Have you ever wondered if your home has hidden costs? Are there things you can change to help alleviate those costs? Maybe you can. Here are the top 10 most expensive mistakes you are making on your home.
- Using traditional light bulbs – So what is the big deal if you haven’t switched light bulbs? Well, an incandescent bulb can use upward of $180 of electricity in its lifetime. While a CFL will only use $41 and an LED uses only $30!
- Ignoring a leaky faucet – If you have a faucet that leaks you can waste up to 3,000 gallons in a year! When paying for your water that can add up.
- using the wrong size air filter – Did you know that using the wrong size filter or a dirty one (guilty on that one), it can actually increase your electric bill. It can also eventually cause damage to the unit.
- Not customizing temperature – Do you have a thermostat that isn’t customizable? You could be wasting a lot of money on energy costs. A customizable thermostat helps you to easily adjust the temperature in your home so you can stop wasting that extra energy when you aren’t home.
- Not adjusting air vents – When one room is hotter than the other (or colder) make sure to check your air vents before cranking up your thermostat.
- Over watering your lawn – If you have a sprinkler system, check it from time to time to make sure you aren’t watering a fence, concrete etc. You also want to make sure the water isn’t just puddling in one spot.
- water heater temperature is set to high – (this does not pertain to tankless heaters). When you have a tank water heater it is heating your water all the time. In the summer set the temperature lower, so you can save some money.
- Door and windows leak – If water can get in, so can the cold and hot. Make sure you seal those window leaks.
- Hiring a handyman – Don’t pay for a handyman when it is something easy that you can do yourself. On the other hand, make sure it is something that you can do. Biting off more than you can chew, can cost you money in the long run, because a professional needs to be called in to fix the issue (and possibly anything additional you may have created)
- Ignoring curled shingles – When you see issues on your roof, repair as soon as possible. This can save you a larger, more costly bill in the future.
(original post: RISMedia’s housecall)