By Gene And Katie Hamilton
Consider these energy-conscious improvements and upgrades to save you money now and for years to Come. Click on the link to learn what's involved and compare the cost of doing it yourself with hiring a contractor.
Install a programmable thermostat to adjust the temperature so it cools the air only when someone's in the house. If no one's home during the day set the daytime temperature higher so you're not paying to cool the air in an empty house. Set the unit to kick on with cool air about half an hour before you arrive home.
Go to Install a Programmable Thermostat and learn how much it costs to do it yourself compared with hiring a contractor and what's involved.
Replace a Light/vent in the bathroom to remove unwanted hot air in a bathroom where heat and moisture can cause mildew. Go to Replace a Bathroom Light/vent to learn what's involved and how much it costs to do it yourself or hire a local contractor.
Caulk windows to seal the joints which allow air leaks in your house. Inspect the electrical outlets on the walls to see if you feel a draft of air. Plug them with inexpensive foam gaskets cut into shapes to fit the openings and stop the air penetration. Inspect windows looking for gaps in the joints around a window frame where it meets siding. Learn what's involved and how much it costs to do it yourself compared with hiring a contractor at Caulk Windows.
Weatherproof doors by inspecting the weatherstripping. Notice if hot air is leaking inside and if it is, remove the old material and replace it with new weatherstripping to seal the opening. To find out how much it costs to do it yourself compared with hiring a handyman go to Weatherproof a Door.
Install a ceiling fan because you're comfortable in a room at a higher temperature if the air moves so consider circulating the air with a fan. Learn what's involved and how much it costs to Install a Ceiling Fan.
Install a canvas awning to keep unwanted sunrays from damaging furnishings and heating the interior. It adds protection from the sun and makes an attractive addition to the exterior. To learn how much it costs and what's involved go to Install a Canvas Awning.
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