Five Ways to Save Money in Your New Home | George Medina

Five Ways to Save Money in Your New Home

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The boxes are (almost) unpacked, you figured out the closest pizza delivery, and you changed your address. Moving into a new place can be costly, so we've got some tips on how to save money with a few minor tweaks.

Lower Your Water Heater Temperature

Water heaters should be set at 120 degrees; any higher than that and your heater has to work a lot more, which will waste a lot of energy. Lowering your water temperature is also crucial if you have children; higher than 120 degrees and children can risk burns.

Install a Programmable Thermostat

A programmable thermostat allows you to schedule automatic increases and decreases in your home's temperature, saving money on cooling in the summer and heating in the winter.

Install Fans in (Almost) Every Room

Fans can significantly decrease your heating and cooling bills. In the winter, be sure that your fan is blowing up and away; in the summer, your fan should be blowing air down on you. There are fan blade reversal switches on ceiling fans.

Replace All of Your Filters

Filters tend to get overlooked when people move into a new place. Don't make your system work harder than it needs to. Make sure you replace all of your filters — even the filters in your refrigerator!

Plant Shade Trees

New trees bring life to your brand-new yard. Trees also provide much-needed shade during the warm months by naturally keeping your house temperature lower.

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