Saving Money While Saving The World: Eco-Friendly Home Improvements That Help Your Wallet

Home improvement is always done with return of investment in mind. Whether that return is in the satisfaction of a brand new deck, or in the savings you’ll be getting in the long run, that return is the entire point of the home improvement. After all, if there is no return, there would be no improvement! Here are a few of our favorite home improvements that are guaranteed to help your wallet down the road!

Turn off or unplug unused electronics

In this digital age we live in, most people have quite a few gadgets and electronics in addition to the usual ones like lights, air conditioning, and electric fans, we also have phones, tablets, laptops, and whatever other assorted gadgets. Remembering to turn these off or unplug gadgets that are done charging will not only help the environment by reducing the burden on the power stations, but lower your bills as well.

Don’t leave water running

I will admit, this was a bad habit of mine for many years. I would leave the water running while doing dishes, brushing my teeth, or washing the car. This sent a lot of useable water down the drain and really made my water bills more painful. Only turning on the water when I actually needed to rinse something saved me a lot of money in the long run while also helping the environment!

Check for leaks

Sometimes, you can rack up a hefty water bill even if you turn off your water when not in use. This could be the fault of leaky pipes! A lot of Americans lose hundreds of dollars annually due to leaky pipes artificially spiking water bills. If you live in a part of the country that gets snow, the weakened, leaky pipes can even burst if the water freezes and forces the cracks open! Checking for leaks can save you quite a bit over time!

There are a lot of other ways you can work on your home towards an eco friendly goal while also saving money, such as checking your insulation and using screen doors and window fittings to improve ventilation. What home improvement are you most proud of? Would you recommend it?

 

Home Grown Remedies: Handy Plants To Have At Home

While a lot of people get plants for decorative purposes, there are some plants you want to keep around because of their usefulness.  Ranging from ingredients for healthy recipes to emergency treatment, there is a wide range of houseplants that are available at affordable prices (or even free if you know the right people)! Here are our favorites:

 

 Aloe Vera

Talk about a dual-purpose plant! Nutritionists consider aloe vera juice to be a superfood, providing both a lot of nutrients, while also promoting better digestion and helping good stomach bacteria as well. Not only does it have a lot of nutrients, It’s also good for dealing with burns and skin inflammation! Some people also use it for their hair! Truly a versatile household plant to have in your home! It also only needs watering every 3 days or so.

 

  Basil

A very useful houseplant that requires a bit more maintenance than aloe vera, but it’s still worth it! Useful as a flavorful ingredient, either fresh or dried, especially in pasta sauces and the like, it also has other uses! While the smell of basil in your ingredients is sure to draw hungry guests, dried basil also does a good job of repelling ants and flies. Makes your food taste great while protecting it from pests!

 

 Ginger

A little strange to grow compared to the other plants on this list, ginger isn’t as pretty, but it’s very versatile. It’s a common ingredient in a lot of dishes (especially if you’re fond of Asian food), a good source of nutrients, and can be used in making tea. It’s also been found to help with digestion, menstruation, relieve muscle aches and pain and help reduce fever. It’s an odd looking plant, but it’s worth can’t be questioned!

 

  Spider Plants

This houseplant of African origin is a popular plant because of its color and unique leaf shape. Research into natural air purification however, has shown that spider plants are highly efficient at absorbing carbon monoxide and other harmful gasses in the air. In the poorer regions of Africa, the leaves of the spider plant are often used as part of the meals and are very nutritious. Not something we’d try at home though!

Green House: How Plants Can Make Your Home A Better Place To Live

One of the best ways to have an eco-friendly “green” home is to do so literally! Having plants around your house has a lot of benefits that you would normally have to spend money or waste electricity on. Here are some examples:

Repel Insects

Given that there are a lot of insects that feed on plants, it’s no wonder that many plants have developed their own insect repelling properties. Some of these plants are nice and houseplant sized which lets them bring these benefits into your home! Basil, lavender, lemongrass, and mint have all been observed to repel a variety of common household pests.

Purify Air

While it’s a pretty well known fact that plants absorb carbon dioxide from the air, what most people don’t realize is that they also absorb a wide variety of gasses and compounds that are considered indoor air pollutants! Several types of ferns, aloe vera, spider plants, snake plants, and peace lilies are the plants that have been judged to be most effective by organizations such as NASA.

Help Fight Respiratory Illness

Plants re-release a large amount of water they absorb back into the air, raising the humidity of the air around them. Most people would wonder why one would WANT to raise the humidity, given the usual discomfort associated with humidity. For some people, however, humidity can be helpful as a higher humidity can help fight certain respiratory problems. It’s like a natural nebulizer!

Health and Healing

There are a wide variety of plants you can grow at home to help you out with having a healthier lifestyle as well! Some of the plants we already mentioned earlier, such as basil, lemongrass, and mint can be used in a variety of dishes and teas. Aloe vera can not only be turned into a healthy juice, but also used for emergency treatment for burns, skin infections, and skin inflammation.