3 Key Factors For Comparing Loans

Guest post by Martin William

The desire and need to borrow money from a financial institution has crossed our minds at least once.

It’s hard to find a person who hasn’t thought about applying for a loan for a specific situation.

It’s even harder to imagine a person that doesn’t use the services of the financial institutions.

Maybe in some South African tribes don’t know what a loan is, or what a credit officer does, but we definitely live in a developed financial system and have financial needs.

The tradition of Feneration (usury in some cultures) and money lending in simpler words, has been around since the year 400 B.C.

The chroniclers describe a regular moneylender as a person sitting behind a table and offering their financial services.

But there were lots of moneylenders back then sitting behind the table. The situation has not changed.

We simply upgraded the technology and adapted our money lending with modern innovations.

Most probably get some messages and pop-up ads on your social media from banks and other financial institutions.

They are all telling you to apply for a loan with them. . . but which one to choose?

That’s the hard question to answer.

Well, we hope these 3 key factors will help you decide with the comparison of loans.

Low Interest Rate

When you are looking for a loan, you are looking for something that won’t rip you off your money at the end of the final payout.

People are always looking for lower rates, and that’s perfectly reasonable.

Think about small business loans and how they benefit your business.

You would want to pay the smallest rate to return the money, or you’d be again putting your company in a tight financial situation.

Different banks have different options for their loans.

Even a specific bank has different options on its different loans.

You need to carefully read the terms and conditions and ask your credit officer every question that comes to your mind.

Consider also this. Some financial institutions like to beautify their loan announcements with 0% interest rate.

Remember, some companies do offer customers 0% interest rate, but for the first loan, and for the first month.

It’s a great opportunity for a customer to try out the services of an institution and decide if they are compatible with their desires.

Paying off the debt early

Look into the details of early payments.

Sometimes we need to borrow some money and turns out that we didn’t have to stretch it out on one year.

Maybe after a few months, your financial state allows you to pay off the debt completely. In this case, consider looking into their terms and conditions.

Don’t let the credit contract slip away from your attention.

Read it thoroughly and see if there’s any catch.

Finance experts Max Funding say “when completing application forms for a loan, it is essential to read and understand the fine print.

Read through all the terms and conditions and consult a lawyer and your accountant to ensure you do not run into any financial trouble or get hit with any unexpected fees.

The thing is that some companies and banks offer you free early pay off and are happy to assist you with more.

Some companies have their own rules and terms and will ask for some fee, tax or a percentage of your loan to cover in order to pay off the debt in advance.

You would want to know about that.

Hidden charges

Something you should remember about financial institutions is that they love hidden charges. because many regular customers don’t bother to check the contracts and requirements to see if there are any extra costs to cover.

Hidden charges include some extra communal fees, fees for internet and mobile bank services, etc.

Make sure that your desires and needs are combined when making a decision to choose a loan and the bank.

An ad may seem attractive and appealing, but remember that conditions and requirements are most important when it comes to the final result.

 

How to make your Roofing Eco-friendly?

Guest post by Asad Shoaib

Do you really care about Mother Nature?

Then, like many other homeowners, you might also be interested in reducing your homes impact on the environment.

You can easily make little changes at home to create a big difference in environment.

In addition to low-flow showers and energy efficient appliances, roofing can also be helpful and eco-friendly.

Here are some of the ways which you can use for your roofing to make your overall home setup eco-friendly and healthy.

Proper Ventilation & Insulation

If your roofing system has  good ventilation and insulation, it can benefit the environment by reducing the heating and cooling costs of your home.

The power from fossil fuels, which are used in heating and cooling processes, will also be reduced.

Thus, it will end up creating a more efficient environment inside out your house.

Day Lighting

Want to make the best use of daylight?

One option is to bring solar reflective tubes for your roofing as these spread out the natural daylight to the room below.

This way, during daytime hours, your house will be benefiting the environment by reducing electricity.

Rain Water Collection

It is also a great idea to collect the water, which runs off the roof, in water tanks or even cheap and simple water barrels.

You can then use this water for various purposes like gardening, outdoor cleaning activities, watering the lawn, and for many other house chores.

