You probably have a set of chores that you do every week. Vacuuming, laundry, cleaning the bathroom. Aside from those weekly chores, there are the tasks you don’t do as often, like cleaning out the gutters or reorganizing the basement. These are no less important because some of these chores can save you money in the long run. Here’s how to save money by tackling simple household fixes.
A leaky faucet might not seem like a huge deal, but all those drops can add up over time! In fact, they can waste more than thirty gallons of water per year. Fortunately, this fix is usually as straightforward as replacing a single part.
Modern houses are built with insulation in the walls for a reason. Not only does this keep the inside warm in the winter and cool in the summer, it helps you save on energy costs. Insulating your water heater is the same concept. It helps reduce standby heat loss, overall saving you money on your water bill. For about $30, you could save up to 16% on your annual bill and earn the insulation cost back in no time.
Attics are great for storing everything from seasonal items to antiques too sentimental to part with. They can also be a major drain on your heating and cooling system. It’s time to fix that poorly sealed or insulated attic! This is one of the easiest household tasks with the biggest benefits. You’ll save tons in energy costs when your attic isn’t leaking your nice warm air.
If you’ve had your windows for a long time, you could replace them…or you could implement a more temporary fix and take care of the drafts yourself. Weatherstripping can help you patch up leaky windows and save money on heating and cooling expenses.
Caulk is cheap. Fixing mold damage caused by water seeping through the gap between your tub and your tile? Not so cheap. A few dollars now can help you prevent mold damage later. Look for silicone caulk with antifungal ingredients for maximum protection.
There are probably very few people who change their HVAC filters often enough. Even the longest-lasting filters only have a lifespan of about six months. The less expensive fiberglass filters should be replaced every 30 to 60 days. How often you need to replace your filters will depend on a variety of factors, so consult a local specialist for best practices.