Money-Saving Tips for New Homeowners
Evolve Plan 3 | Las Vegas | Pardee Homes
No doubt about it, stepping over your own threshold is a thrill. You’ve taken all the right steps for this major investment; now, try these smart strategies to help save some money in the long run.
Lower the temperature on your hot water heater.
Dial it to 120 degrees Fahrenheit (55 degrees Celsius). Any hotter, and it could scald you or a loved one. Lower the temperature, and help save money on your energy bill each month.
Protect against the sweltering sun.
Sunlight can really heat up your home when summer months approach. To help reduce the need for nonstop air conditioning, close the blinds and curtains. It’s especially important to block the sun on the western and southern facing windows that receive the most direct sunlight.
Take advantage of programmable thermostats.
Pardee homes offer programmable thermostats through the LivingSmart® program — our health and wellness program that is all about health and well-being for you and your family. Programmable thermostats allow you to automatically control the temperature in your home, which can translate to energy savings in the winter and summer. Program your thermostat to drop a few degrees while you are away at work or at night when you are sleeping. Set it to return to the temperature you prefer when you return or wake up.
Replace your air filters.
Regularly change the air filters in your HVAC unit. There are no hard and fast rules about how often to change them, but if you have allergies or pets (who can shed all year, but more often in summer months), it makes sense to check them at least once a month. When filters are dirty, air is not filtered as well; plus, air flow can be impacted negatively, which makes the system work harder and use more energy to pump out lower quality air. Thoughtfully planned, Pardee homes come with right-sized HVAC filters and a central vacuum system that help provide better air filtration and quality for you and your family.
Clear your air vents.
If vents are covered in dust or blocked by an obstruction, your heating and cooling systems have to work extra hard. Keep them as dust-bunny-free as possible and clear. This improves air flow into the room.
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