Buying a home is a big investment. Not only are there the downpayment and closing costs, but you often need to buy incidentals such as blinds, shower curtains, paint and new furniture. If you’re looking for some low-cost ways to save money in your new home, here are some simple things to consider.Install a Programmable ThermostatThis is an easy task that just requires a screwdriver. For a one-time $30 investment, you can save as much as $400 a year in heating and cooling costs. It really doesn’t make sense to run your heat or AC when no one is at home. Just program the thermostat to come back to the right temperature when you’re heading home from work each day. You’ll never be uncomfortable, even when you open your utility bills!Replace Air Filters & ShowerheadsNew air filters help keep your HVAC system from working too hard. Plus, new ones cut down on the dust in your home. While you’re replacing those, also consider replacing your shower heads with low-flow showerheads to save on water usage. Change Out Incandescent Bulbs for LED BulbsNot only will you save money on the bulbs themselves, but the difference in the cost to run them is significant. One $5 LED bulb lasts as long as twenty $1 incandescent bulbs! Because an LED bulb that gives off 60 watts of light only uses 10 watts, your energy usage is significantly less. On average, homeowners save $180 per LED bulb they install.Re-Caulk & Weatherstrip Doors and WindowsYour windows can be big culprits behind energy loss. By keeping them well-maintained with fresh caulk and weatherstripping, your home will be better sealed. Caulk requires just a caulk gun, and weatherstripping is self-sticking and easy to install. Check Your Trees & ShrubsTrees around your home can provide shade in the summer which will help lower your utility bills. However, when the branches of your trees and shrubs touch your home’s siding, roofing or gutters, you can end up with big repair bills. Trimming back your shrubs will help your siding last longer and reduce maintenance on it.Cutting back tree branches will also reduce the risk of roof damage and help keep leaves out of your gutters. Of course, if you have rain gutter shields, you won’t need to worry about leaves in your gutters. In fact, installing rain gutter shields can save you money because you won’t have to worry about paying someone to clean your gutters. Like many homeowners, you may be wondering “How much does Gutter Helmet® cost to install?” This depends on the linear feet of gutters on your home. Depending on whether you are in a region that gets lots of snow, you may also want to choose Helmet Heat® to help reduce the build-up of ice dams. You can find out the cost of Gutter Helmet for your home by calling us for a free estimate. We’ll connect you with a local dealer if you call (800) 824-3772 or fill out our contact form.