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Home improvements don’t necessarily have to cost you money. Today we are going to be looking at 12 home improvements that can indeed save you money in the long run.
If you have central heating or cooling in your home, installing a programmable thermostat can save you money by switching on and off or changing the temperature at certain times. When you are asleep, or at work during the day, a central heating system that is running at full capacity can cost you a lot of money. A programmable or wi-fi thermostat can save you up to $200 per year on your electricity bill.
Replace your roof tiles
Replacing your roof tiles may seem like a costly endeavor. There are, however, a few types of roof tiles available that you can choose from and that will last a lifetime. Roofing tiles are one of the more affordable ways to make big changes to your house’s exterior appearance and should be one of your first home improvement considerations.
Installing a security system
The total costs of burglaries amount to thousands of dollars in the US every year. One of the essential home improvements to save money and to guarantee you and your family’s safety is a reliable home security system. These include alarm and CCTV systems, panic button installation, and armed response.
Solar system and water heater installation is probably one of the best home improvements to save you money. It’s a one-off expense, but one that can eliminate or reduce your electricity bill and save you tons of money.
This is a home improvement that is aimed at saving money by preventing water damage to your home. Although there are some relevant costs in terms of time, effort and expenses when it comes to gutter maintenance, it can still save you money in the long run, especially if you live in an area with a high rainfall and flood risk.
Installing low-flow showerheads and faucets is not only affordable but can save up to 50% of your water usage – up to $145 per year. They are available in modern and authentic designs and is easy to quickly install by yourself.
Insulation keeps your house cool in the summer and warm in the winter. This reduces the load on your central heating or cooling system and is a home improvement that is easy to do yourself.
Compact fluorescent light bulbs
Even though they are more expensive, these light bulbs can last up to 10 times longer than conventional bulbs.
Cleaning or upgrading your dishwasher can save you up to 4 gallons of water per cycle, and up to $8 per year in energy costs.
Get rid of air leaks and optimize your central heating and cooling. Weather stripping materials are cheap and quick to install as well.
Tankless water heaters
Installing a tankless water heater can reduce your electricity bill by up to 20%. You’ll also get a federal tax rebate if you install a tankless heater, making it an effective and cost-saving home improvement.
Ceiling fans can work well in warmer climates to regulate the interior temperature instead of a central cooling system. It also circulates the air and pulls warmer air up to the ceiling.