There are many reasons to make a home more energy efficient. However, many people feel that in order to go green, they must spend a lot of money.
More often than not, there are simple steps you can take, like keeping dust away from vents, that are completely free. In other cases, like replacing garage doors, the upfront costs will soon be replaced by a future’s worth of savings.
Here are 5 energy saver DIY home projects anyone can tackle.
1. Replace Garage Doors
In the past, a garage door was simply used to keep the car and other belongings safe from the elements. But there’s are a lot more other reasons why an energy efficient garage door is a smart idea.
- Heat and cool air escape from this often poorly insulated space
- Offers soundproofing benefits
- Reduces energy costs, especially if time is spent in the garage working or there is a room above the garage
There are four types of materials on the market today. However, wood and composite wood work best for keeping a garage well insulated.
Some other ways to reduce energy costs in the garage are:
- Buy triple layer doors for better insulation
- Look out for potential air leaks
- Consider opting out of having windows to prevent further air leakage
- Buy a garage door opener with a low-power standby mode to further reduce energy costs
2. Reduce the Temperature on the Water Heater
Most water heaters are often set to 140 degrees Fahrenheit. This temperature is actually hotter than necessary, wastes energy, and is costly.
A temperature of 120 degrees Fahrenheit is usually all that’s needed for home use. For every 10 degrees, a water heater is lowered, approximately $12-$30 is saved.
Luckily, anyone can easily lower the water heater temperature in their own home. It only takes about two hours and all that’s needed is a marker and a thermometer.
3. Get an Energy Audit
One really smart and easy way to figure out where energy is being wasted is by having an energy audit performed in the home. Many utility companies offer energy audits for free or for a nominal charge. A professional contractor can also provide an audit for a fee.
The audit will look at the heating and cooling systems in the home. A variety of equipment such as infrared cameras, blower doors, and surface thermometers are used to find inefficiencies often undetected by the naked eye.
A list of recommendations for energy efficient home improvements will be provided. As will a list of ways to enhance security and safety within the home.
4. Change the Filters
There are several filters in the home that are often ignored. Ignoring this could cause safety and health hazards.
Here’s what filters should be changed in the home regularly:
- Vacuum Cleaner
5. Use Curtains and Blinds to Save Energy
Using blinds and curtains to help save on energy is an easy solution. During the summer months, keep blinds and curtains closed during the day to keep the house cooler. In the evening, keep them open to allow for better air circulation.
In the winter, keep blinds and shades open during the day to let the natural sunlight warm the house. In the evening, keep drapes and windows closed to keep cold air out.
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