The Most Expensives You are Making in Your House
Everyone knows that maintaining a home can be expensive. Luckily, there are some simple tricks you can use to minimize these costs! Here are the 10 most expensive mistakes you are probably making in your home and how to fix them.
1. Using Traditional Lightbulbs
If you still have incandescent light bulbs in your home, you could be overpaying on your electricity bill. Over its life span, an incandescent bulb can use $180 worth of electricity. A CFL will only use $41 worth of electricity over the same time period. Even better is the LED bulb, which only uses $30 per bulb. Watch the savings add up with each bulb you change!
2. Ignoring a Leaky Faucet
A leaky faucet that drips one drop per second can waste more than 3,000 gallons per year. Fixing the faucet can make a huge difference, not only on your water bill, but also to the environment.
3. Using the Wrong Air Filter Size
It is easy to forget to change out the air filters for our HVAC systems or accidentally buy the wrong size. But using the wrong filter or a dirty filter can increase your power bill and cause expensive problems for your furnace down the road. Take good care of your HVAC system now by setting reminders for when it is time to swap them out.
4. Not Customizing Temperature
Setting your thermostat to lower the temperature a few degrees while you are at work, and then go back up when you are on your way home can make a big difference in your heating bills. It doesn't make sense to keep your house warm while no one is home!
5. Not Adjusting Air Vents Properly
Is one room in your home hot, while the others are cold? Oftentimes homeowners will crank up the air conditioning in the whole house to combat hot temperatures in one area. Instead, adjust air vents to direct the flow of air more evenly throughout your entire home. This will help save on heating and cooling costs.
6. Over-Watering Your Lawn
Many homeowners have their sprinkler systems programmed to come on in the early morning hours for optimum lawn health. This can become a problem, however, if you never see how well they are actually working. A broken sprinkler head could be over-watering, or f your sprinkler may be directed at a fence instead of your lawn. Periodically run your sprinklers during the day so you can see how they are performing when you're not around.
7. Water Heater Temperature Set Too High
Unless you have a tankless water heater, your water heater is keeping the water in its tank hot all the time. If you don't keep an eye on the temperature as each season changes, you may be paying too much to heat your water. Decrease the temperature in the summer, and turn it back up when winter comes.
8. Leaky Windows and Doors
Leaky windows and doors are excellent places for cold, winter winds to enter your home, causing many homeowners to simply ignore them and crank up their heaters. Caulk leaky windows and put rubber seal around doors to keep winter winds out and warmth in.
9. Ignoring Curled Shingles
It may be easy to ignore problems on your roof, but it will only lead to bigger problems later. If you see any possible issues with your roof, repair them as soon as possible, as this will save you significant costs later.
10. Paying a Handyman
Don't pay a handyman for a job that is simple enough to do yourself. If you're unsure of how to do something, look up video tutorials online. Doing simple tasks yourself can save you a lot of money.
Article adapted from Housecall article by Cary Teller 2016