– Crystal Vagnier – Select Group – Writer/Editor
Maintaining a home can cost time and money; it’s the price many homeowners pay. But there are ways around many issues that plague homeowners so that monthly upkeep costs can remain affordable. See if you’re making any of these top expensive mistakes and learn about how to save more of your money.
Ignoring Leaks and Overwatering. Leaky faucets may seem like an innocent problem to ignore, but for those in drought-prone areas, this small leak can rack up a small fortune on your water bill. One drop per second can even waste more than 3,000 gallons per year. The same for overwatering lawns. Inadequate sprinkler heads or incorrect placement can be creating a flood. Make sure you’re watering the lawn and not a nearby fence. Run a test during the day when you’re home to double check the status of your sprinklers.
Air Filters & Vents. When changing out and purchasing a new air filter for HVAC systems, it’s crucial to buy the right size. Not doing so has the capability to increase your power bill and damage your equipment. When ventilating a home, it’s also important to make sure the vents are adjusted for maximum air-flow. It isn’t conducive to hear or air-condition an entire home to just heat or cool one room. Make sure the entire home is receiving evenly distributed air.
Temperature. Customize your thermostat for the hours you’ll be home and when you’re away. There’s no point in heating or cooling a property you won’t inside of and doing so will be costly. The same goes for your water heater. Decrease the water heater temperature during the summer and increase it during the winter. Don’t pay more for your water temperature when you don’t need to.
Swap out Old Light Bulbs. LED and CFL bulbs can significantly cut your electricity bill in half. Traditional incandescent bulbs are now outdated and less efficient.
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