In some cases, you have to spend money to save money – such is the case in home improvements. The money that you spend to complete these home improvements will come back to you in the way of energy conservation and reducing your utility bills each month. Read through them carefully and make the changes to your home to save money in the upcoming months.
Furnace filters are many times neglected. Homeowners do not think about the fact that when your filters are dirty, your furnace has to work harder to pull in air that it turns into heat for your home. The harder your furnace has to work, the more it is going to cost you to run it. Replacing the filter does not cost very much and will save you much more than you will spend on the filter. The labor behind replacing it only requires a few minutes of your time. This is one of the easiest ways to cut heating costs during the winter months.
Check your windows and doors for air leaks. If you find that they are allowing your heat to escape or cool air to enter, spend a few dollars on some caulk for the windows and weatherstripping for your doors. The small amount of money that you spend on the items you need to weatherproof your windows will be returned in savings on your utility bills quickly.
Water saving shower heads may be a bit more difficult to install than the weatherstripping or furnace filter, but controlling the flow of water in the shower will help cut the cost of water in the home each month. The technology used in these shower-heads is designed to lower the amount of water while maintaining the pressure needed for a refreshing and relaxing shower.
You water heater needs to be wrapped. You can pick up a wrap for your water heater at a local home improvement store for around twenty dollars. They simply wrap around your water heater to keep the heat that it produces inside where it needs to be and keeps the cool air around it from lowering the temperature of the water. Because of this, the heating elements in your water tank will not turn on as often as they did prior to wrapping it.
Wrapping water lines in the home is for more than just protecting them from freezing during the winter months. It keeps the water hotter as it flows through the lines from the water heater to the faucets throughout the home. Because of this, you can reduce the temperature that you have your heater set at reducing even further the number of times the heating elements turn on through the day.
Draperies can be used to help keep the home warm or cool as the seasons change. Install draperies with temperature trapping lining to keep the hot summer sun out of the home and the heat from escaping the home during winter months.
Using these tips will increase the home efficiency in no time. They are all easy to do and relatively affordable for any homeowner to invest in. You will be quite pleased with the results for years!