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You just moved into a new home. What are the 6 things you need to do now?

Trim your utility bills
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Trim your utility bills

Those energy efficiency improvements you make not only can help cut your federal income tax, they also can help cut your utility bills.

In many places, you can schedule an appointment to have your utility's inspectors visit your home, and they can assess what changes you should make to improve your home's energy efficiency and lower your heating and cooling costs, Golden says.

Your utility company or local government might even provide financial incentives to aid you in making such improvements.

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