You’ve bought your new home, now what?! Here are my top 5 ways to save money in your new home!
1.Install ceiling fans where you can
Arizonans know the importance of good air flow in a house, especially during these brutal summers. Having ceiling fans present is a sure fire way to save money on your electric bill, because you can get away with keeping your thermostat at 1-2 degrees higher in the summer and 1-2 degrees lower in the winter. This makes for some serious savings. Keep in mind: fan direction should be changed with the seasons. During the winter the fan should pull air away from you, and during the summer it pull the air towards you. Be sure to flip the switch on the center most part of your fan.
2. Replace your home’s air filters regularly
This should be done upon moving into your new home, but it shouldn’t stop there. These things get dirty and need frequent changing. An old air filter doesn’t filter air the way it’s supposed to. It can have a negative impact on the HVAC system, but more importantly -on your electric bill- Your system is essentially having to work harder to filter the air flow, which is using more energy, only to push out sub par air.
3. Installing good light bulbs
LED and CFL bulbs are the way to go when buying new bulbs for your home. Not only are they more energy efficient, but they last longer than traditional incandescent bulbs. These should be placed everywhere there’s a bulb, but especially in areas of the home where the light is left on for long periods of time, like living areas and kitchens.
4. Install a programmable thermostat
A must-have for cash savings is going to be programming your thermostat. This is ideal for those with a fairly routine schedule. It’s pretty easy, too. You just set your thermostat to drop a few degrees at night and have it go back to normal during daylight hours. It’s a difference that won’t even be noticed to anyone but your electric company.
5. Hang dry your clothes
We all know how much of an impact big appliances like dryers have on our electric bills. Why not deflate some of that cost and use them less? Not only is it going to save you money, it’s doing great things for the environment. A clothes line can be placed pretty much anywhere, or you can even get a clothes rack for your laundry room. If you put 25% of your laundry on a clothes rack or line, that means you’re using your dryer 25% less. 25% savings!
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