Low-cost DIY projects for homeowners

CHICAGO, IL - DECEMBER 27: LED light bulbs are offered for sale at a Home Depot store on December 27, 2013 in Chicago, Illinois. On January 1, 2014 manufacturers will stop producing 40 and 60 watt incandescent light bulbs in the United States. The 75 and 100 watt bulbs were discontinued in 2013. These incandescent bulbs are being replaced by the more energy efficient compact florescent and LED light bulbs. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

There are many low-cost DIY projects homeowners can do to help improve the efficiency of their homes and save money. Replace old light bulbs with Energy Star LEDS which are up to 85% more efficient than traditional incandescent bulbs. Start with the most frequently used areas in your homes like the kitchen and bathrooms. You can install a smart thermostat to reduce energy costs and keep your home comfortable. And don’t forget to seal up air leaks. Add weather stripping to doors and windows, and caulk any holes around duct work, plumbing and fans, inside and outside the home to get the most out of your heating and cooling system.

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