Efficiency Upgrades to Help You Save This Summer

Posted: April 4, 2023 at 4:09 pm

LED lightbulb on a wood tableSpring is a great time for home upgrades and DIY projects. If you’re planning on making home improvements, consider upgrades that promote better efficiency.

Here are a few projects that can help you save energy and money––and increase the comfort of your home.

Installing a smart thermostat is one of the simplest ways to manage home energy use and keep summer bills in check. Smart thermostats are easy to install and allow you to control your heating and cooling system from your phone. Smart thermostats sell for as low as $100 and may save you 8% on annual heating and cooling costs, about $50 per year. This upgrade will quickly pay for itself, and you’ll gain insight into your heating and cooling habits.

Smart LED bulbs provide both convenience and energy savings. With smart lighting, you can schedule when and how your lights turn on or off. And the next time you head out to run errands and realize you left the lights on, simply turn them off through your phone. Smart lights, available for indoors or outdoors, come in many shapes, colors, and brightness levels. Smart lights can illuminate your home at night and when you’re out of town for better security.

Sealing air leaks around your home is a simple, effective way to save energy and lower your bills. Applying weather stripping around doors and windows reduces energy waste and may instantly make your home more comfortable. Using caulk around windows and doors can also improve the seal of your home.

Adding insulation to an under-insulated home can make a big impact on reducing energy use and costs. Typically, insulation costs can be recouped in a few years, and your home will immediately feel more comfortable.

If you want to make your home more energy efficient but are unsure where to start, contact PRECO’s Energy Services Department at 800-282-3824 to schedule a free energy audit. An energy audit can easily identify areas to boost efficiency and help you determine the projects you want to tackle first based on your budget and needs.