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January
13

How to Make Your Home More Energy-Efficient

Energy Efficient Belleville

Improving energy-efficiency within your home will trim a significant sum from your monthly utility bills. It will also enhance the home's curb appeal in an increasingly eco-conscious real estate market. As you think about the things you can do to reduce your energy usage, our real estate agents recommend you pay close attention to the following:

  1. Upgrade Your Appliances
    A new washer/dryer, refrigerator, oven, and dishwasher can shave hundreds of dollars from your gas, electric, and water bills each year. More importantly, these upgrades give your home a modern appeal enhancing the home's value in the eyes of prospective buyers.
  2. Invest in Insulation
    Adding new insulation with a higher R-value in the attic and crawlspaces can shave hundreds of dollars per year off your heating and cooling bills. Moreover, your investment in insulation pays roughly a 1:1 return in terms of real estate value. 
  3. Purchase New Windows
    Modern, energy-efficient windows will cost between $300-700. Windows are a costly investment. However, they can save you about 15% on your annual heating and cooling bills. Their most significant advantage is they will enhance the curb appeal of the property, lead to a higher appraisal, and likely result in a higher sales price.
  4. Replace the Furnace, Water Heater, and Air Conditioner      
    Furnaces, water heaters, and air conditioners have an operational lifespan of 10-20 years. These become less energy-efficient as they age, and they require more costly repairs to keep them functioning. Investing in new, more energy-efficient units will make a big dent in your monthly electricity, gas, and water usage. In some cases, you may see as much as a 30% reduction in your monthly utility bills. This investment will also reflect in the appraisal and put prospective buyer's minds at ease over their viability.
  5. Seal Up the Leaks
    One of the easiest and most affordable upgrades involves sealing up air leaks around the home. Air leaks are common around doors, windows, and vents. Applying sealant, caulk, and weatherstripping where you find leaks can boost your comfort and keep your utility bills from heating up. 
  6. Hang Thick Curtains
    Curtains are an inexpensive investment you can take with you when you move. Hanging thick curtains will help reduce heat gain on a hot summer's day, and minimize heat loss on a cold winter's night. 
  7. Replace Old Bulbs with LED's
    Most LED bulbs have an operational span of 10-15 years. Replacing your old bulbs with LED's can save you 20% or more each month on your electric bill. Over the life of the bulb, you can expect to save $125 or more per bulb in both electricity usage and replacement cost. 
  8. Install Low-Flow Showerheads and Toilets      
    Low-flow fixtures have a flow rate of fewer than 2.5 gallons per minute. Low-flow toilets use about 4.8 liters per flush as opposed to the usual 6. It is a significant difference that you will barely notice until the water bill arrives to put a smile on your face.  

Contact us for more information about the most common eco-friendly upgrades we see in Belleville homes for sale. It is our pleasure to help you choose the improvements that will help your home stand out.  

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