4 DIY projects you can do NOW to save money this winter

December 1, 2017 | Posted in Tips & Ways to Save

Post originally published November 30, 2015. Updated December 1, 2017.

It’s no secret that winter is quickly approaching. You might be doing some last-minute prep work to make sure your home is ready for cold weather. At DP&L, we want to help you Be a Savings Champion this winter, so here are some low-cost DIY projects that will help you score big savings on your winter energy bills.


1 – Seal Air Leaks

One simple project that can save you a lot of money is sealing air leaks around your house. From windows, baseboards, door bottoms and outlets, make sure you take full advantage of the possible savings by inspecting and sealing these common spots for air leakage. Here is a helpful video highlighting the importance of sealing air leaks:

Some common tips for fixing air leaks include:

  • Use foam sealant on larger gaps around windows, baseboards and other places where air may leak.
  • Caulk and weather-strip doors and windows to prevent warm air from escaping.

Make sure you visit energy.gov to find more tips on how to fix air leaks and save money.


2 – Insulate Light Switches and Outlets on Exterior Walls

While the plastic covers over light switches and outlets may look nice in your living room, they may be hurting your savings potential if they aren’t insulated properly. For a quick fix to seal those outlets and switches, install a foam outlet gasket to reduce the amount of air leaked into the room from the outside.


Rule your attic with ENERGY STAR3 – Attic Insulation

Your attic can be an energy savings all star this winter. Did you know that 90% of American homes are under-insulated?1  ENERGY STAR® has lots of information to help you “rule your attic” this winter, including how-to videos to step you through the process. Check out this link to learn more about sealing attic air leaks and checking your insulation levels.


4 – Install Exterior Storm Windows

Installing storm windows is an excellent way to boost your energy savings this winter. For even greater savings, go the extra mile with low-emissivity (low-e) storm windows. These low-e storm windows, which reflect infrared heat back into the home, are easy to install and cost effective, helping you score savings up to $330 annually!2 Find out how to install storm windows and which type is right for your home.


These are just a few of the many ways you can defeat costly energy bills and score big savings. Have any other great DIY projects that help you save energy? Leave them below in the comment section.

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