The best DIY projects save you money and increase the value of your home. My best DIY Project involved making my home energy efficient.
Everyone is looking for ways to save money. While many of us are thinking of cutting on our expenses, especially those of the luxurious type, there are those who know that they can set themselves up for long-term savings if they go green around the home. What am I talking about?
Well, think of it this way: how much money do you spend on your electric bill each year? Do you know how much more you would be saving if you had CFL (Compact Fluorescent Light Bulbs) as opposed to the traditional incandescent bulbs? Here are the numbers:
A typical CFL uses about one-fourth the amount of energy used by a typical incandescent bulb. If you combine this with the longer lifespan offered by CFL, you can see how it translates to significant savings despite their higher initial purchase cost.
A CFL lasts for about 10,000 hours. Within that time, it will use about 140-kilowatt hours of your electricity. At a rough estimate of £0.13 for every kilowatt hour, the lifetime cost to you will be about £18.2. Although incandescents last between 1,200 to 2,500 hours, if stacked against the 10,000-hour lifespan, an incandescent would use about 600-kilowatt hours of your electricity thus costing you about £78. That is not including the amount of money you will have to spend replacing each bulb as it dies off. Your savings will include 460 kilowatts of electricity and around £49.
These savings are the main reasons why my best DIY project had to be green-oriented. Here is a list of the things I got done around the house:
Change all the bulbs to energy saving bulbs:
Of course, this has to be the very first thing you do if you want to save energy around the house all year. Granted, the initial cost of buying CFLs might be a bit higher than you are used to, but if the figures above are anything to go by, then the amount of money you will save on energy at the end of the years is well worth it. Plus, you will be saving energy.
Use less water when you flush:
Did you know that your toilet is the number location of clean water wastage around your home? Even time you flush, you use litres of clean water that could be saved and directed towards other uses. Now, we are not saying that you should forego flushing or change your toilet, that would be unsanitary and quite expensive respectively. There are other alternatives. You can install flush adapters or flusher adjustments that are not only simple to work but will save a lot of water.
Have a programmable thermostat:
These high-tech thermostats only operate during the times you set. Meaning it can lower the temperature at midday and increase it at night when you are home. This will save you a great deal of money on energy expenses. It is basically a more efficient way of managing your heating and cooling at home.
The bottom line is that, with just a few changes in your home, you could be collectively saving a lot more over the years.