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Updates That Bring Your Old Home To The 21st Century

Old homes can be gorgeous. They can be storied, they can be detailed, they can bring features that a lot of us covet but simply don’t find in newer builds. They can also be entirely unsuited for modern living. Whether the home is thirty years old or a hundred years old, it’s not going to be built with all the convenience and comfort of a 21st century home. So, it’s time to take a look at how you bring that home into the present with you, without destroying what makes it work.


Give it a wash

If it’s a home that hasn’t had an owner in a while or simply didn’t get all that much care from those who lived in it past, then the exterior is likely to look battered and old. But much of what seems ingrained on the surface might not be that difficult to get rid of, after all. A power washer can clear a lot of dirt, dust, grime, and even moss from the exterior of the home. Paint can help you gloss over much of it. For damage that’s a little tougher to get rid of, you may want to even consider some cladding for the walls.

Cover up those blemishes

There are other blemishes that are much harder to cover up, as well. In older homes, there may be rather large interruptions to the exterior aesthetic, such as huge air conditioning vents, utility closets and so on. When you can’t get rid of them or update them, you may instead think of crafting the environment to better hide them. Landscaping teams like USA Lawns Inc. can help you hedge off the problem areas or raise the ground to better cover them. Many older homes get these upgrades piecemeal over time without the owners thinking about it can disrupt the entire look of the home. Even when you’re forced to live with them, you don’t have to be forced to look at them too.

Patch it up

There’s a very good chance that the home is going to have more air leaks and gaps that the average home, as well. When it comes to winter, you’re going to feel it right down to your bones. Take a closer look at the source of any air leaks. You can caulk those that grow around the doors or the windows, but your best bet is to look up. Teams like Wildwood Roofing & Construction may be a necessary ally if your home’s roof hasn’t been updated in some time. Most older roofs may be out of date by the time you move in, which means tiles can crack, come apart, and fall out entirely more easily, exposing the interior of the home to the elements. Not only is that uncomfortable in the cold, but it also creates a serious risk of damp and mold spreading throughout the house.

Make it energy friendly

Once the outside is all patched up, you should think about patching the inside, too. There’s no denying that older homes are much less likely to have proper insulation. You may be able to get some state assistance for paying for the insulation that your home lacks, as well. There are other changes you can make to ensure that the home is easier to heat, easier to cool, and more energy efficient, too. Take a closer look at the water heater, too, and have someone come out to service it.

Focus on the key rooms

Let’s talk about the practicalities of living in an older home, now, too. How do you actually use the space? We have come a long way in bathroom and kitchen renovations, so those may be the first places to think of changing. A full remodel might be necessary. For the kitchen, updating the layout and using more of the vertical space can make it a lot more convenient to work from one end of the room to the other. In the bathroom, consider switching out the tub for a walk-in shower to open up a lot more space. You should take a closer look at whether the bathroom is leak-proof, too.

Work with the older features

If you intentionally bought an older home, there’s a good chance you did it because you love some of the more historical features that you would probably not find anywhere else. You don’t have to get rid of these features to make the room more modern, you might very well be able to work with them. For instance, even if it’s no longer functional, a fireplace can make a great focal point for any living room. Use the shelves to house some treasured ornaments, use the wall above as a place to feature a mirror or a piece of art. You can even use old, non-functional fireplace hearths as a place to hold a houseplant to brighten it up. Call a little more attention to the older features of the home that you love most.

But not all of them

That said, there are plenty of older features in the home that are an eyesore that you shouldn’t be concerned about covering up or replacing entirely. If there’s awkward ceiling trim, painting the whole ceiling one block color can make it blend in a little more easily. There is also the popcorn ceiling look that was ubiquitous for a couple decades that people almost unilaterally hate, now. Teams like Armstrong Ceilings can help you replace them or simply cover them up with much sleeker wooden paneling that is nowhere near as busy and may also fit in perfectly with the hardwood floors that many older homes contain.

Update without replacing

Some features might be beautiful, but they’re no longer practical to use, so many people think of replacing them anyway. The windows of the older home are often a victim of this. The truth is that it may not be entirely necessary to replace them. In fact, you can make a lot of improvements and updates to older windows that can bring them up-to-par with their modern equivalents. Window inserts can make them not more energy efficient and better at keeping the cold out. They are also a lot cheaper than brand new windows. There’s also the fact that older wood windows actually tend to be a lot stronger and more durable than new wood windows, so if you’re hoping to update but to keep that wooden aesthetic, you might actually be worsening the effectiveness of your windows.

