Four Ways Homeowners Can Save Money on Utility Bills

Congratulations! You've just bought a home. The pictures are hung, the furniture is arranged, and the refrigerator is full of food.

Now that you're organized, it's a good idea to take a minute to learn how you can keep your utility bills as low as possible. Here are four ways new homeowners can save money:

1. Replace Your Air Filters

One of the first things you should do is change the air filter for your air conditioner or furnace. Old filters don’t filter the air very well causing the units to work harder resulting in more energy usage. When the HVAC unit is used on a regular basis, it's recommended that homeowners change the filter once a month. This reduces energy consumption up to fifteen percent.

2. Install a Programmable Thermostat

Installing a programmable thermostat and setting it to automatically lower when you're sleeping or at work is a decent money saver. It's best to program the thermostat at a more consistent temperature because drastically turning it up or down wastes energy.

3. Don't Block Vents

Blocking your home's vents with any object will cause your heating and cooling units to work overtime.

4. Use a Clothes Rack

While energy-efficient dryers help save money, it's a good idea to use a clothes rack for items such as sweaters and coats. By using a clothing rack for twenty percent of your load, you'll reduce your dryer usage by the same amount effectively lowering your utility bill.

We hope these simple tips will help you save money for years to come.

For more energy saving tips check out the links below: 

http://www.ecomall.com/greenshopping/20things.htm

https://www.progress-energy.com/carolinas/home/save-energy-money/energy-saving-tips-calculators/100-tips.page?

https://www.ase.org

http://energy.gov/energysaver/energy-saver-guide-tips-saving-money-and-energy-home

http://energy.gov/articles/top-11-things-you-didnt-know-about-saving-energy-home-summer-edition

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