A home is not just a “set it and forget it” thing.  Homes need consistent maintenance and routine check ups to help you avoid costly problems now and really expensive problems down the line.

Ignoring A Leak

A faucet that drips one drop per second can waste more than 3,000 gallons per year, which is enough water to take more than 180 showers. A toilet that runs can waste thousands of gallons per month!  Some of us live in areas where water is plentiful, but for those of us in areas plagued with drought, this could be costing you a fortune. Not all leaks are easy to see, so if you notice your water bill suddenly spiking, or if you hear water running in the basement when nothing is on, you most likely have a leak. Fixing or replacing that leaky faucet ASAP and taking care of that running toilet now can you save a ton on your water bill.

Still Using Traditional Light Bulbs

If you still use incandescent light bulbs in your home, you are throwing a lot of money away every month on electric bills. An incandescent bulb can use $180 worth of electricity over it’s life span. A CFL will only use $41 worth of electricity over the same time period and an LED bulb will use about $30 per bulb. Think what replacing every light bulb in your home could do to your electric bill.  LED’s have gotten cheap enough that they can pay for themselves in savings within a few months and odds are you will not have to worry about changing them out for a very long time.

Not Customizing The Temperature

If you’re away from home most of the day, do you really need to be heating or cooling your home the same as if you were there?  Investing in a programmable thermostat(or utilizing the one you already have) can save you some big time cash. If you program your heater to shift down a few degrees while you’re gone and then shift back up shortly before you return home(opposite in the summer), you can save hundreds a year. Heating or cooling an empty home wastes a lot of money in energy costs and most people just don’t take advantage of there thermostat.

Not Cleaning Or Changing Your Furnace Filter

We all sometimes forget to clean or change out the air filters for our HVAC systems. But using a dirty filter can cause your furnace to work harder than it should and increase your power bill.  It can also cause premature wear and tear on the your furnace, which can lead to early failure.  If you have a reusable filter, follow the manufacturer specifications on how to, and how often it should be cleaned. Most programmable thermostats allow you to set a reminder to change the filters after the recommended amount of time. There are also phone apps to remind you or you could just use a good old fashioned wall calendar or daily planner to write in when to change/clean your filter.

Not Adjusting Air Vents

Does one room in your home always seem to run hot, while the others are cold? Most of the time homeowners will crank up the air conditioning in the whole house to combat hot temperatures in one area. This is a terrible idea.  Instead, adjust air vents to direct the flow of air more evenly throughout your entire home.  Most of the time, the ductwork near the furnace will have damper levers to adjust the flow at the source.  If you can’t find the dampers, then just adjust the vents in each room until you feel a more balanced temperature throughout.  It will take some trial and error, but once you find the sweet spot, it will be comfortable and save you some cash.

Ignoring Roof Problems

If you can’t see it, you don’t think about it.  That’s why it is easy to ignore problems on your roof. Most people don’t actually ever take a look at their roof, but if you don’t give it a good look once or twice a year, it can lead to costly problems later on.  Curled or missing shingles can be prone to leaks.  Leaks can lead to wood rot and mold in the the attic spaces.  So, if you see any possible issues with your roof, have a professional come out and take a look ASAP.

 

 

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