It would reduce the cost of water usage, while at the same time; you will be benefiting the environment by reducing water demand.

Regular Roof Maintenance

Do you want to extend the lifetime of your roofing?

For that, you will have to spend time in the maintenance of the gutters, roof area, and downpipes regularly. It will keep them free from leaves and other rubbish.

Once you take care of the cleaning and maintenance properly, it would undoubtedly increase the lifespan of the roofing system.

With roofing replacement delayed, it will save both the costs and material wastes.

Hire a Reliable Roofer

It’s also a good idea to hire a roofer who shares the same thoughts and responsibilities like you feel for environment & nature.

With his collaboration, you can make sure that each and every aspect of your whole roofing system is eco-friendly. I

n this regard, Roofing Dearborn MI can be a source of great help and convenience to you.

Trim the Trees Regularly

Do you want to reduce the wear and tear of your roofing system?

Well then, it’s easy and simple because all you need to do is keep the trees trimmed.

This will stop leaves getting into your gutters and downpipes..

 

This valuable advice will definitely help you in creating eco-friendly roofing system, if you use it properly.

Up Your Bedroom For Quality Sleep

Guest Post by Andre Smith 

In today’s busy world, getting quality rest is crucial.

As you invest in a new home, you can take the time to put your bedroom together to make it easier to sleep deeply and well.

Your Bed

When choosing the right bed for you and your sleeping partner, there are several variations that will impact the quality of your sleep. For example:

  • Bed size
  • Mattress stability to prevent disturbing your partner
  • Pillow firmness
  • Pillow size

 

It may be tempting to buy matching pillows so everything looks more consistent when the bed is made up, but if you’re a side sleeper and your partner sleeps on their back, one of you is going to be uncomfortable!

Choosing a Bed

One of the nicest things about modern mattress manufacturers is that you can test drive your mattress.

However, be aware that those test periods can vary greatly.

For example when comparing Ecosa vs Bambillo mattresses, Ecosa gives you 100 days to decide; Bambillo only 30.

Bedding

Are you a swaddler or someone who needs to sleep cooler?

If you spend your nights trying to prevent a blanket thief from stealing your covers, you may want to invest in two comforters so both you and your partner can cuddle up under their own blankets.

One of the benefits of investing in a larger bed is that you can always reach out if you’re feeling alone, but cuddle up and sleep soundly in your own space.

Doubling up on available blankets can reduce night time tensions.

Lighting: Natural and Man-Made

Windows

Depending on the street lighting near your home and which direction your windows face, it may be a good idea to invest both in blinds and in blackout drapes.

This combination can assure you of quality darkness in which to fall asleep.

Each are easily opened to let in the sunshine and fresh air when you’re ready for it.

Interior Lighting

Consider the source.

If your bedroom lamps are easily accessible or easily controlled by smart home technologies, you can quickly move from necessary lighting to darkness.

For tablet or e-reader users, there are many studies that indicate that light exposure from electronics can suppress melatonin, the hormone that triggers your natural sleep rhythms.

If you have a hard time falling asleep, reducing your exposure to blue light, such as from your table screen or from LED lighting, can help.

Noise

Some people have to have noise to fall asleep while others need complete quiet.

Sometimes a good compromise is to add a bit of white noise to your sleeping space.

An electric fan is an ideal source of white noise, and there are manywhite noise apps that you can use on your phone to add a low hum to your sleeping space.

Pathways

When arranging your bedroom furniture, set things up as simply as possible.

For example, access to the nearest bathroom should be simple, with few obstructions.

Make sure each person in the room has easy access to a light if they need one.

If your bedroom has a solid surface floor, invest in runners or throw rugs so that first step out of bed isn’t too much of a shock.

Moving into a new space can be a challenge.

Reward yourself with a bedroom set up that makes getting a good night of rest simpler.

Invest in a bed that’s large enough for everyone to have plenty of space, and be sure that the firmness level will work for both partners by buying a mattress with an adequate return policy.

Use pillows that work with your sleeping position and spine (not just your decor) keep the light level low and make sure everyone has enough blankets.

Rest well!

