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Eco-Friendly Face Lift: Quick Home Improvements

Written by DadKnowsDiy   
Thursday, 27 October 2016 09:37

The world is, thankfully, becoming more conscientious of its impact on the environment and adjusting accordingly. For homeowners, that means making quick and easy improvements that can save the environment and their wallets. Small changes make a big difference. Here are some tips on how to make your home more eco-friendly.


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Changing your old light bulbs to halogen incandescent, compact fluorescent lamps, and light-emitting diodes will not only save energy—it will save you around $75 each year. Unlike the outdated incandescent bulbs, energy efficient lights convert the majority of their spent energy on light rather than heat. You may have to splurge a little upfront for a better quality bulb, but won’t have to change out your lights as frequently, especially if you start setting timers on your most popular switches.


Throwing out old electronics allows millions of pounds of chemicals and toxic heavy metals to be absorbed by the earth. One of the best solutions for unwanted products is to recycle them. With harmful products on the environment that cannot be recycled, find a way to reuse them. For example, rubber tires have been produced in copious amounts, and as a result have had a negative effect on the environment. If you have a playground in your backyard, shred the rubber and use it as playground mulch. The benefits? It’s safe for your children, allows an airway and a channel for light to flow through, and isn’t a hotbed for unwanted insects! Just keep them away from water sources or the garden.


Bottled water is so cheap and convenient that it’s tempting to pick up large packs from the store to keep on hand. Fight it! Pick up a reusable water bottle and refill it whenever thirst commences. If you have a large family, designate different colored water bottles for each member. Don’t worry about the risk of toxins from your tap water. Install a water-filtration system under your sink for clear, pure, and refreshing goodness.

While you’re at it, check your sinks and other water sources like shower faucets and toilets for leaks. An individual can use 100 gallons of water a day, and a leaking toilet can waste 200 gallons a day. That means if you repair the dripping water in your toilet, you can save 73,000 gallons.

Flooring Fix

There are tons of options if you’re looking to replace your floor surfaces. If you want to stick with carpet, opt for carpet tiles. They’re comprised of 80% of pre-used materials, they’re stain repellant, and they are good for families with bad allergies. An old wooden floor can be replaced in one afternoon with cork. Some manufacturers have invented a solution to installing the durable material without glue or nails. You could try other eco-friendly options are bamboo or linoleum.

More Solutions

Here are a few more ideas to get your home improvement projects off and running:

●     When replacing any appliances, check for the Energy Star emblem. They use less energy but go for around the same price as others in the market.

●     Install ceiling fans to maintain an affordable heating and AC bill. They push the warm air down for those cold winter months, and provide a source for cool air in the summer.

●     Utilize your windows for natural light and the sun’s heat.

Home improvements can be fun and easy. With eco-friendly solutions, not only will your home be more sustainable, it may add value to your house, and the upgrade will look good too! your social media marketing partner
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