Investing in your home is never a waste of money. We all blow a lot of money on unnecessary things and when it comes to home redecoration and renovation, we often perceive it as a huge investment. But renewing your home leads to a more comfortable life and to a significant saving of money in a long-term perspective.
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Since the first stop on the road of an efficient and energy-saving home is quality insulation, that feature should be examined first. No matter if you do it on your own or via a professional home energy testing provider, try not to save too much on this part of your home as it will prove very important in the long run.
When it comes to ways of insulating your exterior walls, the first thing you have to do is to determine whether you have cavity walls or stone walls. In case of cavity walls, you will need to use insulating beads or granules, mineral wool or means of insulation based on foam. On the other hand, if you have an older house, it is highly probable that it has no cavities, but you will have to take some solid wall insulation measures.
The attic and the basement are also very important, as they can hide numerous energy-squandering corners. To get a professional estimation, you could call an energy efficiency audit-service to make a deep analysis and create a plan on achieving higher energy efficiency. When it comes to saving home energy, you should definitely look into insulating hot water pipes in order to reduce the amount of energy wasted that way.
Have you ever thought about how difficult it would be to break into your house? Are your door locks up to date? Is there an alarm system in your house? There are many options to consider when it comes to improving home security and most of them will prove worthwhile. One such option is to replace your front door with a modern, high security door. They are not as expensive as you might think and they will surely add a new dimension of your security to your home. If you think having an alarm is not necessary, you should at least consider installing a smoke alarm. You don’t even want to think about what might happen if you forget to turn off the clothes iron and leave the house.
Boxes on cupboards, as well as shoes and old clothes in the closets all create clots that suffocate the free flow of energy in your home. Not to mention the aesthetic aspect of it. If you tend to pile up a lot of junk in the garage or the attic and you’re slowly running out of space, perhaps you should look into extending your storage space by getting a container shelter.
Another solution for de-cluttering if you use a lot of paper is to turn to paperless living or at least minimizing the amount of paper in open areas. That will need some minor investments, but will eventually lead to saving money and open the living space.
Just do it
Making investments around the house is probably not on everyone’s checklist but it shouldn’t be so. If you think every project needs to be a big expense and a hassle, you are wrong. Investments in insulation, security and better organization of your home will relieve some of that stress everyday stress. The energy flow in messy and cluttered homes is chaotic and will probably make you feel so too. So don’t hesitate, roll up your sleeves and make your home a better place today.
By: John Stone
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