Do you feel like your utility bills are out of control? Costing you more than is reasonable? There are several repairs you can do around your home in order to reduce your utility bills.
Roof repairs can save you money on utilities. If your roof is not in tip-top shape, you could be losing energy, including your heated and cooled air, through your roof.
Make regular checks to make sure your roof does not show signs of leaks, holes, mold, or other damage. You may notice drafts, uneven temperatures in your house, dry air, extra dust in rooms below your attic, or a high utility bill—these are possible indicators of a damaged or otherwise less-than-optimal roof. You can repair your roof yourself or call in professionals to do it for you. There is also the option of replacing your roof completely.
Fixing Leaky Pipes
Fixing leaky pipes can reduce water waste. According to WaterSmart, even small leaks can translate to increases in your utility bills, so it is important to isolate pipe problems and get them resolved ASAP. An average household leak can, if left unaddressed, waste more than 10,000 gallons of water in a year. For leaky pipes, call your utility company or other professionals. Taking care of such leaks can save you approximately 10 percent on your water bills every year.
Dysfunctional sprinklers can cause water waste, resulting in increasing your utility bills and wasting your money. However, it is possible to have a beautiful, green lawn while still conserving water and saving money.
If you have one, make sure your rain sensor is working. If you use a timer for your sprinkler, optimize it. It is also possible that leaks or ill-fitting sprinkler heads are allowing water to escape onto the street or other hard, non-grass surfaces where the water is simply wasted. According to The Sprinkler Guy, fixing your sprinkler head can help direct water to your lawn where it belongs. A proper-fitting sprinkler head will save you water, and money, by directing the water more efficiently.
Updating your lightbulbs can increase your energy efficiency. Old bulbs may be wasting energy, and switching from incandescent bulbs to a more energy-efficient option can reduce your utilities bills even further. According to YLighting, switching to LED lights can save you 75 dollars per year, and they last up to 25 times longer than traditional light fixtures. Unlike traditional light bulbs, LED lights can use as much as 25 percent less energy than your original light bulbs. Not only are they environmentally friendly and cost-efficient, but they also work just as well as other types of lightbulb.
Install Solar Panels
Solar panels can reduce your electric bills by as much as 50 percent. Using the sun to power your home is not only environmentally friendly, but it also will save you a lot of money. No one can charge you for using the sun’s energy, and you will only have to pay for electricity when the sun is clouded over or gone for the day.
Solar panels also require far less maintenance than traditional electricity from a utility company, and many come with warranties or service contracts guaranteeing free maintenance. Besides these cost reductions, you also will no longer have to deal with fluctuations in electric costs. Turning away from using fossil fuels means your power is no longer vulnerable to unsteady markets.
Adding more insulation to your home, especially in places like the attic, will result in lower fuel bills and greater comfort. Uninsulated ductwork, for example, can result in a loss of 40 percent of your heated or cooled air according to Richmond’s Air. Many homes are built with under-insulated attics, and a good insulation job can save you 30 percent on your heating and cooling bills.
Seal air leaks around doors, windows, and electrical outlets (perhaps using weatherstrips) before beginning to insulate. That way, you will reduce your home’s loss of air conditioning. You don’t want to be paying for something that’s just escaping through the cracks.
Completing some or all of these home repairs will help to drastically reduce your utility bills. Whether you choose to target your water, electricity, or other energy consumption, making a few simple changes and checks can make a big difference in how much money you are spending.
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