With the summer season coming to an end, it’s time to switch gears and prepare your home for the fall and winter months. It’s hard to start preparing for winter when the fall has just begun, but there are a lot of home improvement projects that you can make in the autumn to help you go green and save some green.
Titonka Savings Bank has put together the top 4 autumn home improvements that will help you say warm and comfortable this winter:
- Update your thermostat. Invest in a programmable thermostat and set a heating schedule for your home. A programmable thermostat allows you to determine when your furnace is on and how hard it is working. This way, you can save energy and money with your home heating habits.
- Weather stripping. Thirty to 40 percent of your heating costs are lost to air leaks, according to Energy Star. Weather stripping materials start for around $5 in most home improvement stores, making them a cheap way to patch up any areas you’re losing heat from.
- Adding or replacing insulation. This can help reduce your heating costs by as much as 20 percent according to Green Energy Solutions, Inc. It’s another cost effective way to make your home energy efficient, as a roll of insulation starts at $15-20.
- Replace your windows with energy-efficient models. Energy Star estimates that replacing a single-pane window with an energy-efficient model will save $353 and about 2,700 pounds of CO2 per year (the equivalent of about 137 gallons of gasoline). Now multiply that times the number of windows you replace and you’re looking at quite the savings.
Consider tackling these 4 home improvement project this fall, so that you can go green and save some green this season! As always Titonka Savings Bank is here to help any way we can. Just stop by or give us a call!