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Tips on Keeping Your Energy Bill Down While Selling Your Home

By Tiffany Raiford

When selling your home in Michigan, it's far easier and more desirable to do so when the lights work and the house is a comfortable temperature. Think about how potential buyers feel when they walk into a home on a cold winter day to find out that the power is off, the house is colder than the yard and it's difficult to see any of the details without lights. While many foreclosed homes are shown without power, you don't have to turn yours off to ensure that your energy bill remains low while you sell your home.

A Nice Note Helps

It might be second nature to you to turn off a light the second you vacate a room, but it's not the same for everyone. Some people are consummate energy wasters, and those people might be in and out of your home while it's on the market. Posting a few kind notes throughout the house about turning off the lights on their way out serves as a friendly reminder that you'd like to keep your energy costs down. Even if prospective buyers don't adhere to your requests, professional real estate agents are much more likely to do so.

Turn Off the Water

If your home has a water feature in the yard, go ahead and turn it off. Yes, water features are nice to have and lovely to hear, they are a huge waste of energy. If you aren't living in your home while it's on the market, you're wasting anywhere from $30 to $50 per month running water features just because they look and sound relaxing to potential buyers. You might be surprised how inexpensive your energy bill seems when you shut that off.

Unplug Appliances

If you don't live in the house you're selling, there's no point in leaving the stove and fridge plugged in. According to Michigan energy companies, even if you turn these items off, they're still sucking up your energy while plugged in. Keep your energy costs down by unplugging them. If buyers want to check that the appliances work, they can do so during inspection. Your energy bill will remain significantly less expensive provided you unplug your appliances.

Finally, the most important thing you can do to lower your energy costs in addition to all of these valuable pieces of advice is to keep your thermostat set at a comfortable temperature. If it's the dead of winter, you might choose to set the thermostat at 70 degrees. This is comfortable enough to keep the house warm but cool enough to prevent the heat from running all day. If it's summer, set the thermostat at 79 degrees. Your energy bill will reflect your savings.

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