It’s New Year’s resolution time at there is no better way to welcome new memories in a new home. This can be one of the many resolutions you might actually keep? So one of the many best approaches is by making simple changes around your home, to save money. Whether you live in a mansion or a condo, homes consume a ton of expensive energy—whether in the form of electricity, water or gas. The good news? You can lower these bills—freeing up cash for all kinds of other pursuits such as that new kitchen renovation you’ve been dreaming of or even a vacation far from home. What’s more, these changes are far from painstaking; some are as simple as switching your light bulbs or tweaking the settings on appliances.
These may often seem like tiny changes but can add up to huge savings. Try a few best practices we recommend to make the maximum savings.
Energy Audit: Many local utility companies offer energy audits (often for free), where experts assess your home’s energy consumption patterns looking for improvement areas where you could cut back on guzzling electricity, gas, or water (and also lower your utility bills). Auditors may do this remotely by poring through your records, or they visit your home to examine everything from its windows to duct work to shower heads—saving you as much as 30% of your monthly bills.
Water Heater: Most people set their water heaters on high. The amount of energy needed to keep gallons of water at scalding for no reason? A lot. Lowering it by just 10 degrees Fahrenheit will save you from 3% to 5% on your heating costs. Also, buy your heater a nice blanket to keep heat in and tack on an additional 4% to 9% in savings.
Light Bulbs: Switching to low-energy light bulbs is a quick and easy way to reduce lighting costs. Swap out the bulbs you use every day—kitchen and bedroom—and leave the barely used ones in basements or attics until they burn out.
Home’s Energy: Those little lights all over your house that indicate printers and chargers that are not in use unplug these items before bed, which will save you as much a lot on your energy bill. Power cords are also a great solution.
Washing Your Clothes: Switch to cold water washes. Yes, your clothes will still get clean—some stains come out more readily in cold water—and also account for the energy dryers account for by making these two changes you can save a ton.
Windows: In the winter “even the smallest gaps around a window or door frame allow air to leak inside. That means in the winter, sealing cracks around windows and frames is a no-brainer that can bring down the heating bill between 10% and 15%. Use film for your windows in the summer it keeps colors in paintings and carpets from fading.
Cut the cord: Getting rid of cable and your landline. Keep your fast Internet and consider buying a Chromecast—a device that slings streaming shows from your cell phone to your TV.