Whether you are moving into a smaller home or apartment or just planning on staying in the house you’ve lived in for years, consider some of these safety improvements that are energy efficient.
Simple fixes in the kitchen can make this area more kid and elderly friendly. Consider replacing the existing cabinet hardware with something easier to grab if the current handles make it difficult to get a good grip. Replacing kitchen appliances like the oven and stove is safer and more energy efficient than having older models. New refrigerators have a power save switch that saves lots of energy during hours they are being opened and closed the least. Check below the sink to ensure there are no plumbing leaks which could pose a slip hazard or cause mold and mildew. This kind of maintenance conserves water and avoids waste.
The most dangerous room inside the home is the bathroom. Slips and falls are more common here than in any other part of the house because of hard surfaces, cramped space, and wet surfaces, bathroom safety is a serious concern. The installation of grab bars inside and outside the bath tub will make getting in and out much easier and safer. Checking and adjusting the water heater every three months reduces the amount of water used and saves heating energy. Consider removing dangerous sliding glass doors in the shower and replacing them with a shower curtain. Curtains also allow heat to be easily dispersed throughout the bathroom.
Proper lighting is of prime importance in the home. Aside from ensuring each room has light fixtures that produce enough light to not strain the eyes, the addition of night lights will enhance safety at night, especially when placed in hallways, stairways, and bathrooms. CFL bulbs are cheap, can last up to 8000 hours, and use very little energy. Remove clutter or extra furniture that may pose as a hazard, this also means unplugging chargers and other electronics. Cushion the sharp edges and corners of furniture if these pose a hazard. Screen doors are a great addition to keep out mosquitoes especially to avoid health concerns like the Zika virus and they are a great way to cool your home without using the air conditioner. Inspect smoke alarms annually and replace using rechargeable batteries. In the event of a power outage make sure you have flash lights and a generator.
With the addition of a few features, you can rest assured that your home will remain safe and energy efficient.