new homeowners-energy savingsBuying your first home and becoming new homeowners is a big step; you’ve worked hard, saved up and planned for this. After a long process of finding the right home and getting the financials in order, you finally are handed the keys to your first home—and you realize it was all worth it for this moment.

Congratulations, you’re officially new homeowners! Time to unpack and start the next chapter in a place you can call your own. That down payment wasn’t cheap, and more expenses are on the way (such as utility bills). We know as well as you do that every dollar counts—follow these simple energy-saving tips to help you save money for years to come.

Install Ceiling Fans Throughout the House

As new homeowners, you should know that using ceiling fans as often as possible is a great way to reduce your energy usage and save money. According to Energy Star, turning up your thermostat two degrees on warmer days and relying on ceiling fans could reduce air conditioning costs by as much as 14 percent. Make sure to install ceiling fans in as many rooms as possible when adjusting your new space.

Did you know that ceiling fans can be useful all year long? Aside from the obvious Spring and Summer months, you can also use fans in the Winter as well. Most ceiling fans have a control that enables you to reverse the motor, which will make the fan spin in the opposite direction. This creates a gentle updraft, pushing warmer air circulating near the ceiling lower into the living area.

New Homeowners Should Air Seal their Home

When it gets hotter, you’ll inevitably be cranking up the air conditioner—an added expense on your monthly bills that is often necessary and worthwhile. Same goes for heating your home in the Winter. Make sure you’re keeping desired temperatures inside the house by identifying any air leaks early on. New Homeowners should take some time to pinpoint any physical gaps that may be letting air out. Inspect all the doors in your home—especially ones that lead to a sun room or garage. You’ll want to check for missing weather strips or lack of a door sweep. Other common trouble spots are around windows, and even electric outlets. Setting aside time to inspect all these elements in your home can help reduce energy costs tremendously.

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Choose the Right Power Strips

New Homeowners have a lot of purchases to make when settling in. An easy decision should be your power strips, right? You have more options than you think—and some power strips can reduce energy usage. Consider purchasing a masterless or master-controlled power strip; when all the devices connected to it are turned off, the strip turns itself off. This eliminates “vampire loads,” where the devices continue to draw power even though they’re off.

On a master-controlled strip, there is one “master” device that controls the whole strip. For example, if a TV is plugged into the “master device outlet” on the strip, then turning it on or off will turn the whole strip on or off in conjunction with it. This makes controlling an entire entertainment center easy because you don’t have to turn everything on and off individually.

Now you know how to prep your home for energy savings all year long. Consider yourselves well-educated new homeowners that are ready to tackle the next project with confidence!