Mediaplanet: What are some DIY projects that one can undertake to improve their home’s energy efficiency?  
Bryan Baeumler: I recommend investing in and using a programmable thermostat. These thermostats allow you to dial back on heating and air conditioning at times of low-usage like when your family is sleeping or no one is at home. Performing air-sealing jobs on your doors and windows is another great project. I suggest replacing old weather stripping if you are feeling drafts in your home.

MP: What renovations are most key to greening one’s home?
BB: Making one’s home airtight is key. The more insulation you have in place, the better your home will be for energy conservation. This is key in areas like the attic where heat is lost. If your roof isn’t holding snow, you are likely losing heat through your attic and should get it fixed. Standards for insulation have changed over the years and vary on location. It’s never a bad idea to add extra insulation — it will help you conserve energy and save money. Upgrading and maintaining your HVAC and furnace systems is important as well. Proper maintenance is key; ensure you are replacing your furnace filters once a year.  The key to all this work is knowing when the job can be done by you, or a professional. Always ensure you are doing your due diligence when hiring an expert for a repair or small renovation.

MP: What are some simple changes one can make within the home to green their space?

BB: Adding timers to outdoor lights is a great way to ensure they are not on when they need to be. As well, utilizing LED lights in the home is a great way to cut on energy costs. Make sure however that your home’s fixtures can handle LED bulbs. ENERGY STAR rated appliances within the home as well are always great – these extend to all major appliances such as stoves, fridges, washers, dryers, etc.

MP: What are some things to be mindful of when undertaking any of these initiatives in the home? What should consumers look out for?

The key here is knowing when the job can be done by you, or when you need to bring in a professional. Always ensure you are doing your due diligence when hiring an expert to do a repair or small renovation. Be sure to look at past reviews from satisfied customers for insight. If you’re painting your home as well, make sure you are using good, quality materials that are safe for you and your family. Low VOC, or Non-VOC paints, are great examples of this.