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SPRING IS HERE!

Check out our tips and resources to freshen up for the new season:

  • Simple tips to save you time and money
  • Easy ways to go greener and save energy
  • PLUS, our agents share their expert advice about the most frequently asked insurance questions

Get ready to start saving

Whether you’re looking to put more money back in your pocket, more time back in your day or live a more sustainable lifestyle, we’ve got helpful tips waiting for you below.

There’s no place like home to find easy ways to save.

Here are our top 3 tips:

Money

Build up your vacation fund one coffee cup at a time. Instead of splurging on that fancy daily latte (or other vice), challenge yourself to make it at home instead! You’ll save time, gas and be able to tuck away some extra cash for your trip.

Time

Making your weekly to-do list while also completing a task for work? While multitasking has its benefits, focusing on one thing at a time can help you accomplish your tasks much quicker.

Energy

Check out If This Then That (IFTTT). It’s a web-based service that gets all your apps and devices talking to each other and eventually saves energy.

For more great ways to save, check out these resources:

Wondering how to save money on household expenses and monthly bills? Start building your savings with our tips on how to save money fast today!
If you’re trying to save energy in your home, using smart home devices is a great way to do that. Our list of smart tech solutions can help you cut back on energy usage and save money on your bill.
Going green doesn’t happen overnight. But there are some steps you can take today! Consider implementing these 5 eco-friendly habits.

There’s a simple way to save at every turn.

Here are our top 3 tips:

Money

Check your car's air filter monthly. A dirty filter shortens the engine's life and can reduce gasoline mileage up to 10%.

Time

Check your car's air filter monthly. A dirty filter shortens the engine's life and can reduce gasoline mileage up to 10%.

Energy

Skip the air conditioning and roll down the windows instead. It’s a lot more fuel efficient — plus you’ll get to enjoy the warm breeze on your face!

For more great ways to save, check out these resources:

Learn how to improve your gas mileage without trading in your SUV for a hybrid or electric vehicle. Learn what a good gas mileage is and how to get better gas mileage with our 14 tips.
Proactive car maintenance is easy and can help you extend the life of your car, save on gas and make driving safer. Take a look at simple ways you can make sure your car stays in top condition and keep it performing at its best.
These convenient apps are perfect for planning and enjoying road trips.

Every day is a good day to save.

Here are our top 3 tips:

Money

Do your laundry in cold temperatures. Heating up the water in your washing machine is costly and most clothing washes just fine in cold water. While you’re at it, take advantage of the fresh spring air and hang your laundry outside to dry!

Time

How much time have you wasted searching for your essentials before leaving home? Have a designated place to keep your keys, purse/wallet and phone so they’re always in the same place, ready to grab when you leave the house.

Energy

Use cloth instead of paper to clean your kitchen. Repurpose old towels and t-shirts by cutting them into small cleaning cloths. Toss them in the laundry when you’re done and reuse them time and time again!

For more great ways to save, check out these resources:

Saving money is easy with these tips and tricks. Learn more about how you can start putting money away today for your goals tomorrow.
New technology can help make life safer, smarter, healthier and happier.
We’ve got some simple tips to help you get started down a healthier, happier, greener lifestyle. Begin the process of reducing your footprint today!

Agent Advice

Have an insurance question? Other customers like you do, too! Check out some of the latest questions, answered by American Family agents.

  1. A standard home policy protects your home against storm damage caused by things like wind, hail, lightning, wildfires, fallen trees and power surges. However, damage caused by flood and earthquakes is typically not covered. The good news is that we offer additional coverage options you can add to your policy.

  2. There are tons of great options out there. I’d say a smart thermostat is a great choice because it only keeps your home at the temperature you prefer, it’s an easy way to lower your electric bills. Another one I really like is the smart doorbell. You can see who’s at your front door from your smartphone, which can help prevent package theft, among other things. I think everyone can benefit from a smart home security system, and there are plenty of choices, depending on the features you’re looking for. Preventative smart devices like a smart water leak detector are another thing to consider. Better to be prepared now than sorry later. You may also be able to save money on your insurance when you install certain smart home tech, which is another plus.

  3. That depends. If you work for an employer and have company owned equipment in your home, find out if they take responsibility for it. If not, talk to your agent to see what coverages you might need. If you have your own home business and have clients or work associates coming to your home, or store some type of inventory, you might need a business insurance policy. Give your agent a call to discuss your specific situation.

  4. Ideally before the work begins. You’ll want to make sure you have the right coverage in place to protect yourself should a contractor get injured on the job or there’s accidental damage to your property during the process. It might also be necessary to adjust the coverage on your home policy based on the improvements you make.

  5. When choosing a deductible, it’s important to know this basic rule of thumb: the lower your deductible, the more you’ll pay on your monthly premium. Your deductible amount should fit your personal preference and typically depends on what you can afford to pay out of pocket in the event of a claim. If you have an emergency fund set aside for those situations, consider increasing your deductible to save on your insurance each month.

  6. You should always fully understand how your driving habits might impact your coverage — carpooling included! If you’re a passenger, carpooling may reduce your overall mileage and qualify you for additional savings. If you’re the driver, having medical expense coverage can protect your passengers from unexpected events.

  7. Your motorcycle policy protects you in many ways, but there are some situations whereyou may need additional coverage. Be sure to keep our coverage all year round, even if you live in a colder climate. That way, your bike will always be protected. If you’ve customized your motorcycle in any way, be sure to update your coverage to reflect that as well. I’d recommend talking to your agent about which custom coverages would be right for you, so you’ll be prepared for anything on the road.

  8. As new RVers get used to life on the road, they can find themselves dealing with sewage management, leaking roofs and electrical issues. That’s why it’s so important to keep your RV in top shape with regular maintenance checks. To ensure your RV is covered from any other unexpected issues, like damage from low hanging branches, your agent can help you find the right protection.

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