Many of us enjoy do-it-yourself projects, renovations and remodeling that can help the environment. There are several projects you can do on your own that will have a beneficial effect on the environment. Here are a few green-friendly DIY projects to consider.
New Doors and Windows
Installing new doors and windows is not for the faint of heart, but there are many resources than can help. By keeping your home sealed off from the outdoors, you avoid using your heating and cooling systems more than is necessary. This will save you money and reduce your impact on the environment.
Solar Panel Installation
Almost everyone who installs solar panels will need to rely on experts for at least some steps, but you can likely perform many steps on your own. If you’re comfortable working on your roof, you might be able to place the panels yourself.
You’ll likely need to rely on a certified electrician for hooking them up to your home, but you might be able to do some of the work by yourself.
Painting Your Roof
Models have shown that painting your roof white can have a significant impact on the environment. This works two ways. One, your roof will reflect more sunlight, and much of it will pass through the atmosphere.
Painting your roof white also reduces the heat your roof absorbs. This can help lower your cooling costs during warm months. Of course, safety is important, so make sure you only climb on your roof if you know how to do so.
New appliances are far more efficient than those used in the past, and studies have shown that appliance upgrades can reduce utility bills. Finding and installing green-friendly appliances yourself can improve your home and reduce environmental impact.
Plumbing Inspections and Checks
Even small leaks can waste a significant amount of water over time, and these leaks can even damage your home. By learning how your home’s plumbing works, you can inspect for leaks and uncover them while there’s still time to fix them.
If caught soon enough, you can avoid the need for expert help. Amateurs can fix small leaks without causing damage, but big leaks will need an experienced plumber.
We use a significant amount of energy, but efficiency is key for reducing environmental harm. There are many projects you can perform to reduce you home’s impact on the environment. Many of these project can be a tremendous amount of fun as well.