Mini Excavator vs Skid-Steer Loader: What to Use for Your Next Home Renovation Project?

Guest post by Hannah Jones

The concept of home renovations or improvements can be fun and exciting but what happens behind the exterior is a different story.

It takes expertise and workforce when we talk about upgrading your place or perhaps a dream building project which entails repair, maintenance, and other general services.

Hence you need time, money, workers and the right equipment to use for your next home renovation project.

Finding the Right Equipment

Seeking help from construction experts and equipping yourself with the correct knowledge such as the importance of maintaining your heavy equipment including what, how and when to use them are essential parts of home improvement.

There are common types of equipment now easily made available to suit your needs.

Meanwhile, two of the most popular construction machines in the market are the mini excavator and skid-steer loader – both known to provide ease and comfort to what is likely one of the most tedious and challenging tasks for workers.

Factors and Varying Features to Consider

Depending on what type of project you have, it’s essential to know which one is a better fit and will cater to your needs the most.

Price or affordability is another crucial factor to consider and of course, quality.

Nonetheless, always remember to review, compare or keep a checklist of every pro, con, and function of the different types of equipment you intend to purchase.

For starters, you can take note of the following:

Mini Excavator

The mini excavator is either a tracked or wheeled machine which weighs up to 18,700 pounds.

It is heavy-duty equipment used in construction projects with useful results and various functions.

For small to medium-sized home projects, a mini excavator suits perfectly fine especially when the job entails landscaping.

The compact or mini excavator is also perfect for farming, digging up soil, dirt, rocks and more. It has two attachments used for digging and demolishing.

Pros or Advantages 

  • Easy to maneuver
  • Lighter and compact
  • Works on all types of terrain
  • Suitable for small to medium spaces
  • Affordability

Cons

  • Shorter range applications
  • Less durable than larger machine counterparts

Skid Steer Loader

A Skid Steer Loader or commonly known as ‘skid steer’ is very useful in home construction and is a perfect tool for heavy-lifting jobs.

Dubbed as ‘the jack of all trades,’ it promises to get the job done with its many helpful functions, varying sizes and applications.

It’s indeed a good return of your investment given the right size of the equipment for a particular task.

The skid steer also has a variety of attachments that make it more handy and efficient than its other machine counterparts.

You might want to consider the following before making your choice.

  • Fork Attachments – for safe and light lifting tasks.
  • Buckets – designed to handle harsh working conditions on the job site.
  • Concrete Mixers – innovative mixers for easing mixing and pouring of concrete.
  • Grapples – designed for maneuverability and grapple heavy loads or weights.
  • Brooms – designed for cleaning debris off construction sites.

Pros or Advantages

  • Light and compact
  • Versatility
  • Great manoeuvrability
  • Cost-effective
  • Great visibility
  • A wide range of attachments

Cons

The disadvantages of skid steer loaders will vary depending on the size of such equipment.

A small-sized skid steer loader has fewer possibilities for accessories while the large-sized ones can be less economical.

Asking the Right Questions

Before even making your purchase, it’s essential to know what the right questions are to ask before getting the right equipment for the job. Some of the most relevant questions include the following.

  1.    How long are you going to use or need the equipment?
  2.    What are the maintenance and operating costs to consider?
  3.    Will you be able to use this machine in your future projects?
  4.    Will you be working in confined sites or not?

Conclusion

The mini excavator and skid steer loader are both heavy duty and efficient pieces of equipment suitable for home renovations or constructions.

While it’s a tough call to choose between the two, the best or the most useful tool still depends on what particular construction job or project you’ll need them for.

You can always refer online to check for trusted manufacturers offering top rated products for your reference.

Moreover, the job conditions and space requirements are two other important factors to remember before choosing the best machine for your project.

How do I take care of my trees in my yard?

Guest Post by Trent Anderson

Having trees in your yard helps to give any home that picture perfect look, however, the reality of having trees can be different.

They may give you a place to put the tree house but they also grow.

Storms, disease and other factors can then put your trees in danger of falling down. In the process they could destroy your home or someone else’s in the near vicinity.

This is why it is so important to know how to take care of the trees in your yard.

