Our homes are meant to be our sanctuary, the places we go where we knowthere is love, a great support system and security from a world that can become, at times, overwhelming. While any setting is going to have some form of stress tagging along with the good times, a home that is out of control isn’t going to offer you the essential environment that helps you restart and prepare for the following day. If your money is being drained right out of your wallet, pretending the issue doesn’t exist isn’t going to make it go away. Now is the time to take the control back!
Maintenance Can’t Go Ignored Forever
If you want your home to work to the best of its ability, then there’s no way around it – you have to keep on top of things. This means paying close attention to those monthly bills as they come in. Is it costing you more to heat and cool your home than before? If so, it may be time to have your system inspected. Doing so at least once a year not only greatly extends the life of your unit but also means you aren’t forking out additional cash for no reason. On your own time, check your filters at least once every few months because built up dust, hair and pet dander can really add up fast. The same can be said about your dryer. If your clothes seem to be taking much longer, a simple inspection may find a clogged vent or lint trap. Take charge of your appliances and they’ll play nicer with you.
The Heat of Summer Has Arrived
Speaking of being comfortable – with summer finally upon us, things are really starting to heat up outside and if your home isn’t protecting you from the elements, all that hot air could leak right into your home. Instead of failing to try to keep your home cool and an enjoyable place to hang out, do a thorough walkthrough of your property. Make sure you have proper insulation (that stuff isn’t just handy for keeping a house warm). Check near windows and doors and see if there are any air leaks. It may be time to pull out the caulk and fill any gaps you find. For areas that aren’t used as often, such as spare bedrooms or offices, consider blocking them off during the warmest days so you aren’t paying to cool even more square footage.
Stop Wasting So Much Energy
It may not be your intention but wasting energy is something most of us do on a daily basis. Leaving that bedroom light on for a few extra minutes or the television playing in the background when no one’s watching may not make a noticeable difference if done once in a blue moon but if these types of things are regular occurrences, you can end up wasting a few hundred dollars a year, if not more.
During a busy week, it’s easy to get caught up in all the tasks at hand and forget that running that dishwasher during the hottest time of the day is counterproductive. If there’s a dish or two you absolutely have to have clean, hand wash them for supper. Running a full load is going to heat up your kitchen unnecessarily and lead to an air conditioner that has to work even harder to keep your home feeling just right. Don’t let your appliances run your life. There are other ways to get the job done. Sometimes they may not seem as convenient but your wallet is going to thank you in the long run.
This post was authored by Frank Winchester; he is passionate about conserving energy and leading a green way of life. By day, he works for Solarpanelgrant.org (more information). You can tweet him @Solar_Frank to know more.