Freezing temperatures and dreary days make it difficult to get outdoors during the winter. But winter is also the perfect time to roll your sleeves up and tackle a few of those home improvement projects you have been putting off. There is a wide variety of DIY projects that would be perfect for doing during the winter, especially projects that may help you save money. Here are a few winter weather DIY projects to help you get started.
Insulate the Attic
One of the most common culprits of high energy bills is a poorly insulated attic. Installing insulation in the attic is a relatively easy home improvement project, and it will help reduce energy costs because insulation helps to generate the heat throughout your home, keeping the house warmer. If you notice the rooms in your home getting chilly quickly, you should consider inspecting the attic insulation. Replace layers of insulation that are damaged or missing.
Seal the Drafts
One of the least expensive types of home improvement projects that will help lower your energy bills is sealing up the drafts. Leaking windows and drafty doors mean the warm air is leaking out and the cold air is coming in. This causes your furnace to work overtime to keep your home warm. Check for air drafts at all of the windows in your home, the doors and even the electrical outlets. Use a caulking gun to seal gaps around the windows and walls, replacing old and worn weather stripping and install electrical outlet insulators to help keep you warm and toasty during winter weather.
Control the Heat
A programmable thermostat allows you to control the temperature in your home even when you are at work or sleeping. There are several types of programmable thermostats to choose from, but they all work on the same concept in that you can program the thermostat to lower the heat while you are away or asleep and to increase the heat just before you wake up or arrive home. They are easy to install and will help you lower your energy bill.
This is only a sample of the home improvement projects you can do during the winter to help you save money all year round. Even something as small as changing out the light bulbs to replace them with LED bulbs, will help you save money. It may take a little while before you see a large return on your home improvement projects, but over time the savings will add up.
Winter weather can be unpredictable so don’t forget to have all of your winter equipment, such as generators and snow blowers inspected and repaired if necessary. Contact Ralph Helm Inc. Lawn Equipment Center to schedule an inspection or repairs of your winter equipment.