As 2014 moves into February, the resolutions made in January; weight loss, time spent with family and friends and budgeting still remains in our minds. One way to cut back on funds is to invest some time and a little money into your home to save on energy bills in the long run. Here are 5 habits that custom homebuilder Nate Abbott, of Falcon Custom Homes, encourages his clients to implement in 2014 that will affect your energy bills in a positive way:
1. Invest in energy technology, like a programmable thermostat, power timers or a smart charger.
2. Vow to never again leave your electronic devices in standby mode. Here are a few items that you probably have in your home along with the amount of money wasted annually by leaving the devices in standby mode instead of shutting them off entirely:
- LCD monitor: $2.51
- Computer: $34.21
- Laptop: $15.90
- Laser printer: $12.43
- Plasma TV: $159.76
- DVD player: $8.67
- Game console: $25.73
- Convection microwave: $3.85
- Rechargeable toothbrush: $1.35
3. Caulk or weather-strip air leaks around doors and windows to keep the warm or cool air in, depending on the time of year.
4. Replace your furnace filter at least every three months for high air quality.
5. Turn off water when brushing your teeth or doing the dishes.
Although some of these tips only save pennies here and there, putting all these tips to use could save you hundreds of dollars annually. By putting these home-oriented resolutions into place, you will begin to find yourself with extra spending money to accomplish your other resolutions