Looking for simple, effective and inexpensive home ideas to add value to your property? You can easily give your home a makeover without doing a major renovation or having a big budget. Whether you want to focus on a specific space like the bathroom or update equipment used in any room, there are many ways to increase your efficiency, reduce your bills and boost your overall environmental performance. These are some of the best home upgrades that will help you see lower bills over the summer.
Install a Portable Thermostat
A programmable thermostat can considerably reduce your monthly utility bills over the hot months. With it, you can control the temperature of your cooling devices including the air conditioner. For instance, you can program the thermostat to maintain a temperature of 77 to 79 degrees or turn it off when you are away in order to save the maximum amount of money on energy costs. Consider opting for a model that provides multiple settings for different days of the week and comes with features like filter-change reminders and full-memory save. These can prevent problems like over-cooling and ensure maximum comfort levels in your home. Most thermostat models cost less than $150. In return, these nifty tools can lower your utility bills with up to 15 percent.
Replace Traditional Lighting with Energy-efficient Light Bulbs
Another great home idea is to switch over to energy-friendly lighting like LED to reduce your energy consumption during the summer. These will help you see lower electricity bills and save you around $75 per year, without compromising aesthetics or function. Here are some of the most efficient light bulbs available at your nearest hardware store:
- Incandescent lighting – widely referred to as halogen lighting. These bulbs can last three times longer than traditional models.
- CFL lighting – CFL bulbs use less than one-fourth of the energy halogen lighting requires.
- LED lighting – the king of energy-efficient lighting bulbs. LEDs consume less than 30 percent of the energy other lighting bulbs like CFL and incandescent needs. They also last 20 times longer than incandescent lighting.
Install a Low-flow Shower Head
According to statistics, water use during showering makes about 20 percent of all indoor household water use. With a low-flow shower head you can still get a great shower but you’ll use far less water in the process. Specialists confirm that quality low-flow shower heads can provide up to 30 percent water savings. This translates to more than 15,000 gallons less water used per year or an annual saving of about $150 on your water bill. Furthermore, low-flow shower heads cost less than $150, making them one of the most cost-effective upgrades you can add to your home.
Finally, consider getting an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) through a certified domestic energy assessor. EPCs are required by law if you plan to sell or rent your property. Besides providing detailed information regarding the energy consumption of your home, they include specific guidelines that will help you reduce your energy consumption and bottom line.
I’m Jamie Squillare and it’s my pleasure to share some home improvement advice with you.
COMMENTS ( 4 )
Jamie, Just wanted to point out that your header “Install a Portable Thermostat” should really read “Programmable” instead of portable as that’s what you describe. Of course I was intrigued by portable & they really exist so I’m going to chase that down & write about it …
Both variants exist on the market, however I really wanted to say “programmable”. Thanks for the note 🙂
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