Another helping of money-saving household tips

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Last week we took a look at some home maintenance mistakes that could be costing homeowners big bucks in the long run. Today we’ll refer back to that feature story from RISMedia’s Housecall to bring you another handful of money-saving household tips:

• Don’t overwater your lawn. This can be a problem with automatic sprinkling systems — typically found in warmer climate areas — that are programmed to go on during the early morning hours. Be sure to run your sprinklers periodically during the day to see how they are operating — and what exactly is being watered — when you’re not around.

• Adjust your water heater temperature setting. Keep an eye on the settings as the outdoor temperatures change. Think about decreasing the temperature in the summer, and then bump it back up a bit when cooler temperatures arrive.

• Do you feel a draft? If so, be on the lookout for leaky windows and doors. You can often solve this problem with some caulk and/or rubber seal around both doors and windows.

• Keep your money in your wallet! Why pay a handyman when you can do the job yourself? Unsure how to tackle a task? You’ll find no shortage of video tutorials online.

• Look up! Are your roofing shingles curled? Don’t ignore the problem, which will only lead to bigger problems down the road. If you see issues with your roof, repair them as soon as possible.

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