Moving into a new home is incredibly exciting, but also typically full of hidden costs and expenses. One thing that many homeowners forget about until a month later when the mail arrives is also one of the most expensive—the energy bill. If you are preparing to move into your new home soon, here’s what you need to know about reducing the energy bill from day one.
Replace Your Air Filters
If your new home is just new-to-you and not 100% new, make sure that the air filters are clean and new. Air filters get clogged with dirt and debris over time and cause your heating and cooling systems to run less efficiently. This dirt and debris will make fans work harder and use up more electricity, causing your bills to skyrocket. Replacing your air filters regularly has the added benefit of improving the air quality inside of your home. If your new home is on the big side and you use your heating and air conditioning throughout the day, plan on changing your air filter every couple of months.
Use Your Thermostat Wisely
Chances are, your new home comes with a programmable thermostat. This is one of the most valuable tools that you can use, as it can keep your home at any temperature at any time. Practice setting the programmable thermostat to let your home get warmer or cooler while you are away. Over time, the even basic programming can greatly reduce the amount that you are spending on heating and cooling, and your new home’s energy bill will reflect that.
Upgrade Your HVAC Unit
If your new home has an old HVAC unit, the best way to save on your energy bills might be by upgrading the entire thing. HVAC equipment has come a long way over the past decade, and hanging on to an old unit might be costing you money every month. While the initial investment into a new HVAC unit might be a significant up-front cost, you can typically save over 20% on your energy costs by upgrading to a new high-efficiency model.
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Whether you want to create the ideal home from scratch or remodel your current home Thomas Builders has the experience to do the job. We have over 25 years of experience in new home construction and can bring your dreams to life. We offer ten ready-to-build models in addition to custom services at the best rates. For more information, contact us online or give us a call at our new toll-free number 844-561-4440. To see examples of our work visit us on social media and follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Google+.