Here are some quick home projects you can do to increase your home’s energy efficiency, style, and appearance…
Cut Your Energy Usage by…
Installing a Programmable Thermostat. Programmable thermostats allow you to automatically change the temperature throughout the day. This allows you to raise or lower the temperature (depending on the season) while you are at work to save energy and then return to a house that has a desirable temperature. This is a huge money, energy, and time saver. In addition, older thermostats contain mercury which is hazardous to your health if released. Programmable thermostats are easy to install and cost effective.
Sealing cracks. Install new weatherstripping around windows and doors to stop outside air from penetrating inside your home. Also, covering older windows in clear plastic can dramatically reduce energy costs. Get a window insulation kit to make this project easier.
Draining the water heater. Water contains minerals that can form a sediment. Overtime this sediment can collect at the bottom of your water heater’s tank. Sediment will make your water heater work harder to keep your water warm. To solve this simply drain a gallon of water from your water heater once every three months.
Replacing your furnace filter. This will improve air quality and energy efficiency. A new furnace filter substantially reduces airborne particles and allows for better air movement. Furnace filters should be checked monthly and changed once a quarter. Replacement is easy and takes just minutes. Better yet get a furnace filter that is reusable like this one Here. A reusable furnace filter will pay for itself within 6 months.
Increase style by….
Updating your hardware. This includes new cabinet knobs, doorknob, hinges, drawer tracks, bathroom fixtures, and kitchen faucets. The hardest part of this project might be picking out the things you want. All that is needed to install many of these products are a few common hand tools.
Painting. By going through your house and painting one room at a time you can make an older home feel like new. Painting is one of the quickest, most cost effective projects when it comes to adding style and resale value.
Cleaning Up the Outdoors. Get some common yard tools like a shovel, trimmers, rake, and a pressure washer to get the job done easier. Clean the gutters, clean the windows, clean the grime off your siding, trim the bushes, plant some flowers, mulch, and remove weeds.
Checking all of these projects off your list can dramatically change the appearance and energy performance of your home all while spending little money.