You’ve probably heard several great tips about making your home more energy efficient, but there are a handful of things you can do during the summer to save even more cash on your utility bills and make your home a little more green.
How to Make Your Home More Energy Efficient During Summer
Little improvements that you make now can create a huge difference when you sell your home, so if you’ve been thinking about turning your house “green,” now may be the perfect time. (If you’re on the verge of selling, though, talk to your Lakewood Realtor® before you do anything major. Some investments don’t pay off at the closing table.)
The “Little Things” You Can Do
o Lighting contributes to about 10 percent of a home’s energy costs, so you’ll definitely save if you switch to LEDs or compact fluorescent bulbs (CFLs) to save on your bills.
o Plant trees around your house to keep it shady and you could save up to $250 in heating and cooling costs each year.
o Have your ducts inspected by a professional, because the average household loses about 20 percent of its heated or cooled air through the duct system.
o Install a ceiling fan so you can raise your thermostat setting by about 4 degrees F. Fans cool people, not homes, though, so make sure you turn it off when you leave the room.
Should You Have a Home Energy Audit?
A home energy audit lets you know exactly how energy efficient your house is, and the auditor will give you recommendations on improvements you can make to become even more energy-friendly.
About the Department of Energy’s Home Energy Score
The Department of Energy has established a scale to determine how energy efficient houses across the nation actually are. It’s called the Home Energy Score, and while not all energy audits will provide you with your home’s HES, it’s good to compare—that way, you’ll know exactly where you stand.
How Long Does a Home Energy Audit Take, and What Does an Inspector Look For?
A home energy audit can take about two hours, but when it’s done, you’ll have a clear picture of just how energy-efficient your home is.
Your inspector will measure all the windows, doors, and floor space, and he or she will measure your insulation, too. The inspector also checks how old all your appliances are (including HVAC systems and water heaters).
Once the inspector is finished, he or she will provide you with a score that tells you how your home stacks up against others when it comes to energy efficiency. With that score, the inspector will give you a few ideas for cost-effective improvements you can make.
Are You Selling Your Home in Lakewood?
If you’re thinking about selling your home in Lakewood, we can help. We’ll even help you find one that’s more energy-efficient than your last one was.
When you’re ready to start exploring your options, call us at 562-882-1581 to let us know what you need.
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