It’s no secret that times are hard for many homeowners. A whopping 80% of Americans are struggling with debt, leaving many people unable to make the home repairs and additions they’ve been meaning to. However, this doesn’t mean you’re doomed to high energy bills and an outdated home; DIY projects have gained popularity in recent years, especially with the rise of the internet. Consider also that almost 30% of remodeling activity is for simple maintenance and repair. Take advantage of the resources around you, and not only will you be able to save money, you’ll be able to reduce your energy consumption and go green in your home.
Look Online For Ideas
If you’re struggling to find exactly what it is you’d like to work on to start, try giving it a Google search. Don’t be afraid to dig around in your search results, too; a staggering 92% of searchers choose first page local results, and 33% choose the first result. If online searches aren’t giving you the ideas you need, hop onto social media and see what friends and family have to suggest. You never know – you might even be able to recruit a bit of help.
Material Choices Matter
When you’re figuring out what you need to complete a DIY, it can be easy to go with the first item you find that works. Instead, dig a little deeper and think outside the box for what materials you’re using. A bit of planning ahead in this area can save you a surprising amount of money later on, particularly for larger-scale projects. For example, simply choosing the right roofing material could result in as much as a 30% decrease in your home’s energy needs. Likewise, watch for your lighting choices, and switch to LED lights when you can. Spending more money on the right eco-friendly materials now might seem counterproductive to saving money, but it’s well worth the investment. Any material choices you can make now that will reduce your energy bills later are far more likely to pay for themselves over the course of their lifespan.
Use What You’ve Got
When you first start a DIY project, it can be easy to get carried away with your shopping list. You’ll get an idea and the first thing you start doing is figuring out exactly which paints you want, where you’ll get all the new material, and so on. Instead, see what you can do with what you’ve already got in your home. You’ll save more money on your project, as well as keeping perfectly good items out of landfills. Instead of tossing an old piece of furniture, try giving it a new coat of paint. Look for ways to reuse items you already own, rather than throwing things away.
Reduce, Reuse, Recycle
If you do find yourself needing to purchase new materials to complete your DIY project, be conscientious of what types of products you’re purchasing. Recycled products are ultimately a greener choice than something made of new material, and they’re often still incredibly durable despite the recycled content. Steel is the most recycled material on Earth with up to 90% of recycled content.
Additionally, while it can be tempting to purchase items like furniture and decor new, see what’s available at your local thrift store. You’ll find one-of-a-kind second-hand items that are sure to give your project some flair.
With a bit of extra effort and care, your DIY projects can help you save money and the environment at the same time. Instead of going with the first DIY project plan you see next, ask yourself how you can improve upon that project by taking an eco-friendly approach.