Finding ways to improve your home’s budget and the overall lifestyle quality of inhabitants are probably the first two concerns of every homeowner. However, when it comes to this, people much rather follow the standard suggestions blindly than start thinking outside the box. Because of this, insulation, replacing windows with double-pane ones and installing solar panels are probably the first few things everyone thinks of. Not to be misunderstood, all of these innovations are great, but they cost a lot of money. Needless to say, inability to follow through with them often causes people to give up on these projects completely. On the other hand, there are more than a few frugal life-changing updates out there that can really make a difference. Here are five of them.

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  1. Solar Water-Heater

We already dismissed installation of solar panels to power up your home simply because it is too expensive. According to some estimations, solar panels can take 10 to 30 years to pay off, which is simply out of question for those on a tight budget. It is worth noticing that if you live somewhere where there’s plenty of sunlight, in theory, it is possible for them to pay off even in 6 years. On the other hand, installing a mini panel to power up your water-heater is an investment that can save it’s worth in under 2 years.

  1. Remotely Controlled Lights

This may sound a bit demeaning, but you should never underestimate the harmfulness of human laziness. It happened countless times that the light stayed on simply because people couldn’t be bothered to get up and push the switch. Luckily, with the remotely controlled lights you will be able to do so with nothing but your phone. Needless to say, this kind of an upgrade both saves money and helps make your life slightly better.

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  1. Doormat

It goes without saying that moisture is the number one adversary of your home’s flooring. During the colder part of the year, every home-member and every visitor to your house is bound to bring in their own share of water on the soles of their shoes. The best way to fight this is to place a door mat on your home’s entrance. The bigger and more noticeable - the better. You see a lot of people fail to wipe their feet not because of laziness or irresponsibility, but simply because they didn’t notice the mat. Because of this, browsing through some unique and noticeable door mats might be worth your while. By saving your floor, these mats are saving you from an expensive remodeling project.

  1. Roomba Vacuum Cleaner

Let’s face it, it is highly likely that, in several decades every home will have a robot maid, doing all the arduous household chores. Well, why wait for it when you can already bring some of this future to your home. The simplest way to do so is to purchase a Roomba vacuum cleaner and say goodbye to vacuuming, forever.

  1. Smart Thermostat

Finally, everyone knows that heating is one of the greatest expenses any homeowner faces. Furthermore, there is nothing worse than coming home after a long day at work and having to wait for the room to heat up. Luckily, both of these problems are easily solvable with the help of a smart thermostat. Some of the more advanced ones even follow the GPS tracker in your smartphone so that they can start heating when you are near home. Maximum efficiency, maximum saving.

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As you can see, some items on this list are expensive projects that require a lot of work and years to pay off, while others are as inexpensive as they can be. What they all have in common are two things. First, they save a considerable amount of money on an annual level. Second, they make your life slightly or significantly better which is something you just can’t put a price tag on.