As the summer heats up and your air condition seems to run constantly, you’re probably dreading your next utility bill. You may be thinking that it would be nice to go on a vacation or tackle a home improvement project but you need to work it into your budget. If you’re looking for some simple changes you can make in your home that will save you money, today’s blog should help.
Replace Your Old Incandescent Bulbs
Did you know that one LED bulb lasts as long as 12 incandescent bulbs? Right there you’re saving about $7. A 10 watt LED bulb produces the same amount of light that a 60 watt incandescent bulb. When you factor in that according to EnergyStar.gov the average home has 40 bulbs, if you replace all with LED you’ll save about $180 per year.
Install a Smart Thermostat
Smart technology allows you to access your home’s thermostat from anywhere, anytime. Although they cost around $100, you can save as much as $400 in a year using a programmable or smart technology thermostat. When you leave your home for work or the day, set the temperature up a few degrees. There is no reason to keep your home cooled or heated when no one is home. If you have a regular work schedule, set a program that ensure the house is comfortable upon your arrival. You’ll be surprised how big a difference this makes every month. Don’t forget to regularly replace your air filters too so that your HVAC system works at an optimal level.
Install Low-Flow Water Devices
Many people don’t realize that newer shower heads (costing about $30) provide the same water pressure but use less water. You can also find faucets that do the same thing. This will help reduce water usage and lower your water bills.
Also look at the water level in your toilets. New ones use less water. If you have an older toilet, depending on the ball and valve system installed, you may be able to choose to use less water each flush. If you don’t have that option, pull a soda or water bottle out of the recycle bin, remove the label, clean it, and fill it with water and add it to the tank. You’ll trick the tank into using less water.
Maintain Your Home
Regular maintenance around your home can save you money. Keeping your windows properly sealed prevents hot air from coming in during the summer. The same goes for the weather stripping around your doors. Siding with cracks or that is pulling away from the home can allow water to penetrate your insulation making it less effective. The same thing happens in your attic when you have a roof leak. A little preventative maintenance can save you money over time.
As you save money for bigger projects, let Handyman Cans help with disposal of unwanted debris. We provide rental dumpsters by the week to homeowners wanting to save time and frustration running to the dump over and over again. If you’re ready to schedule your dumpster rental, call (571) 200-4790 or fill out our contact form and we’ll help you choose the right size for your project needs.