Because I can’t resist, here are six substantial projects to put on your list. These should show significant energy reduction in your home home over the course of a year. Read Green Savings Guide for Families in RFM this month.
- Low-flow, not low-pressure. Install low-flow faucets on sinks and showers, plus install dual-flush commodes when replacing.
- Caulk is your best friend. Find and fill air gaps around windows, doors, and other wall penetrations, like vents, cable lines, and spigots.
- Insulate your older home. Add insulation as needed in attic and crawl space. If your attic joists are showing, you can probably use more insulation.
- Your chimney is a big hole in the house. When not in use, stuff a black plastic bag full of insulation into the chimney opening to cut down on drafts.
- Storm doors are for more than storms. Consider adding storm doors to your exterior entry doors. All year long, they are helping reduce your energy needs.
- Adopt a lifestyle for your family that prioritizes energy savings. Live by example, and share with your friends and kids why you do what you do.