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Quick and easy DIY projects to save green and go green

March 7, 2018


Take Care of Texas, a program sponsored by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ), offers some easy do-it-yourself projects that can save you money and help protect our environment!

DIY 1: Lower the temperature on your water heater to 120˚F
This easy, no-cost project takes just a couple of hours to complete and may save you up to $460 each year in utilities! Most manufacturers set water heater thermostats higher than most households need. This can
cause scalding and faster mineral buildup and corrosion in your water heater and pipes. Check the owner’s manual for your water heater to learn how to lower your thermostat.

DIY 2: Swap incandescent light bulbs for LEDs
While LED bulbs usually cost more up front, they save you money over the long run. This is because they use 70% to 80% less energy and last 25 times longer than incandescent bulbs. So, they’re good for your wallet—saving up to $3.80 per bulb each year—and the environment. Start buying LEDs when your old bulbs burn out. If needed, switch out old and new bulbs so that you have LEDs in your five most regularly used fixtures.

DIY 3: Seal air leaks with caulk
Air leakage occurs through cracks and openings in your home. This wastes energy and adds to interior moisture problems. Caulking air leaks may save you up to $180 each year, protect the environment and
make your home more comfortable. This project doesn’t take long to finish and the total cost is usually less than $30. 

Take Care of Texas Savings Calculator: Want to save even more money, water, and energy? Explore the TCEQ’s Savings Calculator.

Visit Take Care of Texas website to learn more about what you can do to help the environment.
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