Small Energy Efficient Home Plans
Improving your home's energy efficiency is a type of home improvement that could deliver significant returns in both the short and long-term. Possible improves to consider are: installing solar panels on your roof, cavity wall insulation, loft insulation and replacing any single-glazed windows with double-glazed or even triple-glazed windows.
Sealing air leaks is an inexpensive way to improve the energy efficiency of your home. Unsealed cracks and openings are one of the leading causes of heat loss in the average home. Common problem areas include around doors and windows, around pipes, wires and ducts that lead outdoors and around recessed light fixtures. Use caulk to seal small cracks and expanding spray foam for larger gaps and openings.
If you need to replace a window screen but can't find one that fits your window, it's easy to make your own. Frame kits can be cut to any window size, and then it's just a matter of attaching the screen with the cording and an inexpensive tool. Some windows take a special kind of screen, but you can add an external screen to any window with easy to attach adapters.
Sometimes a small room can seem very gloomy, but it doesn't need to be that way. Let some light in! Clean your windows until they sparkle, and open the blinds! It's amazing how much bigger a room looks when you take advantage of natural light. Use pale colors on your walls, and avoid clutter. Your small room suddenly won't seem so cramped anymore.
Adding window blinds to your windows is a great way to accomplish a sense of privacy. Many people don't use curtains or blinds because they want to let in natural lighting. However, don't forget that you can see outside, but whoever is outside can also see inside. Window blinds can add to your privacy and come in different styles to choose from. You don't have to go with the cheap plastic factory blinds. You can find some really nice wooden or bamboo shades that do their jobs just as well.
Add shutters to the outside windows on your home for a dramatic change in architecture. If your exterior looks a bit drab or flat, you can use this simple tip to give it much more depth and interest. Paint them a coordinating color to your house, often the color of the front door.
One way to prevent bugs from coming into your house and to save money on heating and cooling costs is to seal any cracks or openings in your house. Simply apply caulk to baseboards, around and inside windows, and any other places. After the caulk has dried, bugs should have a hard time getting in, and air should have a hard time escaping.
For a beautiful addition to your home, consider turning 2 windows that are close together into sliding glass or french doors. With glass doors, you are allowing the light to come in as well as the beauty of the world outside your door. Being able to look out at nature while having your first cup of coffee will make the investment worthwhile.