If you just bought a home or are thinking about buying a home there are few skills that you need to have.
These simple maintenance skills will make your home more comfortable, healthier, and safer.
1. Water heater temp - Knowing how to change the temperature on your water heater can save you a lot of money over time. Every 10 degree drop in temperature can save you up to $30 in water heating costs per year.
2. Turn off the gas - You need to know where the shut-off valve for the gas is. Usually, it's right next to the meter. There may be occasions where you can save you home and your life if you stop the gas from flowing into your home.
3. Turn off the water - If a pipe breaks in the walls, you need to be able to stop the water from flowing all over your house and causing more damage. Have the local water company show you where your main water valve is. Also, you should turn off the water to washing machine if you're going out of town; those hoses can spring a leak and destroy your home while you're sitting on a beach.
4. Change air filters - Your furnace or air conditioning system likely has a filter. That filter needs to be replaced on a regular basis. This will help keep the air quality in your home healthy, preventing allergies and illness.
5. Fix a leaky toilet - You can lose hundreds of dollars a month in water by having a toilet that runs constantly. A leak can be caused by a number of things, but knowing how to do some basic toilet repairs will save you money.
6. Understand your breaker box - You're able to turn the electricity off to different parts of your house by turning off the breakers. Understanding which breakers control which outlets and rooms will make it easier to turn things back on.
There is always more that you can learn, but if you can master these 6 skills, you'll be able to keep your home safer and avoid lots of damage.