Three Easy DIY Projects to Save Energy
17 May 2020
We are REC – a podcast series produced in partnership with Rappahannock Electric Cooperative.
We recorded today’s episode via Zoom with Casey Hollins, Director of Communications and Public Relations for Rappahannock Electric Cooperative to learn about three easy DIY projects to save energy. Casey told us that it’s the perfect time to tackle a few DIY energy efficiency projects for your home. The good news: You don’t have to be an energy expert to do this! Here are three easy DIY projects you can do now to start saving.
- Make the Most of Your Water Heater. She started with one of the easiest projects: insulating your water heater. Insulating a water heater that’s warm to the touch can save 7 -16% annually on your water heating bills. It should also be noted that if your water heater is new, it is likely already insulated. But if your water heater is warm to the touch, it needs additional insulation. Casey explained how to do that.
- Seal Air Leaks with Caulk. The average American family spends $2,000 annually on energy bills, but unfortunately, much of that money is wasted through air leaks in the home. Applying caulk around windows, doors, electrical wiring and plumbing can save energy and money. Casey explained the different types of caulking and walked us through the application process.
- Weather Strip Exterior Doors. One of the best ways to seal air leaks is to weather strip exterior doors, which can keep out drafts and help you control energy costs. Weather stripping materials vary, but you can ask your local hardware or home store for assistance if you’re unsure about the supplies you need. Casey walked us through the application process and gave us some tips for choosing the most effective material dependent on the door.
REC provides electric service to over 170,000 connections in parts of 22 Virginia counties. With its general office in Fredericksburg, VA, the Cooperative operates and maintains more than 17,000 miles of power lines through its service area, which ranges from the Blue Ridge Mountains to the tidal waters of the Chesapeake Bay. For more information about REC, please visit www.myrec.coop.
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