Easy DIY Energy Projects That Can Save You Money

There are many energy and environmental benefits to be enjoyed when we consume less energy. Not only are we doing the environment a lot of good, we are also keeping the costs of running our homes and businesses very low. Just check out these brilliant DIY ideas and you can cut your energy bill by more than half, too.

Frosted Windows

Do-It-Yourself Frosted Windows

You can also apply a window film on your windows to help keep your home warm during the cold and rainy season, and cool during the hot and dry summer. That means using your air conditioner and electric fans significantly less. Frosted windows also give you an extra layer of protection from harmful UV rays, as well as additional security from the elements because they will not easily crack or break. That saves you money on window blinds and curtains, too.

For this particular DIY project, all you need is contact paper! It’s also known as laminate paper, and it’s available in most hardware stores. Make sure that your windows and glass doors are clean before you apply the contact paper. You can put them directly, or you can stencil a design that you like to make them look more decorative and stylish. This will effectively filter the light coming in to your home, and give you privacy as well.

Homemade Air Conditioner

Summers in the Philippines can get really hot, and not everyone can afford to buy their own air conditioning unit. Not only is it expensive, it can also send your electric bill skyrocketing. If you really can’t stand the heat, you may have to charge it to your credit card, or even take out a salary loan just to be able to buy one.

But with a little ingenuity and the use of some regular materials lying around in your house, you can make your own air conditioning unit that not only is cheap but energy efficient, too. You just need an old ice chest (an old Coleman or Styrofoam will do), a small electric fan, a PVC pipe, and a huge block of ice. Simply drill a hole on the ice chest that will fit the face of your fan and the hole of your PVC pipe. Attach the two securely and then place your block of ice inside the chest. Turn on the fan and enjoy the instant cool air!

Homemade Laundry Drying Rack

Washing machines are one of the best inventions ever because you can literally toss your dirty clothes in the wash and let it do everything. It can wash, rinse, spin, and dry that all you’re left to do is fold and keep them. However, all that convenience doesn’t come cheap. Just imagine spending about ₱2 per cycle on a regular 6-kilogram washing machine. The more clothes that you wash, rinse, spin, and dry, the higher your energy consumption becomes.

You can save a lot of money by drying your clothes yourself using your own homemade drying racks. You can air dry your clothes even if you’re living in a tiny apartment. Repurpose an old ladder and hang it in your laundry area. Hook those clothes hangers up when they need to dry. When it’s not laundry day, the ladder can double as a cool and trendy ceiling fixture in an otherwise boring space.

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