Tips on Lowering Utility Bills: Spring and Summer

Summer is in full swing and saving money on air conditioning bills is on every homeowner’s mind. Add to that fall and winter seasons will be coming and creative tips about lowering expensive heating bills are always of interest. This summer season, across the nation, extremely high temperatures have caused an increase in the use of air conditioning. Pushing the use of A/C to extreme levels and wracking up expensive utility bills. To stave off the heat, use some energy-saving tips to reduce your high A/C bills.

To lower your spring or summer energy bills, use some tried and true methods as well as creative tips. Plug up the cracks, crevices, and holes in your home. Seal the windows and use door sweeps or stuffed draft dodgers to keep the air from escaping your home. Your summer season goal is to keep out the hot air and retain the cool air. Saving a few pennies or dollars here and there does add up. If you have the funds to invest, add insulation to your home and consider updating your windows and doors. Old windows and doors leak air and waste money. If you don’t have money for new home improvements, then, use tips to improve what you have in place now.

Investing a few dollars on updating old caulking, weatherstripping, and insulation will pay off later with lower electric bills. Find the leaks in windows and doors and seal them up. Fill in the holes and gaps around pipes and fill in cracks in the foundation. Fill in gaps around electrical outlets. Close off unused rooms. Use room darkening shades and blinds. Keep out drafts and purchase insulated curtains. If you feel a draft, find the source and seal it off. Keep the air conditioning system on during the day and reduce it at night. The same goes in the winter months. Lower the heat at night and use warm clothes and blankets to stay warm. During the spring and summer months, use screens in the windows. When the air outdoors feels cooler, open the windows at night. Consider installing a modern programmable thermostat that has a built-in timer and auto-settings. Install the thermostat out of direct sunlight and away from lamps and appliances.

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When you are home, set the thermostat at 72 degrees, or a comfortable temp, and leave it there. Constantly adjusting the thermostat wastes energy. When not in use, turn off the lights to keep your home cooler. Lighten up, on the wattage that is, and save money. Instead of using a 100-watt bulb, whenever possible use a 60-watt bulb. Switch to energy-saving fluorescent bulbs that screw into standard bulb sockets. Outside of your home, replace old incandescent lighting with high-pressure sodium lights or outdoor fluorescent lighting. Use solar-powered lights and motion-detection lights. They come on and go off as needed and save money on your utility bill. Simple methods to lower your utility bills adds up to big savings and puts money in the bank.

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Home Improvement Tips Ways to Increase the Value of Your Home

Home Improvement Tips: Ways to Increase the Value of Your Home

Home improvement is not easy but when you are thinking to sell your place and want to increase its value then it gets tougher. How to do it? How you would be able to increase the value of your place so easily? Is it even possible? Well, hold on. This article is specially written to help you out. In this article you will know about some the easiest ways through which you can increase the value and make it look new. Even you can do it by yourself to save maximum amount of money. Here are some of the tips given below:

Refresh Coat Of Paint

This is the first and actually the main step of this process. It is must to refresh the paint. Paint is going to change the look of your place. The color combinations should be refreshing and relaxing. Do not go for colors that are too bright. Try some cool eye catching color combinations depending upon the area of each room. Sometimes people put dark color in rooms which are smaller in size and it makes them look too small and creepy. Go for light colors in lesser space rooms.

Update Kitchen and Bathrooms

This is a pinching point. It is the point that makes many people to reject your home. Everyone wants updated kitchen and neat clean nice bathroom interior. So it should be on the top of the list. This is a game changer idea. If you really want a good return then update these two areas of your place. Keep it in priority list. You are going to get maximum benefits.

Entrance! First Impression

The first impression has always been the last one. If first impression is not attractive then how buyer is going to like the inner beauty? Think! You need to make the entrance look decent and nice.  You must check that the main door is in good condition. If the door is good enough then just give it a fresh coat of paint otherwise change it. Adding some pots of plant will be a good idea. Greenery always attracts the eyes so planting will be a plus point.

Flooring!

Floor should be neat and clean. Every corner should be checked and see if anything is not right. The tiles or marbles used should be polished before inviting buyers to have a look. If any of the tile if broken replace it with the new one. It shall be better rather than going for a complete floor renovation. Try the latest and styles of floors which are inn these days it will be a plus point. What do you say?

These were some of the tips given. You can add up more but these above mentioned points should be on the top of the list. No need to hire any renovating company etc when you can do it by yourself. Save some money by giving some time and effort to your home. Get maximum benefit out of it.

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