If you use a variety of appliances or computers and peripheral devices, use power strips. Using power strips prevents wasteful energy use because the strips ensure your devices are only drawing power when they are in use. Appliances, cell phones and computers draw power even when they are not in use when you plug them directly into an outlet.
Solar panels may be expensive, but they’re a wise home improvement upgrade. If you can get off the grid completely, you can save thousands of dollars in energy costs per year. Just remember that you should also switch to energy-efficient appliances that won’t drain too much energy from your panels.
Few realize just how easy it is to install a new light fixture in homes that were built within the last ten years ago. Most overhead lights now include all the wires and screws needed; in most cases the only wiring required is to connect the circuit box of the new fixture to the wires in your ceiling. Look for everything-included kits, which are designed for the average homeowner and include useful resources to help you through the process.
Take a sponge to your drywall! Don’t sand your drywall seams, sponge them. With practice, a wet sponge is just as effective in smoothing out the seams of a drywall job as is careful sanding. The advantage is that sponging doesn’t kick up all of the dust that sanding does.
If you have an extensive collection of collectibles or figurines, keep what you display to a minimum. Trying to display everything in one room or area can make your space appear cluttered. Choose a few focal pieces, about 5 pieces at the most and arrange them in a pleasing manner.
When renovating a historic home, visit home salvage yards or resale shops to find period fixtures and hardware. If you are friendly with the employees or owners, they may keep your name and number handy so they can get in touch in case a fabulous chandelier or another great period piece comes into their shop.
An easy, quick way to update your house with some home improvements is to start with your cabinet hardware. Whether you choose to update your bathroom or kitchen, changing the cupboard knobs, drawer pulls, and hinges can instantly change the look of the whole room.
Some home improvement projects are best suited for a group of people. By enlisting the help of the whole family, much more work can be done than would have been accomplished by one person. Neighbors or other friends can even be recruited, in return for the promise of future help from you.
Are you ready to start? Remember ‘a penny saved is a penny earned.’ So, take the time to read ahead of time to avoid any unnecessary mistake. Use the tips provided above to help you save time and money.