Energy Efficiency Increases Home Values
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With rising energy prices, home buyers are showing an increased preference for energy efficient homes. According to a study by real estate company Royal LePage, almost 3/4 of potential home buyers are looking for energy saving features. In fact, they're willing to pay a premium for an energy efficient home. Half of potential home buyers are willing to spend $5,000 to $20,000 for those features, and 10% are willing to pay $20,000 or more for energy saving features. According to a study by the Appraisal Institute, for every dollar of energy costs saved per year in an energy efficient home, the value of the property increases by $20. By installing energy saving upgrades in your home, you'll save on your energy bills each month while increasing the value of your home.
Many Energy Efficient Solutions
There are so many ways to make your home more energy efficient - from air sealing to insulation, heating and air conditioning systems, plumbing, water heating, home energy assessment, appliances, ventilation systems, alternative energy systems and more. A home energy assessment will provide a list of energy saving recommendations specific to your home, along with the savings you can expect from each upgrade (Schedule a home energy assessment now). There may be government or utility incentives or rebates available for some types of energy efficient upgrades.
Where to Begin?
This website contains many energy saving ideas. Use these energy saving solutions for the different areas of your home. And use these tips to address problems in your home. And here are some solutions for high energy bills. For a more comprehensive, customized analysis of your home, schedule a home energy assessment with a certified professional home energy auditor.
Energy Saving Tips
Follow these tips to make your home more energy efficient.
- Seal air leaks in your building envelope by plugging cracks or holes in outer walls, windows, doors, etc.
- Add insulation in your attic, exterior walls, basement or crawl space walls, floors, ceilings and around ductwork.
- Have your ducts tested for air leakage and seal any leaks.
- Install a programmable thermostat and program it to adjust the temperature automatically.
- Install a solar power system to reduce or eliminate your reliance on power from the utility company.
- Keep the fireplace damper closed when not in use. Install a chimney balloon to reduce the heat that escapes up your chimney.
- Reduce lighting costs with motion sensors, dimmer switches and timers.
- Provide shade for your AC condenser unit.
- Wrap your water heater with a thermal blanket. It costs $20 or less, and will pay for itself in a few months with the energy you save by keeping the water hot.
If you own a home, consider doing some energy saving upgrades. Even if you're not planning to sell your home in the near future, you'll save on your energy bills each month and help reduce the effects of climate change and atmospheric pollution. When you are ready to sell, your home will be worth more, and may even sell faster.
If you're in the market to buy a home, try to find a real estate agent who's knowledgeable about energy efficient homes. They can help you find a home that meets your housing needs and offers the benefits of energy efficiency.
Home Energy Problems & Solutions:
- Reduce High Energy Bills Energy Efficiency, Home Improvement Tools
- Drafty Rooms Air sealing, Heating and Cooling Contractor
- Peeling Paint Control moisture, Building Science Specialist
- Mold, Mildew or Musty Odors Reducing Indoor Humidity
- Dust Sealing air leaks, Change Filters
- Hot or Cold Rooms Room over a garage, ENERGY STAR ceiling fans
- Damp Basement Stop water leaks, Ventilation Fans
- Moisture on Windows Control Moisture, ENERGY STAR Labeled Windows
- Dry Indoor Air in Winter Home Sealing, Diagnostic Equipment
- Cold Floors in Winter Basement floor, Floor over a crawlspace
- Ice Dams Roofing Contractor, Diagnostic Equipment
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