Society is moving towards a general consensus that it’s far better to repair and reuse than to discard and re-buy. And with good reason. First of all, who doesn’t like to save money? Second of all, our throwaway culture directly contributes to climate crisis. The process of incinerating our waste, especially plastic waste, uses fossil fuels and releases harmful chemicals into the atmosphere.
The throwaway fashion industry is one of the worst culprits, yet a number of companies are challenging the norm with novel ideas like making jeans from recycled denim or repairing sunglasses with new lenses.
Support this green revolution at home and save yourself a few dollars in the process by making these simple repairs to everyday items.
Wobbly Wooden Chairs and Tables
Over time, wear and tear can cause wooden furniture to wobble. Wooden chair legs can become unstable and table legs can no longer reach the floor. You can fix both of these issues with simple items found in the home. First, let’s tackle the chair. A wobbly chair is the result of a gap between the top of one of the legs and the seat. Figure out which leg is the culprit and stick a wooden toothpick into the gap. Problem solved.
Do you ever take a bit to just do some imagining about your dream house? We’ve been doing a little of that here lately. I’m not sure why more so than usual – maybe it has something to do with the babies on the way. And a few neat projects we’ve come across that just aren’t too possible in a neighborhood such as ours. (HOA and all.)
Both my hubby and I grew up in the country – wide open spaces and no “rules” on what you could do around your home or property. I think we’re just prepping ourselves to move back to those roots, and, while I wouldn’t consider our dream home or property to be “off the grid”, I do want to have things such as solar panels to help with energy costs!
So when Zacharry from Cast Iron Radiators 4 U contacted me with an infographic on how to live off the grid, I got a ton of great ideas from it! Here’s hoping you will, too! (For my United States readers, the monetary amounts are listed in European form, but you can still get the general idea!)
If you’re hoping to be more financially responsible in 2016, you may be searching for ways to lower your budget, as well as stick to it, throughout the coming year.
Thankfully, there are many methods you can follow to do just that and put more money aside in savings if you need to.
Check these out…
1. Start Saving Energy Around the House
From making it a point to use less water and simply turning off the light when you leave a room, there are plenty of easy ways to save money on your energy bill at home. Start by replacing light bulbs to LEDs that are the most energy efficient option out there. If you have the money to install a programmable thermostat, you can do so as well, as this will help you maintain the optimal temperature at all times, even when you aren’t home. And seal up any gaps throughout your home so you can reduce the amount of cold or hot air that enters and forces your thermostat to work harder.
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Fall is now in full swing and with that comes increased expenses. Higher costs in utility bills, paying for programs and lunch for the kids, and even the impending holidays around the corner are enough to throw anyone’s budget off. Rather than turn your hair grey by stressing, it is a good idea to get on top of these things now so that you can save money throughout the fall season.
Below are some fairly simple ways you can begin to save money around the house:
You’re going to need to cut on the heating system soon and this means increased costs for your energy bill. Rather than allow your hard earn cash to blow away with the wind, it is a good idea to weatherproof your home. Check around the house for any small holes or gaps and seal them up so that your heat stays in your home instead of leaving. If you have older windows, adding some plastic can improve the efficiency of your home and keep your heating system from overworking itself. Weatherproofing materials are fairly cheap and will certain generate a return on investment.