You can save money in the long run when you invest in these ten smart purchases that pay for themselves.
10. LED Light Bulbs
Even though they cost more than incandescent bulbs, LED light bulbs are more cost-efficient as well as energy-efficient. For example, a $1 incandescent bulb lasts 1,200 hours and uses $180 worth of electricity over a 23-year span. It also requires 21 changes within that span, which means that over that 23-year period, you’ll end up spending $201 on incandescent light bulbs. On the flip side, an $8 LED light bulb lasts 25,000 hours, uses $30 of electricity over a 23-year span, and doesn’t need changing over that 23-year period!
9. Battery Charger
Think about how many kids you have in your home. Now think about how many toys, handheld video games and other gadgets they own. Now think about how many of those items require batteries to operate them. When you think about it, you are more than likely dropping some serious cash on batteries. This is especially true when Christmas rolls around. Everything on their list seems to require batteries. Then, family members want to bring gifts to the kids but somehow forget to buy the batteries to go along with them. And, we haven’t even taken into account the things you use that require batteries! That’s why it’d be wise to invest in a battery charger. You can buy a universal battery charger for about $20 to $40 and the purchase will pay for itself in no time at all.
8. Metal Roofing
A metal roof will increase your home’s value because they’re longer-lasting and more durable than other types of roofing. They also are more energy-efficient. According to Cornett Roofing, a metal roof can save you nearly 30 percent on cooling costs. That’s because metal roofs reflect the sun’s UV rays, thereby decreasing the amount of heat transferred into your attic and eventually into the rest of your home.
Another plus is that metal roofs are low maintenance. In fact, some metal roofing has been proven to be virtually maintenance-free. Because of this, metal roofs have a long lifespan — 100+ years, to be exact. On the other hand, the average asphalt shingle roof has a lifespan of only 15 years.
TIP: Not all metal roofs are created equal, so make sure you get one that’s energy star rated.