Monthly Archives: March 2015

Going Green: Easy Ways to Make Your Home More Eco-Friendly

In 2015, everyone wants to make their home more eco-friendly. With fears about carbon emissions becoming even more prominent and energy bills increasing year on year, we’re all looking for easy ways to go green.

As a leading provider of UPVC windows in Stoke on Trent, at FAB Systems we want to help you achieve a home that is more energy efficient, helping you to save money as well as saving the planet. Here are some easy ways that you can make your home more eco-friendly.

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Underfloor Heating

Underfloor heating will make your home feel luxurious, as well as helping you to reduce your carbon footprint. Underfloor heating is far more efficient than radiators, as it will generate heat more evenly around your home.

This will mean that you avoid having radiators constantly churning out heat that you don’t need, and you also won’t have a mixture of hot and cold temperatures around your home. Underfloor heating is particularly well-suited to bathrooms.

Although underfloor heating is commonly associated with new build homes, it can easily be installed in any property, helping you to reap the rewards of a warmer home, lower energy bills and a smaller carbon footprint.

Smarter Windows

One of the best ways to make your home more eco-friendly is to install smarter windows. UPVC windows will help you to reduce your carbon footprint and lower your energy bills, using precise glass technology to reap the benefits of the natural heat provided by the sun.

Solaglas EcoClear helps you to work towards a greener home in two key ways. The Planitherm glass works to capture warmth from direct sunlight, allowing your home to receive sufficient natural heat and instantly saving you money on your energy bills. Its insulation technology then stops this heat from escaping, as well as that generated by your radiators.

By installing smarter windows, you can also add considerable value to your home, making UPVC windows an excellent choice for your home with multiple benefits.

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Eco-Friendly Appliances

If you want to minimise the size of your carbon footprint, installing some eco-friendly appliances can work to significantly reduce your carbon emissions and even save you money on your energy bills.

With some clever shopping, you can develop your own green kitchen. On the current market, you can purchase eco-friendly fridges, freezers, dishwashers and washing machines, as well as small appliances such as kettles.

You can also work to reduce your energy output by swapping all of your light bulbs for energy-saving alternatives, which will give off a similar amount of light energy, but use up less electricity.

Making the swap to energy-saving, eco-friendly appliances around your home may seem like a big change, but by making these alterations you can significantly reduce the amount of money you spend on energy bills, and more importantly make a contribution to saving the planet.

Solar Panels

The sun provides us with entirely free, sustainable light and heat energy every day, and if you install solar panels in your home, you can benefit even more from this.

By installing solar panels, you can ensure that the energy supplying your home is completely sustainable, as well as being able to watch as your energy bills are replaced with payments from National Grid, who purchase excess energy generated in this way.

Solar power technology is now more innovative than ever, and if you are concerned that it could destroy the aesthetic of your home, you needn’t worry. Solar panel specialists can now conduct the installation in a way that will affect the look of your home as little as possible.

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We hope you found our tips for creating an eco-friendly home helpful. If you are considering going green, FAB Systems’ UPVC windows can help you save energy from the moment they’re installed. For more information, contact us today by calling 0800 066 5644.

Top Uses for Your Conservatory

Conservatories are a wonderful addition to any home, and can be used in many different ways. At FAB Systems, we want to help you get the most out of your conservatory, so here are our top ways for you to use your space.

Reception Room

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An additional reception room is a wonderful luxury to have in your home, and when you have a conservatory, you have plenty of space to include one. Whether you just want somewhere to read a book, watch television or you want somewhere nice to have a cup of coffee, a conservatory can be easily converted into a new reception room.

Add some comfortable sofas and chairs and make your room even cosier by using lamps, rugs and other accessories. Finish off by adding mod cons like your television, DVD player and stereo and you will have the perfect second reception room.

Office

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If you need a space to work peacefully and efficiently at home, then the conservatory is the perfect place for you to put your office. In a light, airy space that is well away from distractions, you can easily concentrate on what you have to do in your own private area.

Simply add in a comfortable desk space with a computer, internet access and a phone. If you are likely to have visitors, colleagues or partners who will come for meetings or consultations, create a comfortable, appropriate seating area with a table so you can remain in your private working space. Why not add in a coffee machine?

Dining Room

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Having a separate dining room is considered a luxury in modern day housing, but with the addition of a conservatory, it can be a reality. Whether you want somewhere formal for Christmases, birthdays, dinner parties and special occasions, or you’d like somewhere you can eat every day, your conservatory can be transformed into the perfect dining room.

Focus your interior design on the centre of the conservatory, placing your table and chairs in a way that allows you to make the most of the space in the room. Add features such as fresh flowers and candles to bring a sense of life into the room. Finish off your design by adding your own personal touches.

Play Room

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Give your children a perfect place to sit and play all day with their own play room, and where better place to put it than in the conservatory? Allow your children to have all the room they could possibly need for all their toys, and on warm sunny days, open up the doors into the back garden to create a perfect indoor/outdoor play area.

Giving them their own room for playtime will let them have far more fun and help you to keep the rest of the house tidy and free from toys and mess. Put some cosy rugs and chairs in the conservatory for movie time and add in some toy boxes for additional storage when the room isn’t being used.

Games Room

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Many people dream of having a games room, but in a modern home, there isn’t always enough space. If you are adding a conservatory to your home, you will have plenty of room to justify having a specific games room for fun with family or with friends.

There are plenty of things you can have in your games room, including a pool table, darts, air hockey, arcade games, games consoles and more. In the summer, you can even open up the conservatory doors and have a barbecue in the back garden too! If you are going to be having some parties, why not put in a mini fridge or bar area for socialising with your friends?

