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How to Save Money on Essential Home Systems We do all sorts of things to save money. We’ll forgo little luxuries and cut corners to trim expenses. We’ll find a side gig or request overtime to make a little more for the savings account. However, there are some housing expenses that are unavoidable. Others are an investment in our homes and our well-being so they may not be the first things to cut from your budget. These are the monthly expenses we can’t go without. Saving on fixed costs and essential housing expenses may seem impossible, but I’m here to tell you it is possible. You just have to get creative, and sometimes if you spend a little money you save more in the long run. Save on Insurance With Home Security Do you have a mortgage? Then you probably already know home insurance is mandatory. Nearly all mortgage loans are made with the stipulation that the home is insured until it’s paid off. There are a number of ways you can adjust your plan to reduce the cost. Another option is to install a home security system. Properties with home alarm monitoring systems may be eligible for a deduction on their monthly insurance premium. Many insurers will offer up to 10% off with proof that the system is installed. You can sleep easier at night and save money. Save on Cooling With Annual AC Service The air conditioning system is one of the most intricate and expensive systems in a home. It’s also vital in many areas of the country during the spring and summer. With so many moving pieces, a number of things could need attention at any given time. Getting annual AC servicing is well worth the cost. For starters, only a professional technician can recharge the system with refrigerant. The EPA also notes that preventative maintenance can help you avoid major problems and increase the lifespan of HVAC equipment. Another benefit of annual AC servicing is it can improve the energy efficiency of the system, which could lower your utility bills. Save on Electricity With a Time-of-Use Plan There are few people who can live without electricity these days. The time when every home is independently solar powered hasn’t arrived yet. We still need to connect to the grid to power our homes. If you’re a conscious energy user, you may want to consider switching to a time-of-use plan. These plans have a flexible mAh rate based on the time of day. During peak hours (usually 11am- 5pm) electricity rates go up. But during off-peak hours they drop dramatically. Some providers even offer free electricity late at night. If you can plan your electricity use around the peak hours a time-of- use plan could help you save money every month. Save on Wi-Fi With Your Own Modem and Router Do you get Wi-Fi service through a provider? Then there’s a good chance you’re renting the modem and router as a part of your Wi-Fi plan. While that does save you money up front it really adds up over time. Internet providers typically charge anywhere from $7-15 a month for equipment. If you sign a two-year plan that would mean the equipment rental costs would be anywhere from $168-360 total. You can find modems for around $80 and routers for as low as $40 that last longer than two years. Bonus: getting your own equipment can boost speeds without increasing the cost and improve security. Before you buy ask the Internet provider for a list of compatible modems and routers. Without the right model, you won’t be able to connect. Save on Plumbing With Water Heater Maintenance Sometimes the best ways to save won’t cost you a penny. That’s the case with your plumbing and water heating systems.  The water heater is one of the major components of a home’s plumbing. If it’s not working well it can create other issues (i.e. expenses). The water heater is easy to forget about since it’s usually tucked away in a closet or the garage. But regular maintenance is essential for water heaters. Experts recommend that the tank of the water heater be flushed once a year to clear out sediment. Doing so can increase the lifespan of the water heater and improve energy efficiency. One of the hidden expenses of water service is the cost of heating water. That cost is usually reflected in the gas or electric bill. In addition to regular maintenance, make sure your water heater is set to the ideal temperature. The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) recommends setting the temperature to 120° F. Each dollar that’s saved in the expense column can be used to pay down debt or invested to keep growing your wealth. Of course, saving for all of life’s unexpected expenses is also a top priority! Click to Return to Article Index
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How to Save Money on Essential Home Systems We do all sorts of things to save money. We’ll forgo little luxuries and cut corners to trim expenses. We’ll find a side gig or request overtime to make a little more for the savings account. However, there are some housing expenses that are unavoidable. Others are an investment in our homes and our well-being so they may not be the first things to cut from your budget. These are the monthly expenses we can’t go without. Saving on fixed costs and essential housing expenses may seem impossible, but I’m here to tell you it is possible. You just have to get creative, and sometimes if you spend a little money you save more in the long run. Save on Insurance With Home Security Do you have a mortgage? Then you probably already know home insurance is mandatory. Nearly all mortgage loans are made with the stipulation that the home is insured until it’s paid off. There are a number of ways you can adjust your plan to reduce the cost. Another option is to install a home security system. Properties with home alarm monitoring systems may be eligible for a deduction on their monthly insurance premium. Many insurers will offer up to 10% off with proof that the system is installed. You can sleep easier at night and save money. Save on Cooling With Annual AC Service The air conditioning system is one of the most intricate and expensive systems in a home. It’s also vital in many areas of the country during the spring and summer. With so many moving pieces, a number of things could need attention at any given time. Getting annual AC servicing is well worth the cost. For starters, only a professional technician can recharge the system with refrigerant. The EPA also notes that preventative maintenance can help you avoid major problems and increase the lifespan of HVAC equipment. Another benefit of annual AC servicing is it can improve the energy efficiency of the system, which could lower your utility bills. Save on Electricity With a Time-of-Use Plan There are few people who can live without electricity these days. The time when every home is independently solar powered hasn’t arrived yet. We still need to connect to the grid to power our homes. If you’re a conscious energy user, you may want to consider switching to a time- of-use plan. These plans have a flexible mAh rate based on the time of day. During peak hours (usually 11am-5pm) electricity rates go up. But during off-peak hours they drop dramatically. Some providers even offer free electricity late at night. If you can plan your electricity use around the peak hours a time-of-use plan could help you save money every month. Save on Wi-Fi With Your Own Modem and Router Do you get Wi-Fi service through a provider? Then there’s a good chance you’re renting the modem and router as a part of your Wi-Fi plan. While that does save you money up front it really adds up over time. Internet providers typically charge anywhere from $7-15 a month for equipment. If you sign a two-year plan that would mean the equipment rental costs would be anywhere from $168-360 total. You can find modems for around $80 and routers for as low as $40 that last longer than two years. Bonus: getting your own equipment can boost speeds without increasing the cost and improve security. Before you buy ask the Internet provider for a list of compatible modems and routers. Without the right model, you won’t be able to connect. Save on Plumbing With Water Heater Maintenance Sometimes the best ways to save won’t cost you a penny. That’s the case with your plumbing and water heating systems.  The water heater is one of the major components of a home’s plumbing. If it’s not working well it can create other issues (i.e. expenses). The water heater is easy to forget about since it’s usually tucked away in a closet or the garage. But regular maintenance is essential for water heaters. Experts recommend that the tank of the water heater be flushed once a year to clear out sediment. Doing so can increase the lifespan of the water heater and improve energy efficiency. One of the hidden expenses of water service is the cost of heating water. That cost is usually reflected in the gas or electric bill. In addition to regular maintenance, make sure your water heater is set to the ideal temperature. The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) recommends setting the temperature to 120° F. Each dollar that’s saved in the expense column can be used to pay down debt or invested to keep growing your wealth. Of course, saving for all of life’s unexpected expenses is also a top priority!
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