There are a number of updates you can do to your home to save money on the bills. From your electricity bills to water and everything in between, you can do some minor tweaks and end up saving hundreds per year.
Many changes don’t require major renovations and can cost very little money to do. When you make these changes, they essentially pay for themselves as the money they save stays in your pocket anyway.
In this article, we will go over several of these updates that you can do starting right away that will save you money.
1. Do some HVAC repairs
If you have had your HVAC system for more than ten years then it surely needs some updating. It can be running more efficiently than it is now and that will save loads of money.
For instance, air conditioning repair will make it cool much faster so it takes less energy to cool your house down. Changing filters is an easy, cheap, and effective way to make your A/C more efficient. Dirt, dust, and debris build-up and make the system need to work harder to cool down.
Ducts can also collect a lot of dirt and cleaning them out can improve the heating and cooling systems to work much better.
You don’t have to replace the whole system or do any major repairs to get it working better unless it is an old system that barely works. Just doing some maintenance should see some savings.
2. Replace water fixtures
Do you have an old toilet that is always leaking? That is costing you money since it wastes water. Take a look inside the tank and think about replacing the valves as they are probably old and not getting a tight seal.
If the toilet is old, you may want to replace it since it is likely using too much water per flush. New toilets will give you the same flush power without using nearly as much water.
In addition, you should be switching out your faucets and showerhead for low-flow versions that use up to half as much water. With the cost of water on the rise, it only makes sense to save as much as possible.
3. Upgrade appliances
Old appliances use far too much energy and should be replaced. Energy Star rated appliances will often use up to half as much energy and work much better as a result.
It can be quite costly to replace all of your appliances, but there are often rebates given to homeowners that are looking to buy more efficient appliances. Each state has its own requirements and times when they offer these rebates so keep an eye out and time your purchase to save money.
Over time the appliances will pay for themselves through the savings you will experience. Since energy bills are rising dramatically, it will take less time for you to break even.