Regulations

The first thing to be aware of is that some trees are protected by regulations.

It is a good idea to check with your local planning office to find out if your trees are on the list.

If they are you’ll be very restricted concerning what you can do to them.

If not then taking care of them is a simple process:

Water Them

Just like any plant your tree needs water.

In general a tree will be able to locate its own water; that’s why its roots are so deep.

However, if there has been an extended dry spell and the leaves are starting to wilt it is a good time to water the trees yourself.

This is also true if you’ve just planted the tree.

However, don’t attempt to soak the tree; 30 seconds with a garden hose should be enough to keep it happy.

If you’re dealing with a young tree then remember to keep the soil moist.

Mulch

This is a great protection as mulch will help to insulate the roots of your tree to protect it from extremely high or low temperatures.

It can also remind you not to cut the grass too close to the tree.

The mulch will help to keep bugs away from a young tree and will prevent the grass from growing and pinching the nutrients from the tree.

Pruning

You will need to remove any dead branches from your tree when you see them; regardless of what time of year it is.

This will prevent the branches from falling on you or your property.

It will also ensue the nutrients in the tree are directed to the tree itself; not wasted on a dying branch.

A dead branch is easy to locate; it will have no leaves or dead leave on it.

Removing It

An important part of taking care of your trees is to know when the battle has been lost.

If your tree is dying and is becoming a risk, then you’ll need to contact a tree removal Sydney based specialist.

Removing a tree is a complex process.

You’ll need to ensure it falls in the right place so as not to damage people or property.

You may even need to trim it before you fell it.

Alongside this you’ll need experience with a chainsaw and knowledge regarding how to fell a tree.

For this reason it is best if you get a professional to undertake this step.

Do We Want Our Homes to be Smart?

Guest Infographic by Ana Bera

Smart homes – previously only something your saw in a sci fi flick, controlling your home by computer is now within the realm of possibility. The concept is not something new. As you will see from the infographic provided by SafeAtLast, the concept has been around since the sixties.

For quite some time now, we have had apps that allow us to check the cameras within our homes and control some smart appliances.

What has changed, however, is the way that we communicate with those smart devices and how they can now communicate with one another. Improvements in tech have led to an increase in the number of smart devices.

That, in turn, has made companies more aware that smart devices need to be able to communicate effectively with one another. Advances in tech have led to the rise of smart hubs – centers from which you can control all the smart devices that you own.

Instead of having to worry that you buy all your devices from the same supplier, you can now use an assortment of manufacturers. The tech should all work together reasonably well.

Currently, smart tech is most used to control:

  • Locks
  • Thermostats/ Fans
  • Carbon Monoxide Detectors
  • Lighting

But these applications really are only the tip of the iceberg. We already have smart fridges that can keep track of the food placed in them. This is still in its infancy, so, for now, it means functions that are more a novelty than practical.

For example, playing music or sending photos from the fridge but you can also do useful things like compile shopping lists or create reminders. It’s just a start, though. Imagine a fridge that knows you’re running short of milk and automatically puts in an order.

Even that will be a run-of-the-mill feature in the smart homes of tomorrow.

 

 

What to Look Out For When Selecting a Home Design

Guest Post by Hubert Dwight

For most of us, selecting the perfect home design is one of the most crucial decisions we will ever make.
Get it wrong and not only will this impact the comfort of everyday life, but there can be a costly flow on effect which may mean a lower selling price down the track.

One example of this may be a family with young children underestimating the living space they will require once the kids turn into teenagers or the number of bathrooms they can comfortably live with.

Extending a home is an expensive exercise with many ‘up and out’ extensions costing the equivalent of a new home.

Visiting display homes can overwhelm the senses, and it can be too easy to fall in love with the interior aesthetics whilst ignoring its design shortfalls.

By arming yourself with a clear picture of what your family needs prior to visiting display homes, you can identify floor plans and layouts which will optimise your comfort, family enjoyment and social interactions.

The exceptional home designs in Sydney by Hoot Homes are one example of how modern builders are reflecting this new demand by buyers seeking a residence which is designed for 21st century living.

