Weather-stripping your doors and windows is a cost-effective way to reduce energy waste. Weather stripping come in a variety of materials including wood, foam, metal, rubber, and vinyl. In order to determine the type of weather stripping you will need to seal a particular area, your will want to consider several factors. These include the amount of friction the area will receive, exposure to weather, and any cosmetic issues you are worried about. It is an easy project that even an inexperienced DIY’er can do and this tutorial will show you how to apply weather-stripping to your home.
When you’re remodeling or making upgrades to you home, don’t forget to include improving your home’s energy efficiency to your to-do list. DIY blogger Karah Bunde and her husband are in the middle of a complete overhaul of their 1950s Key West conch home. They’ve been making energy saving a big part of their project. We asked her to share her top energy saving tips with us.
My husband and I are making every effort to update our house in the most energy-efficient way possible, that we can afford right now. So here are a few things we’ve updated that make us feel like we’re on our way to doing our part for the planet. And it doesn’t hurt that all of these options will save us money in the long haul.
#1 – Replace your old light fixtures with LED lights.
There are so many great options to retrofit lights you already have.
As you can see, merely switching four incandescent light bulbs to CFLs can save you a whopping $517 over the lifetime of the bulbs. Imagine the difference if you start switching out each light bulb in your house.
The cracks and gaps that inevitably open in every homes are a big source for heat loss in the winter. We’ve shown you some easy ways to discover indoor air leaks. Here’s how to fill them. Caulking windows and doors is an easy DIY project that you can accomplish in an afternoon.
Checking for leaks and subsequently filling gaps around doors and windows can help your home become more energy efficient. These cracks can occur in homes with either new or old construction and are a major source of heat loss. This can account for up to a third of the overall heating costs of your home. This short video will show you exactly how to find air leaks in your home.
As the temperatures drop, you might be bracing for a spike in your energy bill. The average U.S. household spends half its utility bills on heating and cooling the home. But it doesn’t have to be that way. In fact, you could actually be LOWERING your energy bills even while turning up the heat this winter or cranking up the A/C in the summer. These energy saving tips can save you hundreds of dollars a year.
Many homes, regardless of their age, have cracks or openings around doors and windows. These gaps are a huge source of heat loss in winter and could be the culprit of nearly one-third of your energy bill. This video will show you how to help increase energy efficiency in your home.
All summer long you have fought weeds, mowed your lawn, tended your garden, and used your outdoor power tools. After a last large fall cleanup in your yard is finished, you can begin to prep all of these tools for winter storage. Keeping your hand tools and power tools in good working order is an important part of home maintenance.
A great fall home maintenance project is cleaning your home’s exterior. The spring and summer months will have taken a toll on the outside of your home and deck. Oftentimes, the summer months can breed mold or mildew that need to be removed to keep your home protected and help prevent damage. You can easily accomplish this project in a day with a pressure washer.
Cleaning gutters is a project that you should do twice a year, in the spring and fall. The fall cleaning is most important and should be done once leaves are finished dropping. Cleaning your gutters will help to ensure proper water drainage away from your home and its foundation.
You will most likely need an extension ladder to accomplish this project, depending on the height of your house. Always remember to take the proper safety precautions when using a ladder to reach your gutters. Ensure that your ladder is on level ground and as you begin to climb it, it does not move side to side. For added stability attach a stabilizer to the top of your ladder. As a bonus, a stabilizer works really well around a window.
An investment in quality patio furniture is like making a small purchase of happiness. And outdoor furniture properly maintained and protected from the damaging effects of the sun, rain and wind should bring you joy for many seasons.
So, to help you preserve your patio set and live a life in the sun, we put together a few cleaning and maintenance tips we hope you will find helpful.
Whether your current patio set is made of aluminum, resin wicker or wood, Mike from The Home Depot will show you how to keep it looking like new.
In this short video, he covers everything from repairing minor nicks and chips to the proper techniques for cleaning your patio furniture. You’ll also see why it’s important to use patio furniture covers and deck boxes to protect and store your outdoor patio furniture, cushions and accessories.