As Canadians continue to tighten our belts we are all looking for ways to save money. One way to reduce your cost of living is to ensure your house is properly maintained. Though performing regular maintenance costs money it will end up saving you more in the long run. Here are 4 things you can do to help you save on household expenses.
- Maintain your furnace
Everyone needs a furnace, especially during these cold Canadian winters. Regular maintenance is integral to keeping your furnace in good shape. Regular maintenance allows you to ensure your furnace is working at peak efficiency. Efficient furnaces use less energy to produce the same amount of heat, saving you money.
- Inspect your plumbing
By getting your plumbing inspected at least once a year you can spot and address problems before they happen. Regular maintenance also helps ensure that you don’t end up with a burst pipe or other emergency. Emergencies like those not only cost you a plumber’s fee, but you may also need to miss work to deal with them. A burst pipe can also cause significant damage to walls, carpets and other objects, all of which cost money to replace. By catching leaks and other problems early on you save a lot of money.
- Install a water softener
Soft water is easier on your plumbing, appliances and clothing than hard water. Hard water is water that contains a high mineral content, typically calcium and magnesium. These minerals are hard on clothing and appliances, increasing wear and tear. They can also erode your pipes, or even build up and cause blockages. Reduced wear and tear on appliances and clothes means they last longer, and blocked pipes will need to be unblocked or potentially replaced.
- Insulate your hot water tank
By insulating your hot water tank you increase the efficiency of your hot water system and save money. You can reduce the amount of energy and money that is spent to continually keep the water hot by reducing the amount of heat that is lost. To insulate your hot water tank simply wrap it in foam, or consult with your plumber.
For more information, or to request a quote, contact Lone Star Plumbing and Heating today at 403.295.3028 and visit lonestarplumbing.ca today.