Your home is a large investment. In fact, it’s probably the one of the largest you’ll make in your lifetime. For this reason, you want to make certain that everything functions properly. Luckily, there are many ways to keep your home in tip-top condition while also keeping monthly utility costs affordable.

High-tech gadgets

In most homes, people have an entourage of high-tech gadgets including computers, iPads, cell phones, home theaters, gaming consoles, cable boxes and large flat screen TVs. While these items make life more enjoyable, they also cost a lot of money to operate. Thankfully, you can reduce your electric usage by using a single connector strip to plug in your electronics. Many of these power strips also have built-in surge protection to help prevent damage to your electronics in the event of a power failure or a surge. Plus, they have an on/off switch that lets you turn off everything connected at the end of each day. You can also enjoy additional monthly savings on these high-tech electronics by bundling services. Many companies now offer packages that include cable, phone, and wireless internet plans.

Spring cleaning from top to bottom

Maintaining your home involves more than just sweeping and mopping floors and doing the light dusting. In order to prevent the development of odors, mold, and mildew you need to do a thorough cleaning. This includes the rugs, the walls, the ceilings, the cupboards, the basement and the attic. In the kitchen, move appliances like the stove and refrigerator to remove all the dirt and dust that naturally settles and collects over time. Not only will this reduce the presence of odors, but it will also allow your appliances to run properly without laboring. Take your bucket and hose outdoors too and wash off seasonal debris that collects to the roof, windows and doors from the elements. Clean windows let an abundance of natural light shine through saving you money on your electric bill.

Importance of regular maintenance

It’s also beneficial to perform regular maintenance on your HVAC system. Checking the filter and coils is important. The function of both of these items is to collect and store dirt, dust, and debris. Without regular maintenance, they will clog and stop operating properly which translates to higher electric bills and discomfort. Not performing regular maintenance can also turn what would be a service call for about a hundred dollars into the need for a new system, costing you thousands to replace. Your roof, windows, and doors are also important. Left unchecked, you could develop leaks that can escalate quickly into a serious problem. A leak in your roof can cause stains on your ceilings and walls from moisture. Over time this can lead to structural damage, potentially costing thousands of dollars to repair. Drafty windows and doors allow air to enter and escape, making you uncomfortable in the winter, as well as the summer. Plus, it will cost you more to heat or run your air conditioning at the temperature you desire.

Updating your appliances

If you lived in your home for more than a decade without replacing the appliances changes are good that they are not energy-efficient or that every least, that they are not operating at their original level of performance. When it comes to appliances there are two things to consider, the price and the energy-rating. Generally speaking the better the energy-rating and the appliance’s efficiency, the higher the price tag. It’s also important to keep in mind that while the initial price tag might cause you to choose another that’s a bit more budget-friendly, buying the cheaper one will actually cost you more. If you don’t have enough saved for the better model, wait until you do before you settle for something that will, in the end, cost you a lot more.

Your home is an investment. You want it to remain a comfortable place where your family gathers for years to come. This is possible with regular maintenance and a thorough annual cleaning.

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