5 Small Changes to Save Money on Your Home

Everyone would love to save money where they can. Your home is not only one of your most valuable assets but an area where you can save a good bit of money. Here are five simple maintenance tips that can help you save money down the road.

Seal leaky doors and windows

Windows and doors that let in hot or cold air can be a nightmare. Not only is your house drafty and uncomfortable, the heating and cooling bills are also high. This is one area a homeowner can cut down on the cost of monthly utility bills. A homeowner needs to make sure their windows and doors shut properly and seal. The first step is to make sure all the latches work properly. Another way to make sure the seal is working is to use weatherproofing stips. Change out singled-paned windows for double-paned windows which are much more energy-efficient.

Clean the gutters

Clogged gutters can damage the outside and inside of your home. The purpose of the gutters is to make sure water is pushed away from your house. A big problem with clogged gutters is the stagnant trapped moisture that can cause your roof to rot. The water that should be lead away by the gutters can also seep into your home’s foundation or basement. Insects and animals also can be attracted to clogged gutters. Schedule a time to clean your gutters so they won’t get clogged.

Replace rotted trim

Trim is a nice upgrade and gives a home a custom look, but it also serves an important purpose. Trim along the roofline, doors and windows keeps water from seeping into the corners of your house. Since the trim is constructed out of wood it will rot. Rotted trim is a great home for insects and small pests and if left untreated the rot can spread to the house framing. Inspect your home’s trim every so often to make sure it is not rotted in some areas. Replace the rotted areas of trim to avoid any disasters.

Change furnace filters

Dirty filters in your HVAC systems can cause several problems. Air needs to be able to flow easily through clean filters. Dirty filters cause your unit to work harder which increases your utility bill. Not only will a dirty filter make the unit work harder, but it can also damage the unit. Ice can form on the coils that will eventually cause mold growth. If this occurs the whole unit will have to be replaced. It is a good idea to replace your air filters every few months.

Upgrade according to your homeowner’s policy

Many homeowners insurance will allow a discount for certain upgraded items on a home. Some examples would be a monitored home security system, or Simplisafe (types of sensors) that are temperature sensors for extreme weather changes. Premiums can also be lowered by replacing your roof or adding new plumbing or wiring. A good idea would be to read the fine print on your policy or simply call your insurance agent before you make an improvement or upgrade to see if it would count for a discount on your monthly premiums.

Remember to become familiar with your home and keep a regular maintenance schedule. “Unlike a car, you don’t get an owner’s manual for your house. A car will warn you that you need an oil change after 10,000 miles, but your home doesn’t come with that,” says Kevin Busch, vice president of operations at Mr. Handyman, a Neighborly Company.

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Mardi Gras Parade Joan of Arc, Cancelled

Enjoy the Krewe of Joan of Arc Parade in New Orleans.

Krewe of Joan of Arc Parade

French Quarter
Corner of Toulouse and Decatur
New Orleans, LA 70116


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Mardi Gras Chewbacchus Parade, Cancelled

This parade is cancelled due to COVID in New Orleans.

Royal Street & Homer Plessey Way
New Orleans, LA 70117


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7th Ward New Market and Restaurant

Vance Vaucresson’s family has been a part of the 7th Ward neighborhood in New Orleans for a while now. His family owns the Vaucresson Sausage Co. who has been part of the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival and in restaurants and local family recipes. The building which once housed the home of the company closed down after Hurricane Katrina. The family wants to reopen the establishment as the company’s headquarters, a restaurant, meat market and affordable apartments.

The old building located on the corner of St. Bernard Avenue and North Roman Street has sat dormant since the Hurricane. Vaucresson also hopes it will be a statement about culture and place in a changing city as a Black-owned brand steeped in New Orleans history makes a return. The project is slated to be completed by late 2021.

“We want a business that can contribute to the neighborhood in different ways, as a market, a café, by employing local people, by offering housing for people who are too often getting priced out of their own neighborhood,” said Vaucresson. “When people eat here, it will be a place to get a sense of Creole culture, an education on what that means for New Orleans.”

There will be help with funding from the New Orleans Redevelopment Authority, the state’s Office of Community Development, the City of New Orleans and the Louisiana State Historic Preservation Office (with historic tax credits brokered through Stonehenge Capital) and Enterprise Community Partners. The family will have partners in the project including the nonprofit Crescent City Community Land Trust, Liberty Bank and Edgar Chase IV, chef at his family’s famous Dooky Chase’s Restaurant.

In fact, Chase will be the mastermind behind the restaurant portion of the project. The restaurant will be called Vaucresson’s Creole Cafe and will feature the company’s meat throughout their dishes. Chase says that the Vaucresson sausage is the “cornerstone ingredient” for Dooky Chase’s Kitchen.

“It’s going to be a showcase for a lot of Creole flavor, the daube glacé, the hogs headcheese, chaurice and grits, all the sausages,” Chase said of the cafe’s future menu.

The company began as a stall at St. Bernard Market in 1899 and grew into the company it now is today. Even though Katrina wiped out the company’s headquarters, the sausage line was then produced at other companies and sold at festivals. Robert “Sonny” Vaucresson Sr., Vance’s father fought to keep the company alive.

“I didn’t want to find myself on my deathbed knowing I didn’t try,” Vaucresson said. “We have a lot of work to do, and now we’re dealing with COVID too, but I know I have to try.”

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Mardi Gras Zulu Parade, Cancelled

The parade has been going since 1901 in New Orleans.

S Claiborne Ave & Jackson Ave
New Orleans, LA 70125


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