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Owning a home is very exciting and liberating. It’s the first time in your life that you have a space that is completely your own, however, the costs associated with owning that home can quickly add up. Being creative and knowing your options is a must for homeowners today if you want to safe extra money here and there. Here are four unique tips you can easily apply to help save money while owning a home.
Switch Regular Bulbs to LED
It may be weird to think that something as simple as light bulbs could be making your living situation more costly, but it’s true. When you use regular incandescent bulb only 10-15 percent of electricity is used for light and the rest is turned into heat. That’s just extra heat your AC has to cool down so consider switching to LED bulbs. They do not create heat and they are a much more efficient which will save you money.
HVAC Maintained Regularly
You may have heard that skipping out on HVAC cleaning or servicing is a way to save some money, however, consistent and regular maintenance will save you money in the long run. A dirty HVAC works poorly, making you run it longer and at a higher temperature, thus making it more costly. It’s important to have your HVAC service done on a regular basis. If you don’t, you can never truly be sure that your AC will carry you through the hotter months. If it breaks down a repair would end up being much more expensive than having it professionally checked on a consistent basis.
Change Your Mindset
This idea is more difficult to wrap your head around but the power of positive thinking could apply to you as a homeowner and save you money. The premise is that you believe you’re a big time saver and if you live frugally it could help with saving you money. There isn’t really a set formula that can give you measurable results but if you put yourself in the mindset that you can save money in order to better your life and living situation, then it will start to become very easy to do so.
Use Cash Instead of Credit
Credit, debit and all forms of paperless are the way to go in today’s age but what if using cash for things could help save you money? Using cash allows you to have a tangible idea of exactly how much you’re spending, how it impacts your overall budget and how much money you actually have. It’s very easy to hand over a piece of plastic and be done with your transaction but handing over your hard-earned cash will encourage you to think twice before making that purchase.