Wether you're new to home ownership or not, there are some things you can do to save bucks. The cost-saving suggestions come to us from The Simple Dollar, and they're so good, I'm going to quote them directly.
- Check the insulation in your attic - and install more if needed.
- Lower the temperature on your hot water heater down to 120 degrees Fahrenheit (55 degrees Celsius).
- Toss a water heater blanket over that hot water heater as well.
- Install ceiling fans in most rooms.
- Wrap exposed water pipes with insulation.
- Install a programmable thermostat - and learn how to use it.
- Hang a clothes rack in your laundry room (or, better yet, an outdoor clothesline).
- Check all toilets and under-sink plumbing for leaks or constant running - and check faucets, too.
- Replace your air handling filter.
- Make sure the vents in all rooms are clear of dust and obstructions.
- Mark any cracks in the basement with dated masking tape.
- Install CFL and LED light bulbs in some locations.
- Choose energy efficient appliances, even if you have to pay more up front.
- Set up your home electronics with a SmartStrip or two.
- Air-seal your home.
- Plant shade trees near your house.
- Take advantage of tax benefits for any improvements you make.
- Develop a home maintenance checklist - and run through it for the first time.
For the individual whys and wherefores of these tips, visit The Simple Dollar.