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The best home improvement projects will help save money down the road. Here's where you should start.

In Ohio, we make the most of summer — entertaining, vacationing, enjoying the warm weather in general, but also doing all those projects that require our attention. Even before you bought your house from Beavercreek homes for sale, you probably were making a list of must-dos, and no doubt you've been working on them ever since. But it's wise to start with those home improvement fixes that can actually save you money. Let's have a look at some of the recommendations from our REALTORS®.

  1. Go low flow.
    If you haven't done this already, it's time to install low water-use fixtures. Start with a low-flow showerhead, which can save you $70 annually by reducing water flow from your current 3 to 5 gpm, or gallons per minute, to 1.5 to 2.5 gpm. Then move on to other fixtures, like the kitchen and bathroom sinks and bathtubs. You'll probably need a plumber to install your new low-flow toilets. Be assured, today's models have several modifications that assist in disposing of waste so effectively that not much water is needed to flush.

  2. Air seal your home.
    Chances are unless your home is brand new and has extremely tight construction, it's got some air leaks in key locations: around door and window frames; around baseboards; through holes in exterior walls for pipes, cables, and wires; through electric switchplates; and through the attic hatch door. These air leaks let your conditioned air out and allow unconditioned air to intrude. Seal leaky sites with caulk, weather stripping, and insulation, and watch your utility bills go down.

  3. Add some insulation.
    Maybe installing insulation is beyond your skill level, but it's worthwhile to hire someone to do the job. Add insulation in the walls and the attic floor. The insulation between you and the attic will go far toward diminishing heat and cooling loss in all seasons.

  4. Install a programmable thermostat.
    Monitoring your home's temperature in the extremes of summer and winter can help you save. The savings start by programming the thermostat and sticking to those set points. In the height of summer, set the thermostat a few degrees higher in the evening when people are sleeping or in the daytime when everyone's away; do the opposite in the winter. If the home's occupants are too hot or too chilly, they can supplement air conditioning with fans and heating by adding layers of clothing.

  5. Keep the fans handy.
    In summer, ceiling fans boost the cool feeling, so you don't have to turn down the thermostat. Blades should run counterclockwise so that they lift up the warm air in the room while pushing down along the walls the cool, heavy air from the central A/C. If you're skilled enough to install a ceiling fan, hop to it; if not, it's an easy installation for a handyperson or an electrician.

  6. Check the irrigation system.
    It's late in the watering season, but not too late to make sure the sprinklers in your irrigation system are hitting where they should. Every spring, check the sprinkler heads, replacing them as needed after winter. Make sure they are aimed in a direction to do the most good and not jetting water into the street, driveway, or sidewalk.

  7. Plant some trees to shade your house.
    Trees not only improve the curb appeal of your home but will also eventually cut down on your electric bill by shading your home. Yes, we know the return won't be for years, but it's time to get started.

Questions about buying or selling a home in Beavercreek? Contact Wright-Patt Realty.