Open it up

Space is a concern for a lot of new homeowners in older homes. Historic home design wasn’t quite as open and included a lot of awkward, smaller spaces that we no longer use quite as easily. If you feel like your rooms are undersized and not utilizing the actual floor space that the home has to offer, why not consider knocking in a wall and connecting two or more of the rooms? Of course, this takes a lot of consideration and you should get an expert out to help figure out if it’s even safe to do so. Load bearing walls, in particular, require some care so figure out which of them are the most structural important ones. Once you have that figured out, however, it can make the home much more convenient and friendly to larger families with lots of foot traffic.

Incorporate strange spaces

There are some awkward spaces that might not necessarily be suitable for opening up by knocking down a wall, too. Some older homes have little wood storage alcoves and several of them have space under the stairs that goes unused. You can open these up, too, but by incorporating bespoke storage furniture such as built-in shelves and cabinetry, instead. Have new storage spaces designed to the very specifications of the space you’re trying to fill up. It’s a lot more effective than trying to fit in store-bought options, instead.

Get more space out of it

Older homes may also have much larger spaces that weren’t previously incorporated as part of the home. Both attics and basements tend to be larger in old homes. If you want to increase living space, add a utility room, or simply improve the value of the house, then making better use of these may be the way to do it. Finishing an attic or a basement takes time and investment. Especially in the basement, where you have to consider extra factors such as damp and airflow. However, once converted, they can add a lot of versatility and value to the home, so consider making a project of it.

How much you change, adapt, or preserve the older faults and features of the home depends entirely on preference. If you don’t have a taste for the oddities of the past, you can dramatically change it all. But hopefully, the tips above show a few of the ways those who love those characteristics a way to keep them without having to live in the past, too.


Magnificent Home Improvements For Every Room In Your House

I’ve read a lot of articles about home improvements, and I’ve written a fair share myself too! What interests me is that most home improvement ideas focus on one room in the home. Normally, it’s something big like remodeling a bathroom or bedroom, etc. Now, this will only improve one area of your home so you might be a bit iffy about going through with it. Similarly, a lot of massive home improvements cost a lot of money and are very intrusive as you have builders coming in and out of your house for weeks. Again, this can put people off these ideas, leaving you with seemingly no way of improving your home.

Well, I want you to stop thinking of home improvements as colossal tasks that cost a lot of money. Instead of saving up to remodel one room in your home, why don’t you spend your cash on many little home improvements for every single room instead? For me, this is a great idea as your whole home can enjoy the benefits, with every room getting a new lease of life.

Want to know some ideas? Okay, here are some magnificent home improvements for all your rooms:


Living Room: A Contemporary Fireplace

I’ll begin my list of ideas in your living room – the place where your family will probably spend the most time together. It’s normally the main room of your house, so there are some pretty big things you can do here. A lot of simple ideas are great, such as buying new furniture, putting down some new carpet, or changing the drapes. Personally, my favorite idea is to install a contemporary fireplace. This is a beautiful thing that becomes a focal point of your living room. Guests will be amazed by it, and it acts as an additional heater too. A lot of homes are built with fireplaces in the living room anyway, so it’s just a case of getting a modern one installed. There are quite literally tons of fireplace designs out there for you to have a look at. Sites like HomeBNC have loads of cool ideas to take a look at if you’re interested. Now, I know what you’re thinking; what if you don’t have a real fireplace in your living room. Does this mean you can’t attempt this idea at all? Nope, you can get a fake fireplace installed if you want. These look like modern fireplaces, but they’re fully electric instead of having space for a real fire. So, there’s no need for a chimney, meaning anyone can install one!

Dining Room: Extendable Dining Room Table

Dining rooms are quite a weird place because they only really serve one purpose. The sole reason you go into your dining room is to eat dinner as a family. Some people might not even have a dining room and could eat in the kitchen. Or, they have an open-plan setting where the dining area is almost part of the living room. Regardless, there is one simple home improvement you can make here; upgrade your dining room table! You’ve probably had yours for years, and it’s getting a little bit creaky and out of fashion. Not only that, but the chairs are starting to wear down too, so you may as well replace the lot. I won’t zero in on a particular style here as it depends on what the rest of your room looks like. Some people love wooden dining room tables, others want metal ones, and some even like glass. My suggestion is this; get an extendable one. An extendable dining room table will provide you with extra space when you need it, but fold away neatly when you don’t. This saves space and makes the whole room look a lot bigger.

