You want to do something to improve your home, but what can you do that will make sense? Here are some “green” ideas that will help you save some dough.
Start a Compost Pile
A compost pile is an excellent way to recycle. It’s also a great way to get started on a garden, reduce your grocery bill, and eat healthier. Composting isn’t all that difficult, and it will yield amazing results in a season or two, providing you with rich soil that you can use to grow vegetables to feed your family
You can also use fish fertilizer to get a garden going – some old fish guts that have been liquified and buried in the ground will yield an amazingly rich soil.
Use Low Energy Lighting
Using LED lighting can dramatically cut your electricity bill, especially if you spend a lot of time indoors. But, so can advanced technologies like Parans indoor lighting system. It uses state of the art mirrors and sun capture devices to redirect sunlight indoors, eliminating the need for indoor lighting during the day when the sun is out.
Upgrade Your HVAC
An HVAC system heats and cools your home, but it also moves air through it, cleaning it in the process, providing ventilation. By having qualified technicians visit your home, and maintain your system, you not only lower your utility bills, you lower your out of pocket repair costs.
Often times, small problems that are left unfixed evolve into more complex and expensive problems. A wear part, for example, may break and force other parts of the system to work harder, thus causing them to wear down prematurely.
Instead of replacing just that one part, you end up replacing several parts.
Get More Energy-Efficient Appliances and Rely Less On Them
By improving the efficiency of your appliances, you save money but what if there was a way to reduce your use of them in addition to making them more efficient?
Could you cook a week’s worth of meals on the stove and then store them in the fridge or freezer, for example? How about a month’s worth of food
Could you do your laundry during off-peak hours?
Instead of zoning out in front of the T.V., could you make a commitment to read more or maybe institute a family game night?
What about going outside more often for walks or spending more time at the gym working out?
These are small changes in your lifestyle, but they have a huge impact, not just on your bills but on your overall life. Weekly meals, for example, force you to think ahead and plan out healthy foods, reducing the risk that you might come home from work one day too tired to cook and go out to eat instead.
Use Recycled Roof Tiles
Reclaimed clay, stone, or slate roofing tiles are cheaper than new asphalt ones, and they can save you at least as much money on heating and cooling costs while protecting your home. Clay and stone tiles, especially, are good choices and they tend to last a long time.
Meredith S. Crow is a real estate sales associate. She loves writing about her experiences on the web. Her articles are available on many DIY and property investing sites.