Home Improvements That Save Time and Money
The holidays will be here and gone before you know it. We’ll bid 2019 farewell and step into 2020 with new hopes and dreams.
Some of these dreams may include some home renovations. More often than not, the dream is bigger than the budget so then what? Usually, you take a step back and decide which projects will give you the most bang for your buck.
Below we have listed a few simple and easy home improvements that will help save you money in 2020.
A quick and simple idea is to install a programmable thermostat. A product such as The Nest is definitely worth the spend. It offers you the convenience of scheduling heating and cooling from an app on your phone. The big bonus is that the EPA predicts you can save approximately $180 on heating and cooling costs annually. This makes for a smart financial purchase of $200 and there’s a chance your power company may offer a rebate for installing it.
Re-caulking and replacing worn-out weather stripping around windows and doors are one of the easiest and least expensive ways to lower your utility bills. Adding insulation to your attic is also another method to keep your heating and cooling costs in check.
Installing energy-efficient light bulbs can save you approximately $75 per year according to the Department of Energy.
Another new techy device on the market is the Smart Plug. Controlled by an app, a smart plug lets you turn on and off any appliance that plugs into a standard wall socket. You simply plug it into any wall socket, then plug your chosen appliance into it. You can use it with a lamp, a TV, a cable box, a coffee machine—whatever you like. You can control anything plugged into it through the app on your phone and certain ones such as the Wemo Smart Plug even works with Alexa.
Installing a few ceiling fans can also reduce energy bills. Using it together with your air conditioner will let you reduce the temperature on your thermostat 4 degrees in the Summer months. Also reversing the direction of the blades to push warm air back down will keep you warmer during the winter without cranking up the heat.
Although a new roof is not an inexpensive replacement, when the time calls, you can save as much as 20 percent on your homeowner’s insurance. The latest advances in roofing technology like higher shingle wind ratings will more effectively protect your house from nasty weather. Opting for a more energy-efficient “cool roof” — often at a cost equal to that of a normal roof replacement — can also help homeowners save money on cooling.