Installing solar modules or replacing every appliance in your house is a big investment that pays off over time. At Modernize we love suggesting small money-saving home improvements that don’t require you to empty your savings account or take out a loan. From buying more energy-efficient products to simple sealing up cracks and holes, here are a few ways to save money by way of small to medium changes.
Install a Programmable Thermostat
This straightforward, inexpensive upgrade will cut your monthly energy bills down by allowing you to have full control of your heating and air. Setting it to your particular needs means that no energy goes wasted–if no one’s home from eight to five, you can program the heating or air to kick on again at four. That’s a whole workday of conserving energy. You can even find models that will function according to the zones that you set. That way, even when you’re home, the unused areas of the house don’t have to be energy suckers.
Opt for Low-Flow Fixtures
Low flow filters and aerators are a moderate investment that saves water and therefore money by allowing less water per minute to flow through. Within a year, you will have likely recouped your investment in monthly savings. Replace fixtures such as shower heads, faucets and, if you’re feeling ambitious, toilets for optimum savings.
Switch to LED Light Bulbs
LED lights give off more light per unit of electricity than fluorescent lights. They may be more expensive, but they use less energy and last longer, which makes them a worthy investment. Even near the end of their long light-giving days, LED bulbs still emit up to 70 percent of their maximum potential.
While many new homes come with high quality doors and windows, older homes often tend to have very basic ones. If your house is old enough for the foundation to have shifted and the gaps to become misaligned, you may have a few cracks around the doors and windows that are allowing cold air in and warm air out during the winter. You can use metal or foam weatherstripping to stop wasting excess energy on heating.
Seal Your Air and Heating Ducts
In houses with forced air HVAC systems, air is distributed through ducts to each room of the house. Unfortunately, the ducts can have holes and other leaks that cause around 25 percent of the air to not make it to its intended destination. If you have rooms that don’t seem to heat up or cool down no matter what you do, and if your ducts are located in an attic or crawlspace, you may need to seal your ducts to keep air from escaping. Duct sealing, unlike duct repairing, can be a DIY project. If done properly and with the right materials, it can save you money on your monthly bill.
Update Your Washer and Dryer
If your washer and dryer are older models, they probably are using quite a bit more energy than required to wash and dry clothes. While you shouldn’t replace a well-running machine that’s only a few years old, getting rid of a clunky 10-year-old washer or dryer in favor of an energy efficient model will cut down your bill and reduce your impact on the environment.
This is a guess post by Hannah West