8 energy-saving home repairs for under $20

I believe it’s everyone’s responsibility to help conserve energy – whether you’re a homeowner or renter. The big question is how to make changes that will have a real impact on the energy use in your home.

The good news is that there are many simple, easy-to-do projects that nearly any homeowner can handle. If you don’t feel comfortable tackling these projects yourself, you can always hire a handyman to help or scroll YouTube for ways to do some of the following projects.

Here are eight easy, energy-conserving home repairs for under $20:

1. Replace traditional light bulbs: Using energy efficient light bulbs such as LED or fluorescent bulbs might be more expensive, but they can last up to 10 times longer than conventional bulbs.

2. Replace an old shower head: Replacing an old shower head with a new energy-saving, low flow one can save lots of money on your next water bill.

3. Install Ground Fault Circuit Interrupters (GFCI’s): Identify electrical outlets near kitchen or bathroom sinks and replace them with GFCI’s to protect your family from possible electrical shocks.

4. Install high-efficiency faucet aerators: These work as simple efficiency additions for your kitchen and bathroom sinks. Generally cheaper than $20, these small devices can make a big difference without hurting your wallet.

5. Install pipe insulation: Adding pipe insulation to your hot water pipes to help conserve heat.

6. Do an energy audit of your home: When doing this, look for areas where heating or AC may be leaking out and seal it with caulk or weather stripping to prevent energy loss.

7. Do regular maintenance: Keep your furnace, heat pump or other heating equipment in top running condition. Dirty filters reduce efficiency of your furnace or heat pump

8. Insulate properly: Wrap your water heater (if it’s older) in an insulation blanket can save you both energy and money.

{this post was originally posted on Angie’s List}

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