Besides a person’s mortgage the monthly utility bill is most costly regular expenditure that homeowners face on a consistent basis. But utility bills and the use of energy affect more than just home owners; they also affect those individuals and families that rent a home or apartment.
These costs of living typically cost a family hundreds of dollars a year but luckily they can be diminished by effectively controlling the energy consumption of a home. This means being smarter with how energy in the home is being used and making a conscious effort to minimize energy use at all times.
To begin with, home inspections look at the structural quality of a house in order to make sure that it is up to code and is going to be structurally sound. Areas of interest will include the foundation, supporting walls, and the roof.
This however is not always met with the best of attitudes. Many people feel that they shouldn’t have to sacrifice their personal comfort just to save a little money so when it is hot in the summer they want the air conditioner to be turned down to a cool temperature and a when it is cold in the winter they want the heater pumped up and blasting.
The first and best way to start saving money is to strictly regulate the thermostat in the home. Tens if not hundreds of dollars in energy costs are wasted every year due to unnecessary temperature control in the home.
Mold is an issue which is not only pervasive and annoying, but is also dangerous. As mold grows and propagates, it releases toxic spores into the air as a result.
Luckily there are other ways in which to save on utilities that have nothing to do with the temperature of the place of residence. Simple conservation efforts can be taken elsewhere in the home that will likewise provide a home with the utility saving practices that are desired.
Tightly sealing these problem areas from the leaks that they frequently have will instantly boost the energy efficiency of the home. The above suggestions are fairly common practices by those who save on their utility bills but are seldom used by a large percentage of American homeowners.
Various gases and heavy metals also are going to be searched for during the course of a home inspection. These elements also have the potential to be harmful to people who are exposed to them. Just by making a short list here, one can easily see why such testing is essential before people take up residence anywhere. Should you feel that there might be an issue with a house that you live in, such testing is also a very prudent measure.
An energy audit will find ways specific to your home that will not only save energy but will make energy use in the home more effective thereby reducing overall usage without losing the benefits of energy consumption.
These and other tips will help to cut costs on the monthly bills and save a homeowner potentially hundreds of dollars every year.
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Author: Hedrick LepschThis author has published 18 articles so far.