Kitchen: Quartz Countertops

Moving into your kitchen and there are a million and one different things you could do to improve it. However, my idea is to replace your countertops with something new and fresh. Get quartz countertops installed, then stand back and marvel at how gorgeous your kitchen now looks. You don’t realize how important the countertops are to the overall design of your kitchen until you change them. Now, you’ll see how old and dirty the other ones are! Why a quartz one? Two reasons. One; it’s the modern trend right now, everyone is installing quartz counters because they’re so exceedingly beautiful. Two; they’re very strong and durable, meaning they last an extremely long time. You won’t struggle to find a supplier, loads of companies like World Stone Group are selling quartz nowadays. It used to be hard to find a good supplier, but now that this material has become much more popular, it’s a lot easier to get your hands on. There are plenty of different designs and styles to choose from, pick one that will liven up your kitchen!


Bedroom: Ambient Lighting

Naturally, you may have multiple bedrooms in your home. There’s the master one where you reside, then the other bedrooms for children, and possibly a guest one too. Obviously, it’s hard to choose home improvements for the other rooms because you don’t really use them, and kids bedrooms are designed to their tastes. So, this suggestion is for your bedroom. My idea is to get ambient lighting installed in your bedroom. You’ll find loads of options, but I particularly like the look of the Philips LightStrip. Basically, this is a strip you can attach to your walls or ceiling, and turn it on. It will glow different colors depending on what mood you want to set and creates amazing lighting in your bedroom. Trust me, a simple change to the way your room is lit will improve it dramatically. Watching movies in bed just got a lot more atmospheric, lying in bed relaxing with a book just became more peaceful, and date night just got a lot more romantic.

Bathroom: Heated Floor/Toilet Seat

As we continue our journey around your house, we reach the bathroom. Some say this is the most sacred room in the house, a place where you can relax in the bath for hours – or just sit on the toilet reading a book. This is probably the most popular room when it comes to remodeling jobs. Loads of people spend masses of money redesigning their bathroom because there are simply so many things you can do. However, we’re all about relatively small ideas that make a big impact. So, instead of doing anything crazy and completely changing the design of your bathroom, we’ll focus on making it a little bit more cozy and comfortable. Yes, heated flooring is such a wonderful addition to every bathroom. It makes the whole place warmer, which sets the mood if you’re trying to relax in the bath. Not only that, but what’s the worst thing about stepping out of the bath/shower? Cold feet! Your warm feet touch the cold tiles, and it sends a massive wave of coldness throughout your body. With a heated floor, you no longer get this problem! Seeing as you need to install the heating mechanisms under the flooring, you could also decide to change the floor tiles in your bathroom if you want to jazz things up.

Those of you with a keen eye will notice I’ve written heated floor/toilet seat as my idea for the bathroom. Why? Because some people don’t have their toilet in their bathroom. If you do, then this sounds incredibly weird to you! But, some have their toilet in a standalone room, so, I thought I’d give a mini suggestion for that room too. A heated toilet seat is exactly what you think it is, and provide maximum comfort while you get the job done.

(Bonus) Spare Room: Turn It Into Whatever You Want!

I thought I’d end things with a little bonus idea for a spare room – if you have one. Not everyone has the luxury of a spare room, but you can kind of apply this idea to your attic, basement, or even your garage. Essentially, improve this room that you don’t use by turning it into something you will use! I know, this sounds like a big renovation project, but it’s not. Get a cheap desk and an office chair, and you’ve got a home office instead of a spare room. Buy a bookcase, fill it with books, get some comfy beanbags, and you have a library in your home. My point is, multiple ideas require very little effort, hardly any money, yet completely improve this room.

Wow, that seemed like a massive article to me, but if you’ve made it this far then thank you very much for reading! Hopefully, I’ve given you some ideas that will help you improve your home from top to bottom. Sometimes, it can feel like a waste of money to splash the cash on a big remodeling job just to change one room in your house. Instead, think about my ideas, and you can improve every single room.

Seasonal Home Repairs To Look At Right Now!