Question time

By asking yourself a few pertinent questions, you can pinpoint facets of the floor plan which are non-negotiable.

Try a few of these questions on for size:

  • Do you have a young family?
  • Is your family growing or shrinking?
  • Will a home business or hobby mean extra rooms and storage requirements?
  • Is entertaining guests a high priority? If so, what type of functions do you prefer? . . . Formal dining rooms are becoming obsolete in many home designs. Unless dinner parties are a regular feature on your calendar, a theatre or rumpus room may be a more practical inclusion.
  • Will aging parents or long term guests be a part of your future living arrangements? . . . Many buyers are now opting for two master suites – one on the lower level and one on the upper.
  • Where do you want to ‘spend your space allowance’? . . . Many people opt for larger master suites at the expense of upstairs family rooms which are often underutilised.

Flow and function

The flow between principal rooms of a home are the vital aspects contributing to livability and the functionality of the living areas.

The relationship between the kitchen and entertaining zones is of particular importance to encourage socialisation and promote family interaction.

Pay particular attention to the layout of the master bedroom. Do you have to walk through the wardrobe to get to the bathroom?

This can be inconvenient in many households. Is a separate toilet required to prevent the bathroom from being monopolised?

If your block is situated on a main road or busy intersection, would the bedrooms be best situated to the rear of the home for privacy and to reduce noise?

The shape of things

When building on your own land, one of the most crucial aspects of the design is understanding how the house will work on your specific block.

Will the house design fit comfortably and allow for adequate outdoor leisure areas?

If your block is shallow and wide or conversely narrow and deep, it stands to reason that only specific house designs will be accommodated, particularly if there are building restrictions on the block.

Take into account easements, boundaries and / or shared areas. Other considerations, particularly if your block is narrow, shallow or oddly shaped, should include:

  • Placement of the garage. For narrow blocks this may mean placing the garage to the front of the home which may impact both the orientation of the driveway and the facade.
  • Balconies and overhangs
  • Privacy issues for neighbouring homes
  • Placement of external features such as pool, structures and leisure zones
  • Visibility and line of sight to gardens and swimming pool (important to parents of young children)

Storage

Another aspect of house design which is often neglected is adequate storage space.

Many buyers are now demanding mud rooms and butlers pantries to provide solutions to their storage needs.

Don’t forget things such as bicycles, sporting equipment and tools, which can clutter a garage and impinge on floor area.

A well-designed home is a pleasure to live in.

It should make family life easier, while also encouraging interaction and socialisation.

There is a wide divide between what a young family demands and what empty nesters may require from their home.

By arming yourself with a clear list of prerequisites, you can build a dream home which will take you through the now and also cater for any unexpected surprises in the future.

Unique Home Decor Design Tips for Homeowners

Guest Post by Hannah Jones

Wouldn’t it be great if you can decorate your home so it screams your personality?

You’ve worked hard to achieve the home your heart wants, and you wouldn’t want it to look like any generic showroom. You want something that shows your personal touch.

You can do this in two ways – first is by hiring an interior designer; or second is, doing the decorating yourself.

Now the first option calls for sufficient budget but if doing it yourself excites you, here are some tips to get you started.

