Improving Energy Efficiency in Three Simple Steps

With some knowledge and understanding, you can create an environment for yourself and loved ones that is energy efficient and comfortable. Whether you need repairs done to the plumbing or you have questions concerning electrical work, it’s important to decipher when you should do the repairs yourself and when you need to hire a professional to come in and do them for you.

Prepare for the Unexpected

The first step to home improvement is to have a special fund set aside for construction projects, no matter how big or small. Being a homeowner puts a lot of responsibility on a person and different things can break down or stop working at any given time. Without a separate home improvement fund, you may find yourself taking out loans or avoiding the work because you simply cannot afford it. It’s only a wise decision to be prepared for the unexpected. For instance, if it means setting some money aside in case you need plumbing work done, then be sure to save more than enough in the case that you need to hire a plumber.

Proper Insulation

One of the best ways to live in an energy efficient and comfortable home is to insulate very well. Insulation should be added behind walls, in attics, and under the floorboards in the basement. It acts like a warm and protective blanket for the house in times of extreme cold or intense heat. Without insulation, even the best heater used during the winter will go to waste. This same theory goes for the air conditioner that you may use during the hot summer months. In conjunction with insulation, it’s also a good idea to exchange old windows for newer and more energy efficient ones. By doing these two home improvement steps, your energy bill will be a lot less expensive at the end of the month.

Protect Your Pipes

The same concept goes for your plumbing. It is a good idea to insulate the pipes so that they do not freeze when the temperature begins to drop. Another way to keep pipes from freezing is to put a heater in the basement where all of your water appliances are. Most of these appliances and pipes will last through the majority of the winter, however, if you happen to live in a very cold climate you may have problems with frozen items. Taking those extra precautions is a great way to avoid having to call a plumber in the middle of the winter because you do not have any running water.

With any type of home improvement work, it’s always best to try and do the job yourself if you know how. This will give you a sense of accomplishment as well as saving you a lot of money by avoiding a professional’s fees. Having an efficient home will also create a healthier and happier environment for you and your entire family.

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J. Steeple is writer, blogger, handyman, and homeowner. She wishes her plumbing was orange. Maybe someday.

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