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If you’re just bought a new home, perhaps for the first time, you’re probably on a pretty tight budget. Luckily, there are some things you can do to start saving money immediately. Here are 7 things that will help you starting cutting energy costs from the get go! 

1. Drop the temp!

Check the gauge on your hot water heater as it may not be naturally set to the optimal temperature of 60 degrees. The energy needed to keep the water above 60 degrees is basically a waste because 99% of the time you will be mixing in cold water anyway. So, lower the temperature, save money on your energy bill, and you’ll be laughing.

2. Invest in controllable heating systems 

Whether it's a programmable thermostat, or an energy management system, being able to control your home's heating is a worthy investment. By being able to schedule or heating or cooling to come on at certain times, or even come on automatically when the temperature reaches a certain point means that you can combat the extremes of the weather without spending big. You’ll be more comfortable and you’ll certainly notice the difference on your electricity bill!

3. Install energy saving light bulbs, like LEDs!

LED bulbs are called energy saving bulbs for a reason! When you're setting up your new home's lighting, mull over installing some in areas where you keep the lights on for long periods, such as in the kitchen and living room. LEDs are much cheaper than they used to be and use a tiny fraction of the energy of old light bulbs.

4. Choose energy efficient appliances, even if you have to pay more up front.

If you’re buying some new, big appliances, now is the perfect time to invest in energy efficient models. This will seriously decrease the cost you have to pay on electricity bills over time, even if initially it will cost a bit more. If you think about it, a refrigerator can easily last 20 years. That’s quite a commitment – and one you want to work well for you!

5. Set up your home electronics with Smart Plugs

Excited to set up those new electronics? Switch on the TV and crank some beats through the speakers? When you do it, set things up with a Smart Plug you to can track how much standby power they are using and switch them off from your phone, from anywhere. Turning off standby power from devices you’re not using can save a substantial amount of cash in the long term, especially since many such devices eat quite a bit of power as they sit unused, constantly draining your money.

6. Slick in the shade

Here's where mother nature can lend a hand in budgeting! Mother nature can help you save significantly on your summer cooling costs — and heating costs in winter, too. If you plant trees and shrubs near the windows — the kind that lose their leaves in autumn — you’ll really notice a difference.

Just don’t plant there where they will shade your solar panels (if you have some or plan to get some).

7. Start tracking your energy use

It usually not until your electricity bill arrives that you know how much energy you’ve been using. If you start tracking your energy use from the start, you can take steps to lower your usage wherever possible. Homes that have an energy management system, like carbonTRACK, enjoy bills up to 30% lower than others. This is because carbonTRACK homes can pinpoint the energy guzzlers in their home (from air con to washing machines) and takes steps to cut costs.

If you’re interested in tracking the electricity in your home, get carbonTRACK. 

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