If you’re spending more time at home, invest in a project that can bank you some savings. Try a simple, do-it-yourself home improvement project to help you save energy. Delve into our DIY toolbox below and start saving today!
1. Find and seal air leaks
What you’ll need: Appropriate caulk and caulking gun, weatherstripping material, gloves, putty knife, and towels
Project cost: About $50
Unaddressed air leaks waste energy, but sealing them can save you up to 20% on your heating and cooling bills.
Go around your home and apply caulk to any gaps or air leaks that exist around your windows, doors, electrical outlets, and plumbing. Then, add weatherstripping around exterior doors to lock in more savings.
2. Install low-flow shower heads
What you’ll need: Shower head(s)
Project cost: Between $10-$50 per shower head
Lower your water heating costs by installing low-flow shower heads in your bathrooms.
When purchasing, look for the EPA’s WaterSense label to ensure efficiency. Spray your shower head with a lubricant or penetrating oil, then twist it off. Next, simply twist on the new shower head and you’re set! Don’t forget to adjust your hot water heater to 115-120 degrees for extra savings.
3. Adjust your dryer vent hose
What you’ll need: Tin snips, tape measure, and gloves
Project cost: Less than $30
Lighten the load on your dryer by trimming the vent hose.
This simple project is easy to do, and can help dry your clothes faster and more efficiently. With your dryer placed about 2 feet away from the wall, extend the vent hose from the dryer to the exterior vent. Check it for extra slack or twisting, and trim any excess material. Finish by reattaching it and making sure it’s connected tightly.
4. Insulate your water heater tank
What you’ll need: Insulating blanket kit, tape measure, marker, scissors, gloves, dust mask, and tape
Project cost: About $30-$50
You could save 7-16% annually on your water heating bill.
If your water heater tank is warm to the touch, adding insulation could produce energy savings that pay off in about a year. Turn off the water heater and cut the blanket to match its height. Wrap the blanket around the heater and tape it in place temporarily. Mark the areas where controls are and cut them out. Install the blanket and tape permanently in place.