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Mar 18, 2016

5 Things to do in your New Home to Save Money

Moving in to a new home can be exciting as you explore and get to know every nook and cranny. However, you might be spending more money without even knowing it, so make sure to check these things when you have a spare moment–it could save you hundreds every year.

Saving Money in your new home can take just moments, and pay dividends

1. Check the insulation in your attic

Insulation helps your home retain the heat it generates, so if the insulation is damaged, insufficient, or missing altogether, you are paying way too much money (remember being told to shut the door because your parents weren’t paying to heat the neighborhood? Same idea). The good news is that some utility companies will offer rebates to help you save even more money, so this is a must-do.

2. Check your water heater

Perhaps some cold winter night, a previous tenant of your home was encouraged to turn the water heater all the way up to ensure a nice cozy warm bath. That could be costing you quite a bit. A recommended temperature is about 120 degrees Fahrenheit. Anything warmer than that, and you could scald yourself or your children.

3. Put ceiling fans in most rooms

This will help to circulate the air better throughout your house. That way you will be able to save money when heating or cooling your home. If you have good circulation, it means you can set your thermostat either a couple degrees higher or lower than normal because the heating/cooling system won’t have to work as hard. Important to remember–the air should blow down in the summer, and then pulled up during the winter.

4. Insulate your water pipes

This could really save you money over time. If your pipes are insulated, they won’t lose heat nearly as quickly as non-insulated pipes. Just think of how nice it will be to not have to wait for your freezing cold shower to heat up in the winter! That in and of itself makes insulating your water pipes worth it.

5. Replace air filters

New, clean air filters save you money, and they could also help reduce your risk of breathing bad air. Dirty filters not only provide you with really low-quality air, they can also force your heating and cooling system to work much harder because of diminished air flow, using more energy. This may be the quickest and easiest fix to your new home since it takes only a few seconds to do.

If you follow these tips, give it some time and watch the money pile up. For all your real estate needs, contact St. George Real Estate Info!

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