Improving your home’s energy efficiency doesn’t have to be complicated or expensive. In fact, there are a number of home improvement projects you can do yourself with little to no cost. Here are just two simple ways to save on your energy bills:
Seal the gap.
Did you know a 1/8-inch gap around a door is equivalent to a hole in your wall the size of a grapefruit? Caulk, seal and weather-strip around all seams, cracks and openings. Pay special attention around windows and exterior doors, and don’t forget to check places where wires enter your home, i.e. behind your thermostat and wall outlets. Caulking, felt strips with adhesive backing or plastic V-strips with adhesive backing are available at hardware and home improvement stores.
Install ceiling fans.
According to the Department of Energy, using a ceiling fan allows you to raise your thermostat setting about 4 degrees with no reduction in comfort. The airflow from the fans creates a wind-chill effect that helps you feel cooler - by as much as 7 degrees cooler. Because of this, you could see about a 5 percent savings on your cooling bill for each degree you raise your thermostat above the recommended 78 to 80 degrees. And, remember to turn them off when you leave the room.
What projects have you completed around your house? Share your ideas here! Or, learn more about how to save energy by visiting www.sceg.com/myenergy.