If you are a homeowner and you are thinking of giving your home a bit of a makeover, an important consideration is that you want to spend your money wisely and avoid spending too much on items that won’t increase the value of your property, in monetary value or in energy efficient value. On the other hand you have to live there and you want to ensure your home is as energy efficient as possible. So when decorating is something that you need to do from time to time, do it for your own enjoyment, but always try to consider. It is important to know what areas of change will benefit the overall energy efficiency of the property and help you to save money on future bills.
No doubt you may have seen expert handymen do their thing on TV home improvement shows where the people either repair of make items of furnishings or actual property repairs like repairing a roof and they make whatever task it is look super easy to do. But they always show jobs that are straight forward with no snags, but when I go to do something I always end up with one or two complications thrown in to make my repair much more complicated. Although these problems are almost never shown on tv.
Another important point to remember is always use the right tools for the job! isn’t it often the case where you start a task only to find that you need a special tool for a particular job. So instead of going to the store to buy one you just keep on going and you make do with another tool which is not ideal. I know we have all done this at some point or other, so it’s no good shaking your heads. So rather than spend an extra hour of two in time delays to find the correct tool we soldier on and make do with whatever we have and you can almost guarantee that the end result will not be pretty, plus it will no doubt take longer to get done.
So let’s consider a ceiling fan, setting up ceiling fans throughout your home will have some great benefits in both hot and cold areas. So in order to bring some relief and immediate benefit to your home it is one of those inexpensive items that is really worth considering installing. Ceiling Fans work well in both hot and cold seasons by recirculating the air. In hot weather you have your fan turning in a way that it blows cooling air towards you, but in cold weather where any heat rises up to the ceiling area the fans are turning in the opposite direction, pushing the warmer air back down towards the floor so you end up with an inexpensive heating and cooling solution to your home which is affordable and while it won’t really increase the value of your home it will provide you with year round benefits and the running costs are negligible.
If you need to install or replace your outside lighting, you might wish to think about setting up lights which have two additional benefits, one is a built in movement sensor and the second is a dawn/dusk light sensor. The first one detects any movement and when placed in strategic areas. the lights will operate only when someone or thing sets them off. The dawn to dusk sensors mean that the lights will only operate in times of darkness and they can be altered to work at various levels of light to suit your circumstances and you will not be paying for a light to operate if there is any daylight, therefore saving you money is someone has accidentally left the light turned on. This type of light can also make a good theft deterrent because it is triggered by movement whenever anyone walks near it as well as a handy light to light your way in any dark areas around your home as you walk towards it. It will also help to save money by only operating when required.
Next up is is to renew the stain on your decking, fences or even wooden windows and doors. You need to keep all of these looking as good as new and ensuring that will have as longer life as possible. In addition to that a faded broken down neglected woodwork is likely to reflect badly on the general condition of the rest of your property so to keep it looking fresh you need to do these general repairs and upkeep every two or three years. So begin by cleaning off all the old stain, then making good any repairs that are required taking care with the joints. Then add a couple of good coats of fresh stain to the entire deck area and leave it to dry before using it.
When considering any improvements for your home, try to think green! If there are two ways to complete a task and one way is cheap but it can add to the damage that is already taking place in our world or there was a green way which will help sustain our planet in some take that route if at all possible. It may be that you are using a recycled product or a soluble biodegradable product which will dissolve without causing harm to ourselves or the land use that method. Doing anything in this eco-friendly manner will add value in an energy efficient manner.
When it comes time to replace any existing appliances looks for replacements which have the best energy rating possible, for one reason it will help to save a little of your energy bill, so this type of renewal is multiplied each time you replace an item. These days all our domestic appliances come with clearly marked ratings listed on the front of each unit. Most of our smaller electrical good are made to be thrown away, not many are able to be repaired as in the older models but now they are made to be more energy efficient and they are made so that most of the parts can be recycled. Having said that the old ones cannot be repaired we have also seen a huge reduction in the costs of our domestic electrical items, which is not a bad thing either.
While we are on the topic of energy efficiency it makes sense to make sure that any heat generated in the house should really stay there it is pointless to let the heat escape through our walls, windows or roof. So it is down to each home owner to make sure that we have installed the minimum of recommended insulation to our walls or roof, plus installed energy efficient window frames and double glazed glass. Quite often the government will offer incentives when doing such tasks as it all helps in the reduction in the amount of energy lost. Another little tip to finish up on this topic is to select thermal lined curtains if you are in a cold area as this will help to keep a little more of the heat inside when closed at night.
Once you have the property looking its best now it is time to look at your garden and other outdoor areas. We all like to see nice green lush grass but quite often it is only by the use of water that we can maintain that healthy color. Another way to look at this is to only use the water that falls from the sky and I know that rainfall varies from one area to the next but where possible it would be a good idea to fit a cheap valve to divert the rain as it falls down the roof into the down pipe and into a drum of some description. Then we can use that to water our gardens, another method is to use waste water to irrigate our gardens by laying semi-permeable pipe to irrigate the garden.
Then we need to make sure that the garden and any other outside areas are good to look out on. This way we know that any view from inside our house looking out, will look great and we never have to keep our blinds closed when ever anyone comes around to visit.
There are some great resources about Home Weatherization to be found on the internet. There are even more topics such as this one talking about several projects such as Low Water Flow, so before you begin any home improvement job on your home you should check out these articles to see what works best and even better if there is any financial assistance to be had from the government.