Everyone can help keep the home in good shape this summer. Inspired after reading 20 home hacks by ReviewHomeWarranties, here is a list I’m sharing of some tips that can improve your home and increase efficiency.
Leave the grass clippings
When mowing your lawn, one option is to leave the grass clippings where they fall. This way, they can feed the soil naturally which will help the grass grow thicker and stronger. This will save you the energy and time of raking.
Keep your fridge and freezer almost full.
Although it sounds counter-intuitive, having your fridge or freezer barely full will mean the appliance has to expend more energy in keeping it cool. While you’re at it, pull out the fridge a little to give it an inch of breathing space behind.
Cooking spray for squeaky hinges.
Use cooking oil spray if you don’t have any WD-40. Hinges on doors and cupboards can become squeaky over time and cooking oil spray is a great way to grease it back into free flowing movement.
Set a 30 minute timer.
Preferably every day, setting a 30 minute timer to clean the house can be a great motivator and way to remove all distractions. Use this tip to keep on top of home maintenance periodically, spending 30 minutes on light bulbs, changing batteries and filters.
Painting screws with nail polish.
Nail polish acts as a glue for a screw. Particularly if you have one that won’t stay put, a thin coat of polish can help a lot.
If you need to free up space, but have a hard time letting books go, see which ones you can read for cheap or free using an e-reader. Then you can keep your bookshelves clutter-free, and full of your true favorites.
Clean your refrigerator coils.
Refrigerator breakdowns are all too common, despite the appliance itself having a reasonably long life expectancy. Red flags include funny noises, insufficient cooling, and leaking. Since dirt and grease can get stuck in the coils at the rear, it makes sense to inspect and/or clean every once in a while.
Remove broken lightbulbs with potato.
It’s as useful as it is novel. Trying to unscrew and remove a broken lightbulb can be both challenging and dangerous. But if you have children in the house (or a clumsy parent – cough cough), chances are that you’ll encounter this problem. But if you cut a raw potato in half and push the non-skin side into the light bulb, it will be secure enough to twist it.
Automate your maintenance.
Automation means using less time, effort and thinking on maintaining your home. Two examples of automation are to purchase an automated vacuum, which can even have programmed cleansing schedules. This is a massive weight off your mind as it can vacuum each day for you. Secondly, an intelligent thermostat can be a great way to save electricity. Some thermostats can gather your data, understanding what temperatures you like in different types of weather and regulate your home for you.
Home-ownership is not easy, but these hacks should help a little. The average person is advised to budget 1% of their home value each year on home maintenance.
Do you have any time and money saving tips for homeowners that you’d like to share?