As winter is starting to fade away, and the warmer spring weather starts to creep in, there can be a few repairs, inside and outside of the home, that all homeowners or landlords need to be ready for. Opening windows, airing out the home, and making your garden look pretty seem to always be pretty high up on the to-do list for a homeowner. But what many people forget about is that now is a good time to check the home for other things and signs of wear and tear, so that it doesn’t lead to greater damage in the future. The winter weather can be harsh on our homes, and can leave it needed some tender loving care. So here are some of the projects to be thinking about this spring.


The Roof

Over winter, and at all times really, the roof can take a lot of beating. From snow, frost, wind, and rain, it can eventually lead to some damage. The rain can get into any cracks that could have built up over time, leading to leaks in the home, or damaged tiles if it was then cold enough to freeze the water over winter. When was the last time that you checked your roof? If you haven’t recently, then now is the time. Then, if you need to call a roof repair service in to fix it, you can do so quickly, before any more damage is done. Don’t put it off; a small roof problem can be quick and inexpensive to fix. A big roof repair problem can be rather costly!

Your Home’s Siding

The siding on your home not only helps it to look good, but also serves as a layer of protection for your home. And like the roof, it can take a pretty good beating over the winter months. If there are any cracks developing, then it can lead to leaks and flooding in the home in the worst case, as well as mold in the home and dampness on the walls. So walk around your home and inspect the siding. If there are cracks or holes, then look to get them repaired as soon as you can. Small cracks can be easily fixed yourself, but anything larger may need a professional.

Check the Basement

If you are lucky enough to have the basement as an extra space in the home, then you’ll want to make sure that it is taken care of so it can be a useable space. Because it is in the ground, at least partially in most cases, you need to check on the condition of it, as mold and water damage can happen quite quickly if it is just left alone. If there are any leaks at the moment, where could they be coming from? Are clogged drains or gutters leading to the problem? That can be a pretty common occurrence after winter.

Once you’ve made a few checks around the house, you’ll be preventing further damage which can prove to be costly. So make sure seasonal checks like these become part of your routine.

For The Love Of Your Home Service Suppliers

Many of us fail to spare even a thought to the service providers who cater to our homes. Be they electricity companies or internet suppliers; we don’t care as long as they do their job. In fact, many of us feel so little regard that we’re willing to leave the moment a better deal comes along.

It’s easy to see why. With monthly bills setting many of us back, saving money is a priority. Yet, have you ever considered your relationship with companies like these could be important? More than that, it could help to save you money and get you the best services. So, instead of treating these suppliers as conveniences, focus on building better relationships. Why? Read on to find out.


Loyalty reaps rewards

It’s tempting to switch and change providers as and when new rates are released. After all, you want the best deal for your money, don’t you? In truth, though, swapping whenever you can may not be the best way to get it. Instead, it could serve you better to build loyalty with one company. To do that, you need to be on their books for a good few years. When you finally have that time under your belt, you’ll be in a much better position to bargain and get some good rates. In some instances, a company may even lock the price you pay to keep you coming. That’s not a step they would bother taking for someone who’s only been on their books for three months. As such, though another company may be cheaper on paper, you’d do yourself out of pocket by changing. Try sticking with one service and see how it serves you. It’s possible you could even get loyalty rewards after a set amount of time.

Ongoing communication can help

Good relationships with supplying companies also ensure you keep lines of communication open. In case you hadn’t realized, that’s important stuff. This way, you can call them when you have an issue, or even ask for deferral on a bill. Bear in mind that, to ensure such open communication, you want to look out for companies renowned for it. For instance, if you’re after an internet provider, it’s worth taking note that only at Optimum did customers rate the service #1 in 2017. That’s got to be a sign of good communication, right? And, it’s worth looking out for similar ratings for suppliers of electricity and gas. Take your time here, and you can be sure you’re onto a winner.

Building respect gets you the best service

Another thing to bear in mind is that respect can ensure you the best service possible. If you’re expecting a company to optimize your home, respect is essential from both sides. You need to respect them as a paying customer, of course. But, you also need them to develop a level of respect. Otherwise, they’re well within their rights to suspend service. And, you can be sure only you would struggle from that.


Add A Bit Of Spring To Your Interior Decoration

While the weather may not be playing ball and catching up the actual date, Spring is definitely on the cards and it is time to stop hibernating away in our home and enjoy the fresh air, and eventually the sun and warmer days. However, that doesn’t mean that we shouldn’t be thinking about our interiors and you can add a touch of spring to your home to help lift the mood. I thought I would share with you some of the ways you can add some spring to your interior decoration.


