Home improvements are not cheap, and when it comes to spending such a significant amount on making your property look better, it can seem frivolous. However, there are some home improvements that not only look great but can also save you money on your household bills in the long run as well, something that makes them well worthwhile. Read on to find out more.
Firstly, if you are looking for a way to make the inside of your home more pleasant and bright, even if you are in a room with little to no natural sun, then light tubes are the way forward.
Light tubes, as their name suggests are just wide tubes that are inserted through walls and ceilings to allow natural light to flow into a space. It’s an incredibly simple idea in theory, although you will need some expert help with the installation because ensuring that the light travels where you want it to, and you do cut through any supporting walls or trust is essential.
Of course, using light tubes is usually much cheaper than a restructure of your property to let more light in. Also, it can also help you to cut down on your electric bill, as well as provide a lovely bright space for you and your family.
OK, so solar panels may not entirely be gorgeous yet, but they are still definitely worth considering in the area of home improvement. After all, they are a way of harvesting energy that is not only kind to the environment but practically free, once the cost of the panels has been paid off.
Happily, many homeowners that install such panels allow them to connect to the grid, and this enables them to sell off any excess energy they create. Something that in turn will allow them to cover the cost a lot quicker, making solar panels a home improvement that makes a lot of sense financially.
The next home improvement that you can complete to save you money is to invest in good quality cotton bedding. Now, I know these cost a bit more than the polyester blends but remember it’s all about playing the long game here, and that is where pure cotton sheets come into their own.
For one, cotton is a much more comfortable fabric especially in the summer, as it allows the body to breathe while in bed. What this means is that you will have to spend less on cooling your home and installing things like aircon.
Also, cotton sheets can be easier to wash and keep clean, as putting them on more extended fancy setting isn’t necessary. In fact, a quick wash is usually all that is needed if you launder them regularly, with the occasional hot wash for hygiene purpose.
You also won’t have to waste time and money ironing them either if you grab them straight out of the washer and hang them on the line outside. Another factor that makes them a great home improvement investment.
From summer and cotton sheets to winter and keeping your home warm, something that home improvement can help you with as well. Of course, there are basic things that you should be doing at the start of each winter like checking outside windows and doors for draughts, but one significant home improvement you can make in this area is to install a log burner.
In fact, having a log burner in your lounge is a popular decor trend at the moment, and can make your space perfectly cosy for the winter months. Of course, it didn’t just look cosy, either as the logs that are burned can be used to heat a specific room, and even connected up to your hot water system to allow you to save on energy costs.
It’s even better if you live in a rural area and can collect your fuel for free. Although you must remember to leave it to dry out before you try and burn it; otherwise you will end up with a room full of smoke, and that is certainly anything but gorgeous.
What could be better than growing beautiful fruits trees in your back garden? They look gorgeous and provide some much-needed shade during the summer months.
Of course, they are not just aesthetically pleasing either, because you get to eat the crops they produce, something that can save you a fortune on the cost of fresh fruit.
You can even learn to preserve the fruits in jams, marmalades, and even wine, something you may be able to trade with your neighbours as they do in The Good Life for other household necessities, saving you even more money!