Not all of our dream home projects may be financially possible, but it’s easy to learn how to identify simple, low-cost repairs that will promote your home’s energy efficiency. This upkeep will help you cut household costs and maintain your home’s value. Here are five family-friendly, money-saving home repair ideas that can save homeowners a ton of money in the long run.
Upgrade to LED Light Bulbs
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Upgrade from your basic, incandescent bulbs to more energy-efficient bulbs LED bulbs that can last for up to 23 years. Start with your kitchen’s lighting, and then prioritize the rest of your home as your budget allows. Instead of shopping for watts, a money-saving LED’s brightness is determined by the measure of its lumens, so an 800-lumen LED will replace a 60-watt incandescent. LED bulbs come in a range of complimentary colors for your home from warm yellowish-whites, to brighter, bluish whites.
Apply New Caulk to Tubs
Replacing moldy bathroom tile and drywall can cost homeowners thousands of dollars, while you can grab a tube of caulk at any hardware store for few bucks. Caulking prevents water from speeding between fixtures and damaging walls and floors. Moisture from these leaks will cause mold and rot, and caulk will keep seams around fixtures water-proof.
Seal Leaky Ducts
According to Energy Star, a whopping 30-percent of the air that moves through your duct system is lost due to leaks, resulting in higher energy consumption and big utility bills. The ductwork in our homes can become lined with tiny cracks and holes that allow air to leak out. An HVAC duct system properly sealed by a service professional using an application like AeroSeal will fix leaky ducts and make your home more comfortable and cost efficient.
Change your HVAC Filters
Your furnace and air conditioner’s filters are designed to trap dust, so the air you breathe is cleaner. Change filters periodically to make sure your system is functioning properly. Dirty filters force your home’s HVAC systems to work harder and use more energy, driving up utility costs and shortening the life your equipment at the same time. Unless you want to hire an HVAC professional to repair your system, you will want to change your filters often.
Fix Leaky Faucets
Even just a small drip from a leaky kitchen faucet is money down the drain. Sure, a single drip isn’t much to worry about, but if every faucet in your home drips all day long, every day, all those drips would add up to a flood of water that’s wasted. Leaky faucets squander enough water for more than 180 showers, or 3,000-gallons states a recent study by the EPA. Make sure the kids are turning off the taps all the way and easily replace worn-out washers as needed.
Taking good care of your home by keeping up with small repairs will help stave off the big fixes, and will save homeowners a bundle over time. These cheap home repairs are easy updates you can make yourself. Start saving today.