10 easy ways you're losing money without knowing it

Published: Tuesday, March 12 2013 2:47 p.m. MDT

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Laura Seitz, Deseret News
On top of all the other things that need to be fixed in a house, there are three that should take precedence for financial reasons.

Get rid of drafts. Caulking and weatherstripping can save you 30 percent on your energy bill, according to lifehacker.com.

Keeping energy appliances updated. Inefficient appliances like heating, air conditioning, water heaters, dehumidifiers and refrigerators can cost you a lot. Programmable thermostats and running appliances help you save.

Clean the gutters.
Water causes expensive home repairs. Look for leaks around the home and clean out gutters so the water can drain properly.
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Danny Chipman
Lehi, UT

Great ideas! The one that irks me the most is the wasted food. I feel like such a terrible person whenever I have to throw away nearly full casserole dishes or the gallon of milk that hid in the back of the fridge till it expired.

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