JUST by doing simple chores around the house, you can reduce your electricity bill by up to 30%.
The advice comes from David Coleman, who has millions of social media followers who turn to him for his do-it-yourself tips around the house.
It all started at the age of 10 for David, who has since excelled in building and repairing objects.
“I was the one assembling my mother’s furniture,” he told The Sun.
“I had a child of circuits when I was a kid to make a radio.”
David really started to speed things up in tenth grade at Thomas Edison High School of Technology, where he participated in a heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) program.
But then he decided to drop out of high school at 17 and take his GED to advance in his career.
David ended up going to vocational college and said he graduated at the top of his class.
“I went from there with another scholarship, which was about $2,000.
“They wanted me to continue my studies [but] I ended up using it for my first home.
Instead of continuing his education, David got his technical certificate, engineering license and HVAC license.
For the past 17 years, David has worked as a contractor for an HVAC company, which also offers plumbing and electrical services.
Just a year ago, David launched his TikTok channel called Mechanicallyincleyend.
And her channel has exploded since its launch – with almost 2 million followers.
David noted that he got the idea to start a channel from his son-in-law, who posted a tortilla-making video to his account that had 100,000 views.
“Her story of going viral for a simple video inspired me to start my channel,” he said.
And on Instagram and YouTube, David has over 150,000 followers, collectively.
David said that with his videos he aims to guide people to complete simple tasks so they don’t need to spend hundreds or thousands of dollars on an expert.
“I’m about to make more money from my social media than from my day job,” David said.
But he added: “I don’t use my social media to win business. I’m just trying to teach people and develop myself.
The 33-year-old now lives in Maryland and is married with a daughter and son who are five and three years old respectively.
Here are some do-it-yourself (DIY) money-saving tips provided by David that can save you money on your energy bills.
To plant a tree
This first one won’t require any in-depth knowledge of HVAC or home repairs.
Planting a shade tree, in particular, will save you between 20% and 30% on your air conditioning bills, according to David.
However, keep in mind that this may require a bit of patience, as David called growing a “long game”.
The trees are said to grow up to eight feet a year.
Make sure the house is well insulated
According to David, people often overlook this.
In fact, not having your home properly insulated could be costing you hundreds of extra dollars every month.
One clever way is to improve your home’s insulation using a method known as weatherstripping.
As part of this process, you use materials to seal any gaps, cracks, or air leaks in your home.
Plus, there’s another benefit to properly insulating your home.
“Often you can even get away with a smaller HVAC unit,” David said.
“If you have the correctly rated windows level [and] get rid of the old single-glazed window.”
And he also noted that insulation doesn’t last forever – so keep that in mind going forward.
“Insulation has a lifespan of 30 years, 40 years,” he said.
“Over time, it settles down. A lot of people in [Maryland] filing houses that are 50 years old, that have never been insulated and that have only two or three inches of insulation left.
Monitor your air conditioning filter
David had a few interesting things to note about air conditioning filters.
Although you ideally want to change them monthly, David said they work best when they’re 80% covered in dust.
He used the example of dust bunnies clumping together and accumulating more dust, which works the same way with filters.
He said cleaning them “you’re wasting a bit of money”.
That’s why he recommends changing it every 30 days – but you’ll still want to keep an eye on it.
“If it’s dirty, great,” David said.
“If it’s not dirty, set your calendar reminder for two months, if it’s still not dirty, check in three months. You don’t have to throw away those filters.”
But if you don’t change your filter and clean it, it could clog your system, which could affect temperatures.
So be sure to keep an eye on that.
What to do with a high water bill
Some might be struggling with a high water bill and don’t know what to do.
According to Move, the average water bill in the country is $70.93.
If it’s too high and you don’t know why, David said nine out of 10 times it was due to a leaking toilet.
But sometimes it can be hard to spot – and the way David recommends diagnosing the potential problem is with the food coloring.
How to diagnose the program
The most common problem that causes racing is bad valves.
To examine this, you will need to open the back of the toilet tank and drop the food coloring into it.
“Over a period of an hour, if you see this food coloring seeping into the bowl, that means you have a slow leak,” David said.
He added: “These can cost hundreds of dollars over a month if you have a slightly larger leak or have multiple toilets leaking parts inside the toilet, depending on the quality of the toilet. water in your area.”
Every five to 10 years, the valves need to be replaced, David added.
But if you find that’s not the problem, it could be your fill valve.
“If you turn off the water, do the food coloring test, don’t waste any water, and you have a leaky toilet, that’s going to be the fill valve,” David said.
“It will overflow [and] not extinguish.
Also, David doesn’t recommend purchasing highly “allergy effective” filters for those with large systems and large homes.
“It can actually damage the system because it will restrict the airflow,” he said.
“If you have a very small, small house system, less than three times [it’s] probably not much.
How much could you save?
There are two ways to save using David’s tips.
One is on your monthly utility bills and the other is on out-of-pocket charges.
For example, it will cost quite a bit of money to have a plumber or HVAC expert come and fix the problem compared to just DIY.
“Nobody likes to charge $150 to come and change a $3 coin,” David said.
According to NIR Plumbing, it costs between $175 and $450 to call a plumber for a “typical job.”
As for saving on your bill, David said someone who is “proactive” about necessary DIY projects could save between 20% and 30% on their energy bills.
This means that if your average bill is $200, you can save up to $60.
But of course the savings will vary by household.
“Some people leave their windows open,” David said.
“They may have great insulation, but they want fresh air and they leave their windows and doors open. It doesn’t help.
Tips for beginners
Naturally, some newbies to DIY projects might not be too comfortable at first.
But David said he doesn’t think it will take anyone that long to learn thanks to the various tutorial videos circulating on social media that detail how-tos for every project around the house.
David said he received comments from fans expressing gratitude under his DIY videos who followed his advice.
More importantly, David insisted on knowing where your main valve is in case the water needs to be turned off for plumbing projects.
But he also said families need to know when to call a professional to assess an overly complicated situation.
But overall it will depend on the comfort of the person.
David recommends starting with smaller projects and working on it yourself.
“But don’t be afraid to call a professional,” David said.
“Everyone needs help sometimes.”
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