The garage has come a long way from its days of being merely a walled-in carport. From power tools to golf clubs, most modern garages serve as a place to store some of your family’s favorite toys. But beyond storage, they also offer a great place to unwind, a place where you can get your knuckles dirty working on that old beater you’ve been trying to restore, or spend time in your woodshop. But for all the value people place on their garages, remodeling and upgrade options are often neglected.
One area that is routinely overlooked is a garage’s energy efficiency. Even if you don’t heat your garage during the winter or cool it in the summer, conserving energy in your garage is easier than you think. Here are some simple ways to upgrade your garage to maximize your energy savings.
1) Start with the Garage Door
In many cases the garage door is where you lose most of your energy. A quick and cost-effective improvement anyone can make is to invest in an insulation kit. These kits include nothing more than foam panels that easily slide into your metal garage door to help regulate the temperature inside. You can also reduce your energy use by removing your electronic garage door opener and opting to open the door manually.
2) Insulate Your Savings
Many garages, particularly older garages, were built without insulation and weren’t designed to become spaces you could enjoy all year long. Insulation, however, allows you to regulate the temperature inside your garage so you can enjoy the space year-round. It’s also an energy saver. The upfront cost of such a project may be expensive, but you’ll appreciate the long-term benefits. If insulating your entire garage isn’t possible right now, you can still use caulk as a sealant between the garage walls and the floor for an immediate energy-saving benefit.
3) Get Smart About Your Lighting
Just like inside your home, one of the easiest way to maximize the energy savings in your garage is to invest in energy-efficient light bulbs. LED lights are available in a variety of sizes and styles, plus they last up to 25 times longer than traditional light bulbs, all while using 85 percent less energy.
4) Watch Where You Step
The floor of your garage can be a major drain on your energy bill. Fortunately, it’s an easy problem to fix. Start by sealing up any cracks you might have in the floor. Concrete is a poor insulator, but cracked concrete is even worse. Eric Leech of Planet Green warns that the cold air and gasses that seep in through the cracks can destabilize your garage floor and lead to significant long-term damage.
5) Look Out the Window
Your windows may not be as prominent in your garage as they are in your home, but those old windows can still be a real drain on your energy bill. Check for any cracks in the sill and replace your single-paned windows with double-paned upgrades. For a quick fix, you can apply a plastic window insulation kit.
We hope you can cut your home utility costs with these five helpful energy savings tips for your garage.