You hear the term energy efficiency tossed around often, but you may not give it a lot of thought. While energy-efficient appliances and the like may benefit the environment, they can benefit you as well. When you’re buying a home, there are a few key things to look for so you don’t end up with a hefty energy bill.
Windows and Siding
Conditions outside the home always have an impact on the temperature inside the home and your energy costs. Check homes for updated windows and siding to save energy. Double-paned windows and new siding can make a huge difference in your heating and cooling bill.
Water heater, furnace and air conditioner are the largest users of energy in a home. When buying a new home check the energy ratings of all these appliances. Older homes often have mechanic systems that are well beyond their peak which can increase your energy bill.
Kitchen appliances including the stove, fridge and dishwasher as well as the washer and dryer create daily energy drains that add up fast. Look at the age of these appliances and find any energy ratings you can when shopping for a new home. Also check the water flow of the dishwasher and washer for savings on your water bill.
Attics are no fun, but you need to pop your head up there to check for a major energy-saver. Have your inspector check the R value of the insulation in the attic, it’s likely the same throughout the house. The higher the R value, the more efficiently you’ll be able to heat or cool your home.
Check the Numbers
Your agent is able to find the average monthly cost for energy and water within the past year. If the numbers feel high, think through what may be draining or saving energy in the home. Use this information to make an informed decision about whether or not you want to move ahead with the purchase of the home.
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