Reason 4: You Moved To A New Home
It’s normal to expect some variation in your bills when you move to a new home, especially if you moved across the country. If your new home is significantly larger than your previous one, you’re paying to light, power, and cool or heat more square footage. Older homes, even smaller ones, are often less efficient since they weren’t built to modern housing requirements to conserve energy like newer homes.
Solution: Look for Ways to Be More Energy Efficient
Some of the solutions to conserve energy in larger or inefficient homes might be a bit of an upfront investment, but they make economic sense if you plan on staying in your home for a few years. These types of home improvements can also add value to your home if you end up selling within 5 years.
Check your attic to see if it needs more insulation. Blow-in insulation should sit well above the floor-joists in your attic, obscuring them from view for the most part. Downstairs, install curtains, blinds, or double-paned windows to save energy on heating and cooling costs. Another wise investment that’s the most affordable option in this section is a smart thermostat. You can program or reset it from afar to help you cut down on wasted energy when you’re not home.
Don’t forget to redeem your Perks points! There are tons of energy conservation products offered on the Perks page, so this is a perfect time to redeem those well-earned points!