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Best Home Improvements And Money Saving

by: Sharai Hoekema
best home improvements and money saving | Newsletter

There are only a handful of reasons why we are motivated to do things. One, if it saves money. Two, it personally affects us. Three, if it makes us feel better about ourselves. Bringing improvements to your house includes all of three reasons. Best Home Improvements And Money Saving will help you to make your house more comfortable!

Home Improvements

So, home improvements. Not just something that we enjoy watching on TV if it are the Property Brothers or some derivative group of renovators doing their thing. It is also something that could tick all of the boxes above. Improving our home does not just personally enrich us. It also is something that directly affects us - while it has the potential of making us feel better about ourselves. That is if we let it.

Home Improvement Pyramid Scheme

Proud to present: the top 10 energy and money-saving home improvement tips. Or, as its working title used to be, Doing Good For The Environment While Fattening Your Wallet. This works in something that is sometimes referred to as a ‘pyramid scheme’, although most will associate this with the notorious quick-rich schemes.

graph pyramid scheme home improvements

For home improvements, it basically works like this: spend $5 on something simple as a tube of caulking, use it for air sealing, and you will save upwards of $100 on heating.

Next, you take this $100 saved and spend it on something else. Say, a water-efficient showerhead. This will save you another $100 in the next year. Who does not want to spend $5 now and get $200 back in two years' time? A $200 profit that you could then spend on something bigger that saves you even more money in the long run.

Below you can find some ways of kickstarting the best home improvements and money-saving activities for your house.

Tip 1 Improvement: Save Energy Sensibly

Sensibility is always your answer. It does not always have to be about fancy reconstructions and expensive energy-saving gimmicks. Sometimes it can be about socks and sweaters, too. And lowering your thermostat from 21 degrees Celsius to 19 degrees Celsius in the winter. Putting on a decent sweater and thick socks will get you through the cold months just fine.

The same goes for your airco in the summer. Rely more on old-fashioned ways of keeping your house cool. Ventilate as needed during the cooler hours of the morning, keep the curtains closed during the day. It will go a long way towards saving on your energy bill. And it is completely free!

Recommended: Solar And Battery Generator: Electricity Anywhere

Tip 2 Improvement: Caulking

The earlier mentioned caulking is cheap and can quickly result in savings. Caulking addresses air leaks, which are a major cause of heat loss. In colder climates, it can also be the leading cause for mold and condensation - which could result in even greater damages. If your house is particularly leaky, the $5 tube of caulking will already pay back for itself within days.

The steps are easy. One, buy that often-mentioned tube of caulking. Second, wait for a windy day. Three, check for drafts around the house - particularly around windows and doors. Four, caulk up any leaks that you find. And done you are.

Tip 3 Improvement: Plastic On Windows

Although most houses are equipped with double-glazed windows and proper isolation, there are still quite a few older houses with leaky windows. If you are not yet ready for the expense of replacing those with more energy-efficient ones, you could start by putting a thin sheet of plastic over the windows. Cheap and easy: it will keep your windows frost-free and drastically decreases draft.

How to? Simple. One, get a plastic kit for windows at your local hardware store. Second, put it on the window using double-sided tape. Three, use a hair dryer to tighten the plastic. Done - and you will not even notice it is there.

Tip 4 Improvement: Foam Draft Strip On A Roll

It seems so simple. And really, it is. The cracks and holes around our doors and windows are often overlooked but can be fixed in a heartbeat. Once again, first head to the hardware store. Two, find windows and doors that do not have draft strips (anymore). Three, measure the size of the window or door and cut off the draft strip. Four, make sure it is attached properly, sealing all the gaps without sealing the windows and doors shut.

Tip 5 Improvement: Plumbing Fixtures & Aerators

If your plumbing happens to be older, chances are they are literally leaking the money out of your pocket. Older taps and showerheads are inefficient. How do you know if they are ready for replacement? Just try and see if you can screw on an aerator. If you can’t, you will need to have the tap replaced by a more efficient one.

While this is a slightly more expensive improvement, it will pay itself back just as quickly, as inefficient taps can be very costly.

Tip 6 Improvement: Low-Flow Shower Heads

Also, make sure to look at low-flow showerheads. Contrary to popular belief, they are not actually low-flow in that the water pressure is miserable. It merely saves you up to 8 liters of hot water per minute as you shower. The steps are once again easy. One, head to the hardware store. Two, find a shower head that is to your liking. Three, install - and voila, cut down on your waste of water!

shower, water drops
Low-flow showerhead

Recommended: Blue Planet Earth: The Amount Of Water You Use

Tip 7 Improvement: Programmable Thermostats

Another one of these things that are easy to implement and will not result in any compromises in your living comfort. Programmable thermostats are thermostats that recognize when you are home and when you are away. It will adjust the temperature accordingly so that no energy is wasted in heating your home when you do not need it. It also recognizes your habits, so that it can switch back as you go to bed and turn back on before you wake up. All you need to do is replace your thermostat with a programmable one and hook it up to your phone.

