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Tips to Improve Your Home's Energy Efficiency

Real Estate Agent with BHGRE - Metro Brokers

This winter with snow, ice and colder than typical temps for the North Georgia area feels like spring may never come.  For some, me for instance, the last snow/ice event was too much for my electric heat pump.  Just before the motor gave its last push to heat my house, I detected a burning smell.  It did not take  long to discover it was my heating system and shut it off immediately. No doubt, this was the time to call in a professional.

Even though spring has not officially started, now is the time for homeowners to consider home improvements that will add comfort and value to the home.  And as homeowners well know, ongoing maintenance is year round.

Green Energy HomesThe unusually cold winter that we have had in North Georgia have builders and homeowners alike, thinking more about energy conservation and sustainable materials.  There is a great range of affordable options that may add value to a home.  Green options, such as gray water recycling systems, high-efficiency window systems are just a few available options that not only contribute to a greener environment but facilitate reduced utility bills and improve year round comfort.  


One of our local builders in our Blue Ridge area is pioneering solar mounted heating and hot water systems, spray foam insulation in his personal home that is under construction.  He tells me the cost is very affordable.  I believe we will see future home buyers in the North Georgia market area start to demand better energy efficiency in new homes from our local builders.  


Thinking about building an energy efficient vacation or retirement home, contact me, I can help.


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Donna Yates 
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Trisha Bush-LeFore
Preferred Properties Land & Homes - Walla Walla, WA
Providing Realtor Services in the Walla Walla Area


Thanks for the reminder. We all need to think about energy savings options and there is research out there to help us make informed decisions about affordability.

Feb 26, 2014 02:01 AM
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes


we all need to look at energy when we upgrade.  I have been doing this.

Feb 26, 2014 02:22 AM
Randy Shamburger
Movement Mortgage - Greenville, SC
FHA, VA, USDA and Conventional Mortgage Expert

Great info, thanks for sharing.

Have a Big day,


Feb 27, 2014 01:09 AM
Donna Yates
BHGRE - Metro Brokers - Blue Ridge, GA
Blue Ridge Mountains
Trisha Bush
Broker ~ Owner
Preferred Properties Land & Homes

After such a cold winter, more efficient energy options is something I will be thinking about.
Grant Schneider
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes
Performance Development Strategies
I have a "fixer upper" and just installed a new HVAC but now I'm re-thinking other energy options
Randy Shamburger
FHA, VA, USDA and Conventional Mortgage Expert
Movement Mortgage
Thank you for your comment.  Hope you have a fantastic weekend ahead.
Feb 27, 2014 09:39 PM
John Pusa
Glendale, CA

Donna - These are excellent list of tips to improve home's energy efficiency. Thanks for the information.

Mar 01, 2014 12:54 PM
Donna Yates
BHGRE - Metro Brokers - Blue Ridge, GA
Blue Ridge Mountains
John Pusa
Your All Time Realtor With Exceptional Service
Sellstate Pacific Realty
I am in the process of updating my energy resources in my own home and for a fixer upper that I'm in the process of updating.  Lots of new ideas and product available now.
Mar 03, 2014 09:58 PM