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Easy Money Saving Tips For Spring
Soon flowers will be in bloom, the sun will hopefully be shining regularly, and backyards everywhere will be booming with activity. Just like winter, this time of year is crucial when it comes to money saving ideas around the home. Follow these tips to keep costs down this spring!
1. Give your AC a tune up.
Not long after the temperature begins to rise, the soft roar of the air conditioners can be heard throughout neighborhoods. As the heat outside increases, these AC units begin to work overtime to keep you cool inside. Giving the unit a simple tune-up by a HVAC professional can help the unit run more efficiently. The technician may replace the filters, check coolant levels, or clean the evaporator coils. Routine maintanence not only can reduce the energy consumption by 15% but can also help catch small issues that may turn into larger expenses if not taken care of quickly.
2. Check your water heater.
During the warmer months families will continue to use hot water but the temperature itself can be adjusted without losing the comforts of hot showers. Adjust your water heater to 120 degrees during summer months when scalding hot water is no longer needed to warm up. This will keep the water heating costs down. It should also be mentioned that about once a year drain 1/4 of the tanks water to remove sediment and debris that may have settled to the bottom. This best practice can help avoid costly repairs in the future.
3. Clean your fridge.
The refrigerator is one of the biggest energy hogs in the home. To save on energy costs clean both the inside and the outside of the refrigerater. Pull the unit away from the wall and vacuum coils to remove dust and debris. This should be done at least once a year. If you have pets, especially those that shed, try to clean the coils more often to help with less energy consumption. The interior of the fridge should be about 2/3 full. Keeping open spaces allows for air to circulate throughout the unit with working too hard.
These easy tips along with opening windows on cooler days, raising the thermostat a couple extra degrees, and remembering not to use the oven in hot months will help keep money in your pocket this spring and summer. Being smart about how you enjoy the amenities of your home and remembering routine maintenance will not only increase longevity of the appliances but will also help you get top dollar when you decide to sell.
Enjoy the weather to come! As always, if you have any feedback or questions please don't hesitate to call anytime!
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