Handy Home Improvement Tips to Help You Create a More Energy Efficient Home

Whenever you take on a home renovation task, you can go beyond making visual enhancements. Home renovation projects also provide you with the ability to increase the energy efficiency of your home. Remodelling for a more energy efficient home won’t just be great for the environment – it will also save you money in the long run. No matter what kind of home improvement project you’re considering, it’s a good idea to find out if there are ways you can enhance your home’s energy efficiency. A good renovation project offers you the opportunity to add more beauty and value to your home, but it will be even more successful if you’re able to use that project to lower your energy bills and reduce your carbon footprint.

Tips for the Bathroom

The bathroom is one of the most popular areas to start home improvement projects. When you’re ready to start making some changes in your bathroom, it’s the smaller decisions that can help you to increase the energy efficiency of your bathroom. If you’ll be replacing faucets, sinks and showerheads as a part of your home improvement project, you can save on water by going with low-flow options that still provide you with plenty of water pressure. Another option is to invest in a dual flush or low flow toilet that will help improve energy efficiency in the bathroom.

Tips for the Kitchen

Kitchens are often the heart of the home and they are also a popular place for home renovation projects. It is possible to work on home improvement tasks that improve the function and aesthetic beauty of your kitchen while also working to make your home more energy efficient. Many kitchen home improvement tasks focus on replacing surface features, including floors, counters and cabinets. You can go with sustainable materials to help out the environment. Choosing the right appliances for the kitchen is the real way to save energy while taking on a kitchen home improvement project. Look for ENERGY STAR products that use less water and power, helping to cut down on your energy bills. These energy efficient appliances also come in great sizes and trendy styles so they’ll go along with your décor of choice in the kitchen.

Tips for Other Living Areas

While it may be more difficult to make living rooms, offices and bedrooms more energy efficient, there are still ways that you can work on energy efficiency when you take on these home improvement tasks. When you’re ready to remodel these areas, work to go with sustainable materials, such as hardwood flooring that is harvested in a sustainable way. Another option is to choose curtains that will help cut back on heat transfer, which will help keep energy bills down. Adding in some extra insulation while involved in home improvement tasks or adding in new ceiling fans can help reduce the cost of heating and cooling your home as well. Also, keeping in mind that materials pulled from the home can be recycled when you do a home renovation in living areas.

As you can see, you can find many ways to take on a home improvement project to improve your home’s aesthetic beauty, function, value and energy efficiency. As you plan out your next home improvement task, make sure you keep energy efficiency in mind. You’ll be taking great measures to help improve the environment while also finding ways to save money over time with a more energy efficient home.

Home Improvement- Cracks in the Ceilings

The Causes of Ceiling Cracks

Moisture

If the cracks are from moisture damage, you’ll most likely see ceiling cracks that almost look as though they’re crumbling or flaking. Flakes of paint may fall to the floor. This could be an issue with the plumbing or some kind of roof damage.

Structural Issue

This crack should look as though it’s running across the ceiling. If you see something like this, it means poor foundation. If it’s from not being waterproofed enough, the foundation is at risk of sinking, if not sinking already. These issues put the whole house under stress, which is why the cracks appear. This is definitely a time when they shouldn’t be ignored, although I don’t advise ignoring them at all.

Poor Workmanship

This is the most common of all the causes. These cracks appear shortly after the ceiling work is done, especially if the reasoning is improper curing of plaster. When the plaster is not mixed the correct way, the plaster turns brittle.

Fixing the Cracks

Sometimes replacing the ceiling is the safest bet. I know it sounds like a hassle, but it’s the best choice if it’s a dangerous situation, especially if a professional advises it. Don’t look at this in a negative way, it’s an excuse for some new home improvement! If it were me, I’d go for a decorative ceiling, like a dome ceiling! I’ve always wanted one for my dining room. As much as I would like a decorative ceiling, an easy fix is always preferred.

1.Drill drywall screws to hold it in place.

2.Remove any loose plaster with a utility knife.

3.Apply drywall tape to the whole crack.

4.Use a layer of joint compound, making sure it goes through the tape, filling the crack.

5.Create a smooth surface with a damp sponge and sand it for further smoothness.

6.Prime and Paint!

That’s the best and easiest way I know to fix those stubborn cracks. Don’t forget, if you think the cracks are serious, contact a professional.Do you have any other crack fixing tips? Share them with me! Feel free to refer to this video for more information.

Affordable Home Improvement Ideas

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For someone who loves home improvement as much as I do, it’s important to come up with some ideas that aren’t too costly. I love doing large projects, but I would have no money left if that’s all I continued to do. Here are some ideas if you’re interested in some affordable home improvement.

Changing the Color of Your Front Door

Adding a fresh coat of paint and a new color will help to enhance the look of your home. If you’re used to seeing that same old blue door every time you arrive home, then switch it up and do a color like bright red! Little things like this CAN and WILL make a difference. When I changed my door to bright red, I also added a red rocking chair to my porch. You can do the same thing! Some other ideas include placing colorful planters and flowers by the newly painted door, or purchase some kind of wreath that will match! Piece of cake!

Place Colorful Boxes Inside the Closets of Your Home

I did this not too long ago and I’m so glad I did. Not only do these boxes help to keep my closet organized, they add some style too! My bathroom closet has three small blue boxes that each hold something different. My hallway closet has three medium yellow boxes. One holding my hats and gloves, one holding my umbrellas and the other holding my flashlights. I could tell you about all the closets in my home, but I think you get the point. Have style and stay organized! 🙂

Jars for Your Kitchen Counter

Save time and get organized by using jars in your kitchen. I have glass jars lined up against my wall and each of them hold something different, like tea bags and sugar. I don’t have to rummage through my cabinets to find the items I use everyday, plus I can never trust those sugar bags. They’re always breaking and spilling inside my cabinet. I also think they make for nice decoration in the kitchen. You can go for any kind you like, but I like glass ones because I can easily see what’s inside and when they need to be filled!