By Allison Casey, Writer and Web Content Strategist (Contract) for the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory
When you think of making improvements around the house to save energy, the prospect may be a little daunting. You may think of big purchases like a new, energy-efficient furnace or larger projects, such as adding insulation. While those are great ideas, there are many smaller things you can do yourself to improve the efficiency of your home. So whether you’re ready to tackle a smaller project or need assistance for something larger to help make your home more comfortable, read on to see what projects and programs are available to improve your home’s efficiency.
First, the easy things! A few simple habits and fixes can do a lot to keep you comfortable and save you money during the cold winter months.
If the room feels drafty and cold air seems to come in through the windows, be sure your windows are sealed. Use caulk to seal cracks less than a quarter inch in width on the non-movable parts of your window, mainly around the frame and where the trim meets the wall. Use weather stripping on the movable parts of your window to reduce air leakage.