Save Energy and Money with Simple Home Improvement Fixes

| July 21, 2012 | 1 Comment

Save Energy Home Improvement One of the best parts about going green and eco-friendly around the house is the fact that you can actually save up a lot of money in the easiest way possible. Let’s take a look at how simple home improvement fixes can help you save both energy and money almost instantly:

Seal Energy Suckers

Begin by sealing electrical outlets that aren’t used to keep the conditioned air inside and also, by unplugging electrical appliances when not in use. Just this simple change can help you conserve energy and save money in electricity bills, each month.

Green the Shower

Love your morning shower but hate the damage it does to the water table? Don’t worry, just install a high-performance, low-flow showerhead. While this eco-friendly shower option will cost you around $20  or upwards, you could end up saving much more than that when you use it along with other family members on a daily basis.

Switch to CFLs

Next, spend some time swapping out those energy-sucking incandescent bulbs with compact fluorescent lightbulbs that use only a quarter of the wattage and provide you with equal if not more, lighting.

Use Sheers for Sunlight

Let your house be swathed in natural light and that too, for free. Well, almost. The only cost is buying sheer drapes for your windows. In fact, you could even save on the sheers and simply draw the curtains every day, letting the natural light flood in.

Sunlight is a great way to save on energy costs, get a daily dose of Vitamin D and use an abundant and free natural resource. So, get sunny!

Install a Laundry Clothes Line

Since, we’re talking about using sunlight, another great way to use this free resource is to dry your laundry out in the open.  Just install a simple clothesline in the backyard or balcony, if you live in an apartment and you would be saving tons on energy costs every time you do your laundry.

Use Cold Water to Wash Clothes

You don’t need to use hot water to get your clothes all clean and disinfected. In fact, if you’re line drying your clothes, you’ll be disinfecting and bleaching them naturally. So, switch to cold water to wash your clothes and get them just as clean in less than half the cost.

Also, make sure that you don’t run half-loads of wash. Wait till you have a full load before running the machine and not only will you be saving energy and water, you’ll also be saving yourself some time.

Do Your Dishes

If you don’t have a dishwasher yet, great. Doing your dishes by hand is a fantastic way of saving money and energy. If you do have a dishwasher, make sure you run a full load each time, rinse your dishes before putting them into the dishwasher and use cold water here as well.

Simple home improvement changes can quickly make a difference to your eco quotient and add up in savings as well. So, go ahead and make these simple switches to a greener, healthier lifestyle, right now.

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Prerna Malik is a freelance writer and work-at-home mom who believes in green living, frugal fun and positive parenting. You can find out more about her at The Mom Writes.

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  1. Carl Watson says:

    Awesome article Prerna, I really liked the tips that you have mentioned in this post about the home improvement projects.
    Carl Watson recently posted..Missed the Remodeling Show in Chicago?

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