Four ways to make your home more energy efficient

Making your home more energy-efficient isn't exactly fun, but it will save you money in the long run - and who doesn't like saving money? With winter around the corner, we've started talking about the efficiency upgrades on our home's to-do list. Since I know some of you are probably thinking or talking about the same thing, I thought I'd share our list.


1. Install a programmable thermostat. DONE!


2. Draft-proof our house by caulking and weather-stripping windows and doors.


3. Add insulation to attic, exterior walls or basement. DONE! But we can do more. We had spray-foam insulation installed in our basement and crawl space last year, following our home energy assessment. Adam also installed a vapour barrier over the gravel floor in our crawl space, but we'd like to cover that with foam board insulation (per our energy advisor's recommendation). It's an affordable and relatively easy project, but not a fun one (spiders!).


4. Replace old windows and doors with energy efficient ones. Our energy advisor also recommended that we replace our windows, doors and garage door. The door leading outside from our kitchen is in really bad shape, so it's definitely on our list, but we're not sure about the rest of it (this isn't our forever house after all). Of course, seeing pretty garage doors, like this one from Garaga, are making me think twice about it.

Do you have any energy upgrades planned for this winter? Or, which improvements have you already made?

This post was sponsored by Garaga, but the content and opinions are my own.


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