Spring is here – and many people want to take on home improvement projects along with their spring cleaning. The best projects return significant value to the person doing them, either in terms of making the home more livable or directly saving money. But many home improvement projects are intimidating for the new do-it-yourselfer.

With those ideas in mind, here are five money-saving home improvement projects that almost anyone can handle. They require relatively few tools, don’t take too long to accomplish and, in most cases, are easy to stop and start at your convenience. Plus, as with most home improvement projects these days, there are a ton of online guides for these projects. This weekend, consider spending time on one or two of these projects, and you just might find that they save you quite a bit of money over the long run.

Modern home interior with View of upstairs laundry room and hardwood floors and barndoor style door.Install a programmable thermostat. A programmable thermostat enables you to direct your heating and cooling system to automatically turn off when you’re not at home or when you’re sleeping. For example, you might instruct it to have both the air conditioning and furnace off during your entire workday, turning on only during the half-hour before you arrive home. Or you might allow the temperature to drop quite low during the winter or high during the summer before your heating or cooling systems kick in while you’re sleeping. Such modes can save you a ton on your energy bill without much active effort.

Installing a new thermostat can be intimidating, but all you really need are a few simple tools to make it work. Here’s a great guide from Lowe’s on how to install one.