Did you just purchase a home? First of all, congratulations! This is such an exciting new adventure in your life. Follow our five “C’s” to save your cash!
Check the insulation in your attic
Determine if more insulation is needed, there should be about 6 inches of insulation between each beam. This amount is the recommended amount for the northern U.S. I’m sure you’ve heard the sang, “you’ve got to spend money to make money”, well in this case, it’s more like “you’ve got to spend money to save money”. If you need more information on insulation, check out this great article which goes into more detail about insulation.
Clean/replace your air filters
This step is a no brainer and takes about 10 seconds! A new filter costs around $40 (give or take a few dollars depending on brand). Air filters should be replaced about every 6 months depending on your household. Check out this helpful article from a home cleaner. She goes into detail about not only how often to change the air filter based on your home lifestyle, but what air filters are made of and how to install them! Old air filters that are overdue for a changing can make your HVAC unit work harder than necessary which in return makes it use more energy.
Choose energy efficient appliances and light bulbs
Yes, they may cost more up front, however again, “you’ve got to spend money to save money”. Energy efficient light bulbs can save you a lot of money on energy, plus they last longer! Energy efficient appliances often last longer as well. Most people forget that appliances actually have two price tags, the upfront cost and the estimated cost of operation. Sure buying the cheaper appliance seems tempting but remember that that “junker’ will most likely break down on you multiple times requiring repairs and guzzle up your energy bill.
Clear the way for your vents
Do you have furniture covering up vents on your floor or low on the walls? Try shifting your furniture a few inches so the vents can breathe. If the vents are blocked, your heating and cooling are working overtime! These vents should also be checked to make sure there isn’t dust built up internally.
Create or follow a home maintenance checklist
We also suggest creating a checklist that will help you track your home maintenance. This checklist will help you see the bigger picture of your projects and see which ones are mandatory and which ones need to be done monthly or annually. Following a checklist will also help you budget so you can plan accordingly.