So many times there are little things that go unnoticed and it’s a combination of all those seemingly insignificant things that end up costing you in the end. Most homeowners are quick to call a plumber if their faucets don’t seem to be putting out enough water or their toilets get clogged even though they are using septic safe tissue like Scott. Even if you aren’t handy with a set of tools and have never done any real home repairs, there are a few things you can do to keep your household expenses down. From the cost of electricity to the cost of repairmen and even the high cost of feeding your family, these DIY projects can save you hundreds, if not thousands of dollars a year when combined.
There is nothing more frustrating than going to the kitchen to do the dishes only to have water trickle out of the faucet. The sprayer works just fine but for some reason, the faucet doesn’t want to give you more than a slow stream of water. You have the nozzle under the sink opened all the way, so what is the problem? Don’t call a plumber just yet! With the average house call starting at $100 even before they do anything, it’s worth looking to see if you can fix the problem with a quick trip to the hardware store. No matter how soft your water is supposed to be, minerals will still collect in the filter/screen over time. You only need to buy an aerator, unscrew the cap, put the new aerator in and screw it back together. Voila! All your pressure is miraculously back.
Home Security Systems Made Easy
In today’s day and age, home invasions are becoming more and more commonplace. Whether for vandalism, burglary or other nefarious activities, there has been an increase in the amount of home invasions within the past few years. Why pay for an expensive security system and a costly subscription to their services when you can get an inexpensive unit like SimpliSafe which you can set up in moments and you’re done. If your home is being violated, the system uses a cell phone connection so you don’t even need a hard wired phone line or internet access. As the kids would say, “Too cool!”
Household expenses don’t get any steeper than groceries. This year, why not try an easy to plant and maintain cinder block garden. For less than a couple dollars you can pick up cinder blocks, fill the center hole with dirt, plant your veggies and just water them regularly. You’d be amazed at just how many tomatoes you can grow on just one indeterminate strain of tomato which can grow up along a training rope to 7 or 8 or even 15 feet in height! One gardener in the Guinness Book of World Records got over 300 pounds from one plant! That would make enough sauce to run a small Italian bistro.
There are other DIY projects you can do quickly, even with little or no expertise in that particular field. For example, hook your hot water heater up to a timer so that it automatically shuts off or is not powered during the 8 to 12 hours overnight when no one is likely to need hot water. If you put a hot water heater blanket over the tank, water will stay hot all night long and in the morning when it kicks on, it will not have far to go to bring it up to the temperature you have it set on. Keeping your household expenses low can be like a treasure hunt. Find new ways to cut down on the cost of everything from clothing to toilet repairs and you will be living in DIY heaven. (Take your savings and buy yourself a nice vacation in the Islands. You deserve it!)