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Pinching Pennies?

Let’s face it. Not all of us are flush with money, and many of us are living paycheck to paycheck. As a result, we are looking for things we can do around the house to help decrease our expenses, like our electricity bill and water bill. While it usually doesn’t result in a huge decrease, every $5-10 matters when you don’t feel financially stable. Here are some things you can do around your house that, if done consistently, can pay off:

 

-Install a programmable thermostat. Your house doesn’t need to be cooled to 70 degrees when you are at work, and a programmable thermostat makes it easy for you to keep your house at various temperatures throughout the day. I know a person who can’t sleep unless it is cold, but can’t unless it is warm, and then hates to get out of bed in the morning when it is so cold. So, she has her thermostat set to cool the house 73 degrees an hour before she expects to go to sleep, then an hour after she goes to bed, it is programmed to drop to 68 degrees. Then, about 30 minutes before she plans on waking up, the a/c goes back up to 73 degrees.

 

-Unplug unused electrical devices. Not all devices have a phantom charge when plugged in, but a lot of them still do. It may not seem like a lot, but if you think of 10 devices being plugged in without being used, for days on end, those small bits of lost energy add up. You can use timers and powers strips to help with this, too.

 

-Air seal your home. By eliminating the drafts in your home, your a/c and heater won’t have to work as hard)

 

Contact us today for help implementing some of these things, or to schedule the regular maintenance for your HVAC system.

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