After closing on your new home, you’re ready to move. It’s an exciting time. Along with the overwhelming anticipation, there’s a long list of things you need to do. One of those “to do” items should be to optimize the electricity of your new home. One of the last things you want to experience are exploding electrical bills. It can get expensive, quickly.
There are plenty of ways to make sure your home is energy efficient. The key is addressing it immediately or suffer consequences to your bank account which end up costing you thousands. Here are seven ways to optimize the electricity of your new home.
Lean on Your Electric Company
Before or soon after you move into your new home, take the time to employ one or more technicians to inspect your appliances. Find out what (if any) warranties are on all appliances.
Don’t be shy, reach out to the electric company and dive into specifics that will help you understand more about your electrical usage. Ask what the peak usage times during the day are. This is when the cost of electrical power is highest. This can help you so that you can adjust your usage to maximize “non-peak” times. And, while you’re on the phone with them, You should also ask if they have any tips or resources pertaining to your home’s electrical usage. Electrical companies will often send you literature or an energy saving kit that can help make your home run more energy efficiently.
Get Fresh Furnace Filters And Examine Your Central Air System
When you move into a new home, it’s difficult to know what kind of upkeep the previous owners performed on the furnace. Upon moving into your new home, you should have the filter on your furnace changed and your ducts examined and cleaned.
Do the same for any central cooling systems in the home. This way you’ll feel confident that they are operating properly and producing the best air quality possible.
Wrap And Warm Your Hot Water Tank
The hot water tank is another area where you can save a significant amount of money. Set your hot water tank to a warm setting, instead of a hot one (this makes little difference in the water temperature at your tap, but it will save you money).
You could also purchase an insulating cover for the tank, and wrap the hot water pipes in the home. Insulation for your hot water tank and pipes is a cost-effective solution, and you can find plastic or foam pipe insulators at your local hardware store.
Evaluate The Situation From Windows To Insulation
Check the windows and doors of the home to make sure they are properly insulated. Fresh weather stripping and caulking will keep drafts out in the winter, and cool air in during the summer.
Another way to regulate your home’s temperature is to replace the insulation in your attic. You could also install an attic fan to improve airflow.
Light Bulb Replacement
There has been a push, and rightfully so, to Replace incandescent light bulbs with fluorescent bulbs. The out-of-pocket cost is slightly higher for fluorescent, but on the average, a fluorescent bulbs last 5+ times longer. The light coming from the bulb is softer, but certainly bright enough to light your home. The main key is that the savings to your electricity bill over time will be significant.
Get Your Windows Working With The Weather
Replace thin curtains with heavier weight window coverings. You can use the sunlight when you need it, and block it out when you don’t. Heavy drapes are also great at keeping warm and cool air in your home. Having high quality window treatments may mean you use your thermostat and light switches less.
Properly Power Down Your Electronics
A surprising amount of the energy our electronics use is wasted while devices are powered down. Electronics that are off but are still plugged directly into an outlet do indeed burn energy. When you set up the electronics in your home, use power strips where you can. Flicking the bar off when electronics are not needed will lead to savings on your electric bill.
You should look to continually optimize the electricity of your new home by monitoring your electric bill quarterly. Certainly, once you have taken these initial steps, you will be saving money. But it doesn’t stop there. The savings can extend past a savings to your electrical bill. Energy efficient work done to your home and certain home improvements also qualify for significant tax credits – saving you even more.
For all my clients and friends, I strongly recommend that all receipts and invoices be kept and filed ready to be brought out come tax season. This is just one of many insights I provide to homebuyers thinking of buying their first home or moving up. Feel free to give me a call any time for further information at (562)618-9770. Or send me an e-mail at email@example.com.
Dave Harbison has been a Real Estate Practitioner in Long Beach and surrounding communities for over 12 years. He regularly contributes to blogs, news outlets and other media, providing insight to home owners, buyers and sellers in the Long Beach, Seal Beach, Lakewood, Sunset Beach, Huntington Beach, Newport, Cypress and Cerritos. Dave Harbison Long Beach REALTOR® Main Street Realtors (562)618-9770 firstname.lastname@example.org DRE:#01475840 — Long Beach Realtor® / Real Estate Agent Long Beach Homes for Sale, Condos and Investment Properties