Energy efficiency upgrades don’t always require a great deal of time and money. While many do, here are three DIY projects that are inexpensive yet can save you money throughout the year.
- Trim dryer vent – If your dryer vent hose is too long, your dryer is working harder than it has to. The vent hose should be long enough for you to pull the dryer out a couple feet from the wall, but the shape of the hose should form a line – it should not have a lot of slack, with twists and curves. A shorter, unobstructed vent hose increases the efficiency of your dryer, dries clothing faster and reduces lint buildup, which can create potential fire hazards.
- Seal air leaks – Sealing air leaks in your home can help you save up to 10% on heating and cooling bills. Apply caulk around windows, doors, electrical wiring and plumbing to seal in conditioned air. You should also weather strip exterior doors, which can keep out drafts and help you control energy costs. Types of caulking and weather stripping materials vary, but ask your local hardware or home store for assistance if you’re unsure about the supplies you need. The Department of Energy provides step-by-step instructions for caulking and weather stripping: https://bit.ly/2Kesu6W
- Insulate Attic Stairs Opening – A properly insulated attic is one of the best ways to optimize energy savings and comfort in your home, but many homeowners don’t consider insulating the attic stairs, or the opening to your attic space. Even a well-insulated attic can leak air through the stair opening, but luckily, there’s an easy fix. An insulated cover box can seal and insulate the opening. You can build your own cover box or purchase a pre-built box or kit from a local home store. If you decide to build your own, check out these step-by-step instructions from the Department of Energy: https://bit.ly/36YNCYQ
Saving energy doesn’t have to be hard. With a little time and effort, you can maximize energy savings and increase the comfort of your home.