Tip 8 Improvement: LED Bulbs

While energy prices continue to go up, the prices for LED bulbs continue to drop. These bulbs are not just a lot more efficient, they can also be linked up to all kinds of home automation systems. Just like the programmable thermostat, you could program your lightbulbs to only switch on when you need them to. An energy saver that only requires you to take out your old bulbs and replace them with newer ones.

Recommended: Tiny House With Solar Panels Is Off-Grid

Tip 9 Improvement: Attic Insulation

One of the notorious money losers in older homes is the attic. Often neglected and used as a storage spot, it ought to be given just a little more TLC than that. Insulating your attic already goes a long way in saving money, as this is the place where a lot of heat goes to waste through the roof. By properly insulating your roof, you could therefore keep a lot of heat - and money - in the home. This could already be as simple as making a seamless blanket of cellulose, or shredded newsprint, and attaching it to the roof from the inside. So if you are even thinking about insulating your walls or floor, first consider your roof - as this will be the real money maker.

Tip 10 Improvement: Grey Water Heat Recovery

Warm water is used for your showers, baths, or doing the dishes. Often, it goes down the drain just as quickly as it came out of the pipes above. Quite a waste of heat, one would think. This is why greywater heat recovery could be your next big thing. You reroute the water flow a bit, by first letting your cold water run through thin copper pipes wrapped around your shower drain. These copper pipes save the heat from your hot shower and consequently pre-heat incoming cold water before it makes its way to your water heater. Although this system is quite pricey, it might get you back your savings within some 8 years.

greywater heat recovery
Greywater heat recovery

The Best DIY Renovation Websites

Whether you're new to the world of DIY or a veteran with a growing number of completed projects under your tool belt, you're likely seeking inspiration and guidance for your next creation or renovation. Countless websites and YouTube channels offer up information on the tools and techniques you need to tackle just about everything related to home improvement. Here are our nine top picks for the best DIY renovation websites. Happy remodeling!

Recommended: The Best DIY Renovation Websites

Before you go!

Recommended: Tiny Houses Tips And Tricks: Minimalistic Living Experience

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Best Home Improvements And Money Saving

