This stuff isn’t necessarily super top of the list for new homeowners, but it is stuff to consider once the boxes are unpacked and the dust has settled:
- Switch your lightbulbs to CFL: They last way longer and they suck up way less electricity. Check to see if there’s a Habitat for Humanity Restore nearby because they often have these in bundles, and if not check to see if your utilities company runs any initiatives that’ll help fund this. (if your in Massachusetts, you can have a free Mass Save audit).
- Switch to a digital thermostat: We haven’t done this yet because I keep dreaming the the price of The Nest will come down, but having a programmable thermostat means you don’t have to keep the heat running at the same speed all day while you’re at work, or all night while you’re asleep.
- Add a dual flush adaptor to your toilet (or buy a toilet that already has one): This is in the works for us when we do our bathroom upgrade next month. Basically, there’s a flush for #1 and a flush for #2 and that saves you money on the water bill. (Read bout how easy it is to make the switch here).
We did the lightbulbs switcheroo right away because there were so many dead bulbs in our house anyway, the thermostat we’ve held off on (but we did switch from oil to gas heat last year), and the flusher will be done next month (which is a little over 2 years into homeownership). So keep them on your radar, and do what you can when you can.
And lest we have a post without a picture, here’s a little encouragement:
For the month of October, I will be participating in The Nester’s 31 day challenge.