If you're about to buy a new home, saving money is probably near the top of your to-do list. A great way to do this is by cutting back on your energy consumption, which translates to lower power bills.

In fact, taking the time to implement a few of these tips and become more energy-efficient in your new abode isn't only good for your bank account, but it's good for the environment too.

The Low-Cost and No-Cost Methods

Saving energy doesn't have to break the bank or consume a lot of effort. Simple fixes (like installing a programmable thermostat) are a great way to save energy without putting a dent in your wallet. Not only are programmable thermostats easy to use and inexpensive, but they also will lower your utility bills and manage your HVAC system more efficiently.

Changing your habits in small ways is another great money-saver. Get used to turning off electronics and appliances when you're not using them and turning out lights when you leave a room. Use power strips for your electronic devices, such as your media player and TV; this will make it easier to turn the power off for everything at the source.

Air drying dishes instead of using your dishwasher's drying feature is a big energy saver, as is lowering the thermostat on your water heater to 120 degrees Fahrenheit. You already know that water is a limited resource, so try to take showers as an alternative to baths, and install low-flow showerheads in order to save even more.

When you do dishes or laundry, only do full loads. You can save energy and make your clothes last longer by hanging them to dry rather than using the dryer.

Other Ways to Save

While searching for the perfect house, look at those that offer energy-efficient features. Upgraded insulation and high-efficiency windows are two of the most effective ways to reduce energy consumption.

A recently upgraded, energy-efficient HVAC system can potentially save you thousands of dollars each year. Newer, EnergyStar-rated appliances can also save you as much as several hundred dollars every year. Of course, once you've moved into your new home, you can always upgrade those features that are most important to improve energy efficiency.

The professional real estate agents of the Edie Israel Team understand the importance of saving money as well as energy. Contact us today and let us help you find the perfect, energy-efficient new home.