Capital improvements (over $50)
to help subsidize this)
with shade during the summer and allow light/heat through in the
Minor improvements (under $50 or labor)
on demand instead of storing hot water).
and heating of less used spaces.
open drapes on sun-facing windows to let solar heat in. During the summer, keep
drapes on sun-facing windows closed during the day and open at night.
if you have them on power strips and turn off the power strips.
heat by sending it outside.
loads of wash in sequence.
comfortable for you. Keep the house cooler at night than during the day.
Above that it's more efficient to cool the car using AC.
In the overall remodeling plan for the house, I'd absolutely love to redo the windows and insulation. Ain't gonna happen in the real near future. The appliances I have are already decently energy efficient, other than perhaps the washer and dryer, which I will replace when they need replacing.
Redoing the roof of the house to include a proper ridge vent and attic insulation would do wonders.
The really nice deciduous tree on the south side of the house was cut down by the city.
The hot water heater is a gas heater, already insulated. I could add insulation to the pipes.
Don't have drapes on most of the windows. Think three cats. I will be doing a lot more plastic sheeting this year though.
No furnace for furnace filter. Boiler. Added circulating pumps to increase efficiency. Need to uncover the radiators more.
The hot water heater stays hot. Sorry, but that's a little bit of comfort that I love.
Gas dryer. No rerouting exhaust into basement. Bad idea.
I'm okay with the house being cool in the winter. But I also like it cool in the summer, so it's a half-and-half. Since I pretty much didn't use the studio at all this summer, it was not air conditioned. That saved quite a bit, I think.