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Here's how to save money in your home this summer

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May is National Home Improvement Month! With summer just around the corner, this is the time of year that many people want to take on home improvement projects to get their space ready to enjoy during the warm months ahead. The website Homes.com has compiled a list of inexpensive ways that homeowners can upgrade their space for a relatively inexpensive amount of money. In a lot of these cases, the projects can be done without the need to hire a professional, as long as the person can honestly assess their DIY skill level.

Here are a few tips from Homes.com to save money in your house this summer:

  • Change your laundry habits: Most households have multiple loads of laundry to wash each day, using up plenty of time and money. By making a few simple changes to how you do the laundry - scaling back on how often you run the machine, only cleaning clothes in cold water - will reduce your water bill each month.
  • Low-flow showerheads: If you want to cut down on how much hot water you consume, a great way to start is by having all of your old showerheads replaced with new, low-flow models.
  • Unplug the appliances: One of the easiest ways to save money each month on your utility bills is to make sure that you unplug the machines that are not being used. Even if the appliances are off, they will still suck electricity from the wall, costing you energy and money that is going completely to waste. You can save 5 to 10 percent on your payments by simply unplugging.

If you are interested in making improvements to your home in the near future, schedule an appointment with a Gaithersburg, Maryland contractor from John C. Flood.