    • Start small. Begin by adding quirky shaped objects on display. The easiest step to give your home a unique look is to display lanterns, sculptures, or figurines with exciting shapes. Take note that you don’t need to burn your pockets since you can look for interesting objects to display from thrift stores or bargain sales. Your best bet would be eBay and Craigslist.
    • Look for balance. If you’ve chosen to add pretty colors and prints in a particular room, you want to make sure that a few things look plain. If you’re using a variety of patterns and prints in your curtains or rugs, keep a small table or a rustic stool nearby to neutralize the different patterns.
    • Think layers. If you can make a plain outfit look chicer by adding a scarf, you can apply  this concept to your home, too! Think about draping strikingly beautiful fabrics around your plain sofa. Try a crocheted afghan or a quilted blanket with fun colors. This will make a cozy resting spot in your home. You can also add rustic looking rugs to add to that nostalgic look to your space.
    • Mix and match. The idea to make your home look unique isn’t to limit yourself to a single style. Think about pairing modern pieces with classic ones. It brings about a fresh and unique look. The variety of things won’t clash but will complement each other and harmonize.
    • Take advantage of vintage. You know how something a little worn out can exude that feeling of comfort and warmth? Aside from giving an area a pretty vintage look, most of these items are well-built and functional.
    • Add more storage. Put together non-matching pieces of cases to create a new look. Don’t be scared in breaking the rules on what furniture goes well together. While doing this, keep one common element common in them like using shades of the same color. This will prevent your room from looking like there’s too many things going on.
    • Update old furniture. Take that vintage chair and repaint it to give it a fresh new look while adding fun into a space in your home. You can also update an old bed frame and still use it in your bedroom. However, you need to check the measurements of antique bed frames as there’s a chance that it may be differently-sized. Add a super cool Vision Bedding piece to complete the look.
    • Consider wallpaper. Using wallpaper is another simple way to make a space unique especially if you’re creative enough to style using it. And remember, you don’t have to cover the whole room to get the results you want!
    • Try adding drama to a room. The idea is to add a stylish seat in a room so that it’s the first object you see when you enter it. Using a similar shade as your present furniture, it’d look beautiful and natural at home.
    • Choose a chandelier. You can maybe add a modern light to mix or match other furniture in a room. Try also adding a mirror to give the illusion of space.
    • Use a big bed in a cute room. As long as the top of the bed is six inches away from the ceiling, a large bed won’t drown the space in a bedroom. Although wallpaper will do, a plain and light colored wall will accentuate the geometry of the bed to create a stunning effect.
    • Add a peculiar sculpture. A quirky statue placed in a noticeable spot is sure to let out some smiles and maybe a few questions. Again, this piece doesn’t have to break the bank. If you’re lucky, you can get a grand bargain from garage sales!
    • Try placing an open table in a spacious room. Use this to hold some stunning pieces of art or put a lamp or candles – anything your heart tells you! You’ll be surprised at the warmth and interest it will add to an otherwise dull space.

Summing things up, whether you want to improve just one corner or the whole house, the ideas are limitless!

Decorating your home can be daunting but think on the bright side – it’s fun!

3D Rendering for Real Estate Marketing

Written by Carlo Anderson

The 3D style in visual arts has been around for quite some time, and now it is being applied for real estate marketing for many reasons.

3D rendering simply means creating a three-dimensional image using a computer.

One of the more popular things where 3D rendering is applied would be in animation, like those in feature films of Pixar and Dreamworks such as Toy Story.

Using 3d models & rendering in the construction industry is more preferred than 2D CAD drawings simply because of the more realistic feel to it.

Three-dimensional images can better present size and texture of the object it is representing and is generally more pleasing and interesting.

Reasons why 3D Rendering is a Big Hit in Real Estate

The use of three-dimensional presentations is a big hit in real estate marketing.

It is proven that 3D rendering and real estate are very much compatible especially since these produced images are very versatile in the field.

1. It is more Engaging

Picture this, you are looking to buy a house in a new development that isn’t built yet and the sales rep gives you a brochure.

In the brochure is only 2d black and white blueprints.

Do you think it would sell well? I don’t.

With that said, in real estate marketing, 3D rendering makes way for a more in-depth experience to the audience of the presentation.

The audience, or those who the presentation is being given to, would feel more immersed into a 3D model than with a two-dimensional CAD plan.

It gives a better sense of what the building will look like.

2. It is More Realistic

Marketing real estate is not at all an easy feat.

Property is a big investment and it would be hard to convince audience in buying or investing in a property especially if that certain property is yet to be finished.

To successfully market a house or building, there’s a need to establish its reality.

Take note of the first word in real estate. How can you convince someone to invest in a property by giving them abstract representations?

Figures, statistics, and analytics, might be key points in pitching property, but everything should be founded on the idea that it is real.

Something realistic is definitely more convincing.

3. It is Very Versatile Throughout the Process

3D rendering isn’t only used for real estate marketing; it can be used in construction and designing.

It can be re-purposed along the way because of its realistic and interactive nature.

Have a chat with Render Vision and they can discuss some of the uses for your visuals.

