Take a look at the majority of DIY sites, and the focus is on improving the home. There is nothing wrong with that because home improvement is a part of life. After all, no one wants to live in a house they dislike. However, making your home better isn’t only about painting cabinets and front doors. It is about making a difference to the environment as well as the property. The great news is that this possible with a few DIY hacks. All you have to do is continue reading to find out more.
Insulate The Pipes
The pipes are where the hot water flows when the central heating is on. Once you turn the knob, however, it is easy not to care about the process. No one wonders if the pipes are efficient and if hot air is lost causing you to pay more for your energy bills. Well, until now. The reality is that pipes do lose heat, and this causes most homes to burn more energy. Not only is this harmful to the environment, but it isn’t nice for your bank balance, either. A simple solution is to add tin foil to reflect the heat back into the pipes and prevent it from dissipating into the air. If the pipes are showing, you can cover them with a foam that has the same effect.
Maintain Boiler Temp
Staying on the topic of heat for a moment, the boiler is also a cause for concern. Sadly, lots of old hot water systems are not eco-friendly for a variety of reasons. For example, some heat up and cool down every time they are in use. Although it means hot water is a turn of a tap away, it also means it wastes unnecessary energy. With the help of electric heat tape, this doesn’t have to be the case as the tape helps maintain the temperature. Also, you can use the tinfoil again. Just like the pipes, the foil insulates the boiler and stops a vast amount of heat loss.
Make Cleaning Products
To clean the toughest stains, most people turn to industrial cleaning products. The problem with this method is that these products are bad for the environment. To lift stains and eradicate dirt and grime, they have to use a cocktail of harmful substances. Anyone that uses cleaning products on a regular basis, then, isn’t helping the planet. The trick is to make your own and use it for the small to medium-sized jobs around the house. By combining water with vinegar, there aren’t many stains you can’t tackle.
Upcycling is the process of using old items that appear to be junk and transforming them into furniture or accessories. The best example is a tin of paint. If you clean it out and take off the bottom, it morphs into a lamp shade. With a few of them together, the effect is pretty cool. The great thing about upcycling is that you can do it with almost any piece of ‘junk.’
As long as you think creatively, you may never have to throw anything away again.