Home Improvement Upgrades That Pay for Themselves Over Time
For some, the term “home improvement” is a term that is met with rejoicing, as it typically means re-painting, re-staining, remodeling, re-tiling, or some other re-design term. For others, however, it’s met with moans and groans, as it typically means big costs with little visible results. Unfortunately, this blog will detail the latter type of home improvements. However, before you click away with despair, know that while the home improvements shared in this post will cost you a bit out of pocket, they can save you big in the long run—as in, save a lot of money. Now that your attention is good and focused, keep reading about what changes you can make that will yield big returns overtime.
You thought everything on this list was going to cost you your summer vacation, didn’t you? Fortunately, not all energy efficient upgrades are costly. You can find door sweeps for as low as $4.50 at Lowe’s and install them on your own with little trouble. However, while they make a relatively low impact on your budget up front, they make a huge impact down the road, and in an entirely good way. According to reports, weather stripping can keep up to 30 to 40 percent of your cool or warm air in your home and can save you an average of $259 in the first year.
This item has a slightly higher price tag than a door sweep (okay, a lot higher), but the savings are huge, and one you’re likely to notice within the first year of installation as well. According to U.S. News, you can save up to $150 a year by using a programmable thermostat, which is far more accurate than a regular thermostat.
Your AC isn’t blowing cold air. It’s noisy. Your energy bill shows that you’re utilizing far more AC power than you think. Your unit leaks. If you notice any of these top big signs you need AC repairs this summer season, chances are that your energy bill does too. While AC repair may be far down on your list of priorities, your proactiveness could save you big in the long run. Inefficient AC units or broken units cost homeowners thousands of dollars a year. That’s right, thousands. Put that money to better use, pay for the cost of repair, and put the rest in your vacation fund.
Low Flow Appliances
The increasing cost of energy combined with the water shortages in most parts of the country, it’s time to find a better way for water consumption. Low flow appliances seem to be the ticket. These appliances are fairly inexpensive and easy to install, but they can reduce a home’s water consumption by as much as 50 percent. According to Energy Star, homes with several low flow appliances save an average of $150 on their annual energy bill. With that kind of savings, your appliances will pay for themselves within the first year.
Sometimes, home improvement is not always fun, but it is necessary. If this is that summer for you to make necessary home improvements, consider tackling the ones mentioned in this article. Doing say may save you money in the long run—money you can then use toward the home upgrades you actually WANT to do.