By Gene and Katie Hamilton
These projects are not only easy-to-do they'll save you money every day because they'll make your house tighter and buttoned up - sealing it from the weather outside. Go forth and fix and you'll save money with these goof-proof jobs ideal for the first-time do-it-yourselfer because the materials and tools are inexpensive.
- For a quick fix to seal old drafty windows get a kit with plastic sheeting and double-faced tape that you cut and install on the inside of the window. With a blast from a hair dryer the shrink-wrap tightens and seals the window with a clear, tight-fitting film. Learn more at
Weatherproof a Window
- Air gets into windows at gaps in the joints around the frame where it meets the siding so seal any cracks with caulk. Seal up those gaps with caulk and you'll pocket a nice saving. Learn more at Caulk Windows
- Energy experts agree that you'll lower your energy bills if you increase the insulation in your attic. You can do it yourself by laying down batts of poly-wrapped insulation directly over what's already up there. Learn more at Insulate an Attic
- Install a programmable thermostat to adjust the temperature so it warms the air only when someone's in the house. If no one's home during the day set the daytime temperature lower so you're not paying to heat the air in empty rooms. Set the unit to kick on with warm air about half an hour before you arrive home. Learn more at Install a Programmable Thermostat
The bottom line: Concentrate on preventive maintenance repairs and upgrades that add value to your home.