Move in. Start saving.

As you prepare to relocate — or as soon as you move into your new home — there are some easy things you can do to generate quick energy savings.*

Steps you can take BEFORE moving:

  • Choose LED lightbulbs for your home’s lighting, including holiday decorations.
  • Schedule a furnace check-up if the previous owner didn’t service the HVAC system within the last year or it wasn’t done during the inspection.
  • Use a whole house humidifier. Adding moisture to the air makes it feel warmer than it actually is, while dry air can make your throat scratchy, skin feel raw, or even damage wooden floors.
  • Make sure your new home has a programmable thermostat. Depending on where you live and what settings you choose, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) says you can save up to 10% per year on heating and cooling costs.

Actions to take AFTER you’ve moved in:

  • Wear a sweater or snuggle under a blanket when you’re home so you can keep the temperature a bit cooler.
  • Close doors and vents in unused rooms. If you have a guest room, don’t forget to open them before overnight visitors arrive.
  • Let the sunshine in during the day by opening blinds and curtains.
  • Keep the warmth in at night by closing window coverings as the sun goes down. Thick or energy efficient curtains can make a difference.
  • Use space heaters in the rooms you spend the most time in. Follow the operator instructions included with the unit you choose.
  • Keep your fireplace’s damper closed unless you’re using the fireplace.
  • Change the furnace filter monthly to ensure efficient operation.
  • Cuddle with your favorite pet. This isn’t an official energy tip, but it’s the most enjoyable.
Most of these action items don’t cost much — and many cost nothing — so it’s worth the effort to reduce your energy consumption and save a little money at the same time. We know you work hard for that money, which is why you can count on us to work hard for you.
If you know you’ll be relocating because of work or life, be sure to give us a call. We can help you get where you need to go. Oh, and stay warm this winter!
*Your potential savings amount will vary based on your home’s existing energy efficiency and other factors.
- Dec 22, 2021