We live in the age of DIY—if you want to learn how to do something around the house, the internet has video or article or step-by-step guide on hand to show you how to do it. This is great for people who want to make their homes more energy efficient. Several of the things you can do are low-cost and easy to complete, so you can start seeing results in no time. But you also have bigger, higher-cost options that will pay for themselves in the long run. Keep reading to learn more about how you can make your home more energy efficient.

DIY Options You Can Start Today

Wash Your Clothes in Cold Water

When you wash your clothes with cold water, you’re saving on the energy usually used to get that water up to temperature. The good news is that cold water is just as efficient at getting your clothes clean as hot or warm water, especially when you buy detergent meant for use in cold water.

Unplug Chargers When They Aren’t in Use

Chargers can use up energy even when they aren’t actively charging your phones and computers, so unplug them when they aren’t in use. While one charger might not make much of a dent in your energy usage, a handful of chargers will, which can save you up to 10% of your energy bill.

Swap Out Incandescent Bulbs

Incandescent bulbs are being phased out in favor of the more energy efficient Halogen bulbs, compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs) and light-emitting diode (LED) bulbs. It might not seem like much, but take a walk around your house and count the number of light bulbs you’ve got. Replacing all of them with energy-efficient bulbs can make a huge difference.

Keep an Eye on Water Usage

Use less water, save more money! Make sure you aren’t leaving the water running while you shave or brush your teeth. You can also save money by showering instead of bathing and running full loads through your washer instead of half loads.

Lower Your Thermostat

When you head off to work or leave your home for a while, adjust the temperature by 3 to 5 degrees. This will help to save on energy costs because your heat or AC won’t be working hard while you’re gone.

Other Ideas for Lowering Energy Use

There are a few other low-cost options for lowering your energy use, including:

  • Starting a compost pile to reduce trash production
  • Installing low-flow shower heads to improve water efficiency
  • Sealing all windows to prevent air leaks
  • Limiting space heater usage to cut back on energy usage

Other Ideas for Lowering Energy Use

There are a few other low-cost options for lowering your energy use, including:

  • Starting a compost pile to reduce trash production
  • Installing low-flow shower heads to improve water efficiency
  • Sealing all windows to prevent air leaks
  • Limiting space heater usage to cut back on energy usage

Bigger Projects With Higher Upfront Costs

Insulate Your Attic

Insulating your attic can prevent air leaks and cut down on your home’s heating and cooling costs.

Install a Storm Door

Like insulation, storm doors can reduce energy loss by up to 50%. You could potentially install a storm door yourself, but the pros will be able to get it done quickly and ensure all the seals are working.

Get an Energy Audit

A professional energy auditor can come into your home, perform an inspection and let you know the exact areas that need improvement. Having a set list of improvements is a good place to start if you aren’t sure which project to tackle first.

Install Energy Star Products

Refrigerators, televisions, ranges, washers, dryers and air conditioners that are Energy Star certified use 10-50% less energy than standard appliances and can save you money in the long run.

Now that you have a few ideas for making your home more energy efficient, which will you tackle first?