We all have habits whether they are good or bad. But, did you know that some of your household habits could be costing you money? Studies show that there are things in your home that you do out of habit that could be done in a more cost-effective way.
Homeowner habits that could be losing you money:
Keeping your fridge empty
Did you know that the more items that you have in your fridge the better? The items when placed close together help keep each other cool, which in turn uses less energy.
Not using LED bulbs
LED bulbs last longer than regular bulbs and can save you anywhere from $75-$100 a year on your electric bills due to their energy consumption.
Not using a power strip
Did you know that your appliances use power even when they are not on? Having a power strip where they can be plugged into and shut off when not in use can help save you electricity.
Not washing your clothes in cold water
Using cold water to wash your clothes will cut down the energy level by about 50% per load. That’s huge! Your clothes will still get clean and you will save money in the end. Who knew?
Not using the right heat when running the dryer
Using the wrong heat level when drying your clothes could be costing you. Most of the items you put in the dryer can be dried on low heat. You can save the high heat for things like towels which are thicker and need more heat to dry.
Staying in the shower too long
Studies show that being in the shower for long periods can use up to 20 gallons of water. Try timing yourself to see how quickly you can finish in order to conserve water.
Not closing doors
We’ve all heard the saying at some point in our lives that “we aren’t paying to cool the outside.” While that sentiment is true, it’s also true for the inside. Leaving pantry doors and closet doors open also uses more energy because you are heating or cooling these areas too.
If you have other tips on how you can save money as a homeowner we’d love to hear them! But, if you have questions about home buying or selling, be sure to contact one of our expert agents today.