There are only a handful of reasons why we are motivated to do things. One, if it saves money. Two, it personally affects us. Three, if it makes us feel better about ourselves. Bringing improvements to your house includes all of three reasons.  Best Home Improvements And Money Saving will help you to make your house more comfortable! Home Improvements So, home improvements. Not just something that we enjoy watching on TV if it are the Property Brothers or some derivative group of renovators doing their thing. It is also something that could tick all of the boxes above. Improving our home does not just personally enrich us. It also is something that directly affects us - while it has the potential of making us feel better about ourselves. That is if we let it. Home Improvement Pyramid Scheme Proud to present: the top 10 energy and money-saving home improvement tips. Or, as its working title used to be, Doing Good For The Environment While Fattening Your Wallet. This works in something that is sometimes referred to as a ‘pyramid scheme’, although most will associate this with the notorious quick-rich schemes. For home improvements, it basically works like this: spend $5 on something simple as a tube of caulking, use it for air sealing, and you will save upwards of $100 on heating. Next, you take this $100 saved and spend it on something else. Say, a water-efficient showerhead. This will save you another $100 in the next year. Who does not want to spend $5 now and get $200 back in two years' time? A $200 profit that you could then spend on something bigger that saves you even more money in the long run. Below you can find some ways of kickstarting the best home improvements and money-saving activities for your house. Tip 1 Improvement: Save Energy Sensibly Sensibility is always your answer. It does not always have to be about fancy reconstructions and expensive energy-saving gimmicks. Sometimes it can be about socks and sweaters, too. And lowering your thermostat from 21 degrees Celsius to 19 degrees Celsius in the winter. Putting on a decent sweater and thick socks will get you through the cold months just fine. The same goes for your airco in the summer. Rely more on old-fashioned ways of keeping your house cool. Ventilate as needed during the cooler hours of the morning, keep the curtains closed during the day. It will go a long way towards saving on your energy bill. And it is completely free! Recommended:  Solar And Battery Generator: Electricity Anywhere Tip 2 Improvement: Caulking The earlier mentioned caulking is cheap and can quickly result in savings. Caulking addresses air leaks, which are a major cause of heat loss. In colder climates, it can also be the leading cause for mold and condensation - which could result in even greater damages. If your house is particularly leaky, the $5 tube of caulking will already pay back for itself within days. The steps are easy. One, buy that often-mentioned tube of caulking. Second, wait for a windy day. Three, check for drafts around the house - particularly around windows and doors. Four, caulk up any leaks that you find. And done you are. Tip 3 Improvement: Plastic On Windows Although most houses are equipped with double-glazed windows and proper isolation, there are still quite a few older houses with leaky windows. If you are not yet ready for the expense of replacing those with more energy-efficient ones, you could start by putting a thin sheet of plastic over the windows. Cheap and easy: it will keep your windows frost-free and drastically decreases draft. How to? Simple. One, get a plastic kit for windows at your local hardware store. Second, put it on the window using double-sided tape. Three, use a hair dryer to tighten the plastic. Done - and you will not even notice it is there. Tip 4 Improvement: Foam Draft Strip On A Roll It seems so simple. And really, it is. The cracks and holes around our doors and windows are often overlooked but can be fixed in a heartbeat. Once again, first head to the hardware store. Two, find windows and doors that do not have draft strips (anymore). Three, measure the size of the window or door and cut off the draft strip. Four, make sure it is attached properly, sealing all the gaps without sealing the windows and doors shut. Tip 5 Improvement: Plumbing Fixtures & Aerators If your plumbing happens to be older, chances are they are literally leaking the money out of your pocket. Older taps and showerheads are inefficient. How do you know if they are ready for replacement? Just try and see if you can screw on an aerator. If you can’t, you will need to have the tap replaced by a more efficient one. While this is a slightly more expensive improvement, it will pay itself back just as quickly, as inefficient taps can be very costly. Tip 6 Improvement: Low-Flow Shower Heads Also, make sure to look at low-flow showerheads. Contrary to popular belief, they are not actually low-flow in that the water pressure is miserable. It merely saves you up to 8 liters of hot water per minute as you shower. The steps are once again easy. One, head to the hardware store. Two, find a shower head that is to your liking. Three, install - and voila, cut down on your waste of water! Low-flow showerhead Recommended:  Blue Planet Earth: The Amount Of Water You Use Tip 7 Improvement: Programmable Thermostats Another one of these things that are easy to implement and will not result in any compromises in your living comfort. Programmable thermostats are thermostats that recognize when you are home and when you are away. It will adjust the temperature accordingly so that no energy is wasted in heating your home when you do not need it. It also recognizes your habits, so that it can switch back as you go to bed and turn back on before you wake up. All you need to do is replace your thermostat with a programmable one and hook it up to your phone. Tip 8 Improvement: LED Bulbs While energy prices continue to go up, the prices for LED bulbs continue to drop. These bulbs are not just a lot more efficient, they can also be linked up to all kinds of home automation systems. Just like the programmable thermostat, you could program your lightbulbs to only switch on when you need them to. An energy saver that only requires you to take out your old bulbs and replace them with newer ones. Recommended:  Tiny House With Solar Panels Is Off-Grid Tip 9 Improvement: Attic Insulation One of the notorious money losers in older homes is the attic. Often neglected and used as a storage spot, it ought to be given just a little more TLC than that. Insulating your attic already goes a long way in saving money, as this is the place where a lot of heat goes to waste through the roof. By properly insulating your roof, you could therefore keep a lot of heat - and money - in the home. This could already be as simple as making a seamless blanket of cellulose, or shredded newsprint, and attaching it to the roof from the inside. So if you are even thinking about insulating your walls or floor, first consider your roof - as this will be the real money maker. Tip 10 Improvement: Grey Water Heat Recovery Warm water is used for your showers, baths, or doing the dishes. Often, it goes down the drain just as quickly as it came out of the pipes above. Quite a waste of heat, one would think. This is why greywater heat recovery could be your next big thing. You reroute the water flow a bit, by first letting your cold water run through thin copper pipes wrapped around your shower drain. These copper pipes save the heat from your hot shower and consequently pre-heat incoming cold water before it makes its way to your water heater. Although this system is quite pricey, it might get you back your savings within some 8 years. Greywater heat recovery The Best DIY Renovation Websites Whether you're new to the world of DIY or a veteran with a growing number of completed projects under your tool belt, you're likely seeking inspiration and guidance for your next creation or renovation. Countless websites and YouTube channels offer up information on the tools and techniques you need to tackle just about everything related to home improvement. Here are our nine top picks for the best DIY renovation websites. Happy remodeling! Recommended:  The Best DIY Renovation Websites Before you go! Recommended:  Tiny Houses Tips And Tricks: Minimalistic Living Experience Did you find this an interesting article, or do you have a question or remark? Leave a comment below. We try to respond the same day. Like to write your article about your home improvements? Send your writing & scribble with a photo to  [email protected] , and we will write an interesting article based on your input.
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