At Ally, we believe that helping people save money can help us be a better bank. That’s why over the next week we’re taking a look at home improvement projects that can not only increase the value of your home, but also maximize your savings.

Whether you’re looking to cut down on your summer energy bills or looking for ways to save on water consumption, many home improvement projects pay off with money saved over the long-term.

We recently conducted a survey to see what kinds of improvements people were planning. Take a look at the results below.

The results of the survey show that across the country most Americans are planning home improvement projects this year. If you’re planning a home improvement project, take a look below for a few tips to help both improve your home and maximize your savings.

Visit EnergyStar.gov for a list of simple actions you can do today. Some of these tips include when and how to run your dishwasher, how using an automatic thermostat can help you save on energy bills and even how duct tape can help improve the efficiency of your heating and cooling systems.

A recent article on Yahoo! also offers a number of money saving home improvement tips. For example, did you know that replacing the aerator on your faucet can reduce water flow and consumption? Or that installing dimmer switches on your lights can more than double a bulb’s life? These are just a few simple projects that can lead to big savings.

If you’re looking for some general home improvement tips, visit Hometips.com and DoItYourself.com. Both websites provide help on everything from home appliance repairs to exterior improvements.

Which home improvements are you making this summer? What’s your favorite home improvement project?

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