Many homeowners struggle to keep up with their utility bills, but they are at a loss for how to reduce expenses. Not every home improvement needs to cost a significant amount of money or lead to extensive renovations. There are plenty of DIY energy-efficiency upgrades that can be done for under $1,000 and even some for under $100. The following eight suggestions should help you reduce utility costs over the next year.
8 DIY energy-efficiency upgrades for your home
1. Use energy-efficient lighting
The first low-cost change you should make is swapping old incandescent lightbulbs for CFLs or LEDs. Lighting accounts for up to one-third of a home’s electric bill. Switching to more energy-efficient bulbs can drastically reduce your lighting expenses. However, it is necessary to point out that these bulbs cost more than traditional bulbs, but they also last significantly longer.
2. Install a programmable thermostat
Next, have you ever considered how much your heating and cooling system works when you are not home? Installing a programmable thermostat allows you to manage your climate control systems, allowing you to adjust the temperature for times when you are not home or sleeping. Once you set up this device, you never have to set it again.
3. Consider a tankless water heater
Depending on your level of experience and expertise, you should consider installing a tankless water heater. These systems only heat the water you use as you use it. However, installation is considered too complicated for an average DIYer. Although, even if you have to have it professionally installed, the energy savings may make it worth the cost.
4. Install low-flow plumbing fixtures
Other potentially low-cost upgrades would require the swapping out of old plumbing fixtures for updated, low-flow options. These faucets, showerheads, and toilets use the absolute minimum amount of water necessary for the task. The great thing about these devices is that they essentially pay for themselves after a few months of use.
5. Use ceiling fans
If you have ceiling fans, then using these devices in combination with your heating and cooling system can help reduce those costs. Ceiling fans help to move air around to sustain temperature and reduce thermal loss.
6. Install new or seal old door and windows
If you have the option to install new energy-efficient doors and windows, then it is likely an excellent idea for reducing energy costs. However, a simple DIY fix for old windows and doors is to reseal them, using caulking and weatherstripping.
7. Improve attic insulation
While building regulations ensure that homes have the minimum requirements to satisfy state housing laws, most houses could use more insulation, especially in the attic. Adding an extra layer of insulation to your attic space can help heating and cooling systems maintain indoor temperatures.
8. Purchase high-efficiency appliances
Last, consider purchasing new energy-efficient appliances. Washers, dryers, ovens, and cooktops use a tremendous amount of energy every day. By installing new, efficient appliances, you can drastically reduce utility expenses.
For even more ways to save energy at home, talk to us
The above home energy efficiency upgrades range in costs, but it is hard to decide which is the most important upgrade without understanding how your home uses energy. Contact our team to schedule an assessment and inspection of your home and appliances to get a better understanding of your energy consumption patterns.