1. Utility bills
Zillow estimates that homeowners in the top 35 U.S. markets pay, on average, about $2,300 to $4,600 a year for utilities, depending on where they live.
There are substantial steps you can take to lower your utility bills, though. They include:
- Making sure your home is properly insulated.
- Reducing your use of electricity and water.
- Using smart appliances, programmable thermostats and smart power strips.
For more ideas, check out “8 Ways to Cut Your Summer Cooling Costs.”