First Savings Efforts

Now, let us show you how to save a few bucks just as soon as you move in:

• Check attic insulation and add more if needed. The Department of Energy can suggest the appropriate quantity for your home and you may even get a tax break for a well-insulated residence.
• Be sure your pipes are adequately insulated to extend life and prevent leaks/bursting.
• Set your hot water heater temperature to 120 degrees and use a heat blanket covering.
• Ceiling fans are a great way to help move either hot or cool air around and they are relatively inexpensive and easy to install.
• Most new homes have thermostats that can easily be programmed – use it!
• Vacuum all vents and ensure they have no barriers (furniture, drapes, etc.)
• Consider an old fashioned outside clothesline, it will save on your energy expense and you will love the outdoor freshness.
• LED light bulbs may be a bit more expensive initially, but they last longer than incandescent bulbs, and are more energy efficient.
• Consider using power surge protection strips for your appliances. They will expedite turning items off quickly and easily when not in use and save money.
• Check your state’s tax codes for any savings that may be hiding there for energy efficiencies.
• Be winter ready with salt and shovels, that snow is coming.
• Strong weather resistant storm doors can not only add beauty, they can protect your door and favorably impact room temperatures.
• If you’re a handy guy or gal, put those talents to use with do-it-yourself jobs.

That should help get you kicked off with some expense reduction opportunities. Next, do you need to think about having a family in the future? There’s lots of things to consider if children are in your future.