How Can You Make Your House More Energy Efficient This Weekend?
It does not always take a lot of time or money to make your own house more energy efficient. In fact, there are several DIY projects that should make your house more comfortable and lower your power bills. The good news is that you can finish many of them in a few hours!
The cheapest suggestions on this list are very inexpensive. However, even the most expensive solution, adding more insulation, should only cost a few hundred dollars.
These are some suggestions for quick projects that you can hire somebody to do or do yourself:
- Add attic insulation: The EPA says that additional attic insulation is a good way to help conserve power in the winter and summer. Because most homes have accessible attics, this is actually a fairly easy job for home handymen or professionals to accomplish.
- Seal up drafts: Doors and windows are a common source of leaks. Don’t forget the attic door or hatch. You can buy weather stripping and caulk at your local hardware or home improvement store.
- Fans: You can buy common box fans or install ceiling fans to make your home more comfortable at higher temperatures in the summer. Just be sure you shut them off when nobody is in the room to enjoy the breeze because fans actually do produce some heat when they are turned on.
- Insulate a fireplace: Your fireplace will do you a lot more good if it is insulated, and you should be able to buy fire boards locally or online.
- Insulate a hot water heater: You can purchase insulating jackets that you can put over your hot water heater to save money on power and assure your home of a better and faster supply of warm water.
Of course, there are plenty of other things you can do, and you don’t have to do everything today. But if you tackle one or two of these suggestions each month, you should have a much more energy-efficient home next year!