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Tips on Keeping Your Energy Bill Low While Selling Your Home

When it comes time to sell your home, keeping your energy bill low will help you to save money and maximize the profits of the sale while also providing an appealing interest to potential buyers. Many buyers are environmentally conscious these days and in today's economy, almost every buyer is happy to hear that a home has low heating and cooling costs. Follow these tips to keep energy bills low when you're trying to sell your home.

Run Central Heat or Air at a Minimum

When you are not at the home and the home is not being shown, you can drop the temperature of the heater significantly if it's winter or raise the temperature of the central air conditioning until significantly if it's summer. These major units can cost you tens of dollars each month and in states such as Rhode Island where humidity is relatively low there's little need for central air conditioning to be running all day every day. When you know that the home will be shown, make sure that the units are running efficiently and creating a comfortable atmosphere in the home but when the home is not in use, reduce or stop use of these features all together.

Unplug Appliances

Energy consumption continues when an appliance is still plugged in regardless of whether the appliance is turned on or being used. To save energy and keep bills low, unplug appliances such as the microwave, toaster oven and blow dryer and put these items away. Keeping all of these items out on the counters can take away from the appeal of having big open counter spaces for functional activities and this could make it difficult for a prospective buyer to visualize his or her own appliances in the space.

Keep Ceiling Fans Off

Unless you are in the room, ceiling fans should be kept off! These appliances can cost about .20 per day to run and although that doesn't sound like very much, leave five fans on all day and you're at an extra $30 per month on your power bill. Ceiling fans do not help with keeping the home warm or cool unless you are physically present in the room in which the fan is running and you can experience the sensation of the fan first hand.

Eliminate Cord Clutter & Save Energy

Those unsightly cords that run underneath your desk in the office or behind your television or entertainment center in the living room could be costing you tens of dollars each month even when you are not using these electronics that the cords are responsible for providing power to. You can save money on your energy bill by unplugging your computer, television and other electronics when they are not in use and eliminating the cords to make the home look and feel cleaner and more like a model.

By keeping these electronics unplugged when they are not in use, you can also cut down on the amount of heat that is given off by these items which can further work to help you keep your energy bill low in the warmer summer months. You'll have to run the air conditioning less if it doesn't have to work to cool a home that has been warmed by running electronics that are not even being used.

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