Looking to tackle some do-it-yourself projects around the house while quarantined there this month? Is painting the house on the list?

Kissimmee Utility Authority reminds you to think about a lighter color to help lower energy costs, especially in the summer, which makes a difference here in Osceola County.

Many might be surprised to learn that paint color can drastically affect energy efficiency. Before you settle on a new color for your home’s exterior, consider the pros and cons, or you could end up with higher energy costs.

Dark paint colors absorb sunlight. This can cause the home to heat up, leading to higher cooling costs in the summer. This effect also leads to lower heating costs in the cooler months of the year.

Light paint colors like white and tan reflect sunlight. This will cause homes to be cooler in the summer. It will also lead to higher heating costs in the winter months. Lighter paint colors are best suited for homes located in warmer regions like Florida. Darker colors are appropriate for houses in cold, northern climates, where heating costs tend to be higher.

So reward yourself this month with a fresh coat of paint on your house — and a lower KUA energy bill!