So you’ve just moved into your nice new home. You’ve unloaded the boxes and started to unpack your life.
Right now is the perfect time to walk through a checklist of ways to save money on your home for years to come.
Starting on these things as early as possible will allow you to start saving money sooner rather than later. Plus, some of them will be easier to accomplish before you hang pictures or get too settled in — and lose your move-in momentum.
Here are 19 things to check or do immediately that will reduce the energy and maintenance costs of your home over the long haul.
19 Things to Do Immediately to Reduce Your Home Energy and Maintenance Costs
1. Check the insulation in your attic – and install more if needed.
If you have an unfinished attic, pop your head up there and take a look around. You should see insulation up there between the beams, and there should be at least six inches of it everywhere (more if you live in the northern part of the United States).
If there’s inadequate insulation up there – or the insulation you have appears to be damaged – install new insulation. Here’s a great guide from the Department of Energy on attic insulation, including specifics on how much you should have depending on where you live. Many states offer financial incentives, up to a 75% refund for instance, to encourage homeowners to better insulate their homes.
2. Lower the temperature on your hot water heater down to 120 degrees Fahrenheit (55 degrees Celsius).
This is the optimum temperature for your hot water heater. Most people don’t use water hotter than 120 degrees — indeed, water hotter than that can scald you or a child — and thus the energy needed to keep the water above 120 isn’t used effectively. Lower the temperature, save money on your energy bill, and you’ll never skip a beat.
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