Four home projects to increase your comfort level and reduce your energy usage

It’s a new year—and a great time to tackle some easy energy-saving DIY home projects. While they might not be as fun as that Pinterest project you have your eye on, these upgrades will help you save energy and make your home more comfortable. Get ready to roll up your sleeves and you’ll be on your way to a more energy-efficient home in no time.

Insulate those hot water pipes.

What’s the goal? Reduce heat loss and retain water temperatures up to 4 degrees warmer
How much does it cost? $10–$15
How long does it take? 3 hours or longer, depending on the size of your house
How much will you save? $8–$12 annually

Watch: Easy step-by-step instructions

Grab the caulk and seal your home air leaks.

What’s the goal? Reduce costly drafts, make your home more comfortable
How much does it cost? $3–$30
How long does it take? 1–2 hours
How much will you save? 10–20 percent of your heating bill

Read: How-to Article

Weatherstrip your harder-to-reach air leaks.

What’s the goal? Reduce drafts by sealing leaks that come from movable joints like windows and doors
How much does it cost? $5–$10
How long does it take? 1 hour
How much will you save? Up to 10 percent in energy savings

Read: Easy step-by-step instructions

Insulate your water tank.

What’s the goal? Reduce up to 45 percent of standby heat loss
How much does it cost? $30
How long does it take? 1.5 hours
How much will you save? $20–$45

Watch: Easy step-by-step instructions