4. Staging: Enhancing an Empty House

Presenting a design for a property that is yet to be constructed isn’t the only purpose of 3D rendering; it can also be used by real estate photographers to enhance existing photographs by adding in 3D furniture.

This is called virtual staging. The traditional way of staging is both very tedious and costly.

Hiring furniture for a day just for photos consumes too much time and resources.

This is where 3D rendering comes in, virtual furniture can be put over pictures of the empty property taken by real estate photographers.

Yes, it’s that simple.

The real estate market has always been very competitive, which is why more are changing their approach to reach out to prospective clients.

Technology, as it does on other lines of business, plays a big part in innovations in real estate Marketing.

Reigning in the Rain – A Wet-Weather Guide to Sustainable Living

Guest post by Hubert Dwight

Source: Shutterstock

Now more than ever, we as a population are looking for as many life hacks as we can find to help us on our journey towards more sustainable living.

With some shocking evidence about climate change revealed by scientists in recent times, the hustle towards environmentally friendly living has never been as strong as it is now.

One of the many routes towards sustainable living is by harvesting rainwater and utilising it for your daily activities.

Whether you choose to use a poly tank, a concrete tank or a metal tank, utilising rainwater is one of the best ways we can conserve this precious resource.

In this article, we will look into how you can go about doing so, so read on to find out more!

Understanding Just How Much Rainfall Capacity Your Roof Can Capture

Obviously, it is important for us to know just how much water we will be able to capture, and this is highly dependent on the amount of rainfall in your area as well as the surface area of your roof.

A simple formula you can use to figure this out is

Estimated average annual capture amount (KL) = Roof Area (in m2) x average annual rainfall (in millimeters)/1000.

Alternatively, you can hop online and calculate exactly what sized water tank you will need in order to be not just sustainable, but efficiently sustainable.

Understand Water Sources

When it comes to water sources, the main two contributors will be rainwater and stormwater.

Water collected from your rooftop is considered rainwater, the higher quality of the two.

This is the water that you will want to use for chores such as washing your car and washing clothes.

In fact, you can even use rainwater for cooking and drinking if it is properly maintained.

When it comes to stormwater, this is water that flows over the ground and down pavements – ideal for outdoor usage, garden and in toilets.

On top of these two water sources, many also choose to utilise recycled wastewater.

Recycled wastewater is the water you use to flush toilets, wash your dishes, in the shower and for washing clothes.

Reusing this water will help you save even more when it comes to water bills.

Do keep in mind that this will require you to have separate wastewater tanks and water will need to be treated, filtered and sanitised before you can use it.

This may seem a little inconvenient, but considering more than half of the water you use at home ends up as wastewater, you’ll be taking sustainable living to the next level by utilising it.

Remember That Tanks Require Maintenance

Having a rainwater tank, like any other appliance or vehicle you may have, will need the occasional maintenance check or job.

You can avoid having to do this too often by always ensuring that your gutters are kept clean and by using a first-flush diverter to collect the first flow of rainwater from your roof before it even goes into your tank.

These diverters will assist in significantly reducing the amount of contaminants, dust, pollution and other nasties such as bird droppings from your tank, resulting in you not having to maintain it more than necessary.

Ideally, you’ll want to do a maintenance check at least once a year and ensure that your downpipes are properly set up as this will greatly reduce the build up of any sludge in your tank.

Health and Safety First!

Now, whilst we are all for sustainable living, we are even more focused on ensuring that your health is of top priority.

Do take note that if you live in the city or in an urban area, it is highly recommended that you avoid drinking your rainwater as higher levels of harmful pollution may be present in your water (think of all the cars and how much pollution they emit!).

On the flipside, if you live in an older town/older home that may have lead flashing on the roof, it will be too dangerous for you to consume the water that you collect from the roof.

In these situations, it is best to utilise your rainwater for tasks such as washing the car, in the toilets and anything that does not require high quality water.

Always check with your local council for guidance before consuming any collected rainwater.

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We hope that this article has been helpful in giving you some insight into how you can shift towards a more sustainable lifestyle by utilising rainwater tanks.