Simple Home Improvement Tasks to Save Energy

November 6, 2017 Posted by kyu7

With a tight economy many people are looking for ways to cut costs. A great place to start is with your home energy costs. A few simple home improvement tasks can help you cut energy waste and make your home more efficient. As a result, you will see saving in your energy costs.

Many homes have cracks and drafts that the homeowners aren’t aware of. These areas allow cold air to seep in while the heat leaks out. Take the time to identify these areas and seal them up. The most common places where air will leak is around doors and windows. There is a simple fix for this – weather stripping. You can find weather stripping at home improvement stores and it is very easy to apply. Depending on the type you get you simple peel off the backing and press the adhesive to the door jamb. Some types have to be nailed or screwed in place, but the self stick kind is very effective. While you are putting weather stripping around the doors, check the threshold. Is it wearing down and leaving a gap at the bottom of the door? If so it may be time to replace that as well.

Another cold weather fix for windows is to simply cover them with heavy plastic sheeting that you can buy at a home improvement store. It may not be the most attractive option on the outside of your home but it is very effective for helping to seal up drafty windows. If you are concerned about how it will look, apply the plastic on the inside of the window instead. Just make sure you leave a couple of inches between the plastic and the window. This gap of dead airspace actually helps in insulating the window.

A common area that people over look is the foundation. Look around your home does the snow melt more quickly around the foundation than anywhere else? Does the ground defrost quicker in the area? If so, you probably have warm air seeping through your foundation. Run a layer or two of insulation around the foundation in your crawl space or basement. Make sure the floor of the main floor is insulated around the outside as well. You want to keep as much of that precious heat inside as possible!

Even if you live in an older home, you can take steps to make it more energy efficient. These three things alone will go a long way to keeping your home warmer and save you money.

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