Bob Rivers’ parody “The 12 Pains Of Christmas” mentions a truth that very few of us are willing to admit (and the rest of us just don’t want to talk about): Christmas can be expensive. Rivers’ song jests that the holiday season can leave shoppers and families with “five months of bills,” and — really — that’s not that far from the truth. Believe it or not, there are some home renovations and improvements that can actually save households money long-term. What improvements will pay off big over time?
Devote Some Attention To Doors And Windows
You’re probably paying too much for heating and cooling bills, thanks to drafty doors and windows (and perhaps some insulation problems on top of that, too). Use caulk and insulation to treat problem areas in your attack and basement. Old houses are especially prone to insulation problems. If you can feel a draft when you touch the walls near windows — or anywhere else — you can benefit from better insulation.
Windows and doors are also another top culprit. Seal leaks, holes, and drafty areas. If you are looking into some bigger improvements, consider replacing any wooden window frames with energy efficient metal and/or composite window frames. Wood expands and contacts in extreme hot and cold weather, making it a poor choice for energy efficiency.
Do Something About Your Water Bill
If you want to save money in the long-run, you also need to do something about your water bill. Consider energy efficient sinks and faucets, energy efficient washers, water saving dishwashers, and modern toilets. All of these fixtures, such as pressure assist toilets, use less water, helping you do your part for the environment while saving money. Pressure assist toilets stay cleaner with less water and make relatively little noise, so they are energy efficient and discreet.
We all spend a little too much money on the holidays. Help save money throughout the year — and for years to come — with energy efficient home improvements, like new doors and windows and new, eco-friendly appliances. More on this.