While DIY repairs to your HVAC system are NOT recommended, here are some other projects you can do around the house to save money on your utility bills.
Switching from single-pane windows to EnergyStar double pane windows can come with a big price and takes a reasonable skill level to do yourself. However, according to the EPA, it can save you up to $500/year and up your home’s value.
Reseal Windows & Doors
If new windows and doors aren’t in your budget, resealing them is a more affordable option to keep the draft out. You can find kits at most home improvement stores.
This project will pay for itself in no time, especially if you have an older home. Adding insulation to attics, floors, crawl spaces, and basement rim joists can save you up to 20% on monthly utility bills.
Charm isn’t the only thing that curtains add to your home, they can also cut your heating and cooling costs. Energy efficient curtains are designed with an opaque lining on the back that prevents air from leaking in and out of your home.
Install a Ceiling Fan
This will provide year round savings. In the winter, run it at low speed to recirculate warm rising air. In the summer, the added airflow will offset the need for ac, to a point. The more you use it, the more you save.
For later savings, adding a tree to the south, west, or east side of your home will shade your roof and cut your cooling costs by up to 30% once full-grown. It also can up the value of your home!
Of course, the best way to save money on your utility bills is by scheduling bi-annual maintenance. To make an appointment, Call 72 Degrees Comfort Company at 515-965-7272 or email us at email@example.com.