services:

  • Got a leak you can’t find – we detect hidden leaks behind your walls!
  • Are you losing heating and cooling dollars – find out where with an Energy Scan!
  • Worried about your electric panel overheating – check it with an Electrical Scan! 
  • Know a business owner with flat roof issues, repairs or about to be replaced – we can possibly save them thousands with Commercial Roof Scanning!

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Reduce Energy Consumption! Watch this quick Video For a Suggestion From The Atlanta Home Inspector.

Are you looking for a simple way to reduce energy consumption? The Atlanta Home Inspector shares this quick tip complete with how-to’s!

 A  home’s lighting accounts for 15 percent of its total energy consumption, a fact that’s both costly to homeowners, and “un-green” to the environment. It’s simple to reduce those effects, however — all you need are dimmer switches.

A modern dimmer switch works by rapidly opening and closing a light circuit, providing less energy to the bulb, and consuming less energy from the source.   

In this 2-minute video, you’ll learn how to reduce your home’s standard on/off lighting switches using dimmer switches. The dimmer-switch project is a do-it-yourself project and requires only basic handyman experience. 

First, determine whether you need a 3-way dimmer switch, or a single-pole dimmer switch. If your fixture is controlled my two light switches, you’ll want a 3-way dimmer switch. Otherwise, the single-pole choice is best.

Next, just follow the directions :

  1. Cut the power to the light switch via your home’s circuit breaker
  2. Remove the existing light switch plate and pull the switch from the wall
  3. Disconnect the in-wall wires from the existing light switch plate
  4. Connect the in-wall wires to their same-color wires on the dimmer switch plate
  5. Push the wires into the wall and reconnect the power via the circuit breaker

The amount of energy that dimmer switches will save your home depends on light-types and to what degree you use the switch’s dimmer capabilities. One caveat, though — not all energy-saving light bulbs are dimmer switch-capatable.

Compact fluorescent light bulbs, for example, don’t work with dimmer switches unless the bulb is specifically designed to be “dimmable”.

The rooms with highest wattage rates are typically the master bathroom and the kitchen. 

Do us a favor if you or someone you know is about to buy that perfect home, please recommend us to them. When you find your dream home, make sure that you get a thorough home inspection in Atlanta, GA from the home inspector Atlanta, GA, David & Bonnie Lelak of IHI Home Inspections, they serve Atlanta and all of North Georgia. Call us today at 404-788-2581 for a thorough home inspection in Atlanta. We won’t let you buy the money pit.  You can also schedule your Atlanta home inspection today online.  We create Peace of Mind One Atlanta home inspection at a time.  Be sure to check out all the other reasons other customers chose IHI Home Inspections at our original website. 

A blanket for your house shared by a home inspector in Atlanta

As a home inspector in Atlanta, GA we happen to see all kinds of things during the home inspection process in Atlanta.  We also get asked all kinds of questions about green living and energy-efficient products.  We ran across the following article and thought is was an excellent article to share.  With a growing emphasis on eco-conscious living, homeowners recognize the importance and value of having an energy-efficient home. One essential factor for saving energy and maintaining indoor air comfort is sealing the exterior of the home. Insulation and energy-efficient windows play important roles in preventing air leaks where obvious holes are present, however, one hidden area susceptible to energy leaks is the home’s framing.

“Homeowners are looking for ways to improve their home’s energy performance,” says Jery Y. Huntley, president and CEO of the Vinyl Siding Institute (VSI), the trade association for manufacturers of vinyl and other polymeric siding and suppliers to the industry. “A common problem with homes today is the thermal bridging effect, which can rob a home of heat and waste energy and money.”

In thermal bridging, the studs act as a passageway for heat to escape. Most insulation helps seal wall cavities, but the wall studs on either side of the cavities are often left exposed, reducing the insulating value of the entire wall.

“Continuous wall insulation is crucial to fully seal the exterior and protect against heat loss,” says Jerry Blais, vice president of marketing for Ply Gem, a leading manufacturer of home remodeling and building products. “Insulated siding is one solution that helps reduce the impact of thermal bridging, adding a blanket of insulation over the exposed wall studs.”

Backed with polystyrene foam insulation that is integral to the panel, insulated siding can increase a wall system’s R-value, or thermal resistance. The continuous insulation the siding provides over the entire wall can contribute to reducing the energy needed to heat or cool a home.

In fact, ENERGY STAR and other programs now recognize insulated siding as a valid material to reduce thermal bridging. Therefore, insulated siding is included in the checklist of products that help homes qualify to earn the ENERGY STAR Qualified Homes label.

“The recognition of insulated siding as home insulation in energy codes and energy efficiency programs legitimizes a benefit we’ve known for some time,” says Huntley.

Beyond energy efficiency, insulated siding offers many other benefits:
* Because it is made with vinyl, insulated siding is low maintenance. It provides the look of real wood, but does not require painting or staining.

* Insulated siding is an exceptionally dry wall system, making it resistant to mold growth and deterioration due to moisture absorption.

* The foam insulation backing and wide-style clapboard design options make insulated siding an extremely durable and impact resistant cladding, while improving the exterior wall flatness for added aesthetic appeal.

Today’s vinyl siding manufacturers offer insulated siding options at various price points and in an assortment of colors. Blais recommends Mastic Home Exteriors by Ply Gem Structure EPS for superior performance and a wide selection of coordinating designer accents and accessories, which can be found on www.mastic.com. Options such as Napco by Ply Gem American Essence or Variform by Ply Gem CSL 600 also offer classic styling in numerous colors.

If you are considering insulated siding for your next home improvement project, ask your contractor to download a free copy of Insulated Siding as Home Insulation: Guide for Users and Energy Raters, published by the VSI. Available at www.insulatedsiding.info, this guide offers information on how insulated siding contributes to building energy performance, as well as proper installation techniques.

