Stretch Your Dollar: Prepping your home now to save money later

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(WTNH)– Fall begins later this week which means a lot of festivals and that beautiful fall foliage. This is also the time of year to plan for what’s ahead so grab a pen and paper! We are stretching your dollar with what you should be doing around your home now to save you money later.

Fall is more than just the pretty leaves and good eats at the festivals. It’s also a time to prep your home for what’s ahead.

Consumer reports says start with your chimney. Clean it out now so it’s safe when it comes time to use it.

Stay on top of the leaves as they fall as they can kill your grass if they’re matted down by snow.

And if you’ve been putting it off, it’s time to get the roof checked. Consider having a professional look for leaks. That will only cause bigger problems when temperatures drop below freezing.

Keep an eye on your gutter as the leaves begin to fall.

And when you’re done with them for the season, remember to close your hoses. Pipes can burst and when the water inside freezes, it expands creating an expensive mess.

It’s also the season to replace your furnace filter and program your thermostat to adjust while you’re not home. That alone can save you roughly $100 a year.

Plugging leaks and cleaning up around your home are easy chores that will turn into costly problems we can’t afford to ignore.

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