There are many Do-It-Yourself (DIY) actions that homeowners and renters can take to make their home more comfortable and reduce their energy costs and usage. Read on to find out things you can do in your own home whether you own or rent, or give us a call.

 

heating and cooling

  • Caulk interior cracks
  • Make sure windows are securely closed
  • Weatherstrip or rope caulk drafty windows
  • Regularly service your heating system (yearly for oil, about every 2 years for natural gas). Replace filters on warm air systems
  • Install and use a programmable thermostat
  • Install plastic sheeting on windows
  • Use sweeps or weatherstripping on drafty doors
  • Install gaskets and foam insulation on wall outlets and light plates
  • Close fireplace flue when not in use and/or purchase a chimney balloon
  • Use a fan to provide cooling at a lower cost
  • If you have central air conditioning, keep the thermostat set at 78 degrees or higher

hot water

  • Wash only full loads and in cold water whenever possible
  • Insulate hot water pipes and electric water heaters
  • Use high-efficiency showerheads and shower and faucet aerators
  • Set your hot water heater to 120 degrees (make sure to turn off the electricity before adjusting your water heater's temperature)
  • Fix any water leaks

Appliances & lighting

  • Turn off appliances and lights when not in use
  • Use advanced power strips
  • When purchasing new appliances, consider buying ENERGY STAR rated appliances (they are certified to be more energy efficient)
  • Unplug a second refrigerator whenever possible, if you have one
  • Install ENERGY STAR CFL or LED light bulbs
  • Use motion sensor lighting outdoors