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4 DIY Projects to Make Your Home More Efficient

4 DIY Projects to Make Your Home More Efficient

We all want to save a little money, and we all want to do just a little bit more for the environment, right? And when those two goals lineup, it’s even better. Because is there anything better than helping the environment and being more eco conscious and saving money, while you’re at it? We contend that there is not. If you want to make a few small fixes and repairs to your home that will save you money and make your home a little more energy efficient, read on!

Install low flow toilets

 

Your toilet uses a lot of water every day. The older models of toilets are also designed to use a lot more water than is necessary, whereas newer toilets use a considerably less amount of water. New toilets are a lot less expensive than you’d think, plus they’re much less expensive than what it costs to run a toilet that uses a lot of water. You don’t have to replace the whole toilet in order to start saving water, though. You can replace a few of the mechanics within the tank to make your toilet low flow and more efficient.

 

Fix your leaky faucet

 

A leaky faucet wastes a lot of water and money, understandably. And it’s usually a very quick fix. Tighten the faucet to the best of your ability, and that will probably fix the leaking, and at the very least, will minimize it. If the drip doesn’t stop, replace the faucet or washers, whichever is causing the leaky issues.

 

Seal up your drafty windows and doors

 

If you guessed that a drafty window or door is wasting a lot of energy and money, you’d be right. Why pay money for your heater and A/C unit to attempt to control the temperature outside your home as well? It’s an impossible task and is inadvertently costing you a lot of money that you probably don’t even realize. Sealing up your doors and windows is a very quick and easy project you can do by yourself. You can install new double or triple paned windows if your pockets are deep, or you can re caulk your windows and doors and install insulating drapes.

 

Clean your refrigerator coils

 

The coils in your fridge collect a lot of dust and grime over time. This can cause the coils to overheat. This makes it hard for your fridge to continue cooling the way it is supposed to. Simply pull your refrigerator away from the wall, and clean off the coils. You can use the hose of your vacuum to make this job easier.