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11 Easy Ways To Save Money Around Your Home

Your home is your castle and you should be able to live there in comfort. But it can be a money pit if you don't do the the things that are necessary to keep the costs to live there at a minimum. There are many ways to save money if you pay attention to what is going on in and around your home.

Not only can you save money, you can also increase the value of your home by making repairs and adjustments when they are needed. Always keep in mind that every dollar you keep in your pocket is a dollar that can help you and your family become more comfortable and more financially secure.

Below is a list of 11 ways you can save money around your home.

(1) Have your home audited by your local power company. They will do the testing and recommend any changes that they find that might help you save energy.

(2) Install Energy Star Qualified doors, and windows and appliances. They are built based on strict guidelines set by the Department of Energy to help reduce energy usage.

(3) Use compact fluorescent light bulbs. They use less electricity than incandescent bulbs and can last for years before they have to be replaced.

(4) Check your cell phone plan for services that can be added or dropped. Your business is valuable to these companies so they compete with each other to give you the lowest possible prices. Comparison shop for the best available prices.

(5) Bundle the services you use and drop those you don't. Bundling can save you money when you add your telephone, internet, and satellite or cable television services together under one plan. Cancel any phone number that is not being used on a regular basis.

(6) Other money saving telephone service options include dropping long distance calling if it is not needed, reducing the number of minutes in your plan, dropping caller ID, voicemail, call waiting, and three-way calling, and adding friends and family to your calling circle.

(7) Look over all of your insurance policies. This includes life, automobile, health, homeowner's, business, and any other type of insurance that you might carry. Most insurances are necessary to have, but some can be trimmed back to save you money. Ask yourself if you need as much coverage as you are carrying and if not, make some changes.

(8) Lower your homeowner's insurance policy by installing smoke detectors, fire extinguishers, radon gas detectors, deadbolt locks, and security systems.

(9) Repair leaky pipes and faucets. A drip can add substantially to your monthly water bill and cause preventable damage to walls, floors, ceilings, the foundation, and your furniture.

(10) Insulate your attic, walls, basement, and sub flooring. Losing heat during the winter and cool air during the summer is like watching your money flow out the house.

(11) Install programmable thermostats. This will help you regulate the temperature in your home because programmable thermostats turn themselves on and off at the intervals and temperatures that you set.

There will come a time when you will have to spend money to save money. This may not sound very sensible, but it's true. In the long run, the repairs you make on your home today will more than pay for themselves over time and that's when the savings will kick in.

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