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Home Improvement Ideas That Will Save You Money

Taking care of the small problems in your home now will save you a great deal of money later on.  There are also things that you can do to make your home more energy efficient, which will also save you money over time.  If you want to save money while having a well maintained home continue reading this article for tips on how to do it.

Energy costs are constantly climbing, so doing what you can to make your home energy efficient is very important in these changing times.  One great way to conserve energy is to wrap your pipes with insulation.  This will allow the water flowing through to maintain its temperature and will also prevent your home from being heated or cooled by the water flowing through your home.  Some pipes are difficult to reach, and could require major renovations, but the pipes that are easily accessible in the basement or under your home should be insulated at least.

Another way that most homes cost you money is by letting your heating and cooling escape, as well as letting the outdoor elements in.  A way to combat this is to seal all of the cracks that you can find in your home.  To accomplish this you can either use caulk or weatherstripping, depending on the application.  To start the process you should check the areas around your windows.  Even if you do not feel a draft, it is likely that there are cracks that are allowing air to go in and out.  To be sure, it is recommended to seal the areas around your windows at least every couple of years.  Other areas to consider sealing include the spaces around your doors and any entry points for your plumbing system.  Sealing these areas off properly can save you hundreds of dollars each year on your energy expenses.

If you find that your heating system is constantly running during the winter, but your home still feels cold it is likely due to the fact that heat rises.  To fix this all you need are ceiling fans throughout your home.  This is especially important if you have cathedral ceilings, as you are going to be losing all of your heat to the highest points in each room.  During the winter you can set your ceiling fans to push the air down so that you are losing less heat and it will give your furnace a break.  Ceiling fans are also great during the summer to help keep the air in your home circulating and keep you cool.  They can allow you to keep your air conditioning off during most of the summer.  Not running your air conditioning alone will surely save you a great deal more than the original investment for the ceiling fans.

Now that you have read this article you know just a few of the many tips available on keeping your home in good repair and efficient.  Put these tips to use and you will surely see the difference on your energy bill.

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