Now that spring is in the air, it’s the perfect time to perform a few small money-saving maintenance activities. In less than a weekend, you can make your home more efficient and save yourself plenty of money this summer – and all year long.
Check Your Insulation – When’s the last time you made certain you had effective insulation in your attic? If the space is unfinished, you’ll be able to see if there are areas without adequate protection. If you spot gaps or damage, it’s time to have it replaced. You may need to make a call to a profession team, but at least you’ll know why you’re spending so much on heating over the winter.
Water Heater Maintenance – If you don’t have a blanket around your water heater, you’re using too much energy to heat the water in your home. Pick up a blanket at your closest home improvement store; they’re easy enough to fit on your own. And remember, there’s really no need for water over 120 degrees – especially during summer. Adjust that dial for more savings.
Replace Your Air Filters – This is one of those tasks that easily falls by the wayside. Still, it only takes a few minutes to do. More importantly, clean air filters reduce the burden on your HVAC system dramatically. And, your heating and cooling systems are a big component of your energy bills.
Clean the Air Vents Too – While you’re looking at the quality of air in your home, you may also want to spend a bit of time with those air vents. Dust each one off and ensure the opening mechanism still works. If you don’t have vents that you can close when they’re not needed, perhaps it’s time for an upgrade.
Check for Leaks – Air leaks around windows and doors can severely affect your HVAC system – and the way you feel even when it’s not running. And, plumbing leaks are an even bigger drain on your finances. Often, repairing these leaks requires something as simple as a washer; you could recoup your spend almost instantly.
So, what are you waiting for? The more you save now, the more money you’ll have in your pocket at the end of the year.