DIY Projects

Project File #18
Do It Yourself
As Soon As Possible
Save energy while warming your home

Your fireplace is an opportunity to gain energy efficiency in your home.

Fireplaces and wood stoves are often used as supplemental heat sources for homes but can even serve as a primary heat source. It’s important, then, to make sure these units are correctly maintained for best results.

Project Overview

Tools and Materials:

  • Utility knife
  • Power or hand saw


  • Exercise common sense when working with tools
  1. Review our checklist of best practices to make sure that you’re using your fireplace in a way that is both safe and efficient.
  2. If your home uses a wood stove, consider upgrading to an EPA-certified unit to produce the best results, save energy, and generate the same heat while burning less wood.
  3. Don’t forget the chimney. If you’re burning wood in the fireplace, it’s critical to make sure that your chimney is clean and functions properly.

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