Energy Saving Tips
Making a few simple but smart changes can boost your home's value, as well as make it more energy efficient:
1. To save money on your next gas bill and prolong the life of your water heater, lower the thermostat on your equipment. Since the temperature is set to a lower level, it won't be starting as often as before to heat the deposit.
2. Make sure the door sealers also known as doors weather stripping, are correctly installed to prevent air filtration on all exterior doors.
3. If you have a guest room or a room that you rarely use, close the air vents and save energy and money.
4. The thermostat regulates your home's temperature, and because of this reason, is recommended to keep heat producers far from it in summer.
5. If you want to increase the life time of your furnace and air conditioner, and at the same time improve their efficiency, clean and/or replace the filters at least four to six times a year.
6. Operate large appliances during low-use periods in summer. And to save money and save time, when using the washer, dryer or dishwasher, try to do full loads.
7. Request an energy audit. Most utility companies will make recommendations or offer low-cost financing for improvements.
8. Replace deficient insulation. This is something we cannot see, but can be noticeable in different ways. The two most common ways are; One is a high electric or gas bill, and second, a cold or hot house even when the equipment is running full blast.
9. Replace old or inefficient appliances. If your budget limits you to replacing one appliance at a time, buy a new refrigerator, The refrigerator is the only appliance that works and spend money 24/7 which represents about half of your electric bill.
10. Buy new light bulbs. Replace incandescent bulbs with fluorescent, which pay for themselves in energy conservation and makes your house look nicer.
11. Look into EEM Mortgages. An Energy Efficient Mortgage is federally recognized and provides benefits to a borrower purchasing a home that is energy efficient or can be made energy efficient through the installation of energy-saving improvements. (For more information about EEMs, contact the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.)
If your house is old and want to sell it to purchase a new energy efficient home, contact us for a free consultation.