Home improvement tips that will save you money
Submitted by James Furrer, franchise owner of Mr. Handyman of Southeastern Boone, West Hamilton and Northern Marion counties in Indiana
According to the U. S. Census Bureau, six out of 10 homeowners have home improvement “To Do” projects in mind. Here are some tips that can help you save energy and money.
- Installing ceiling fans could cut air conditioning costs by as much as 40 percent in the summer and will save on heating costs in the winter by circulating warm air down from the ceiling.
- Fixing a single dripping faucet can save up to 212 gallons of water per month.
- Installing low-flow toilets could save up to 3.5 gallons per flush.
- Replacing old light bulbs with energy efficient compact fluorescent bulbs will save on the lighting bill, and the bulbs last eight to 12 times longer. Changing only five bulbs could save 50 percent on annual lighting costs.
- Sealing cooling and heating ducts with duct wrap or mastic sealant can save as much as 25 percent on the energy bill.
- Replacing shower heads with low-flow shower heads could reduce your water usage by 20,000 gallons per year.
- Install outdoor solar lighting. It’s easy to install, virtually maintenance free and it provides free electricity.
- Insulating hot water pipes will save money on water heating costs and will conserve water since it will take less time to receive warm water at the faucets and showers.
- Installing shades and drapes will block light on hot sunny days and keep cooling costs down.
- Insulating the hot water heater can reduce CO2 emissions and save between 4 and 9 percent in water heating costs.
- Caulk windows and doors.
- Add insulation in ceilings and walls.
- Add weather stripping to your doors.
- Put insulators behind switch and outlet plates that are on exterior walls.
- Replace old, drafty windows with energy efficient units.
Mr. Handyman of southeastern Boone, west Hamilton and northern Marion counties in Indiana is part of a national home repair and maintenance franchise and the nation’s No. 1 employer of handymen. The company works with hundreds of households each year and has several energy-savings solutions to significantly reduce energy use overall. Furrer has developed a checklist of simple, eco-friendly tactics and product suggestions designed to reduce energy costs, which he provides to homeowners that regularly hire Mr. Handyman for maintenance and repair services.
As of Aug. 3, 2011, this service provider was highly rated on Angie’s List. Ratings are subject to change based on consumer feedback, so check AngiesList.com for the most up-to-date reviews. The views expressed by this author do not necessarily reflect those of Angie’s List.