Springtime is a perfect opportunity for fixing up your home to make it look better and to save energy while you’re at it. There are many different and simple DIY home renovations that you can do which can improve the look of your home, while at the same time helping you lessen your energy consumption. Here are the top four tips for this spring which include landscaping your home to improve aesthetics, easy home repairs, and updating your kitchen to improve energy use.
Easy Home Repairs
One significant change that you can make to your house for the spring is to fix any home repairs that you are able to do such as fixing any water leaks in the house. You can save so much money by just fixing any leaks that you have in the house including in the faucets, showerheads, or pipes. Research shows that household leaks waste more than 1 trillion gallons of water per year nationwide. Fixing leaks or replacing showerheads is a great way to reduce your water consumption and save some money on your water bill.
Replace Your Windows
Replacing windows is a great way to improve your house aesthetically and improve your energy consumption. Old windows can raise heating and cooling costs because of the amount of air they let through them. You can install energy efficient and high quality windows to help you save money on your energy bills. Another great way to help save energy and improve the mood of the house is to leave windows open at night. If you live in a place where it cools off at night, turning off your air conditioning and leaving the windows open while you are sleeping can help keep your house cool and your energy costs low.
Update Your Kitchen
The best way to improve your kitchen is a remodel, but many people don’t have the money or resources to take such drastic measures to improve your space. A good alternative is replacing the small things such as drawer pulls, facets, and maybe an appliance here and there. Then eventually over time, your whole kitchen will be relatively new and updated. Updating your appliances will also help with energy consumption and having an energy efficient appliance will also help with how much it heats up your home while cooking. When it comes to major appliances such as dishwashers, washer/dryers, and ovens, they heat up homes while in use and to save energy it is best to only use them when it is necessary or in the instance of washers and dryers, only use them when you have full loads of laundry to do.
Landscaping is a great way to improve the look and curb appeal of your home and can also help with energy consumption. Understanding the climate you live in can help you choose which flora to use. It’s been shown that carefully positioned trees can help homes save up to 25% of the energy that they typically use. If you live in hot regions, trees can help provide shade during the hot months, and during the winter can help block winds away from the home. Not only will adding some landscaping help your energy consumption, but gardens full of flowers and shrubs can help determine property lines and structure your space.