Most people can resist the urge to overspend on big purchases, like a new car or a dream vacation, but even small expenses can add up over time. You could lose hundreds or even thousands of dollars per year by buying products you don’t need and paying too much for utilities and repairs on your Birmingham, Alabama, home. Here’s how to avoid spending too much.

Air Fresheners and Household Cleaners

Commercial air fresheners and household cleaners often contain volatile organic compounds (VOCs) that stay in the air for a long time. Many cause breathing problems, change hormone levels, and even lead to cancer and birth defects. Making your own organic air fresheners and cleaners will help you save money and prevent health problems.

Make potpourri with herbs from your garden, or use an open box of baking soda to absorb bad smells. Use a few drops of tea tree oil diluted in water to kill mold and mildew.

Utility Bills

You can lower your utility bills with a programmable thermostat. They’re easy to install, and most models pay for themselves through energy savings in just two or three years. A programmable thermostat keeps you from wasting energy on heating or cooling an empty home. You can set it to adjust the temperature when you’re asleep or at work. You can even control some programmable thermostats remotely.

HVAC Repairs

You should have your HVAC system maintained twice per year to take care of any minor problems before they become severe. If you forget about inexpensive maintenance, you could end up paying for costly repairs, or even a new system. Move grass clippings and yard debris away from your outdoor unit, and change the air filter regularly to keep your HVAC system in good condition between tuneups.

One Source Heating and Cooling can help you maintain, repair, or install your HVAC system. We have 20 years of experience, and we guarantee new parts and repairs. Call us anytime at 205-209-4246 for a free estimate.

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