Resolutions are a right of passage. Each year, we tend to make changes to improve our lives for the better. We make changes to increase the value of our lives. For homeowners, there are also home resolutions. There are some great home projects that make wonderful resolutions, while others will not make much difference.
To help, here are some home projects that will increase the value in your home or help save some money on monthly bills!
Home Projects that Save on Monthly Bills
Certain home projects act like the gift that keeps on giving. There are some small weekend tasks that will help save on monthly utility bills. For handy homeowners, some are even DIY activities!
1. Install Low-Flow Faucets
Would you like to save up to 60% on your water bill?
Simply replace traditional sink faucets with low-flow models and you could save 25-60% on your water bill.
Low-flow faucets (and even showerheads) are inexpensive and available at your local home improvement store. If you are uncomfortable with the installation process, then contact your neighborhood plumber to help!
2. Seal Windows and Doors
Are you looking to save on your monthly heating costs this winter?
Studies show that almost ⅓ of a home heating is lost through drafty windows and doors. In fact, the EPA estimates that air sealing cracks and properly installing insulation can save homeowners an average of 15% on heating (and cooling) costs!
If you want some simple suggestions, then then try using insulated window shades, weatherstrips and caulk to fill in cracks. Of course, if your home has many drafty rooms, then consider an energy audit to prioritize the places that will create the biggest improvement.
3. Leverage Curtains and Blinds
Did you realize that curtains and blinds make a difference in your home energy costs?
Leverage sunlight and curtains to ensure your home captures the natural heating/cooling system. For example, standard drapes can reduce heat loss by up to 10%.
Plus, reflective blinds can help reduce heat loss (or heat gain in the summer) by 45%. Be sure to trap the natural heating and cooling powered by the sun in your home to reduce your monthly costs!
4. Insulate the Hot Water Heater
How often do you think about your hot water heater?
If you are like most homeowners, you only think about your hot water heater if you don’t have hot water. However, insulating your hot water tank (and the pipes around it) is an simple way to save money on utilities.
The insulation keeps heat from escaping during the winter months. In fact, insulating blankets are inexpensive and work to trap up to 40% more heat, which can save you as much as 9% on your bill.
5. Install a Programmable Thermostat
Do you work from home?
If not, then you and your family are typically away from the house for long hours during the week. Programmable thermostats allow you to adjust the heat (and AC in the summer) based on your schedule. In fact, there are plenty of ways that home automation helps improve your home comfort.
Savings vary based utility costs, types of heating and cooling, along with the size of your home and personal comfort, but on average programmable thermostats reduce your utility costs by $125 per year.
6. Clean the Lint Trap
Does it feel like you do laundry everyday?
Even if you use your dryer sparingly, be sure to check the lint trap because a clean lint trap can help increase efficiency by 75%!
Why does this matter?
Two reasons. An inefficient dryer means higher energy bills and a shorter lifespan for your appliance. Both will cause additional costs down the road!
Home Projects that Add Value
In addition to small weekend home projects, every year homeowner typically make larger improvements. Often, these large upgrades, such as kitchen remodels have varying degrees of payback. However, there are a few improvements that generally pay off big down the road!
Does your home feel a little drab?
If you are looking to refresh the feel of your home, then consider repainting.
Painting a room is economical, and it is a project most folks can handle without hiring a contractor. Plus, color is great form of creative expression. Feel free to push beyond the standard colors of beige and off-white. With a little experimentation and a keen eye, browns, greens and grays can become part of a contemporary neutral color scheme that will highlight the best features of your home.
8. Upgrade to Energy Efficient Appliances
How old are your major home appliances?
If it might be time for an upgrade, then consider energy efficient models because Energy Star approved appliances help save money. Highly rated Energy Star appliances reduce energy usage, which lowers monthly utility costs, but is also better for the environment.
Plus, January and holiday weekends are a great time to buy large appliances.
You may ask yourself does my home need insulation?
Most likely, yes. The U.S. Department of Energy (USDE) estimates that the average house has enough leaks to equal a 3×3 foot hole in the wall. You can find leaks in your home during the winter when you feel a draft or cold spot, you are in an area that leaks air.
You can often discover leaks, and areas that need more insulation, in these areas:
- Around doors and windows
- Around electrical sockets and light switches
- In recessed lighting
- Around the attic hatch
- In the basement
- Anywhere ducts or wires go outside the house
Plus, updating home insulation to save energy does not have to cost a lot of money and can make your home more appealing to potential buyers.
SolvIt is here to answer all of your questions and we even provide a FREE quote and estimate, finding the correct areas and type (or even types) of insulation your home would benefit from most.
10. Outdoor Lighting
Is it difficult to spot your home at night or see the main doorway?
Exterior lighting makes your home shine in the evening, accents features you like most about your house, and helps keep burglars away. If you are considering adding or updating outdoor lighting, then here are a few things to note:
- Place accent lights under your favorite trees.
- Put hard-wired lights on a timer to avoid wasting energy.
- Choose a warm white light to make your home feel more welcoming to guests.
If you decide to add a few more lights, then it may require some exterior electrical work. Remember that electrical upgrades require professionals to ensure they are installed safety.
At SolvIt, we aim to help homeowners protect and maintain their homes all year long. We hope these home projects provide some inspiration to ensure your home grows along with the needs for your family. For any of your home-related needs, then SolvIt is here 24/7 to help!