Cut the Energy Bill and Increase Home Value: 5 Projects to Accomplish by July

Cut the Energy Bill and Increase Home Value: 5 Projects to Accomplish by July
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    As the summer heat approaches, it's time to get your home ready for it.

    The more you prepare, the more you can save on your cooling bills.

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These five projects than can make a difference in your comfort, energy use and increase the value of your home.

Fix your leaky windows and doors:

Sealing your home against heat intrusion is your first project. If you have older windows and doors, the weatherstripping is likely worn out. Weatherstripping keeps the summer heat from intruding—which makes your air conditioner work harder. Replacing it is easy, home improvement stores will have self-adhesive strips you can apply yourself.

Install spray insulation:

If your home has inefficient insulation in the attic, conditioned air will rise to the attic instead of keeping your family comfortable. Spray foam insulation creates an air barrier between your living area and the attic. Although you can do this project yourself, a professional installation is recommended.

Install a radiant barrier:

A radiant barrier is a reflective panel or paint you put in the attic on the underside of your roof. It reflects heat from your home and helps the attic insulation work more efficiently. Every step you take will add up and reduce your energy costs.

Insulate your garage door:

Home owners don’t realize this problem, but a lot of that cold A/C will escape through the garage. It is pretty common that home owners will have a higher energy bill because of this. You can buy a garage insulation kit from Home Depot or Lowes that is fairly easy to install on your own.

Clean your A/C condenser:

This is an easy project. The condenser is the part of your air conditioner outside your home. During the off-season, leaves and debris can build up on the cooling fins and reduce the A/C’s efficiency. Before you start, turn off the breaker to your A/C. Then clean off the concrete condenser base. Next, take a broom or stiff brush and remove the debris—be careful not to bend the cooling fins. Finally, get your garden house and rinse the condenser off.

Insulate all doors

This could be one of the easiest and most effective ways to cut the energy bill. Many exterior doors have a standard rubber door sweep, which is the little thing on the bottom of your door that closes the gap between the door and the floor. The problem is that these cheap rubber sweeps wear out quickly and don’t keep temperature in or out. But any large home improvement store will have wood, metal, or plastic sweeps that do very well at insulating a house and don’t scratch the floor. Insulating interior doors allows you to consolidate temperature into a few rooms rather than the entire house, which can really lower an energy bill. Use a door snake which can be easy to find on Etsy.com, or install door curtains over a door way.

Install a programmable thermostat:

A programmable thermostat enables you to set a cooling program for your home. Once you install it, program it to increase the temperature 5-8 degrees while you’re away and cool it back down before you get home. This is considerably more efficient then turning off the A/C when you’re gone.

Make sure you keep all your receipts so you can show possible buyers all the work you’ve done. If you want to find out exactly how much you’re saving, compare last and this year’s summer energy bills.

This post was written with help from Ray’s Trash Service; an Indianapolis trash pickup company. Dispose of your home improvement waste in an environmentally friendly way.

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Hannah Whittenly

Hannah Whittenly is a freelance writer from Sacramento, California. A full-time mother of two, Hannah enjoys imagining and planning projects to make her home more beautiful. Occasionally, she'll actually get around to starting one of them.