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Another special feature we include in our homes is multi-zone heating. Since we are creating more living space by finishing attics and basements, we are thus creating more areas in the house to heat, which can be very expensive. In an effort to save on natural gas and money spent, we create separate heating zones for every floor by adding separate thermostats. A lot of our buyers are first time home owners coming from apartment buildings, and we are sensitive to their financial transition.
Turning down your temperature just two degrees can reduce your home heating costs by 5%. Setting your temperature back 5 degrees for eight hours every night will save approximately 10% on your heating bill. Programmable thermostats more than pay for themselves!
You probably already know that cutting your electricity bills is as simple as adjusting your thermostat, washing laundry in cold water and unplugging devices when you leave for the day. But just how much are you saving? Could you save more? With a home energy monitor, you can save energy and money by visually tracking energy usage as it occurs. People that have installed a home energy monitor have realized up to 25% savings on monthly electricity bills, which quickly adds up.
interesting read. top to bottom budgeting (how much little things really cost and where to cut back).