Whether you are buying your first home or your fifth home, moving in and getting settled is always exciting; but after the last picture is hung, the real work starts. Drafty windows and older appliances will begin to take a toll on your wallet and monthly expenses.
Inspired by the Ruhl & Ruhl realtors blog, “Energy Efficiency and You” and RIS Media’s, “Ask the Expert” we have compiled a list of the top 5 ways you can cut costs in your home by being more energy efficient and won’t cost a lot of time or money.
- State Farm Insurance, shares a helpful first step. Skip pre-rinsing dishes. Okay, no-brainer, right? It can help save you up to 6500 gallons of water a year. (Less work for you too…which is always a plus.)
- Replace lightbulbs and recycle, are steps two and three. Enlightenme.com shares the benefits of LED bulbs and recycling, here.
- Step four is “fighting the energy vampires.” The NDRC explains, buying power strips and simply flipping the switch to off while your television, computer, and stereo are not in use, will quiet your home and the electricity meter.
- The fifth and final simple step to start a life that’s energy efficient is adjusting your thermostat. With cooler weather just around the corner, simply reducing the thermostat two degrees will help you save money on your heating bill. The challenge, try it for one winter and share your savings success with us in the Spring!
Being energy efficient can seem overwhelming and daunting but starting with simple steps like these can improve your home and your wallet.
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