10 Bad Habits Around the House That Cost You Money
HGTV Magazine explains why it pays—literally—to quit these around-the-house mistakes.
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Yanking the cord to unplug the vacuum
Why it's bad: Repeatedly tugging the vacuum cord instead of bending down and pulling the plug out of the socket could cause a whole host of damage. The cord could split open, a wire inside could break, the plug could bend out of whack, or you could even crack the outlet itself-all of which could lead to pricey repairs.
Always washing clothes in hot water
Why it's bad: Only whites, on occasion, and your dirtiest loads, like oil-splattered clothes, require a high-temp setting. For all others, including bloodstained items, cold water will do the trick. And because most of the electricity your washer uses goes toward heating the water, you can save up to 50 cents a load if you set the dial to "colors" or the cold water setting. At four loads a week, that's $104 a year!
Overfilling the refrigerator
Why it's bad: A fridge functions at its best when it's about three-quarters full. When shelves are stuffed to the brim-or if items are blocking the vents in the top of the refrigerator where the cold air is released-it can lead to poor circulation. Translation: Your food will spoil faster.
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