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Fall is the perfect time to do a few home improvement tasks that will save you money over the colder months. The weather is still mild enough for working outside and no ice means it’s safer too. Here are a few no or low-cost renovations that will improve the efficacy of your home envelope and save money on heating costs.

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Moisture can cause a disastrous amount of damage to your home when left unchecked. Performing regular maintenance and looking out for these warning signs will help you to reduce the risk of damage and keep your home functioning optimally.

Your Water Meter Runs Continuously

Leaks can slowly drain your resources and introducing water into your home in places where you won’t see damage until it’s too late. The easiest way to gauge if you have a leak is to read your meter before you leave for work and when you get back home. If there is a difference in the readings while the home is unoccupied, you have a leak.

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Movile techWith technology being known for its portability, contractors have been progressively using basic devices on the job, including smartphones, laptops and tablets.  A Texas A&M survey found that “there’s growing confidence in technology as builders are increasingly transitioning to use of digital spreadsheets on the job site” and that “contractors are more receptive to IT solutions than ever before, even if their companies are not budgeting for them yet.” The authors of the Texas A&M survey expect that construction professionals will depend on drones and wearable technology capable of detecting motion and taking photos capable of syncing with a smartphone.

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The new energy efficiency requirements reference effective thermal resistance (or RSI) for the wall assembly as opposed to “nominal” RSI. Effective RSI adds up the thermal resistance associated with all of the components within an assembly. The nominal RSI value for a wall, accounts only for the insulation.

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Outdated electrical wiring and connections can be dangerous. For example, if your home was built during the ‘70s, you may have aluminium wiring which has been implicated in a number of house fires and is no longer permitted in most areas. If you have knob and tube or aluminium wiring, you may struggle to get insurance or have higher premiums. If you are already looking to upgrade your electrics, here’s how to get the most out of every dollar while adding to the value of your home.

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