Home Improvement always seems like a difficult task to tackle. There are some many things that can go wrong and we all want our homes to look as good as they possibly can. Not to mention the extreme cost that always seems to accompany most home improvement projects. There’s got to be a better way to maintain a great looking and functional home inexpensively!
Thankfully, we are beginning to find better options for our home improvement needs. Eco-friendly home elements are becoming popular for a couple reasons. First, they are becoming more popular because we are all realizing the impact that we have on the environment and we want to make changes to help preserve and protect our earth. Second, eco-friendly usually means using less, so for those of us looking to live more frugal lives, it is the perfect solution. So if you want to go “green” in your home, here are some eco-friendly home improvements that can save you money.
Switch to natural gas
Many energy companies are making the switch to more natural and renewable gas methods. If you company is not doing this, you might consider switching providers. Try out Dominion Gas or your local gas company to find out what the options are in your area. Changing the system may be a little expensive, but it will save you money over time by running your home more efficiently.
Change your light bulbs
It is a small thing to do, but it can make a difference in your monthly energy bill. There are a lot of great options for more energy efficient light bulbs that not only last longer, so you don’t have to buy as many, but they also use less energy every time you use them. This saves you a little bit each month that can add up the more that you use them.
Another simple home trick that doesn’t involve spending any money is cleaning. You can clean out things like vents and air filters to move fresh air more efficiently through your home. This will not only make your home fresher, it will also save you money on heating and cooling and prevent potential clogging fires. Maintaining these elements also means you will need to buy less filters, which means more savings! Clean all the little areas in your home to keep clean air moving throughout easily.
Grow it yourself
Especially in the summertime, we all want to spend a little more time outside. You can save yourself money on groceries by growing some of your own food. Make a backyard garden that the whole family can work on together. If the summertime has already passed you buy, you can make a planter in your home. You can grow things like herbs and other simple plants in your home all year long. You will save money and get to spend a little time playing in dirt with your kids, who doesn’t love that?
Tina Hamilton is a journalist and blogger who loves all things DIY. You can usually find her in the middle of a project or walking along the Southern California beaches with her dog, Joey.