10 Money Saving Tip$ After Moving into Your New Home

Moving into your new home is quite a transition. After the movers leave or once the U-Haul is returned, you have the unpacking to deal with and finding a ‘place’ for everything again. You may begin to ask yourself why you didn’t have that garage sale before the big move and a week later you are still looking for the box that you packed the TV remote in!

Maybe you’ve had to deal with the kids trying to build a fort out of all those empty boxes. Your new home may even look the part of a crazy Halloween haunted house – with STUFF everywhere – at least until you get it all organized.

But one thing is for sure, there are many ways you can save money in your new home. We have compiled some tasks you can do within your home to make it more efficient once you are all moved in. Why spend more money on utility bills when you don’t have to? You can be green and reduce your overall energy usage which, in turn, helps you keep more of your green!

  • Check the thermostat on your water heater. Lower it to 120 degrees.
  • Clean the coils on your refrigerator. Dust and pet hair can build up and decrease efficiency.
  • When cooking smaller meals, use a microwave or toaster oven.
  • Install a low-flow showerhead. These usually use less than 2.5 gallons per minute. Showers use less water than baths, so consider taking shorter showers.
  • During the winter, open south-facing window coverings during the day and close them at night.
  • Check, adjust, and if needed, replace the weather stripping on doors and windows.
  • Install an insulation blanket on your water heater.
  • Use pipe insulation on the first six feet of the cold and hot water pipes attached to your water heater.
  • Install and use a programmable thermostat. Lower the temperature by 5 degrees at night and during regular times when the house is unoccupied.

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