When it comes to your home, getting it right for you and your family can be a difficult task. Whether that be in the area of decor, or how environmentally friendly you are. In this article, I’m going to be talking about some improvements you could make to your home that you’ve probably not thought about.
Having solar panels often makes you think of newly built houses that have them fitted and that solar panels are a thing of the future. Unfortunately, many of us don’t realise how much have solar panels can benefit your home, and save the environment (and your wallet) at the same time.
They don’t look fantastic, that’s a given, but did you know that solar panels can collect enough energy to power half of your monthly electric bill? Even though having them fitted might set you back quite a bit, within a few months your solar panels will have practically paid for themselves.
Solar panels are also super environmentally friendly due to the fact that they absorb natural sunlight and turn it into usable energy. This way, we’re not burning fossil fuels and allowing our environment to suffer.
Another fantastic way of incorporating solar power into your home life, is to invest in solar powered outdoor lighting. Not only are you saving even more money and still being environmentally friendly, but they are a great way of adding style to your garden. Ditch the energy guzzling outdoor lights and go for some pretty solar powered lights. They’re often not that expensive to purchase and, much alike solar panels, will eventually pay for themselves
A quirky, yet beneficial improvement you could make is to consider having home window tinting. Not only will your home have it’s style dramatically improved, but you will notice some other fabulous benefits too.
Your home will be more private, even though passers-by would still be able to see inside, it would take much more effort for them to do so. Brilliant for any of us with expensive belongings on show in our homes, or those of us with small children, or even those of us that enjoy walking around in the buff.
You probably didn’t realise that window tinting can also reduce your energy bills too. The windows are designed to keep your air conditioned atmosphere inside, meaning that this will reduce how often you have to use your air conditioning unit.
Having your windows tinted will also protect the integrity of your furniture. The sun will fade your furniture over time, and if that piece of furniture is constantly hit by the sun, you will notice how quickly it fades. Window tinting prevents this from happening, so you can rest assured that your furniture will look great for even longer.
Sometimes, your home may look a little on the downside when it comes to the interior decor. Maybe you’ve played it safe and stuck with plain whitewash walls. Although having whitewash has the benefit of making the space look larger, it can make rooms seem very boring. Using color in your home won’t necessarily close the room in. You can use colors and shades to trick the eye into thinking the room is much larger than it is.
Consider adding a splash of color to each room. Whether you decide to create a feature wall, or you match your couch cushions, rugs and throw with a particular color, it’s really easy to do. You can even choose a color that is already incorporated into the room and accentuate on that.
If you’re in a position where you’re unable to redecorate the walls, (this could be due to the fact your landlord won’t allow any painting of the walls) then adding artwork that is colorful around your home instead will make the world of difference. Artwork is available from so many stores these days, and won’t cost you the earth either. Well, unless you choose to go for an expensive piece of artwork.
As we all know, having a greenhouse in your garden will allow you to try and grow your own produce. You don’t have to be totally green fingered to do this either. Anybody and everybody should try growing something at least once in their lives.
Of course, one bonus of doing this is that you will save money on that particular item. Think about if you were to grow every item in your salad bowl and everything that’s in your fruit bowl too. Doing this would immediately save a considerable amount of money.
Growing your own produce is the perfect way of ensuring that your food hasn’t been sprayed with pesticide and insecticide. All of your home grown food would be organic, and it would taste much better because the food has been allowed to grow as naturally as possible.
Having a greenhouse is also a great teaching tool for your children. You can show them how much fun it can be to grow your own fruit and vegetables, and also how to be self sufficient.
Often with growing your own produce, you will find yourself picking the fruit or vegetables at a certain time of year, for a period of time. Rest assured that most plants will produce again the following year, and often the finished product is much better than the first time around because the plant has had a chance to mature.
Halogen heaters are a great asset to have in your home. Even if you don’t use them regularly, having them there to pull out when needed is useful. Admittedly, they often don’t look very good, but they are super cheap to run. They cost a very small amount each hour to have turned on, and they’re doing the job of your energy guzzling heaters.
One brilliant feature of halogen heaters, is that if for some reason the heater was knocked over, you and your home would be safe. This is because once the heater isn’t stood correctly on it’s base, a switch at the bottom of the heater is triggered and will not allow the heater to work until the problem is rectified.
So, even though they don’t particularly look great, they are cheaper than regular heaters to run. They also provide light too, so you may even save of your electric bill there too!
Doing up the furniture that looks like it has seen better days will not only lengthen the life of the furniture, but it will also completely change the way your room feels.
Upcycling usually includes a lick of paint and some new door or drawer knobs. Why not get creative and add your own style to it? There are tons of sites available to give you inspiration, and even handy guides on the best way of doing it.
Your furniture doesn’t have to stick with being used for the same purpose as before either. For example, you could turn a baby cot into a desk for your growing child to write and do crafts at. All you’d need is a few tools, something to sand the wood down, and if desired, paint.
One thing I think that we’re all slightly guilty for at some point in our lives, is cluttering. Sometimes people find it hard to depart with items they no longer have a use for, and choose to keep it as a momento, or “just in case” they do decide to use it again.
Following the six month rule is a great way of ensuring you’re throwing the right things away. Of course, there are a few exceptions like your winter clothes, or holiday gear that you haven’t used in a while.
Think to yourself, are you really going to use it again? Does it have sentimental value? Have you used it in the last six months, or do you intend to use it in the next six months? If you’ve answered no to all of these questions then it’s probably a good idea to bin it.
Cluttered homes often look untidy too. If you’re looking for a way to improve the way your home looks. Try de-cluttering first. It’s free and it gives you a great excuse to do a deep clean. If you have completed this and your home is still looking drab and dreary, you’ll need to think about furniture arrangement and a lick of paint on the walls.
As you can see, there are tons of things that you could be doing to improve your home without having to dramatically change much. Making these small, yet brilliant changes will improve the way your home looks, how much energy you’re consuming and also give you the opportunity to become more self sufficient. Improve your home today!