Whether or not you have a old, drafty house, doing your own home energy audit (or hiring Mr. Handyman do to it) once a year to discover where your home is losing energy is a great idea. Not only to maintain your home but to save money and be more energy efficient.
There are several energy efficient handyman services to make your home greener, and more efficient. Read our home energy efficient tips to audit your home's energy efficiency.
- Use Energy Efficient Light Bulbs. Replace incandescent light bulbs with compact florescent light bulbs. A single florescent light bulb can save you up to $30 in your electricity bill over the life of the bulb.
- Install Lighting Controls and Timers. Installing motion detector lighting outside your home saves you from having to "leave the light on" for anyone after dark.
- Install Foam Gaskets. Installing foam gaskets behind light switches and electric outlets can help prevent energy leaks.
- Utilize / Install Ceiling Fans. Ceiling fans can help cool you in the summer and circulate warm air in the winter months. You want to be sure your fan rotate counterclockwise in the summer and clockwise in the winter.
Doors & Windows
- Install Energy Efficient Windows. Do you have a drafty house with drafty doors and drafty windows? It's probably time to invest in new, double-paned windows with low-E coatings. Doubled paned windows trap cold air in the winter and warm air in the summer between the panes, which tops you from shelling out extra money every month for your heating and cooling bills.
- Install Energy Efficient Doors. Before you choose the door with the coolest color and design (we know you want to make your neighbors jealous) you need to know the types of energy efficient doors. The three main materials to choose from are: Fiberglass, Wood, and Steel. Depending on your tastes and budget, all three of these doors work to make your home more energy efficient, although fiberglass tends to be the more popular option.
- Use Caulk, Weather Stripping & Door Sweeps. Adding caulk, weatherstripping and door sweeps around your windows and doors adds extra insulation.
- Install Low Flow Toilets. When switching to a low flow toilets, you can save up to 3.5 gallons of water per flush.
- Install Low Flow Shower Heads. You can save up to 10% to 16% in water heating costs with a new low flow shower head.
- Repair Leaky Faucets. A leaky faucet can waste up to 212 gallons of water per month. Talk about conserving energy and saving money!
- Insulate Hot Water Heater. You're basically putting a blanket on your hot water heater when installing a water heater insulation kit. You can save up to 25% on your energy bill alone when doing this.
- Sealing Ducts. Sealing cooling and heating ducts with a sealant or, appropriately enough, duct tape can prevent A/C or heat loss.
- Programmable Thermostat. According to Energy Star, lowering your the heat by 8 degrees in the winter while you're at work you can lower your household energy costs by an average of $180 per year. Installing a programmable thermostat , like a new Smart Thermostat can you help you regulate the temperature in your home without having to think about it all the time.
Attic / Crawlspace
- Insulate / Weather Strip Door. By insulating and weather stripping your attic (or crawlspace) door, you will prevent heating loss during the winter and cooling costs in the summer. Doing so better seals in the temperature in your home and can save on your energy bill.
- Sealing Ducts. As previously mentioned in the Insulation section, sealing heating and cooling ducts in your attic or crawlspace can prevent up to 20% or more of a home's heating and cooling losses.
Looking for a more visual representation of home energy audits and efficiency? Be sure to read our Guide to an Efficient Home infographic.
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