The changing of the season is a great time to take a fresh look at your Smith Mountain Lake home and make tweaks that will help you save money this fall and winter.
Take a look at these 10 ways you can adjust your habits and make small, affordable household changes that will lower your utility bills — and in many cases, help the environment. Download the cute cheat sheet here. 🙂
- Program your thermostat to go up or down a few degrees when you’re out of the house.
- Keep your closet doors closed so you’re not unnecessarily heading or cooling those spaces.
- Use a clothesline to dry your clothes outside and reduce energy costs.
- Wash your clothes in cold water, which gets them just as clean but uses less than half the energy of hot water.
- Install weather stripping on the doors to keep air from escaping.
- Plug your electronics into power strips and turn the strips off at night.
- Install low-flow fixtures to reduce water usage and save on your utility bill.
- Dust your light bulbs to keep them brighter so you won’t need to have as many other lights on.
- Make your own household cleaners, which saves money and reduces chemical exposure. Check out these DIY recipes from Good Housekeeping.
- Insulate your hot water heater to keep heat from escaping and wasting money.
I have outstanding relationships with a number of professionals in the Smith Mountain Lake home improvement industry. So if you need assistance with any of these ideas, please give me a call, text or email me and I’ll be happy to put you in touch with one.
P.S. If you’d rather look for a new home that’s more energy efficient, please contact me. I’m here to help!