Redecorating To Actually SAVE Money
Lots of people are unhappy with how their home looks, but they don’t do anything about it because it costs too much money. New home décor elements aren’t cheap, but did you know that some simple things you can do around the house can actually save money? It’s true!
Air conditioning is one of the biggest power drains in your home, and one of the most expensive to use too! Something as simple as swapping out the light fixtures in sleeping areas with attractive, modern ceiling fans can help keep things cool – without cranking the air. You might find you can turn the air conditioning off completely on all but the hottest days of the year, when you have a fan to keep the air moving.
If your home has a fireplace, make sure it is properly maintained. You may not be aware that if your damper doesn’t close properly, it is an energy waste on par with leaving a window open, all day, all year round. If your home doesn’t have a fireplace, think about installing a natural gas one to take the chill off the family room without unnecessarily heating the whole house.
Shed New Light
New modern lighting fixtures have improved their energy efficiency by light years (ha!) over older models. You can achieve some savings simply by switching old-school incandescent bulbs with newer, more energy efficient options like LEDs or compact fluorescents, but then you have a new bulb in an old light. Changing the lighting can really change the whole look of a room, so think about this relatively inexpensive way to update the look of your home and enjoy savings on your electricity costs as an added bonus.
Stop Being a Drip!
A running toilet or dripping faucet costs money and wastes valuable, treated water. If you have already tried a repair, changing the fixtures in your bathroom or kitchen will update the look of your home while saving you money. Newer low-flow shower heads and toilets can reduce your consumption by 30-40% with every shower or flush. That adds up to a lot of savings over the course of a year.
Updating your home doesn’t have to be an expensive endeavor. With some smart, energy-efficient upgrades, you might be sorry you lived with that leaky old faucet in the bathroom or that ugly strip light in the kitchen for as long as you did.