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7 Simple Green DIY Ideas

It's always very satisfying when a DIY project has successfully been completed and even more so when you've saved yourself a bucket-load of money and done your bit towards saving the planet too. Going green can seem challenging at first but it doesn't have to be. Here are a few green DIY project ideas which can easily be tackled in a weekend or two.

The bathroom

There are plenty of opportunities for cheap, green DIY projects in the bathroom. Installing a low flow showerhead or a tap aerator will reduce your water use considerably. You could also add insulation to your water pipes or consider installing an exhaust fan if you fancy something more challenging.

Energy efficiency

Check out just how energy efficient your home is. This will help you to decide which of your renovation projects should take priority. Have a close look at your home's insulation, heating and cooling efficiency and look for possible air leaks. Some of this remedial work you could do yourself, but even if you decide to employ an expert contractor, you'll have a good idea of where you money is best invested.

Lighting

A simple green home upgrading project is to replace all your usual light bulbs with the energy saving equivalent. LEDs are great and can be used under or above cabinets for low level lighting in the kitchen or strategically placed to highlight interesting architectural features or artworks.

Eco-friendly paint

A lick of paint can transform a room relatively cheaply. Always buy either low or no VOC paint or choose a product made from natural materials rather than harmful chemicals. Not only is this better for the environment, it's better for your health too.

Choose green furniture

Choosing new furniture is great fun but try to go for items made from recycled or renewable materials. Bamboo can look great or if you prefer wood, make sure it's derived from sustainable forests. Charity shops, auctions, car boot sales and auctions are brilliant sources of second-hand and antique furniture which is both cheap and of course recycled.

Kitchen cupboards

Tired and drab kitchen cabinets and cupboards can be given a quick and easy makeover by simply re-painting the doors and adding new handles. You could also add your own personal touch with homemade stencils, if you have an artistic streak.

Recycling

Most county councils in the UK now operate a strictly enforced recycling programme and separate bins are provided for this. You can make recycling less of a hassle by investing in a cheap set of plastic drawers which fit neatly into a corner of your kitchen. Label each drawer appropriately; paper, cans, bottles etc and "file" the recycling as you go along. When the drawers are full, simply transfer the contents to the appropriate bin.

 

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Alison Page

About Alison Page

Alison is a small business owner, freelance writer, author and dressage judge. She has degrees in Equine Science and Business Studies. Read her full story at http://www.theladywriter.co.uk

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