Had a mini heart attack the last time you looked at your utilities bill? Reduce your utility bills with these easy DIY tips that will help you save energy without reducing your comfort!
1. Reduce Your Water Heater Thermostat
Many manufacturers set water heater thermostats at 140ºF. For most households, this temperature is unnecessarily high and actually leaves you at the risk of painful scalding while showering. By turning your water heater to 120 ºF, you can save money and reduce your energy consumption. Energy.gov offers helpful instructions on adjusting your water heater temperature.
2. Seal Air Leaks with Caulk
Apply caulk around your windows to keep your house warm in the winter and cool in the summer. Energy Star estimates that the average household could save approximately 20% on its heating costs by simpling sealing up air leaks. Air leaks are not only a huge energy waster, they also leave your home at risk for structural damage, because they allow moisture to seep into the walls and ceilings, which can lead to mold growth and rotten framing.
3. Create Your Own Rain Barrel
Beautiful gardens and lawns are great to look at, but consume large volumes of water to upkeep. Rain barrels allow you to collect and store rainwater to use for other uses, such as watering your lawn. While you could always buy one, making one is cheaper and more fun! The blog Potholes & Pantyhose provides a step-by-step guide. If you’re curious about other ways you can save water, check out these water-saving tips on our blog.
4. Clean Your Refrigerator Coils
Although, this is perhaps the least fun project on this list, annually cleaning your refrigerator coils will keep your refrigerator functioning well. Refrigerators consume huge amounts of energy, and when coils get gunked up with cooking grease, pet hair, dust and who knows what else, it takes even more energy for them to run. Follow these seven easy steps to keep your refrigerator coils clean and keep your fridge humming efficiently.
Want some more DIY energy-saving inspiration? Check out our Think Green board on Pinterest.