HOW IMPORTANT IS IT THAT YOUR HOME BE ENERGY EFFICIENT?

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Real Estate Sales Representative with BETTER HOMES AND GARDENS REAL ESTATE SIGNATURE SERVICE

IS YOUR HOME ENERGY EFFICIENT?

We all know and recognize that saving energy is cost effective, but you may not recognize how inefficient your home really is until you conduct an energy audit.  I had an energ audit done on my home several years ago and it was very enlightening as to where homes leak energy in places you never think of.

You can spot many problems in your home with a simple walk-through.  Keep a checklist of areas you inspect and any problems or issues you find.  This will help you prioritize yourenerg efficient upgrades.

Lighting

Energy expended by lighting accounts for about 10% of your hyrdo bill. 

Check the wattage of the light bulbs in your home.  You can exchange 100 watt bulbs and in most cases use a 60 or 75 watt bulbs in their place.  The recent introduction of the new LED lightbulbs not only last longer, but are much more efficient.  

I also unplug my counter top appliances and any other items that are not in use.  Even though they are not turned on, they are still using hydro.

 

Insulation

If insulation levels are less than the recommended minimum, heat loss through the ceiling and walls in your home could be high.  You likely have the insulation level in your home from the builder that was recommended at the time your home was built. This level might be inadequate by today's standards and should be upgraded, especially if you have an older home.

  • Check the attic hatch to ensure it has the same level of insulation as the attic, and ensure is it closes tightly
  • In the attic check to ensure ductwork and chimneys are sealed and seal any gaps with expanding foal or other permanent sealant.
  • Check that vapor barriers are in place beneath the insulation.
  • Ensure any vents are clear and not blocked by insulation.
  • Check for indoor air leaks along baseboards, junctures of the walls and ceiling, or the edge of flooring
  • Make a list of any obvious drafts. The saving from reducing drafts could range from % - 30% at year, depending on the severity of the drafts or leaks you find.
  • Check to see if air can flow through these places:  electrical outlets, switch plates, window frames, baseboards, weather stripping around doors, fireplace dampers, attic hatches and wall or window mounted air conditioners, gaps around pipes and wires, foundation seals and mail slots.
  • Check windows and doors for air leaks.  Try rattling them, as movement means possible air leaks.  If you see daylight around a door or window frame, then it leaks. Seal these leaks by using caulking or weather stripping. New, high efficiency windows and doors should be considered.

Heating And Cooling Equipment

Having your heating and cooling systems inspected and cleaned annually to maintain their efficiency.  If you have a forced air furnace ensure you replace the filters on a regular basis, at least every 2-3 months, especially during period of higher usage.

You should consider replacing your heating and/or cooling system with a newer higher efficient units, if they are more than 15 years old.  A new unit would greatly reduce your energy consumption.

Exterior

Inspect areas where two different building materials meet, i.e. all exterior corners, where siding and chimney meet, areas where the foundation and bottom of exterior brick or siding meet.

Check the caulking around exterior doors and windows and check whether the exterior storm door and primary door seal tightly.  Look for any cracks in the mortar, foundation and siding and seal with appropriate material.

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  1. Mary Yonkers 01/31/2018 09:57 AM
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Rainmaker
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Doris Freeman
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Great information to share with clients, Thanks

Jan 28, 2018 07:30 AM #1
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Kristin Johnston - REALTOR®
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Thanks for sharing your information....have a wonderful Sunday!

Jan 28, 2018 07:51 AM #2
Rainmaker
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Thank you Kristin Johnston - REALTOR® , you have a wonderful day as well!  Thanks for stopping by..

Jan 28, 2018 07:58 AM #3
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Will Hamm
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Hello Gloria,  Great information and one that I think more people should look into for there homes.

 

Jan 28, 2018 09:33 AM #4
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Gloria Valvasori, Accredited Senior Agent
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Hello Doris Freeman thanks for stopping by.. and for your feedback.  Have a lovely Sunday

Jan 28, 2018 09:36 AM #5
Rainmaker
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Gloria Valvasori, Accredited Senior Agent
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Good afternoon Will Hamm thank you so much for stopping by my blog, and for your comment.. much appreciated!

Jan 28, 2018 09:36 AM #6
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Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD
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You're so right, those energy vampires can silently suck up watts even when they are turned off. Your tips are great, Gloria and will save homeowner's money. 

Jan 28, 2018 10:04 AM #7
Rainmaker
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Gloria Valvasori, Accredited Senior Agent
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Hello Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD thank you for stopping by my blog.. and for your feedback!  Much appreciated.. Have a lovely afternoon

Jan 28, 2018 10:06 AM #8
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Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
DFW FINE PROPERTIES - Flower Mound, TX
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Hi Gloria Valvasori, Accredited Senior Agent - This is great information! Saving money in the long run when you do things right the first time goes a long way in energy savings and more money one will have for other things rather than pay more for drafty dwellings. 

Jan 29, 2018 07:02 AM #9
Rainer
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Thank you for sharing your information.

Jan 30, 2018 07:02 AM #10
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Laura Cerrano
Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island - Locust Valley, NY
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I can see how energy efficiency could be a really great importance with in the next five years even more than it is now with the population growth especially

Jan 30, 2018 05:56 PM #11
Rainmaker
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Gloria Valvasori, Accredited Senior Agent
BETTER HOMES AND GARDENS REAL ESTATE SIGNATURE SERVICE - Mississauga, ON
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Laura Cerrano absolutely, it is important to save energy as much as we can..

Jan 30, 2018 05:58 PM #12
Rainmaker
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Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

This is good information to share with home owners.

I hope you are enjoying a most productive month.

Jan 31, 2018 06:43 AM #13
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Mary Yonkers
Alan Kells School of Real Estate/Howard Hanna Real Estate - Erie, PA
Erie/PA Real Estate Instructor

Gloria Valvasori, Accredited Senior Agent Lots of useful information in this post. 

Everyone needs to focus on saving energy. Thanks.

Jan 31, 2018 09:49 AM #14
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Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
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Gloria, thanks to our friend Mary Yonkers  I am here, I guess we never connected over time...great post and great advice, thought I mention it, but you knew that already:)Endre

Feb 01, 2018 10:34 PM #15
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Gloria Valvasori, Accredited Senior Agent
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Good morning, Endre, thanks so much for taking the time to comment on my post.. I have seen you here on AR before and have read some of your posts... guess we jsut never crossed paths.. but now we have!

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