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Helpful Home Maintenance Money Saving Tips

9/2/2020 (Permalink)

image of person holding belt bag of tools walking through a residential home You do not need to be a home improvement expert to capitalize on these money saving tips!

The cost of owning a home can add up quickly! Between mortgage payments, utilities and maintenance, the bills can seem never-ending.

SERVPRO of North Columbiana County is here to help you save money and stay safe! You do not need to be a home improvement expert to capitalize on these money saving tips!

  1. Automate your Thermostat or Write a Reminder

If you have a newer thermostat like the Nest Learning Thermostat, it can learn your schedule and then adjust the temperature in your house to save on your energy bill and keep you comfortable. Nest Thermostats run between $170 and $250 but can save you around $170 a year on average. So, it will take you about a year to 18 months to make up the cost of the thermostat.

Some energy companies will send you a free automated thermostat when you sign up for certain plans, others will send you a $100 rebate.

If an automated thermostat is not in your budget right now, have no fear, you can still save money with a little bit of mindfulness and possibly a sticky note. Write yourself a sticky note, and stick it on the door you leave out of each day. This will remind you to change the thermostat as you walk out the door.  Setting your thermostat even five degrees higher while you’re out can make a big difference.

  1. Replace Air Filters

It is a good idea to replace the HVAC filters in your home every 3-6 months. Not only to save money, but also improve the air quality in your home. Clogged, dirty filters block airflow and reduce the system’s efficiency, leading to a higher energy bill.

  1. Fix leaky windows

Let’s say you have a 1/64 inch of a gap around one single window. That’s a really small gap. That is the equivalent of having a 3.27 square inch hole in your wall, which is quite large!

If you have ten windows in your house with that many holes, that’s a lot of space for air to escape and drain your wallet.

To determine if you may have a leak, close all your windows, doors and the flue damper in your chimney if you have a fireplace. Use a stick of incense and wave it around each window to see if there is air flow. If there is, you unfortunately have a leak.

Weather-stripping is an easy and cost-effective way to save money on energy costs and improve comfort by reducing drafts. Peel-and-stick weather-stripping is easy and useful for sealing drafts:

  • Remove any dirt and grease from the window jambs or sash.
  • Dry the areas with a rag.
  • Cut the weather-strip to the right length
  • Peel off the back
  • Press the sticky part to the surface and you’re done!
  1. Block out the Sun and Turn on the Fans

The windows in your home are the biggest source of heat in the summer. Close the blinds and curtains if you have them to help prevent the sunlight from beating in and heating up your home. Blocking out the sun is the most important on western and southern facing windows as they receive the most direct sunlight.

Additionally, utilize the fans in your home. A ceiling fan can make a room feel 7 degrees cooler!

  1. Shower Power!

Do you have a fan in your bathroom and do you use it when you shower? If not, you should! Hot showers steam up the bathroom and add heat the house that then must be cooled back down. The fan helps circulate the air and keep the bathroom from getting steamy.

Or just take cooler, and shorter showers!

For more information or advice, do not hesitate to call SERVPRO of North Columbiana County! We want you to stay cool and safe in the last hot days of summer. We are fire and water restoration experts but also offer other services such as carpet cleaning, construction, and HVAC cleaning.

If you have questions or need our help, give us a call! (330) 921 4931

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