Turn down your hot water heater. By turning down your hot water heater to 112 degrees, you will save 5-10% per month. This temperature will leave you plenty of hot water for showers, laundry, and dishes.
Let the contractor or foreman about any of the laborers whose performance you feel is substandard. Remember that you are spending money on the work of each of those individuals. If you’re feeling that one is not doing a good job, express yourself and either have him or her removed from the team, or have the issue addressed so that the performance can be corrected.
In the summer, the same thing goes for the air conditioner. Some people say you should turn it completely off and roll down your windows, while some say the drag force that is exerted by the rolled down windows will use more gas than turning on the air conditioner. If you decide to go the air conditioner route, keep it on low to minimize the use of gas.
A little maintenance and forethought can go a long way. Every area of the world has different concerns. But, most of these tips are appropriate anywhere it rains. The timing of it might vary a little.
Like the time I was trying to change the cartridge in my printer and the metal piece just broke off in my hand. Well, of course it did; it was so thin and fragile and so hard to pull out of that tiny space. I’m pretty sure that lots of other people would have had to replace their printer, too.
It is really easy to forget to turn off your lights. Make sure that when you leave a room that you switch the lights off. It is a huge waste of electricity to have lights on in unoccupied rooms. Instead of switching on lights during the day open up your curtains or blinds. If your room is naturally dark, even during the day, you might want to think about putting a skylight in. It will save you money in the future.
This is the time you need to check your roof carefully for any leaks. While there is still time to get it fixed. If you wait for the rains to start, you are going to be unable to perform the needed repairs. Or if you can, they are going to be much more expensive due to the need for temporary protection.