Temperatures are rising and the sun is beginning to shine a bit more, making it the perfect time of year to start tackling some projects around the house. And while the winter chill is thawing away and before the sweltering summer arrives, here are a few spring projects that can help make your home more energy efficient.

Weather Strip Exterior Doors

Spring is the perfect time to ensure all of your exterior doors are properly weather stripped. Cut each piece of weather stripping custom for each door and ensure the seal is snug to keep cool air in and warm air out during the summer.

Get Out In The Garden

Planting foliage near and around your home can help infrared radiation from overheating your home in the warmer months. Planting deciduous trees, particularly on the west side of your home, will help block sunlight in the spring and summer, while allowing it to help heat your home during the fall and winter.

Adjust Your Water Heater

It’s recommended to adjust your water heater temperature to 120°F. It not only reduces the risk of scalding, but it can save you energy and money. Each ten degree reduction on your water heater temperature can save you between $12-$30 annually.

Ensure your water heater is properly insulated, if it isn’t already. Adding insulation to your water heater is a simple DIY that can save you up to $12 a year.

Upgrade Your Insulation

If your home is older, it may be beneficial to add blown-in insulation to your walls and attic. If your attic is unfinished, it is particularly important to ensure proper insulation is installed and installed correctly. Attic insulation will help keep your home cooler when outside temperatures are high, and help keep warm air inside when outside temperatures are cooler.