Before and After the Sale

The home buying process is stressful and complex so it can be easy to overlook the long term benefits of energy efficient homes. So, we broke it down for you here because we know savings and lower costs are good for you, and energy-efficient is good for everyone. 

Before the Sale

You’ve found a home you love, and it fits all your needs, but don’t forget to ask about what the house can do for you in the long run.

 

Think:         Long-term.

Ask:            Can you tell me about the insulation that comes with this home?

                 

                   What additional options do I have? Can you explain them in detail?

                 

                   Are your homes inspected for potentially compromised seals, leaks, and energy loss? 

                 

                  What type of heating and cooling system is installed? And are there other options available? 

                 

                  How do you incorporate energy-saving methods into the planning/construction of the home?

                 

                  Do you have customization options that create more energy-saving solutions?

 

Owning a home is expensive. It’s rewarding, but we aren’t blind to the maintenance and upkeep of a home over time. That’s why having an energy-efficient home is important. It saves you time and money.

Owning a home doesn’t have to mean breaking the bank. 

After the Sale, Energy-Safe Preservation

Now that you’ve sealed the deal and you’re officially a homeowner, there’s an endless list of things you can do to increase the efficiency of your home.

 

Here are a few that we’ve found to help conserve energy:

  • Make the switch to LED lightbulbs. You’ll be surprised at how this simple change can bring long-lasting dividends. 

 

  • If your washing machine has a cold wash setting, utilize it! Cold washes can result in less energy used.

 

  • Get your daily dose of vitamin D… meaning let the natural light in! Open up the blinds, throw open the shutters and give your light bulbs a rest! 

 

  • Do you need to use your dryer? Pull out the clothespins once in a while. This is especially helpful on hot summer days to avoid overheating your house.

 

  • Clean or replace all filters in your home regularly. Dirty filters make your system work hard and run longer than necessary. Bonus tip: write the date on the filter to keep track of how old the filter is.

 

Any Tips?

Do you have any energy saving tips or tricks? We’d love to hear about them!

 

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