Thrifty Tips – Do it Yourself


Change your air conditioning filter regularly. If you have one that is only replace every so many months or even once a year, take the vacuum to it. Keeping the filters clean and free of dust particels will make your heating and cooling unit run more efficiently.

Upgrade that old shower head with a new energy saving, low flow one. Showers account for about 17% of all water used in the typical household.

Get your water heater a blanket! The warmer the water stays the less work it has to do. Water heater blankets come pre-cut for both electric and gas powered heaters. Make sure to read the instructions carefully, especially on the gas ones.

De-clutter the gutters. At least twice a year (depending on your tree population) clean out the gutters. This will help prevent interior water damage and keep a better flow when it rains. Also install (if you don’t have them) downspout extenders to keep water from sitting up by the house.

Adjust the water heater temperature to about 120 degrees. This is still warm enough to shower with as well as wash clothes and dishes. As stated before the harder you work your heater (of any sort) the higher you bill.

You should replace your wiper blades about twice a year. Don’t pay for them to replace them when you have your oil change or any service trip. The blades are not costly and as so simply to install. They have blades as cheap as $2 up to $20 a blade. Honestly they work just the same but come in different packaging. Just read the instructions on the back of the package and literally in less than 10min later you’ve done it yourself!

Clean/replace your vehicles air filter. With all the dirt and junk floating around in the air your car sucks it all in. If your filter (much like lungs) stays clogged or blocked they have to work harder to take in air. Air filters can be bought fairly cheap (for domestic models at least). However, I recommend using a K&N Air Filter. You only need one to clean this kind. They are great for increasing your gas mileage as well. Be sure to keep the old filter to place in the car while you are cleaning this one.

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