The National Association of Realtors 2012 Profile of Home Buyers and Sellers reports 86% of recent home buyers said that heating and cooling costs were somewhat or very important considerations for a home purchase. Energy-saving features can bring a higher value to properties.
Quick Fixes to Save on Energy Bills
- Caulk and seal and gaps in your home (plumbing lines, windows, crawl spaces, etc…) The EPA reports you can save $220 per year doing this.
- Have a contractor check ducts and give a HVAC tune up
- Use a programmable thermostat and set your timing for energy efficiency – The EPA reports savings of up to $180 per year. Learn about using a programmable thermostat here.
- Use LED light bulbs – You can save up to $75 per year (per The EPA) – Go here to see more details about what type of bulbs to use .
- Set your water heater tank to 120 degrees – By going from 140 degrees to 120 degrees, you could save 6% to 10% on your annual water heating costs.
Other Investment Green Fixes
- Energy-efficient appliances such as high-efficiency washers and dryers or refrigerators
- Energy-efficient lighting
- Landscaping that is energy conservative and environmentally friendly
- Energy-efficient windows
- Adding insulation
Want to Learn More?
The EPA has an interactive “home”graphic that you can click on room by room to learn about energy efficiencies. Go here.
Need help with a contractor?
Contact Sibcy Cline Home Services – they can put your in touch with a service vendor to help with home energy efficiencies.