Like any homeowner, you’re on the lookout for home maintenance tips to save you cash each month. One of the best ways to do this is to cut down on your energy bill. Having efficient appliances and systems will go a long way toward getting the most out of your electricity and water. Insulating pipes and your water heater is a simple yet effective task.

Low, Up-Front Costs for Big Results

For $20 or less, you can purchase foam insulation kits or fiberglass jackets for the pipes in your home. How do you know whether you need them? Put your hand up to the pipes in your ceiling and under sinks. If they feel warm to the touch, it’s time to insulate. This will keep the warmth from escaping and allow the water heater to do its job well.