Home improvement covers everything from replacing old bathroom fixtures to putting up insulation in your yard. I the summer, particularly, remodeling is very much on people’s minds. But sometimes there seem to be too many possible ideas to choose from. A number of low-cost home improvements not only make your house look better, but they help save money over time due to energy savings. Here’s a brief list of ideas to help get you started with some low-cost improvements.
1) Why not do a cosmetic makeover of your living space? Sure, it seems simple, but the psychological lift can be immense. Painting and redecorating in soothing colors can help you relax and enjoy your home more. After all, if you’re going to be in your home, you might as well enjoy it, right? Sometimes a cosmetic makeover can help you feel as if you’re in a relaxing spa.
2) Put in new insulation. Making your home well-insulated is an investment in future energy savings in the form of lower electric bills. A well insulated home keeps the cool, air conditioned air inside in the summer and keeps the warm air in in the winter.
3) Make your house “greener.” It seems that everyone is trying to save money right now, and it also seems that everyone is interested in making their lives more eco friendly. That’s why installing green technology in your home right now is very popular. Making your home greener could mean installing windmills and solar panels, or it could mean using more environmentally friendly cleaning products or replacing your old central heating and air system.
Replacing incandescent light bulbs with compact fluorescent bulbs may seem costly, but the savings in energy bills will more than outweigh the initial cost. Windmills are fairly low tech items, and some people build their own windmills. Another great side effect of going green is that many “green” technologies like solar panels help you qualify for a sizable tax credit. Taken together, the savings on energy bills plus the big tax break can save you big money over the long term.
4) Use a programmable thermostat. This may seem so small as to be insignificant, but it really isn’t. When you install a programmable thermostat, you’ll save money on your electric bills. You program it so that you don’t have the heating and air conditioning on all day while nobody is home. By cutting usage of the central heating and air system so that it’s just on when there are people at home, it keeps the system from running when it isn’t necessary, saving you money on electric bills.
5) Install a patio in your back yard. While this may be an expensive home improvement project (even if you’re big into DIY), it can be a very worthwhile project. By making your backyard more inviting and relaxing, you’ll spend less time having to go places for entertainment. Cookouts with neighbors can be a very fun and sociable evening. Or you could put up a telescope if you like stargazing. Sometimes a hammock is just the thing on a warm afternoon. The payback from a patio won’t necessarily be monetary, but the relaxation it can provide you and your family is priceless.
Whatever home improvement ideas you pursue, the payoff will make up for the cost eventually. Maybe these ideas aren’t your cup of tea, but there are endless home improvement ideas you can pursue.