If you’re like most homeowners, you probably left a few key things off your spring cleaning checklist because the cost is beyond the boundaries of your budget. Well, it might be worth taking a second look.
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There are plenty of ways to reduce or even eliminate the cost of some of the most important and expensive home maintenance tasks. Here are six of the simplest cost-saving fixes for you to do around the house.
Conduct Your Own Energy Audit
Whether you realize it or not, it’s very likely that your money is literally going out the window — or out through the space under your door, or through hidden gaps, or through shoddy insulation in the attic.
If your cooling bills are sky-high in the summer and your heating bills are burning through your budget in the winter, you’d be wise to conduct an energy audit. Your lower energy bills will eventually make up for the $405 that HomeAdvisor says the average home energy audit costs — or you could just do it yourself.
The U.S. Department of Energy’s Energy Saver program provides a checklist and instructions on how to find the air leaks, inefficient lighting, spent insulation, and outdated appliances that are gobbling up your home’s energy and jacking up your bills.
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Plug Gaps in Windows and Doors With Weatherstripping
Chances are good that your energy audit will reveal a whole lot of thermal transfer around your doors and windows. Believe it or not, this is good news. You can probably prevent most of that heat transfer and lower your energy bills with a quick and easy fix — DIY weatherstripping.
According to This Old House, it’s all about choosing the right kind. Here are the five most common types:
- V strip or tension seal: Made of metal or plastic, these V-shaped strips spring open to close gaps.
- Felt: Sold in rolls, this kind of weatherstripping is inexpensive, but it needs replacing after a year or two.
- Foam tape: Made from EPDM rubber or open- or closed-cell foam, this variety is perfect for plugging irregular gaps.
- Door sweeps: Door sweeps are installed under the door to fill the gap between the threshold and the door.
- Tubular silicone, vinyl, or rubber: Perfect for gaps between the base of doors and windows or between the door …….