Home Improvement Projects To Reduce Monthly Expenses

Becoming a homeowner can be a really large expense. Besides paying for the house you just bought, you have to pay mortgage, bills and other recurring expenses. All of these expenses can really make you doubt the decision of buying a house since the leasing option looks significantly cheaper.  However, there are a few things that homeowners can do to reduce their monthly expenses. By having the right home improvement project done in your house you can actually increase the house value while paying less every month. Here are the things you can do to your house to make it worth more, and cost less:

First, Find Your Problems

In order to know better what are the best home improvement projects that you can do in your house, you need to know where are the major issues in your problem. You can do the testing by yourself, or call a professional, but the main idea is to test all your major systems in your home and find leaks, electronic and mechanical appliances efficiency or problems with the insulation.
After you find all the major issues in your home, you can decide on which problems you rather address first.

Energy Efficient Appliances

One of the best ways to reduce your bills is by moving to energy efficient products. When your refrigerator, laundry machine, AC system and water heating systems are all working efficiently, then you pay less for the same usage. These changes will affect your electric and water bills directly so you will feel the change immediately.

Clean Your AC System

Your AC system is usually your biggest expense on your electric bill. A massive use of your AC can really bump your electric bill substantially, so most households tend to turn on the AC only when there is no other option. But there’s a better way to tend this problem. By cleaning your filters and replacing them every two years, you can boost your AC efficiency by up to 15%. Another great solution is to get a portable AC system. Those tend to use less energy and give the same effect.

Windows and Doors

Windows and doors can be really tricky. Unless you bought a newly constructed house, you probably have old windows in your home. The problem with that is that they aren’t energy efficient, and getting new energy-efficient windows and doors can be really expensive. The other solution for this problem is to seal your windows by yourself. Air leaks from windows and doors change your house temperature and make your AC unit run harder. Sealing your windows and doors with silicon can be enough if you don’t want to spend on new windows.

Fix Your Roof

Roof projects tend to be underrated. They usually have higher rankings in Return On Investment, but still, people would rather change their kitchen than changing their roof. The problem with that is that changing your roof, or even just fixing it, will not only increase significantly your house value, but it will reduce your monthly bills since a fixed roof can really make your house more efficient.  

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