There is much to consider when making a move to a new home - don't forget saving money on utility bills. If you are looking to lower your energy costs, the U.S. Department of Energy has provided some tips in their EnergySavers guide.
Replace Older Appliances With Energy Efficient Models
If you are making a household move and plan to buy new appliances that are energy efficient. When you buy an appliance, make sure it has a yellow ENERGY STAR® to let you know it is energy efficient. The U.S. Department of Energy sets guidelines for energy efficiency, and the ENERGY STAR® label shows a passing grade. Appliances with the ENERGY STAR® label use 20-40+% less energy than comparable appliances that don't have one. The same applies to big ticket items like water heaters, furnaces and air conditioning units.
Home Improvements Can Cut Energy Costs
To reduce drafts and loss of energy, you should also make sure you have adequate insulation throughout. Don't let the cold/warm air escape from your home - upgrade to energy efficient double-pane glass windows. Local governments may even offer incentives for homeowners that make upgrades - check www.energy.gov/savings.
Small Energy Improvements Can Go A Long Way
There are smaller investments you can make in your home if you don't have the money for major improvements. Programmable thermostat - lets you turn down the heat or AC during parts of the day when you are not home. Energy Efficient light bulbs (CFL/LED bulbs) - they can use up to 75% less energy than traditional light bulbs. A few bucks spent on caulk or expansion foam can go a long way to reducing drafts from outside pipes, wires and vents.
Taking the proactive measures mentioned above will repay themselves year after year in lower utility bills.