Thinking of home improvement projects that will make your home more comfortable? Or that will increase the value of your home? How about projects that won’t break the bank? Projects that focus on energy-efficiency will tackle most, if not all, of those needs. Small savings on your energy bill will also add up to a fun family vacation pretty quickly! Below are some simple weekend projects that can make a huge impact on your energy bill, especially in the summer when your AC is always on.
Wait…before you get started!
You can’t tackle the problem if you don’t even know where it is. Before you strap on your tool belt this weekend, you should get a home energy audit through the Energize CT program. This will allow you to pinpoint where your home’s problem areas are and prioritize which tasks should be done first.
With your audit out of the way, you’ll be ready to take on your first project. Also, with the Energize CT program, you can take on many of the projects below (organized by ease and time commitment) at either no-cost or with some hefty rebates and incentives.
Replace your old light bulbs.
This is more of an afternoon chore than a weekend project, but it can still make a pretty big dent in your energy bill.
In fact, by replacing the five most used light bulbs in your home with ENERGY STAR ratings can save you up to $75 per year.
The world is your oyster when it comes to picking out new light bulbs. CFLs (compact flourescent lamps) are a budget-friendly alternative to the even more energy-efficient LED light bulbs. LED bulbs use only 33% of the energy of CFLs, don’t heat up, and last 10 times as long. Not to mention they’re pretty durable, an important factor if you have young children around the house.
Seal your doors and windows.
New England weather is pretty extreme. The summers are hot and humid, and the winters are long and cold. Sealing up your home nice and tight will prevent air leaks, which can make your furnace/heating system work harder than it has to. Doors and windows are the most common air leak culprits – yet, they’re the easiest to fix. Air sealing is pretty simple to do; all you need is caulking, weatherstripping, and some patience.
Did you know that air sealing your home can save you up to 35% on your annual energy costs? Vacation, here we come!
Switch out shower heads and faucets.
It’s time to pamper yourself with a new shower head and fixtures. Replacing them will not only make your bathroom more aesthetically pleasing, but also help you save water. While it may be too hot to take warm showers now, you’ll thank yourself this upcoming winter. Water heating costs can account for up to 18% of your annual energy bill. Changing your shower head to a low-flow model can save you $10 to $20 a year.
Do you have a leaky faucet that is driving you wild? You better fix it quick. That little drip wastes over 1,000 gallons of water a year, totaling $35 in wasted energy costs.
Update your appliances.
Cash in on summer holiday sales to get a great deal on energy-efficient appliances. Enjoy air conditioning on someone else’s dime while you shop because the hardest part of this weekend project is to pick out your favorite model. You may choose to install it yourself, but some appliances are best left to the professionals (e.g. dishwasher, washing machine, etc.). When shopping for a new appliance, always look for the ENERGY STAR rating. Appliances are one of the largest electricity consumers in your home, so while something may look nice, you should always focus on energy-efficiency first.
Even the most ambitious weekend warrior should call in the professionals for this job. While most big-box home improvement stores supply DIY kits, you’ll save time and money in the long run by calling in a favor from insulation installers. Take the time to research which type of insulation would be best for your home, and keep in mind that different areas of your home need special treatment. Select an insulation contractor that specializes in various insulation types.Return to Blog