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Home Efficiency Improvement Tips

Unfortunately, some of the very best home improvement projects can get expensive and often require professional help from plumbers, carpenters, electricians and other contractors. So what you may need to do is a little out of the box thinking, and you may be surprised what you can come up with. Start by thinking smaller, and when you do that then a whole new world opens up. There are so many easy and affordable ways to improve the efficiency of your home with some basic plumbing, heating and weather proofing improvements.

A common method of improving home efficiency is to seal up the gap around attic plumbing pipes. This short DIY plumbing video will show you the tools and materials needed.

Another common place to address energy efficiency is your hot water water heater. One way to help you save money is by addressing heat loss through your hot water system. With hot water, obviously you want to minimize heat loss at the water tank but don’t overlook the hot water pies in the house as well. You can start with adjusting your hot water temperature regulator so it is not so hot. Consider purchasing some effective insulator and use that on your hot water heater and the hot water pipes to help retain heat. You can find all kinds of insulation that come with different levels of thermal protection. If you do not have a dehumidifier setup in your basement, then definitely think about getting one. First, this device will obviously help to keep your basement dry. The one thing you want to avoid is creating conditions that encourage the growth of mold. It can be very annoying when you get condensation during the hot, hazy and humid times of the year. A dry environment is always best for preserving things, so that can apply to those with basements that are finished.

Most homeowners have a wish list of home improvements they would like to perform, but they are usually prohibitively expensive. Unfortunately, we must be realistic. Most homeowners have to settle for doing projects that are considered decorating instead of remodeling. It’s relatively simple to improve the looks of a room by making decorative changes. There’s not a lot you can do in a bathroom, you can change the faucets and maybe put lights around the mirror.

One of the deciding factors with many home improvement jobs is whether or not you are able to do it alone. Just be patient about the whole thing should you find yourself needing to hire an expert.

Maybe the best approach is to ask around with those whom you do know, and then go from there.