100 things every homeowner must know: how to save money, by Editors Of Family Handyman

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Stocks evidence approximately crucial domestic upkeep that may decrease fix charges over the life of a house, from reinforcing constructions opposed to average failures to combating break-ins and safeguarding opposed to pests.

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Audits take two to three hours and cost $250 to $400. If you set one up through your utility company, you might get one at a lower cost or a rebate. Fill gaps under sinks Pull back the escutcheons where pipes enter exterior walls and you’ll probably see generous gaps around the pipes. Use expanding foam to seal those gaps. Shake the can vigorously, then squirt the foam around the pipes inside the wall. Don’t completely fill the gap—the foam will expand. Stop fireplace heat loss Wood-burning fireplaces can warm up a room, but more often, they rob a house of heat by letting it escape up the chimney.

Open vanity or cabinet doors so warm air can reach the pipes under sinks. • If you have exposed pipes inside closets or pantries, leave doors open. • Disconnect garden hoses from outdoor faucets. Even “frost-proof” faucets can burst if a hose is connected. • Keep the garage door closed. • If you have reduced water flow, heat the most vulnerable pipes (usually in basements and crawl spaces or near exterior walls) with a hair dryer. Leave the faucet on while you apply heat. As you melt ice, the flow will increase.

But it will happen. Don’t gamble. Replace that time bomb now. Will a tankless water heater save money? A tank-style water heater wastes a lot of energy, just by keeping water hot until you need it. A tankless heater, on the other hand, heats water only when you need it. And that makes it 30 to 50 percent more efficient than tank-style heaters. But tankless heaters are expensive; installation, plus the cost of the unit itself, often add up to a price tag two or three times the cost of a tank-style heater.

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