Although it may be more fun to spend our home budgets on some new throw cushions or curtains; we should consider spending it on these more important, albeit less glamorous, things first. They will not only save us money in the long run but will also help us to reduce our carbon footprint. When you consider factors such as environmental decline and the controversy surrounding a stagnating national wage that fails to increase in line with inflation, there is a pressing need to spend in a thoughtful and impactful manner.
Unglamorous forms of Home Maintenance that Deliver Rewards
With this in mind, let’s take a look at some examples of challenging and unglamorous home maintenance tasks that can deliver significant returns. These include:
Keeping your gutters clear is an important part of your homes maintenance as these fittings are essential to your buildings structural integrity. They ensure that the water that flows off your roof is carried away rather than spilling on to the walls and pooling on your drive and lawn. If your drains become blocked and are prevented from being able to carry out this job the water could result in thousands and thousands of pounds worth of preventable damage. As Gutter Clear explains, this includes both internal and external damage such as damp and ruined masonry. Further, functioning gutters allows you to utilise this potentially destructive waste and turn it into something positive. By installing a water butt the rain water that you collect can then be used to water your vegetable patch or plants thereby reducing your water bill and making your garden greener.
Insulating your home will also reduce both your energy bills and your C02 emissions. The two main ways of insulating property is to either insulate the loft or external walls. This can be by, as suggested by the Energy Saving Trust, as much as an impressive £460.00 per annum in heating and 1,900 kilograms in C02. Insulating external walls will not only reduce draughts by filling in any gaps or cracks in your walls but will also make it more sound proof and increase the life of your walls by protecting the brickwork.
Furthermore, insulation is no longer just available for more modern properties. If you own a property that is unsuitable for cavity wall, external wall or loft insulation such as a period property or one with decorative architectural features there is now another option. Companies such as the Mark Group are able to carry out internal wall insulation instead. This works just as well as the other forms of insulation but without any chance of it damaging your property, so it minimizes risk and the potential for having to pay out on future repairs.
From time to time we publish original guest articles. The above article was written by Vickie Bailey.
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