There are many ways you can use your conservatory, and if you are looking for conservatories in Stoke on Trent, FAB Systems can provide you with the perfect extension to your home. For more information, contact us today by calling 0800 066 5644.

Top Ways to Reduce Your Household Bills

With the cost of living going up each and every year, it is important that we are thrifty when it comes to our household spending.

There are many simple ways to reduce your household bills, and here at FAB Systems we can help you to cut your expenses. Here are our top ways to lessen your household bills.

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Changes to Your Home

When looking to reduce your household bills, making some changes to your home can be extremely beneficial in the long term.

Installing UPVC windows in your home will work to dramatically cut your heating costs, as well as providing you with a window solution that is aesthetically pleasing, that will not rot, that weathers well and will last you well into the future.

Using innovative software such as Smart Meters will allow you to keep track of your gas and electricity usage in real time, and this means you can ensure that you are not using more energy than you can afford, allowing you to make changes accordingly.

You can also increase your own efficiency by installing alternative forms of heating, such as fires and fuel-burning stoves, which will lower your energy bills and help you have a more sustainable home.

Sustainable Lifestyle

Ensuring that you have a sustainable home is not only good for the environment; it’s also good for your wallet. By ensuring that you go through some very simple procedures in your everyday life, you can significantly reduce your living costs.

Keeping hot water use to a minimum, and turning off hot water when it is not required, will substantially reduce your energy bills. This can be carried through to favouring showers over baths, which use substantially more hot water on average, and keeping shower times to a minimum.

Lowering the amount of time you have your heating on each day will also cut your energy bills, and where possible you should consider wearing warmer clothing before turning the heating on, as this is also far better for the environment.

Turning off electronics such as laptops, computers, televisions and kitchen appliances at the socket will save a significant amount of energy and work to lower your energy bills, so it is important that you get into the habit of doing this every day.

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Shop Smarter

By shopping smarter, you can save a significant amount on your household bills.

Supermarkets are now more competitive than ever, making it easy to shop around for the best prices on your groceries and everyday items. Keep an eye out for special offers, price-match discounts and unbranded alternatives that will help you save money.

Shopping at discount supermarkets will also save you a substantial amount of money on your weekly food shop without sacrificing quality. Most of the products you’ll find in stores such as Lidl and Aldi will be from the same suppliers as the branded products you’ll find in major supermarkets, but will be on sale for a fraction of the price.

Research Your Providers

Researching your energy providers can save you a substantial amount of money, especially if you are a new customer.

If you feel like you are paying too much for your household bills, it is a good idea to see what other providers could offer you. Price comparison sites are a good place to start, as they allow you to scout multiple providers that match your criteria. You should also check online reviews of these providers to see how they are rated for customer service and efficiency, as this is something important to consider before switching.

There are many easy ways for you to cut your household bills while also living a more sustainable lifestyle, including installing efficient UPVC windows in your home. At FAB Systems, we can offer you quality UPVC windows in Stoke-on-Trent. For more information, contact us today by calling 0800 066 5644.

Adding Value to your Property

Whether you’re looking to sell your home, increase the amount of  space in your property, or simply give your home a bit of a revamp, it can be important to make the most of what you’ve got so you can maximise the value of your property.

With this in mind, here we give a guide to some great ways of adding value to your property, to help get you inspired with your home.

Conservatories

Space is often a top priority in any home, so if you’re looking to add some real value to your property then increasing the amount of space in your home is a great way to achieve this.

When it comes to extending your home, investing in a conservatory is a great option. Not only are conservatories a great way to extend the living space in your home, according to property guru Phil Spencer they could also add around 7 percent to the value of your home, too.

The key with conservatories is to choose a design that complements the style of your home perfectly. You can also enhance the flow of the space by utilising the same flooring throughout your downstairs living areas; this will ensure that your conservatory feels like a natural part of your home.

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Focus on the Exterior

First impressions really do count, which is why it can be important to focus on the exterior of your property. Hence, consider giving your home a bit of a facelift. This can be as simple as giving your front door a fresh lick of paint, your windows a good clean and your garden a bit of a spruce up.

If you’re considering putting your home on the market, improving the appearance of your property could ultimately go a long way towards facilitating a quicker sale, and will ensure your property has some serious kerb appeal.

Change your Windows

Changing the windows of your property is another ideal way to add value to your home. For example, fitting energy efficient options such as double glazed windows could increase the value of your property by up to 10%, making them well worth the initial investment.

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Focus on Your Kitchen

The kitchen is often the heart of any home and has in many respects become the showpiece area of our homes. As such, a well-designed kitchen can be a real draw for potential buyers. With this in mind, if you’re looking to revamp only one room in your home, it’s best to concentrate on your kitchen.

If you’re considering giving your kitchen a bit of a revamp then make sure to opt for up-to-date appliances. This will help ensure your kitchen doesn’t end up looking a little dated a few years down the line.

Parking Space

In many residential areas, parking is scarce and as such is at a premium, so adding some handy off road parking to your home can also be a great option. Whilst garden aesthetics can be important, in built up areas it can be worth considering paving over your front garden to create some valuable parking space.

Here at FAB Systems we can provide a range of home improvement options including double glazing, ideal for helping you to add some extra value to your property. We’re also experts when it comes to conservatory design and can provide a wide range of conservatories in Stoke on Trent to meet your individual needs and requirements

For more information, please don’t hesitate to contact us today by giving us a call on 0800 066 5644, and a member of our friendly team will be happy to help you with your enquiries.