Summer after summer homeowners ask me what they can do around their homes to help save money.
While there are many projects that can be done, I think quick projects are best during the summertime so that you can get out and enjoy your weekends! You’d be surprised how much money you can save with a little elbow grease. Here are 3 projects that every homeowner should check off their to-do list this summer!
Clean your air conditioning unit. Much of the U.S. has been experiencing an extremely hot summer, so your air conditioner may be working overtime. You can boost your AC’s efficiency and reduce monthly electric bills with proper maintenance.
One of the simplest tasks is to remove any debris from around the condenser outside. This will make air flow easier and ensure that your air conditioner is running properly. While you’re at it, it’s a good idea to replace the filter. I recommend using Filtrete Micro Allergen Reduction Filters. They cost less than $20 and capture allergens like pet dander, smoke and dust, keeping your air cleaner, your family healthier, and your air conditioner from working overtime.
Convert water to dollars. One of the easiest ways to save money this summer is by lowering your monthly water bill. Did you know that the average family uses 208,000 gallons of water in their home per year?
In less than five minutes, you can save 15,000 gallons of water for less than $25 by installing the HydroRight Dual Flush Converter. The system replaces your standard flapper and turns your ordinary toilet into a dual flush model that uses up to 70% less water. All you need to do is turn off the toilet’s water source, remove the flapper, slide the new system over the overflow tube, install the handle and you are done.
Repair cracks on your walkways. With every winter season that passes your concrete walkways will begin to show more wear and tear. It can be expensive and time consuming to replace the entire walkway so why not make small repairs this summer, before the cold returns?
Not only will this simple project help improve your home’s curb appeal, it will also extend the life of the concrete by keeping out the elements. First, be sure to thoroughly clean out the crack. I recommend using a pressure hose to ensure that all of the debris is removed. Once the crack is dry, apply a concrete caulk, such as Quickrete Concrete Repair, and let it dry.
About the author: Lou Manfredini is Ace Hardware’s Home Expert. For more product tips and advice to help you turn your summer to-do list into a to-done list, head to your local Ace Hardware store or visit www.acehardware.com.