As the weather heats up, so does our energy use – the summer (and winter!) months always brings a rise in our energy bills and a decrease in our bank accounts. When you’re looking to buy a home – or having a new home built for you! – there are several money-saving features you can watch for and include.
Programmable Thermostats. By maintaining a reasonable and consistent temperature in your home, your HVAC system will only work when it has to. Energy companies recommend setting the system to 68 degrees in the winter and 78 in the summer. Even a change of a couple degrees can make a significant difference!
LED and CFL Lighting. They may cost a bit more to purchase, but they will save you money in the long run by producing less heat, using less energy, and lasting longer. Low-Flow Plumbing Fixtures. Use less water by using low-flow toilets, showerheads, and even faucets. Look for the Energy Star. Energy Star products are designed to meet EPA standards for water and energy usage, and thanks to their increasing popularity are now priced comparably to traditional models in many cases. Refrigerators, dishwashers, washing machines and dryers, and windows are all items to check for Energy Star labels.
Making educated choices from the beginning can save you a lot of money and expense down the road – talk to your agent and/or builder about the energy efficient options available to you.