The holidays are supposed to be a magical time of wonder, delicious food and relaxing time with the family. However, all those loving and tender feelings can go flying out the window at the mere thought of having to hang the holiday lights on the cold, frosty roof of your two story house.
While holiday lighting might seem like a daunting and dangerous task that you never look forward to, here are some helpful tips when decorating your house for the holiday season.
Use quality lights that are highly rated for safety
Every year, tragedy strikes when hundreds of homes catch fire from faulty wiring on holiday lights. You can avoid being another statistic and casting a dark shadow over a special time of the year by using high quality lights that are respected for safety. They may cost more initially, but it’s better to be safe than sorry.
Wear rubber-soled shoes and use ladders correctly
It may be a trope to have a disgruntled dad fall off the roof or ladder while putting up holiday lighting, but a fall from even a one-story house could be fatal or extremely damaging. To prevent falling, wear shoes with rubber soles to minimize your likelihood of falling. Also, when climbing the ladder, follow the directions. Some ladders recommend not standing on the highest wrung. If you have such a ladder, don’t risk it.
Simple is sometimes better
Even though you might see and want a holiday lighting display that exceeds those that appear in the movies, envisioning and executing a simple design will help keep your house looking presentable and warm. Holiday lighting experts will be able to create complex designs, but if you’re installing the lighting yourself, consider a simple design to accentuate your house. There is a much higher risk of making your house look tacky when trying to be too ambitious, especially if you have a large house.
Make a plan before installing
This seems pretty obvious, but many people do not have a plan of what they want to do before they’re sitting on the roof trying to figure out where to put things. Before starting the process, create a simple design and layout while looking at your home from a distance. If possible, try drawing a rough sketch of your house to figure out what lighting works best. Again, if you use a simpler design, this and the entire process will go much smoother.
Hire a professional
Even though it feels good telling people you just put up the holiday lights, doing it yourself is not always the most pleasant thing. That’s why you should look to hire a professional company to install your holiday lighting. Not only will the designs be more extensive and complex, but you’ll also ensure your house is completely safe and optimized for energy purposes.
If you’re considering hiring a paid holiday lighting service, Grandview Landscape & Masonry is one of the most festive companies in New Jersey. Take a look at our holiday lighting page or contact us today.
The trend toward being green is a good one. Not only does it have positive benefits for the environment, but it can also save you money on electricity and gas. However, being green doesn’t necessarily mean giving up the joys of life like having your own swimming pool.
While swimming pools can take a lot of energy to run and maintain, a few simple energy-saving tips can reduce your environmental imprint.
Put on a pool cover
If you have a pool sitting in the hot summer sun all day, you’ll undoubtedly notice the water level steadily decreasing. That’s because evaporation is taking its toll on the pool water. The solution to this is a pool cover. By covering the pool, you can prevent yourself from having to constantly fill up the pool to appropriate levels. It also has the added benefit of reducing the amount of chemicals you need to put in the pool and lessens the growth of algae. It can also withhold heat better, so you don’t have to put the pool heater on.
Adjust the pump as needed
Most people run their pool pumps constantly, but it’s not necessary. How often you need to run your pump depends on the weather conditions of the day and the frequency of algae growth. You can do experiments to determine when and for how long the pool pump should run.
Install energy-efficient lighting
Fewer things are more relaxing and comforting than swimming in the evening. But it takes lighting to be able to swim without being submersed in the dark. Replacing light bulbs and installing energy-efficient lighting in the pool or along the outside will reduce your electricity bill when having those evening parties.
Lower pool water
Even though you must keep the water level at least an inch above the bottom of the tile, maintaining a low water level prevents pool water from coming out during use. You can also reduce water coming out by discouraging your pool guests from splashing too much.
Keep your pool filters clean
Making sure your pool filters are always clean will reduce the amount of backwashing you must do. The average backwash can use up to 1,000 gallons of water, so you should only backwash when absolutely necessary.
If you want some more information on how much it costs to maintain a pool and whether you can afford your own inground pool, give us a call or email us.