Most people don’t have the luxury to install expensive home improvements in order to ‘go green’ all the way, but there are some really affordable improvements that you can do on a budget. Best of all is that by opting for these improvements you won’t be only helping the planet, but you’ll also save on your bills in the future. And sometime in the future, you might be able to afford some expensive home improvements like roof solar panels, or even a wind generator. Until then, take a look at these 5 money-saving improvements that we prepared for you.
Check for Air Leaks
Air leaks are to blame for the huge amount of heat loss in most homes, which is why you’ll want to invest some money in caulking. If caulking your doors and windows isn’t enough, you might want to add some plastic to your windows which is an extremely cheap way to make your home less drafty. Just wait for a windy day to easily assess which windows and doors are leaking, and then start fixing it. You can save up to 20% on electric bills only by doing this, and you won’t spend more than a hundred bucks regardless of how many windows you have.
Rain Collector System
This is a great and easy way to go green, as we’re currently wasting so much water that it’s starting to take a toll. These rain collector systems connect your water collection network (like a gutter system, or rooftop water collection system) with a storage, usually a barrel or a cistern. This non-drinkable water can then be used for watering your garden, or flushing toilets. Installing a system like this is extremely cheap and it’s actually quite simple, but if you do decide to hire an expert to do this you’ll have to spare a few hundred dollars for it.
Ditch the Old Bulbs
It’s amazing just how much money you can save by replacing your traditional light bulbs with the energy saving ones, like CFL or LED bulbs. Your traditional bulb uses only about 10% of all the energy it spends for lighting, as the rest is wasted through heat. This creates another obvious problem in the summer, as you’ll get heating that you don’t want to, so you’ll be spending more energy to cool down a room. While energy saving bulbs initially cost more, but they are up to 5 times more efficient and they last more than 20 times longer!
Smart Power Strips
If you’re new to the concept of vampire power, you might want to consider installing smart power strips to prevent the waste of electricity that’s ramping up your bills for no reason whatsoever. These power strips can recognize when a device is fully charged (or not in use) and then cut the power supply. Investing in this can almost completely eliminate your vampire power and save you up to 20% on electricity bills, all while being cheap. Currently, they cost about $30 a piece, and you can get them on Amazon.
Insulate Your House
While insulating your entire house isn’t a cheap investment by no means, it will pay off in the long run as you’ll save quite a bit of energy you’re wasting on heating or cooling. An average family spends about $200 per year due to poor insulation. If you don’t have the budget for such a costly endeavor, though, you can plant trees in front of your house to help you protect your house from outside elements. Another way to prevent overheating in the summer is to install retractable awnings to create a shade and save some money on air-conditioning bills.
Going green doesn’t necessarily mean that you have to spend all your savings in order to help prevent climate change. In fact, you can save quite a bit of money while still helping lower GHG (Greenhouse Gas) emissions. Some of these investments will save you quite a bit of money in the long run, so you can actually save for a more expensive home improvement after a few years.
The best thing is, most of these improvements you can do by yourself, without hiring contractors to help you out – which will significantly lower the price you have to pay.