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					Conserving Energy in Your New Home
One of the many resources that returning veterans are taking advantage of is the VA home loan
program offered by private lenders with the permission of the United States government. VA home
loans have made the dream of buying a home a tangible possibility for returning and qualified veterans.

But with new homeownership comes other costs, namely the costs of the monthly utility bills. While
receiving a VA home loan helps a returning vet to purchase a home at an affordable rate, the programs
benefits to do not extend to paying for the utility bills of a home.

Regulating Temperatures in your Home
The monthly utility bills of a home can raise the cost of owning a home by hundreds, maybe even
thousands, of dollars per year. But a homeowner can save themselves money on their monthly utility
bills by simply practicing quality home energy conservation techniques.

                                       The first, and perhaps most effective, energy conservation
                                       practice that a new veteran homeowner can implement to save
                                       money every month is to regulate the thermostat efficiently. By
                                       avoiding the extremes, that meaning having the temperate put
                                       low during the summer and high during the winter, a homeowner
                                       can have their heating or cooling system in their home running
                                       less often.

Heating and cooling costs can comprise the bulk of a monthly utility bill. Both gas and electric energy are
needed to heat or cool the home, and as such, running the heater or air conditioner constantly within
the home can make the monthly costs skyrocket. To avoid having the heating or cooling units of a home
running too frequently, a homeowner simply needs to control the thermostat and keep it at medium
levels.

Keeping the room temperature of a house and the thermostat set to seventy five is usually a good
temperature for energy conservation. Additionally, a new homeowner can shut off the thermostat and
attempt to cool or warm the home through other methods.

Other Ways to Lower Costs
For example, turning off the air conditioner during the summer and opening windows at night can keep
a house cool throughout the majority of the day without having to run the cooling system. Trapping the
cool night air in the home by closing the windows in the morning is a cost effective method for cooling
the home.

In the same manor, simply dressing warmly in the house during the winter will allow a homeowner to
keep heating costs low. Turning the thermostat down in the winter and bundling up with warm clothes
and blankets can drastically reduce the cost of heating a home.
While saving money on the monthly bills can be focused around the heating and cooling systems of the
home, as this is where a majority of the expenses will come from,
there are other ways that a homeowner can cut down on their utility
bills. One additional conservation method is to strive to use less hot
water.

Whether by taking shorter showers or using less to wash the dishes,
conserving hot water saves on two bills–the gas and the water bills.
Gas is often used to heat the water in the hot water heater, so by using less hot water a homeowner will
save on both the water and the gas bill.

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Description: Saving money on bills can be as easy as taking shorter showers or regulating your thermostat.