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Everybody likes to save money! One of the best ways to save money in your home is to improve efficiency and reduce your home’s carbon footprint. At Tashman Home Center, we help homeowners, apartment renters, and condo owners just like you save money by helping make their homes more efficient.

6 Ways to Save Money and Make Your Home More Efficient

Here are six suggestions that don’t require a contractor (given your DIY capabilities) or a building permit.

1. Weatherize Your Windows

Weatherizing your windows will seal in climate-controlled air. This prevents drafts from heating or chilling your home when the temperature outside reaches highs and lows. We sell a variety of products at Tashman that will help you weatherize your home, including:

  • Weatherstripping

Weatherstripping is a foam strip that seals gaps between windows and doors. It comes in different widths for gaps of different sizes. Applying weatherstripping around drafty windows will help seal the air around them.

  • Caulking

Caulking around old, loose window panes will help prevent more drafts.

  • Window Film Insulation

Window film insulation protects your windows from hot summer sun and cold winter air, preventing the glass from heating up or becoming cold inside your home.

2. Replace Your Front Door

An old front door can contribute to inefficiency just as much as old windows. Replacing your old front door can keep out drafts and reduce your dependency on your home’s HVAC system. At Tashman Home Center, we carry various doors to meet our customers' needs. If you're handy, you can install your own front door, or you can just use Tashman’s expert window and door installers because our crews are installation experts. If you’d prefer to DIY, check out this video!

3. Replace Your Light Bulbs

One of the simplest ways to improve your home’s energy efficiency is to replace your home’s incandescent light bulbs with ENERGY STAR-rated LED Lighting. ENERGY STAR estimates that you can save $30-$80 by replacing just one bulb, so imagine how much money you could save by replacing all your bulbs!

4. Install Faucet Aerators

Faucet aerators are another way to make your home more efficient. Water aerators aerate the water and slow your water usage at each faucet. Installing an aerator is also really satisfying because it only takes about 10 seconds to put a new aerator on an old faucet. With only a few minutes of effort, you’ll reduce water usage in your faucets by about 30%.

5. Turn Off Electrical Items When Not In Use

People tend to leave electronics and appliances plugged in and running when not in use. Turning off items like computer monitors when not in use can help save energy and reduce your home’s utility bills.

6. Install Solar Powered Exterior LED Lights

Exterior lights can help make your home safe and attractive in the dark, but hard-wired exterior lights will use electricity and inflate your utility bills. To save money and energy, install solar-powered exterior LED lights. These lights run on batteries that are recharged during daylight hours.

Tashman Home Center

As your neighborhood home improvement store, Tashman Home Center is the place to go for the above-mentioned items or anything else you might need to improve your home’s efficiency. We carry everything, from light fixtures to paint brushes, cleaning products, and more. Our knowledgeable and friendly staff is always happy to help!