Save Money With These Home Improvement Ideas

You can decrease your energy bills by implementing certain home improvement ideas in your home. In this economy, who wouldn’t want to save more money in the long run. Of course, some of these ideas can be put into place right away and start saving you money on the short term as well.

Invest in a low-flow faucet or shower head in your bathroom. Low-flow fixtures come in a variety of designs to suit modern or classic tastes. In terms of water pressure, a low-flow fixture can produce the same amount of pressure as a normal fixture. You don’t have to spend a fortune to install low-flow fixtures. These are easy do-it-yourself projects that can be done on weekends.

Purchase an awning to keep heat out of your home in warmer temperatures. This will enable you to reduce your energy bills as you won’t have to expend as much energy to keep your house cool. Some good places to place and awning would be over doors and windows. They can be custom designed to fit over any size door or window and also to blend in with the surroundings.

If you don’t like the visual effect of an awning, consider investing in a retractable sun screen. These screens are similar to awnings by the way they provide shade and keep the sun out. However, they are retractable, which allows you to retract the screen when the weather is cooler or the sun isn’t shining as brightly.

Good windows can also save you money. While windows can be a costly home improvement idea, you will definitely save money in the long term. Drafty windows can cause your energy bills to increase significantly. So, purchasing better windows will more than likely cost less than the money you are paying now for energy.

Home Improvement Ideas Gone Awry

For every great home improvement idea there are several bad ones, lurking in the corners next to vinyl siding and Dutch doors. But, of course, bad home improvement is not an objective term: one man’s bad home improvement idea is another man’s great home improvement idea. Still, there are some ideas that most people will agree should never see the light of day, and definitely never be let inside the house.

Too Much of Anything: Floral patterns, pirate themes, farm scenery. Too much of anything – regardless of what it entails – is just flat out too much. If your house is decorated in floral pattern from attic to basement, it’s time to uproot some of your ornamentation. If your house is saturated with pirate themes, it’s fair to say you’ve gone overboard. If your house is adorned with nothing but farm scenery, you might consider plowing a new path. Instead of decorating your entire house in one theme, try limiting your theme to one room, and letting the rest of the house have a little variety.

Painting with Outrageous Colors: Maybe you’re young and in love with self expression, maybe you’re older and looking for something to set you apart. Whatever you are, painting with outrageous colors is a way to paint yourself remorseful. It may seem like a great idea to paint the inside of your house neon orange and the outside a not-at-all-subtle hot pink, but in the long run you will likely regret this. You may be forced by a covenant controlled community to repaint, or forced to repaint by your realtor when you attempt to sell. You may even be forced to repaint by your inner being, an inner being tired of feeling constantly trapped inside a Grateful Dead song.

Going for a Futuristic Look: Maybe you have a crazy looking chair sitting in your living room or perhaps you’ve trimmed the evergreen in your front yard to resemble something from 2060, whatever you’ve done to make your home look futuristic, stop right now and live in the present. For whichever reason, as there seems to be a lot of reasons to choose from, the “futuristic look” was one that never really took off. Maybe this is partly because it looks kind of silly or partly due to the fact that it’s hard to decorate for 2060 while living in 2007, but the main reason has to be that our conception of the “future” seems to be entirely off base. If we were to go mainly by our conceptions, by 2000 we would have all bought flying cars and taken family vacations to the moon.

Putting in a Pool (when you won’t use it): Putting in a pool isn’t always a bad idea: if you will actually use one then there is no reason not to have one. However, for many people the concept of a pool is more appealing than the pool itself. Pools are a lot of work: they require maintenance and they kill the lawn. For this reason, having a pool and not using it is futile. If you will only use a pool on occasion, don’t install one: just get a pass to the local recreation center. And, if you live in an area not conducive to year round swimming, such as Wisconsin or Colorado, replace your swimming pool dreams with something else, such as a hot tub.

High Maintenance Landscaping: There is landscaping, and then there is high maintenance landscaping. High maintenance landscaping – a lawn filled with trimmed trees, shrubs, and an assortment of flowers – may look particularly nice, and cause your neighbors to grow green with envy of your green thumb, but this kind of landscaping takes quite a bit of time, time you might not always have. Instead of going overboard and making your lawn parallel some botanic garden, keep your lawn nice with simple means. Landscape with flowers and shrubs that don’t require a lot of attention and stay away from landscaping with the kinds of flowers and shrubs who think they are all that and a bag of wood chips.