Change some of the bigger pieces of furniture

One of the first things you could think about would be some of the bigger pieces of furniture you have in your home. Especially when it comes to sofas and other storage options like coffee or console tables. This is when websites like SunPan could give you some great inspiration for the type of furniture you might want in your home. Often a refresh of some of the items in your home can make it feel like you have completely redecorate your home with only a few small changes.

Add some spring like accessories

Maybe you like the idea of adding some accessories to your home when it comes to spring. A new trend that people are embracing are reefs to your doors. We do it a christmas time, but actually, you can add reefs to your door at any time of the year. Maybe to identify spring, your favourite flowers perhaps, or even just adding a lovely element of curb appeal to your door and home. Other ways you can do it would be fresh spring flowers in vases around your home and even different accessories like cushions and candles that have a fresher scent when lit. The options are endless.

Change the colour scheme

You could also think about the colour scheme that you have in your home. Maybe you want to freshen things up by adding a new colour to the walls. Pastel shades and whiter more cooler tones are great for spring. If you don’t have the guts to change your whole room, you could consider doing a feature wall in a living area or bedroom. Finally, why not change some of the pictures you have in frames? Put aside some of the winter snaps and fill them with holiday and sunshine days to give you that boost for what is to come.

Clear out the clutter

Finally, why not use spring as a chance to clear things up in your home. We all get fresh motivation to do a spring clean, but you could also clear out the clutter for good. Maybe you might like the idea of adding new storage solutions to your home so that you can clear down the sides and the tables. Pinterest has some great ideas on what you can do. If you don’t want to tackle the clutter all at once, just spend five minutes each day clearing things in your home. The difference it could make after a week and even a month will be amazing.

I hope that this has given you some inspiration to add a touch of spring to your home interior decoration.

Home Emergencies? Not On Your Watch!

You don’t ever want to have to deal with anything going wrong in your home. Even small problems are annoying, but larger emergencies are even less pleasant to deal with. It can cause you panic and stress, and could cause great damage to your home too. The best way to avoid home emergencies is to take precautions to prevent them. It’s better to focus on prevention than to risk having to deal with an emergency if it arises. But what sort of thing should you be looking out for that might lead to a disaster in your home?

Take Fire Safety Precautions

A fire in your home could spread more quickly than you realize. If you’re asleep or out of the house when the fire starts and you don’t notice, it could cause a lot of damage or even be deadly. Fire safety in your home is important, so consider the precautions you can take to prevent fires. Firstly, it’s important to be sensible with anything that could potentially cause a fire, from candles and cigarettes to reflective items left sitting in the sun. It’s also important that you know if there’s a fire, so either smoke or heat alarms are essential. Some tools can help you tackle small fires too, such as extinguishers or fire blankets. However, make sure you know how to deal with different types of fire before using these products.


Buy Carbon Monoxide Alarms

Another type of alarm that is wise to have in your home is a CO alarm. Carbon monoxide has no odor, and you can’t see it either. If there’s a leak or gas buildup in your home, it could go unnoticed, causing serious illness or even death. It’s a good idea to have an alarm by your gas furnace or other gas appliances. You should ideally have one on each floor of your home too. The sooner you detect carbon monoxide, the quicker you can deal with it. You might need to call your energy provider or perhaps local gas safety number.

Get Your Gas Appliances Checked

Of course, preventing any problems with carbon monoxide and other issues caused by gas appliances is important too. If you service your heating system, you can prevent a wide range of problems. As well as ensuring the safety of your home, it will keep your heating system efficient, so you don’t have to deal with any inconvenient issues. If you have any other gas appliances, such as a gas range or gas heater/fire, you should ensure they get checked regularly too. A qualified professional should check these appliances for you because they know what to look for.

Check Your Electrics

Electrical circuits and electrical items around your home have the potential to pose a danger too. They could cause fires or potentially electrocute you if something has deteriorated or damaged. You can have an electrician check both the electrics in your home and the electrical appliances you use. You don’t have to do it too often. Every five or ten years is usually fine for the electrics in your home unless you notice that something is wrong. Some people recommend getting appliances checked a bit more often, but most people generally don’t bother.

