Owning a home has always been considered the American dream, just remembr that dream can evolve! Technology continues to advance and create products that are more user friendly and efficient. Keeping your home is well-maintained and cared for can go a long way toward reducing the costs of homeownership. Save even more by completing the following home improvement projects.

  1. Make sure your home has adequate insulation. Sealing up gaps and cracks around your house can potentially save you a lot of money on your energy bills, in the summer as well as the winter. Feel for air flowing in around electrical sockets, exhaust fans, and if you see light around an exterior door, that is a pathway for air exchange. Attic insulation can settle over time and will need to be added to keep an efficient barrier.
  2. Install a programmable thermostat. This thermostat will allow you to further conserve energy by automatically adjusting to the preferred temperature settings that you program, raising and lowering the temperature of your home according to when you are at home, away or asleep. It is helpful for taking advantage of off-peak rate plans. A smart thermostat will enable you to turn the thermostat to the desired temperature via your digital device when you are not at home, so it is more comfortable upon arrival.
  3. Regularly clean or replace air filters. Air conditioning is the most expensive energy cost for many homeowners. Air filters can be easy to clean and inexpensive to replace, and can reduce your energy expenditures by 5 -15%. A clogged filter makes the system work harder, perhaps shortening the life of the unit. Besides, we want to breathe cleaner air!
  4. Invest in energy-efficient appliances. When it is time for a new refrigerator, washer, dryer or dishwasher, invest in a highly rated energy-efficient model for long term savings on your energy bill. If you have electronics on standby such as a dvr player, you may want to plug them into a power strip that you can switch on when you want to watch a movie.
  5. Replace windows with more efficient models. If you have insulated and sealed your windows and doors but you can feel they are not keeping the heat or cold out, it may be time to upgrade to new units that are more energy-efficient. Older windows are single pane, dual pane windows can be filled with argon or krypton gas which increases its insulation, and a low-e coating will help lower solar heat gain and protect your fabrics from fading. New windows and doors can also increase curb appeal.
  6. Complete annual maintenance inspections. A yearly inspection of your home, including the foundation, roof, gutters, attic, plumbing and wiring, can help you pinpoint and repair small issues before they become big, expensive problems. It is especially better to catch a start of a termite infestation!

If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you. James 1:5

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