If you want a thorough home inspector on your side when you’re buying a home,that will provide a thorough computerized home inspection report call us today 404-788-2581 or better yet you can now schedule your home inspections completely online at http://www.ihihomeinspections.com  We provide peace of mind one home inspection at a time! 

If you’re a home owner who wishes to simply maintain their home in the best possible manner call us today for a maintenance inspection to be done. 

Check out our website at http://www.ihihomeinspections.com to find out our current promotion. 

 

When you find your dream home, make sure that you get a thorough home inspection in Atlanta, GA from the home inspector Atlanta, GA, David & Bonnie Lelak of IHI Home Inspections, they serve Atlanta and all of North Georgia. Call us today at 404-788-2581 for a thorough home inspection in Atlanta. We won’t let you buy the money pit.  You can also schedule your Atlanta home inspection today online.  We create Peace of Mind One Atlanta home inspection at a time.  Be sure to check out all the other reasons other customers chose IHI Home Inspections at our original website. 

The choice is yours, “Cheap Charlie” or “Thorough David” you decide.  If you want a thorough Atlanta home inspection for a reasonable price call us today at 404-788-2581, you’ll be glad you did.

Services Provided:Home Inspections Atlanta, Atlanta Home Inspections, Radon Gas Testing, Radon Inspections Pool & Spa Inspections, Infrared Inspections, 5 Star Protection Inspections, Moisture and Leak Detection Inspections.

Value Added Features

  • I walk the roof on 99% of homes – most inspectors don’t!
  • No Risk Home Inspections – Ask about our 200% Guarantee
  • 24/7 Convenient Online scheduling
  • Recall Check – appliances checked for manufacturer recalls NEW Service now being offered!
  • Discounts available for Military and 2nd Inspections
  • Radon Gas 48-Hour continuous testing available

We also provide State of the Art Thermal Imaging Services:

  • Got a leak you can’t find – we detect hidden leaks behind your walls!
  • Are you losing heating and cooling dollars – find out where with an Energy Scan!
  • Worried about your electric panel overheating – check it with an Electrical Scan! 
  • Know a business owner with flat roof issues, repairs or about to be replaced – we can possibly save them thousands with Commercial Roof Scanning!

    Visit us here:

             

We love new friends and followers!

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Living green outside of the home

Do you know if your apartment building, place of employment, or favorite hotel is operating efficiently? Even the seemingly minor decisions we make each day can have a significant impact on our health, finances and surrounding environment. While most people know about the small changes they can make at home to have a positive impact, including using natural products, recycling and reducing waste and installing efficient appliances and fixtures, they may not know how easy it is to make the same environmentally friendly choices outside the home. Energy efficiency and water conservation continue to gain visibility in the commercial building sector, too.

The ENERGY STAR program, jointly administered by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), offers technical information and tools to help people identify energy-efficient products, solutions, and practices. It serves as a mark of excellence in energy performance. Did you know you can learn whether a building, such as the one in which you work, is ENERGY STAR labeled? It’s as easy as visiting the ENERGY STAR website and searching the online index.

The WaterSense program is another EPA partnership program that aims to raise awareness about the importance of water usage by labeling water-efficient products, such as bath faucets, urinals, showerheads and toilets, that perform better than the industry standard. It also encourages plumbing manufacturers to design new products with its specifications in mind so consumers and businesses can more easily find water-efficient products.

This year, Delta Faucet Company was honored as 2011 WaterSense Manufacturer Partner of the Year. Delta Faucet has an array of WaterSense labeled products as part of its commitment to finding a smarter way to work with water. Launched in 2008, the WaterSense Partner of the Year awards recognize partners that help advance the overall mission of the WaterSense program, demonstrate overall excellence in the water-efficiency arena and increase awareness of the WaterSense goals in a measurable way. Each year, the program recognizes just one manufacturer that demonstrates exceptional performance in each of these areas. As part of its commitment to sustainability and support of the WaterSense program, Delta Faucet Company develops products that promote water efficiency in both residential and commercial settings.

Additionally, in 2009, Delta Faucet introduced an additional water-efficient product separate from its WaterSense labeled products. The new technology is specifically designed to improve water efficiency in commercial and business settings. Proximity Sensing Technology is more sensitive and intuitive than traditional infrared hands-free faucets. A four-inch sensing field around the entire faucet detects movement and controls the flow of water. Users don’t need to touch the faucet to turn the water on and when they move their hands out of the sensing field, the valve automatically turns off, helping to save water.

Want to factor some of these resources into your upcoming travel plans? According to the EPA and the DOE, Los Angeles, Washington, D.C. and San Francisco are among the most environmentally conscious cities in the United States, based on their number of ENERGY STAR certifications.

As consumers, we can all be more environmentally conscious while we travel by looking into hotels that take pride in green building. The Hospitality Sustainable Purchasing Consortium (HSPC) is a movement led by top experts, suppliers, architectural firms and purchasing companies, such as Delta Faucet Company, Marriot International and Valley Forge Fabrics, to encourage environmental endurance measurement and develop key performance indicators for the hospitality industry. Visit the HSPC website to find participating hotel chains and manufacturers. If you’re still uncertain after researching your hotel online prior to booking, call and speak to someone at the hotel about their green initiatives.

“There are plenty of tools available online to help consumers reduce their carbon footprint and live more efficiently outside of the home,” says Ken Martin, senior director of commercial sales for Delta Faucet Company. “The goal is to make it easy for anyone and everyone to choose products and services that offer quality, value, service and sustainability.”

Living sustainably outside of the home, as well as within, is crucial when it comes to protecting the environment and preserving our natural resources. Tap into the many government and online resources available to help make practicing an environmentally friendly lifestyle even easier.