April 22 is Earth Day. Protect the Earth (and your wallet) in an afternoon with these five simple DIY home projects.
1. Install a Rain Barrel
Capture and re-use rain water with a rain barrel that collects and stores water that flows from your roofline and into your gutters.
2. Start a Compost Pile
Reduce the amount of trash you send to landfills – and save money on nutrient-rich soil that will help your garden thrive – by starting a compost pile for kitchen and yard waste.
3. Bright Idea
Switch all the light bulbs in your home to energy-efficient compact fluorescent bulbs — it’s an easy project that will save you money and conserve energy.
4. Seal the Deal
Look around your home’s exterior – particularly around windows and doors – for cracks or holes that will let summer heat in and air-conditioned air out. Seal any gaps with Frost King’s Mortite Weatherstrip and Caulking Cord, an easy-to-install weatherstripping that forms a weatherproof seal, no caulk gun required. You just press it in place with your fingertips for a tight seal.
5. In Hot Water
Insulating your hot water pipes doesn’t just stop wasteful heat loss. It can actually increase the temperature of the water in your pipes by 2-4 degrees Fahrenheit — which means you can bump the thermostat on your hot water heater down by a few degrees and still have plenty of hot water for showering and cleaning. Frost King’s Self-Adhesive Foam and Foil Pipe Insulation Tape.