Regular Utility Checks Can Reduce Home Upkeep Costs

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Everyone wants to live in a comfortable and well-appointed home. We especially want everything working, from plumbing to electricity to heating. It is very inconvenient when these utilities are not working; you’ll need to spend money for repairs.

Around $200 goes to utility bills per month. You can cut this down by practicing energy, water, and heating conservation best practices (ex: wash clothes by the load, switch off lights in empty rooms). Regular maintenance helps as well.

Longtime service provider Expert Plumbing, Heating, Air and Electrical confirms that general preventive maintenance ensures the long-term function of home utilities and detects potential problems before they escalate into costly issues. Services like theirs can respond quickly to emergency plumbing and electrical needs, but it’s more beneficial for all parties if experts resolved those issues before they got worse.

Here are some important points on utility maintenance homeowners should know about:

How often should I have electrical wirings checked?

An average household needs a complete electrical inspection at least once every 10 years. Homeowners need to be observant, however, since complacency would be foolish.

  • Regularly check the circuit breaker box.
  • Monitor power outlets and take note which ones don’t have electricity.
  • Monitor isolated power fluctuations.

How can I reduce electricity and water bill?

Updating your plumbing for a newer and more efficient system will give you long-term cost efficiency. The same goes for electrical wiring. Annual or semi-annual checks will show if you need to update your entire house or just portions of it. You should also do the following:

  • Check for plumbing leaks indoors and outdoors, including appliances and fixtures hooked to the water supply.
  • Insulate your attic during winter.
  • Open the windows at night to let in cool air.
  • Close the blinds in the day to keep out the heat.
  • Use a surge protector.
  • Vacuum or brush the grilles of air and heating vents.
  • Grow plants and trees around your house.
  • Educate your kids about proper conservation

Potential savings aside, secure your family’s safety and well-being by staying on top of your home's utility maintenance.