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Energy-Saving DIY Projects

by on April 16, 2015

energysaverdotgovSpring has finally sprung in Ohio! Now is an ideal time to launch do-it-yourself projects (DIY) that could help you save energy and money.

Here are some of our favorite DIY projects that conserve energy and put money back into your wallet:

1)Landscape for Shade

  • WHY: Solar heat penetrating into the home can increase cooling costs and proper landscaping can reduce the direct solar heat.
  • HOW:
    • Planting various trees and shrubs throughout your yard can help reduce the direct sunlight coming into the home.
    • If you want to block the sun in the summer, but let it in during the winter consider trees that lose their leaves seasonally.
    • If you want to have constant shade consider dense evergreens.

2)Spring Cleaning

  • WHY: Cleaning around the house is not just for sanitation, but can also help save energy and money.
  • HOW:
    • Dust off the ceiling fan, because you will want to use it! Turning on your ceiling fans can allow you to raise your thermostat by four degrees.
    • Clean off your air conditioner’s evaporator coil, which allows it to perform at optimal levels saving you on your cooling bill.
    • Peaked behind the refrigerator lately? If your refrigerator coils are covered in dust they cannot release heat, which causes the appliance to kick into overdrive and hike up your electric bill.

3)Frosted Windows

  • WHY: This DIY project will not only increase privacy, but can help a room stay cool in the summer and warm in the winter by reducing radiant heat transfer through the glass by as much as 50 percent.
  • HOW:
    • Find a stencil with a pattern you like. A good place to start your search is Pinterest.
    • Measure out the window to determine how much contact paper you will need.
    • Use the stencil to create the design on contact paper.
    • Peel off the back and stick contact paper to desired window space.

For more information on how to complete these DIY projects and others, check out:

Have some of your own DIY hacks for saving energy and money? Share your tips in the comments below!


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