You’re wasting “boo coos” bucks (not to mention energy) if you don’t have a programmable thermostat. Programmable thermostats allow you to set varying temperature settings throughout the day so you don’t unnecessarily heat and cool the home when you’re not there or are asleep. Programmable thermostats are relatively inexpensive, and they will quickly pay for themselves with the energy you’ll save. Want to find out more about how to save on your heating and cooling bills? Read this article.
Clean gutters and downspouts.
Your home’s gutters play an important role in directing water away from your house, but they are highly ineffective when clogged with leaves and other debris. Clogged gutters and downspouts can lead to foundation problems and cause water damage…both could cost you thousands of dollars to repair. The standing water left in your gutters can also serve as a breeding ground for mosquitoes. Need to know whether to repair or replace your gutters? Watch this video.) By the way, gutter guards can help keep leaves out of your gutters—find out if they’re right for your home, here.
Spread a crab-grass pre-emergent.
Act fast if you want to stop crabgrass in its tracks. Crabgrass is a warm-weather weed that can choke out healthy, desirable grasses in your lawn. Crabgrass is best controlled by applying a pre-emergent which creates a barrier that keeps the crabgrass seeds from taking root. When to apply a pre-emergent varies by region, but if soil temperatures are above 50 degrees in your area then it’s time to get started. Interested in hiring a lawn care pro in your area? You can find one here.