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Ways You Can Save Money as a Homeowner 

Ways You Can Save Money as a Homeowner

It’s no secret — buying and maintaining a home can be a big investment, from the initial purchase to any unexpected repairs down the road. However, there are several small ways to save money throughout your homeownership journey that could add up to significant savings over time. Incorporate these money-saving tips to create a happy home — and a happy wallet! 

  • Install a smart, programmable thermostat
  • Ensure your attic is well-insulated
  • Upgrade to energy-efficient appliances
  • Install LED light bulbs
  • Vacuum refrigerator coils regularly
  • Air dry clothes instead of running the dryer
  • Check for air leaks around doors and windows
  • Use ceiling fans and turn the thermostat up a few degrees
  • Set your hot water heater below 120 degrees
  • Wrap exposed water pipes with insulation
  • Replace air filters regularly
  • Clear obstructions, like furniture, from vents
  • Check toilets and faucets for leaks
  • Turn off appliances and unplug electronics when not in use
  • Make your own cleaning solution with vinegar and baking soda
  • Make sure your gutters are clear of debris and draining properly
  • Wash clothes in cold water instead of using the hot or warm setting
  • Schedule regular maintenance checks to help you catch any issues early 
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5 Acts of Kindness for Celebrating Good Neighbor Day 

Good Neighbor Day

In 1978, President Jimmy Carter named a day in late September as the official “Good Neighbor Day” to encourage Americans to build friendship among their neighbors and spread love and respect throughout their communities.  

This year, Good Neighbor Day falls on September 28th, and is the perfect opportunity to perform a few acts of kindness to show your appreciation to the people in your neighborhood. Not sure where to start? Read on for a few ideas on good deeds that you can perform in your community!

Offer to Help a Neighbor with Yard Work 
Autumn is around the corner, and you know what that means: lots and lots of leaves! Do your neighbors a favor and offer to help them with raking. Or, if you see your neighbor struggling to keep up with mowing the lawn, weeding their gardens or taking out the trash — you can help them with that too!

Leave Gift Cards for Your Mail Carrier 
Mail carriers are the unsung heroes of the service industry — making sure you get your mail no matter the weather. This Good Neighbor Day, show your appreciation to your mail carrier by leaving them a gift card to a local business.

Buy Coffee for the Person Behind You at a Local Coffee Shop 
Start a “pay it forward” chain at your local coffee shop by asking your barista if you can pay for the person behind you. You can also leave a set amount of money and tell them to use it for customers until it runs out for a simple, yet effective, act of kindness.  

Clean Up Trash in Your Neighborhood 
Being a good neighbor can be as simple as stopping to pick up a handful of trash on the side of the street! If you have a half hour, take a quiet walk throughout your area and search for any litter that you can pick up and throw away or recycle properly.

Make a Donation to a Community Fundraising Effort 
If you’ve seen calls for donations in your neighborhood newsletters or other online groups for a new community garden, pool, or other amenity update — now is the perfect time to get involved! Take a moment to read all about the cause and make a donation, no matter the amount. 


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