Home improvement projects are not only fun, but they are helpful. And the right ones will help to lower your utility bills.
If you can do the work yourself even better. If not, you will have to hire a contractor to complete the work. If this is how you choose to get the job done make sure you get a few estimates and take the middle bid.
How to Lower your Utility Bills
Adding layers of insulation to your outer walls can decrease your bills in the winter, spring, fall, and even the summer. Do not forget about the ceiling if it is the top layer of the house.
If you have an attic the ceiling can be layered from the top or sprayed into place. If you have a basement you will want to line the floors from the bottom as well.
The final place that you can put insulation would be around the skirting of a house if it has it.
Seal Doors and Windows
Door jambs and window ledges can allow drafts to come in. Take the molding off the doors and windows that lead outside and use spray foam to fill any open spaces.
Let it harden, which allows it to expand and fill every little area. Once it is dry, take a small razor blade and trim it flush with the surrounding materials.
Put the molding back up and caulk around the outer edges. Make it smooth so when you decide to paint it flows over it easily.
Replace Doors and Windows
If you have older doors and windows now is the time to switch them out. Energy saving versions can do wonders when it comes to helping you lower your utility bills. If you want to know how to compare electricity prices go online and find a company that shows how much you can save by switching out the old.
Lighting to Lower Your Utility Bills
Changing your light bulbs may not count as a home improvement project, but it can make a dramatic difference in your bill.
Something as simple as changing out your old bulbs for newer LED or energy saving brands will help. You can also go all out and install some smart light switches and bulbs (there is your home project).
They turn the lights off when you leave the room, which is helpful when lights are always getting left on.
The thicker the better.
If you need help cooling the room tiles would be the better choice. If you live in an area where you have extreme seasons, you can go with tile and then in the winter place throw rugs around the house to help trap in the heat.
Paint to Lower Your Utility Bills
Nothing looks better than a fresh coat of paint. The fresh, new look alone is worth the effort, but that is not why it is listed here. It works in the same premise as the flooring.
If you have a light room the sun will reflect well, which will help warm up a room. If you want to trap the heat in, you will want to go with a darker cooler.
The list above is a simple list of home improvement projects that you can do to lower energy bills. This is by no means the only things that you can do.
There are things that can be done on the outside of the house as well. That is a discussion for another time though.
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