Spring and summer are opportune times for home upgrades and DIY projects. If you’re planning to make improvements to your home, consider upgrades that promote better energy efficiency.
Here are a few projects that can help you save energy and money—and increase the comfort of your home.
Installing a smart thermostat is one of the simplest ways to manage home energy use and keep summer bills in check. Smart thermostats are easy to install and allow you to control your heating and cooling system from your phone. You can purchase a smart thermostat for as little as $100, and it can save you 8% on annual heating and cooling costs—about $50 per year. This upgrade will quickly pay for itself, and you’ll gain insight into better ways to heat and cool your home.
Additional devices like smart LED bulbs also offer convenient control and help boost energy savings at home. With smart lighting, you can set a schedule for when and how your lights turn on and off. And the next time you head out to run errands and realize you left the lights on, you can simply turn them off with your phone. Smart lights come in various shapes, colors and brightness levels—and you can purchase bulbs for indoor or outdoor use. Schedule outdoor smart lights to illuminate your home at night and when you’re out of town, for better security.
While it’s not as exciting as incorporating smart technologies, sealing air leaks around your home is a simple, effective way to save energy and lower your bills. Applying new (or replacing old) weatherstripping around doors and windows can instantly make your home more comfortable and reduce energy waste. Applying caulk to gaps can also improve the seal of your home.
If your home feels too warm during summer or too chilly during winter even after you’ve sealed with weatherstripping and caulk, your home may need additional insulation, a more expensive efficiency upgrade. But shoring up insufficient insulation can reduce energy use and costs, so it might be an investment worth making. The cost of new insulation depends on various factors like materials, the size of your home and whether you use a contractor. Typically, the project costs can be recouped in a few years, and your home will immediately feel more comfortable
Posted: 5/2/2023 11:31:08 AM