Many families are looking to live a more sustainable lifestyle. Whether it be to go fully off-grid or simply save money on the day-to-day there are plenty of home projects for nearly any budget that can lead to a more sustainable home.
My friend and I where talking today about things we can do to get our homes ready for anything that may come and help to lower existing costs because the cost of living is getting out of hand. This made me think that the odds are we are not the only ones looking to make some sustainable updates to our homes.
Low-flow toilets and faucets
If you are looking to reduce your water usage this is one of the best steps you can take that doesn’t cost a lot of money to do. Updating your old toilet to a low-flow toilet can cost up to a couple of hundred dollars while a DIY ariator attachment to your sink to make it more effective with less water can cost pennies on the dollar compared to what it will save you over time.
Improve the insulation in your home
While this is a higher-budget project you can have spray insulation added to your home by a professional. Spray foam insulation expands to fill spaces allowing you to have old areas reinsulated helping to make heating and cooling in your home more efficient and less costly.
Switch to a tankless water heater
If your water heater goes out it is the perfect time to replace it with a tankless water heater. These give you hot water on demand at a fraction of the cost of running a tank-style water heater. A tankless water heater can even help increase the value of your home.
Add a greenhouse
If you have the time and budget to add a greenhouse to your property you can drastically make your home more sustainable. From placing a hot compost pile inside of it for composting in the winter to growing vegetables for your family with a longer growing season. This can be a great DIY project for a more sustainable home.
Set up a rainwater collection system
Good working gutters are important to help protect the foundation of your home but the fact is those gutters can be put to work and you can get even more value for your money by adding a rainwater collection system to your gutter system. This can be a full system for supplying your home with water or a simple rain barrel for watering your garden.
Get a smart thermostat
If you are still using an old-fashioned thermostat you can upgrade to help save money. Choose one with a Wi-Fi connection so you can check and change your heat and air conditioning settings when away from home for the biggest effect. Never worry about frozen pipes while you are on vacation again.
Add ceiling fans to your home
One thing that can make a big difference in your heating and cooling costs is to add ceiling fans to your home. Simply switch the direction the fans spin in the winter for a warmer home and in the summer to help cool your home.
Update your home flooring
Flooring acts as ground insulation to help keep your home warm in the winter. If you can not upgrade to a nicer flooring with thicker underlayment you can easily add some rugs around your home to help reduce your energy costs.
Get a bidet
Update your bathroom by adding a simple after-market bidet to your toilet. If you can not upgrade to a low-flow toilet this is a great option. Then adjust the water fill level on your toilet tank so part of the water needed to flush c comes from cleaning with the bidet for a big savings on water and toilet paper.
Get solar panels
While not everyone has the kind of budget needed for solar panels the fact is for those that can afford them these are a smart investment well worth the time and energy. Even a solar generator can be a great investment to help make your home more sustainable and ready for just about anything.
Add supply storage
If you have a space to start stockpiling things your family needs whether it be due to store or supply chain issues now is a great time to set up shelves or a cabinet to give you a place to organize and store supplies that helps you care for your family no matter what life throws your way.
These are just a few of the ways you can help update your home to help lower costs and make your home and family more sustainable in the months and years to come.