Finding ways to reduce your home’s energy bills is always a challenge. There are dozens of home improvement projects for energy efficiency in the home — things to be upgraded, improved and implemented that can make an impact. To make the best use of your time, identify any problem areas that you know of and focus in on fixing those first.

Replace Incandescent Bulbs

Traditional incandescent bulbs are extremely inefficient, using 90 percent of the energy to create heat rather than light. There are several energy-efficient home lighting options to choose from, including halogen, CFLs and LEDs.

Upgrade or Program the Thermostat

If your home still has an analog thermostat, you’ll see great energy savings by upgrading. New programmable thermostats can be set to automatically adjust to your routine and time of year. If you do have a programmable thermostat, check the settings and update them as needed.

Professionally Maintain the Heating System

Your home heating system should be inspected, cleaned and maintained each year, and the air filter should be regularly changed. The fall and winters are peak heating systems, and its recommended to change the air filter monthly.

Seal Air Leaks

Air leaks take their toll year-round, letting cold air into your warm home in the winter and vise versa in the summer. To protect against this, add weatherstripping around the movable parts of doors and windows, and fill any gaps with caulk.

For more infomration about home improvement projects for energy efficiency, or to schedule a professional handyman to help you complete these projects, contact Apollo Home Heating, Cooling and Plumbing today. We’ve helped Cincinnati homeowners improve their homes and find energy savings since 1910.

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