5 Fall Home Projects to Save Energy (And Money!)

posted 10/15/2014 in General

Fall has once again come to Iowa, which means a few things have become certainties: college football on Saturdays, the return of your favorite jacket to your wardrobe and local farmers finishing up the harvest season.

Another certainty is the eventual change of the weather from pleasant and crisp to windy, cold and miserable. Luckily, the weather in October is generally nice enough to allow you to make some final renovations to your home to save energy once the temperature begins to drop.

At Lincoln Savings Bank, we not only want to provide ways to save you money, but also make sure you can live comfortably. We’ve compiled a few fall home improvements you can make to save energy and money for the rest of the fall and into the winter.

Replace your windows with energy-efficient models

“They’re just windows, how much can the really help?” The answer:  a lot. Energy Star estimates that for the region that includes Iowa, 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.

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.

A programmable thermostat

By setting a heating schedule for your home, you are able to determine when your furnace is on and how hard it is working. A programmable thermostat adds credence to the motto, “Work smarter, not harder.”

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.

Installing low-flow faucets and showerheads

Reduce the amount of work your water heater does by limiting how much hot water you use with low-flow faucets and showerheads. Combine these with shorter showers, and you’re looking at a flood of savings.

There are many other ways to improve your home for the impending cold. However, before undertaking any energy saving project, make sure it fits in your budget. You can also come to Lincoln Savings Bank for any financing needs that arise preparing your home for winter this fall.

We hope to see you soon!

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