Prevent Frozen Pipes

Frozen pipes can lead to burst pipes, which isn’t something you want to happen in your home. Freezing temperatures could pose a danger to older pipes, in particular, but you can prevent the problem from occurring. Ensuring that both internal and external pipes are well insulated can stop the cold from getting to them, so you don’t need to worry about them freezing over. In many modern homes, it’s not too much of a concern anyway, especially if you like somewhere that doesn’t get too cold.

Survey Your Roof

If there are problems with the roof of your home, it can cause all kinds of issues. Leaks and drafts can cause other problems that affect the structure of your house. Preventing any issues is better than having to deal with them later, so taking care of your roof is smart. It’s a good idea to check your roof once or twice a year, at least, to see if there’s any damage that needs repairing. You can check both the exterior and the interior. It’s best not to get on your roof yourself, though. A professional roofer can fix any issues with the right safety equipment, but you can still check your roof from the ground.

Secure Entrances

Feeling safe in your home is essential, and one emergency you don’t want to deal with is a break-in. If you don’t want to leave your home vulnerable, making sure any entrances are secure is important – and that goes for both doors and windows. You might think everything is secure, but locks and latches can malfunction. It’s worth keeping an eye on any points of access in your home to ensure that they are secure and will protect you and your home. It’s also useful to keep any security devices in working order too, such as house alarms or cameras.

Look After Your Plumbing

Blocked pipes, toilets or other parts of your home’s plumbing can cause flooding, bad odors, and more. If you want to prevent these issues from happening, you need to take care of your plumbing. Ensuring you only put the right things down drains and plugholes is vital if you want to keep your plumbing healthy. Items like sanitary products, food or hair need to stay out of your plumbing system if you want it to stay healthy. It’s not always easy to prevent things getting clogged in your drains, but you can clear them either by hand or with a plunger or perhaps a drain cleaner product. However, it’s important not to use drain cleaning solutions too often as they can damage the pipes.

Preventing a home emergency is much better than trying to tackle it when it occurs. Take care of your home, and you have a good chance of stopping emergencies.

How To Eco-vate Your Home


Eco-vating is a means of renovating your home in order to make it more eco-friendly. On top of saving the planet, choosing more eco-friendly methods can help save you a lot of money. It could lower your energy bills and up the value of your home. Here are just a few ecovation methods to consider.

Insulate your home

Uninsulated homes lose heat faster. This results in having to turn on the heating more often, using up more gas or electricity (depending on you heating source).

The loft is the most common place where people lose heat. In fact, as much as 30% of a home’s heat can be lost through an uninsulated roof. You can install your own insulation by buying a thermal wool material such as fibreglass or using insulating panels. Alternatively, you could hire a professional to blow foam insulation into the walls of your loft.

Windows and doors are another place where can easily be lost. Replacing your windows and doors with more energy-efficient versions could help to contain heat. Alternatively, you could use simple DIY methods such as using draft excluders on doors and applying window insulating film to windows.

Other modes of insulation include cavity wall insulation, pipe insulation and floor insulation. Newer properties may already be insulated enough that they don’t need these upgrades, whilst older properties may have little insulation at all.

Switch to sustainable energy sources

Mains electricity and gas is commonly produced by burning fossil fuels, although providers are more commonly using sustainable energy sources. Going off-grid and providing your own gas and electricity could make your home greener and cheaper to run in some cases. Installing solar panels could allow you to generate your own electricity from the power of the sun. Those in windy locations meanwhile may benefit from home wind turbines. Biomass boilers meanwhile are an energy-efficient method of heating that could allow you to do away with gas. All of these sustainable energy upgrades can be costly to implement, but could prevent you having to pay bills in the future.

Improve your water heating

If you still use an old water heating system, it could be time to upgrade to an electric tankless water heater. Rather than heating up gallons of water in a tank, these water heaters only heat up water when a hot water faucet is in use. These water heaters could help you to reduce your heating costs by as much 50%. It’s worth shopping around for water heaters to get the most effective one.

Recycle your water

Another way of making your home more eco-friendly could be to start recycling water. When it comes to gardening, most households can benefit by buying a rain barrel. This could allow you to use rainwater to sprinkle on your garden rather than using a hose connected to the water mains. You can also install a water recycling system in your home, which recycles wastewater from your sinks and shower to use for toilet flushing. This could help you to reduce your water consumption.