We all love our homes, but there’s no denying that there is an annoying aspect of running a property: they can be expensive. Sometimes, it feels like we’re spending all of our cash on just keeping our property in tip-top condition. However, it’s important to remember that there are always ways to reduce the costs associated with your house. And doing these things won’t just help to keep the expenses to a minimum, either; they’ll also help to reduce your home’s environmental impact.
In this blog, we’ll look at some tried and tested tips that’ll push you in the right direction.
Grow Your Own Food
After the energy you need to keep your home in full working condition, the thing that you’ll probably spend the most on — on a weekly basis, at least — is your food. There are many ways to reduce the cost of the weekly shopping bill, including looking up some cheap but nutritious meals, and understanding how supermarkets work (the items with the highest mark-up are at eye-level). But one underrated method for reducing costs is to grow your own vegetables. This isn’t just cost-effective (basically free); it also does wonders for your home’s eco-credentials. Plus, it’s pretty fun to get underway — especially if you get your children involved.
What’s Providing the Energy?
You’ll likely spend a lot of money on the energy that gives your home it’s power. But the question is, do you necessarily have to? We tend to think of an expensive energy bill as just something you have to contend with if you have a home, but that’s not the case. There are other options out there, such as solar panels. Gets yours installed by a company such as Iowa Solar, and each month you’ll find that energy bills are lower. And of course, solar panels have a minimal environmental impact; they’re one of the best things you can add to your home if you’re trying to make your property more planet-friendly.
Also, don’t forget to upgrade your insulation when you’re getting your solar panels installed. Insulation can wear out after a while. If your energy bills are higher than you thought they’d be, then it’ll probably have something to do with your insulation. It could be letting more hot/cold air escape than you thought.
Appliance and Furniture Upgrades
Two other areas you’ll spend a lot of cash on are your appliances and furniture. You may have paid off your appliance many years ago, but if it’s not as efficient as more modern options, then you’ll still be paying for it — just in other ways. Newer appliances are a lot more energy-efficient, which means lower bills. Think about your furniture too. You’ll spend a lot on a new furniture set, and it won’t be all that good for the environment. If you look at second-hand and upcycled options, however, you’ll find that you’re able to get high-quality, beautiful items of furniture, without spending the earth — and the environmental impact will be minimal.