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Energy-Efficient Renovations Under $1K

Posted On: August 16, 2020

Energy-efficient renovations can sometimes come with a hefty price tag — but they don’t have to. Since we’re all spending more time at home these days, we targeted the top energy-saving DIY projects. And the best part? Together, they add up to less than $1K in cost.

Water savings

Putting more water-efficient products in just one of every 100 homes could avoid putting 80,000 tons of greenhouse emissions into the world. Here are some ways you can contribute:

  • Kitchen sink
    Water flows from your sink at an average of 2.2 gallons per minute. Adding a $5 faucet aerator can bring it down to 1.5 gallons per minute. This is an inexpensive way to reduce the water flow that doesn’t require a professional.
  • Shower
    Do a quick swap of your showerhead with a low-flow model, starting around $25. You’ll conserve more than 2,000 gallons of water a year for an average of $200 in energy savings.
  • Water heater
    Cut down on heat loss by replacing your water heater with a tankless model. They’re 20-40% more efficient at heating water. Starting at $200, it can be well worth the investment, and you’ll save a closet-worth of space.

A/C savings

Losing your cool is the last thing you want when it comes to energy use in the summer. Keeping the heat out keeps your electricity bill down. Here are ways to control the major offenders: the doors, windows and attic.

  • Door upgrade
    Energy use in your home can be impacted by the quality and condition of your doors. Installing steel or fiberglass doors is a cost-effective way to keep the elements out. Starting around $150, choose one with an Energy Star label to ensure you’re getting the most efficient option.
  • Window film
    Applying window film has a dual purpose — keeping heat outside during the summer and inside during the winter. It can lower your overall energy costs by up to 40%, and the biggest roll of Titanium Heat Control Window Film is available at Home Depot for only $230.
  • Attic fans
    Cool your whole house with attic fans. They work to push hot air out while pulling cool air in. Good insulation is must for these fans so they can help regulate your home's temperature. They start out just under $100.

These DIY projects can all be done with supplies from your local hardwood store. Get started making your home more energy-efficient today — all while staying under a $1K budget.