Whether you are looking to design a new home or remodel an existing one, this time of year energy savings is on everyone’s mind. Energy efficiency is a wise investment that will save energy and money, making your home more comfortable and increasing its value.
If you plan to design and build a new home, many builders have
standards that optimize a home’s energy efficiency.
If you are looking to upgrade the energy efficiency of your existing home an energy audit can help you to find out where your energy updates can give you the most bang for your buck. Be sure to check if you are eligible for federal tax credits for energy efficiency. Some expire at the end of 2016.
LOW-COST ENERGY SAVING TIPS:
Lighting makes up about 10 percent of your home energy costs. Save as much as 80 percent of that energy by replacing incandescent bulbs with new and improved light bulbs such as energy efficient CFLs or LEDs.
Use energy efficient appliances and home electronics. Look for the Energy Star label to save up to 30 percent on related electricity bills. Wondering how much you can save? Check out the Energy Star website to compare your current product with a more efficient one.
Take advantage of heat from the sun. During the day, open south facing window coverings to allow sunlight to naturally heat your home and close them at night. Cover drafty windows with plastic sheeting or install tight-fitting insulating drapes.
Another way to save on your energy costs this winter is to adjust the temperature, a programmable thermostat makes it easy. When you are at home and awake, set your thermostat as low as comfortable. When asleep or out of the house, turn your thermostat back 10° to 15° for a savings of around 10 percent a year on your heating and cooling bills.
Maintain your heating systems by scheduling a fall tune-up to keep the chill outdoors. Be sure to replace your furnace filter every month. As a real estate professionals, we can help you understand which upgrades to your new or existing home may give you the best return on your investments. Call us today to schedule a consultation.