Home improvement can lead to many small things in the home working more efficiently and easily than before. There are many ways to improve the current household appliances to a much more energy efficient ones without spending a fortune on them. Every elements and section of our homes should be supervised in an efficient way. Conservation of various energy resources is significant in determining our lifestyle. Firstly the circulation of air inside our house should be properly managed since the temperature and quality of air inside our homes greatly affect our health. All small chinks in our house should be eliminated, since it allows chilly and dry air to leak in while the warm humid air escapes out. Hence the temperature is greatly affected. We should block all tiny fissures through which wiring goes inside the wall or floor. Seal the chimneys with non insulating metal and cement. To prevent entry of cold air use of tight fitted and insulating glass windows are preferred. Fibre glass batting or cellulose enhances the efficiency of cooling and heating system of our house to great extend. We should also keep our air vents clean for smooth flow of air.
Another important feature for home improvement and making it energy efficient is the power management. Working upon our power economy not only leads to a balanced and comfortable life but also cuts down our electricity bills to a great extent. We should use fluorescent lamps since they provide much more energy efficiency as compared to incandescent bulbs. Although, they are costlier than normal lamps, they turn out to be cheaper in the long run due to their durability and high efficiency. Use of automatic and mechanized thermostat regulates the temperature of our house automatically, due to which great amount of electricity and energy is saved. Now day’s hydraulic heating systems are in great demand due to their less power consumption. We should make a habit to switch off the lights when we leave our rooms. Construction of houses should be such that they utilize utmost natural light.
By practising water conservation we are in a way preserving and safeguarding the proper use of energy involved in various treatment processes of water. A great part of home improvement is a proper water circulation system in the home, making sure there is no leakage. We could keep a plastic water filled bottle or brick in our toilet tank to minimise the water content used in flushing. Insulation of water pipes present under sink by fibre glass is also an important technique in water conservation. We should not leave the water running while brushing our teeth. This habit will save a lot of water. Similarly vegetables used for cooking purposes should be dipped in a bowl of clean water rather than being directly washed under running tap water. Dishwasher should be used for washing dishes; similarly washing machines should be used for washing clothes. This not only saves water but also energy. We should check our washrooms and toilets for any seep-outs, and if any then should repair them immediately. Installation of water saving shower heads and taking shorter showers also minimize the wastage of bathing water.
Use of products that utilize solar energy can also contribute to energy preservation programme. People install solar panels that trap solar energy, which in turn is used in various household purposes. Some of the widely used products are solar cookers, solar calculators and solar garden lights. With so much energy crisis in our world we should indulge ourselves in energy saving habits. Not only they preserve energy resources, but also put our life at ease and trim down our expenditure.