Money-Saving Tips for New Homeowners
Pivot | 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.
If you don’t have a programmable thermostat, install one.
Programmable thermostats allow you to automatically control the temperature in your home, which can translate in 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 furnace or AC 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 it work harder and use more energy to pump out lower quality air. This simple task takes seconds once you’ve learned how to do it. Keep on hand several new filters, so you always have a clean one ready to go.
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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