Want to improve your home, but can’t justify the expense? Advancements in technology and home furnishing have changed the way homes operate, that the decision not to update your home may actually be costing you money. Luckily, home upgrades don’t have to be expensive and can even save you money in the long run. These household upgrades may not seem so inexpensive now, but will more than pay for themselves in the long run.
Replace Your Big Appliances
If you haven’t upgraded your kitchen in a while, your appliances likely aren’t as efficient as they used to be. especially the case for larger appliances (air conditioners, heaters, washing machines, etc). Replacing a big appliance is expensive, so pick and choose the ones that will save you the most in the long run. For example, most washing machines last about 8 to 12 years, while heating and air conditioning systems last 15 to 20
Seal and Insulate
Sealing and insulating your home “reduce[s] your house’s heating and cooling demand,” allowing you to pay less for heat and air conditioning.
Epoxy Your Garage Floor
Made by pouring a thin layer of epoxy on a concrete or tiled floor, epoxy floors extend the life of whatever surface is underneath, making it ideal for garages, especially those that hold one or more cars.
Install Low-Flow Fixtures
Installing low-flow sinks, toilets and shower head not only saves you money, but it also saves the environment. Low-flow fixtures are defined by the amount of water they produce, but restricting water flow doesn’t mean sacrificing on your hot shower.
Invest in a Programmable Thermostat
Programmable thermostats have a reputation for being complicated, but when it comes to money savings, the learning curve doesn’t seem so bad. A programmable thermostat allows you to set different temperatures for your home at different times of the day. In the winter, for example, you can set the house to stay cool when you’re at work and to warm up right before you get home.