If you’re looking to save money with household expenses, consider some projects that you can do around the house to cut energy costs. Schedule a professional or do it yourself. Either way, you’ll probably reap the savings in a very short time.
Insulate the Attic
One of the most overlooked cost cutting measures is to assess and upgrade your attic insulation. Just like humans lose heat through the tops of their heads, houses lose it through the highest point. On a hot day, the attic takes the brunt of the sun. It’s important to give your attic a fighting chance with some spray foam insulation Maryland or other type of protective barrier against the heat and cold.
Inspect the Appliances
If you have a leaky air conditioner, it’s probably not going to cool your house very efficiently. By the same token, clogged air vents won’t heat or cool your rooms the way they are supposed to. Each year it’s important to get a professional to complete a thorough inspection of your HVAC system to make sure it’s being as effective as possible.
Check the weather stripping on your doors. After being exposed to the elements this little strip of rubber of plastic can crack, rip or break. You might not even notice. To check its efficacy, turn out the lights at night and have someone shine a flashlight around the perimeter of each door. If too much light shines through, it’s probably time for new weather stripping.
Black Out Curtains
You don’t have to be a college student who sleeps until noon to benefit from dark curtains. Sheers are lovely, but they let quite a bit of heat into a room. Heavy dark curtains will keep your rooms cooler in the summer and warmer in the winter. Even if you only close them when no one is at home, you’ll most likely notice a savings when your HVAC system doesn’t have to work so hard.
Many insulation projects are simple, so there is no excuse to not give your home a helping hand to save you money.