Ten Ways to Save Money Under Your Roof in the New Year
Chances are you’ve spent more time than usual in your home this year and it’s got you taking a hard look at where you can cut costs. Here are ten ways you can save money in your home in the new year!
1. Heat Where You Meet
Concentrate your heating efforts in the parts of your home you use. Close registers in unused rooms and closet doors so you aren’t needlessly heating square footage in your home where no one sets foot in.
2. Swap Out for LED
In addition to being more difficult to find in home improvement stores, old-fashioned incandescent bulbs are costing you more money in wasted electricity. Switch to LED options that will save you more in the long run.
3. Maintain and Service HVAC Units
There is truth in the saying an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. Hire a professional to service your HVAC units to make sure they are running efficiently and check for issues before they become bigger and more costly problems.
4. Consider Smart Home Integration
Integrated smart home automation can save hundreds each year in utility bills that help to regulate indoor temperature and turn off lights. Other smart devices like Nest doorbells and cameras can earn you discounts on monthly insurance premiums.
5. Change Air Filters
Dirty HVAC filters, dryer screens and even your dishwasher filter can prevent your systems from working efficiently causing it to use more energy to get the job done.
6. Install a Level 2 Charger for Your Electric Vehicle
You’re saving money on gas but you could be saving time on charging too. Hire a professional to install an EV charging station in your garage with a dedicated 220-volt single-phase grounded separate circuit so your electric vehicle will charge twice as fast and the outlet is separate from the rest of your household electric circuitry.
7. Repair Leaks
Tiny drips are more than a drop in the bucket when it comes to your finances. One gallon of water is equal to about 15,140 faucet drips. Paying for those wasted gallons is throwing money down the drain. Call a professional to evaluate where your toilets, faucets and other leaky appliances are costing you money.
8. Keep It Insulated
Insulating your home keeps the heat in and your energy bills from going out the window. This is true for your pipes too. Insulating the hot water pipes can reduce heat loss and allow you to lower your temperature setting saving you money. Make sure you insulate your pipes located in areas such as your garage, crawl space, attic, and any other areas that aren’t heated to avoid potential frozen pipe disasters.
9. Be Energy Efficient
Swapping out your appliances with energy efficient ones will lower your energy consumption and your utility bills. Not only do energy efficient appliances need less maintenance and repairs, they can also boost your home’s resale value.
10. Check Your Plans
You’ve binged on streaming services during quarantine but are you actually using every subscription? Scrub through your paid platforms to make sure you are only paying for those you use.
If you are looking to save some cash in the new year, Apollo Home can help. Our experts can help make sure your whole home is running efficiently and find out where it is leaking your hard- earned cash. Call us today!
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