Smart home maintenance to help keep costs down in 2023

Ongoing home maintenance is an important aspect of keeping your living costs down. By taking care of small repairs and carrying out regular upkeep of your home, electrical and plumbing systems, and appliances you can help prevent more expensive issues from arising this year.

Here are just a few home maintenance tasks that can help you save money on living costs this year:

Dripping garden tap

Check for water leaks

Leaky taps and pipes can waste a lot of water and increase your water bills. Make sure to check all taps and pipes in your home for leaks, and get your plumber to repair them as soon as you notice any problems.

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Old house window with roses

Seal air leaks

Air leaks around doors and windows can also drive up your energy bills. Seal these leaks with weatherstripping or caulking to keep the warm air inside your home during the winter and the cool air inside during the summer.

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Clean aircon filters

Dirty filters in your air conditioning system can decrease its efficiency and increase the amount of power needed to run the unit. Make sure to clean or replace the air conditioner filters at least once a month.

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Maintain your appliances

Regularly maintaining your appliances can help prolong their life (reducing replacement expenses) and prevent costly repairs. Check the appliance manual for the recommended maintenance and cleaning. Make sure you clean the coils behind your refrigerator quarterly, run the self-cleaning cycle on your oven monthly, and clear out your dishwasher filters weekly.

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Replace light bulbs with energy-efficient alternatives

As light bulbs blow out replace them with energy-efficient options such as LED bulbs which can last up to 10 times longer than halogen bulbs. This can be an ongoing process which can eventually reduce your home lighting costs significantly.

By taking care of minor home maintenance tasks now, you can save yourself from expensive future repairs and keep your living costs at a minimum this year. Don’t wait for major issues to arise – act preventatively and stay ahead of any costly surprises.