Money Saving Tips For the New Homeowner, Part 1

new home in las vegasAs soon as you’ve moved into your new home in Las Vegas, you may wonder what you should do next. If you’ve unloaded your boxes, unpacked you things, and are wanting to feel settled, look no further! We have just the tips for you. Right when you arrive is actually the perfect time to start a checklist of ways to save money in your new home. Start on these things as early as possible, and watch your savings grow.

Check the insulation in your attic

If you have an unfinished attic, stick your head up there and take a look around. You should definitely see some insulation up there, everywhere. There should be at least six inches around the area, and more if you live in the northern part of the United States. If there is not an adequate amount of insulation up there, or if your insulation appears to be damaged, install new insulation immediately. Having the right amount of insulation will drop your energy bill when it comes time to pay it.

Lower your hot water heater temperature

If you lower this to 120 degrees Fahrenheit, this is the optimum temperature for your hot water heater. Most people do not utilize water that is hotter than that, and this means energy used to keep the water that hot isn’t effective. Lower the temperature on your water heater and you’ll never miss a beat.

Toss a water heater blanket over your water heater

While most modern hot water heaters are well-insulated, some are insulated much better than others, and many older heaters aren’t insulated well at all. If you invest in a blanket for water heater, you will slowly but surely save money on your heating bill over time. It will keep the heat in the heater.

Install ceiling fans in most rooms

Ceiling fans are a great, low energy way to keep the air moving in your home. Because of the circulation effect, you can get away with keeping your thermostat a degree or two higher in summer and a degree or two lower in winter, which makes a rather large savings. With your fans, it is most important that the air is blowing down on you in the summer, and pulled away from you in the winter. Use the reversal switch on your fan to switch between the modes.

Wrap exposed water pipes with insulation

Exposed hot water pipes lose heat as they move water from your heater to your faucet. Insulating them makes a two to four degree difference in the temperature of the water, and also allows the water to reach your faucet faster. Check the pipes first and insulate it with high quality insulation.

Install a programmable thermostat, and learn how to use it

A programmable thermostat will allow you to schedule automatic increases and decreases in your home’s temperature. This lets your house naturally warm or cool while you’re at work or asleep, and will save a lot of energy use.

Following these tips will save you a great deal of money. For more, click here.