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Eleven Ways To Make Your Home Energy Efficient And Pay Smaller Bills!

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Energy Efficiency Tips

According to one study, making no cost/low cost changes can boost your home’s value $18,000. Why not implement some of the following suggestions to make your home more energy efficient?

1. Lower the thermostat on your water heater. If your hot tap water is too hot to touch, lower the temperature a few degrees.

2. Check for air leaking around doors. A lot of the air you pay to heat or cool escapes through unsealed doors. Install or replace worn weather stripping. Replace broken or missing storm doors.

3. Close the air vents in rooms not in use. For example, close the vents and shut the door to an unused guest room.

4. Keep heat producers far from your thermostat in summer. Floor lamps and televisions can significantly raise the temperature in the area near a thermostat, turning on your air conditioner too often.

5. Clean your furnace and air conditioner filters. Replace existing dirty air conditioner or furnace filters. During heavy use periods, replacement is recommended every 30 days.

6. Operate large appliances during low-use periods in summer. Use your washer and dryer and other heat-producers early in the morning or late at night. Use the air-dry method on your dishwasher to save energy.

7. Request an energy audit. Contact your local utility company to request a free energy audit. Most electric and gas companies will check for proper insulation, find cracks in the eaves or roof that could leak energy, and make recommendations for improvements. Some electric companies offer low-cost financing for such improvements.

8. Replace existing insulation. A proper barrier keeps heat and cold from penetrating your home’s exterior and provides for even temperatures between rooms. The EPA recently reported that proper ceiling insulation may reduce electric bills 20%.

9. Replace existing appliances. If money is no object, replace old appliances with Energy Star appliances, specifically created to optimize energy consumption. If your budget limits you to replacing one appliance, buy a new refrigerator; a new model could knock off 25% of your electric bill.

10. Buy new light bulbs. Replace incandescent bulbs with fluorescent.

11. Contact the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development regarding EEM Mortgages. EEMs provide benefits to borrowers purchasing a home that is energy efficient, or can be made efficient with improvements.

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GONE! 5019 Lansglen Ct, Virginia Beach, VA 23462

Front of Condo located at 5019 Lansglen Court, Unit #17, Virginia Beach Va, 23462 5019 Lansglen Court, Unit #17, Virginia Beach Va, 23462

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Bonney’s Quay Home Near Bases And Beaches!

Property Description

Beautiful 2 bedroom, 2.5 bath town home is located in the sought after community of Bonney’s Quay. Conveniently located near schools, shopping, restaurants, bases, beaches, easy interstate access, this home offers desired amenities close by. The spacious master suite enjoys its own bath, walk-in closet and an adjacent loft/study/workout area. The second bedroom is comfortably large and has plenty of natural light. The downstairs level features a ceramic-tiled foyer entry, dining room, half bath, plus an open great room and kitchen. This gorgeous kitchen offers black appliances matching the black counter tops and bar sitting area. Updated lighting and upgraded fixtures throughout, laminate flooring, and designer paint choices to boot! You’ll love it. Schedule your private showing today!

Key Details

  • Bedrooms 2
  • Full Baths 2
  • Half-Baths 1
  • Square Footage 1,628
  • Year Built 2008
  • MLS Listing ID #10120115

Location

Building

  • Amenities/Restrictions Ground Maint, Trash Pickup
  • Flooring Carpet, Ceramic, Wood
  • Foundation Slab
  • Interior Features Scuttle Access, Walk-In Closet
  • Type of roof Asphalt Shingle
  • Siding Vinyl
  • Total Building Square Footage 1628
  • Stories 2.0000
  • Style Townhouse
  • Unit Description 2 Living Lvl
  • 2008

Land

  • Conforms to Zoning A18

Rooms

  • Total Rooms 5

Structures

  • ParkingDescription 2 Space, Assigned/Reserved
  • Pool Description No Pool

Systems

  • Appliances Dishwasher, Dryer, Microwave, Elec Range, Refrigerator, Washer
  • Cooling System Central Air
  • Equipment Cable Hookup, Ceiling Fan
  • Heating Nat Gas
  • Sewage Type City/County

Water

  • Water Body Type City/County
  • WaterFront Description Not Waterfront

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Gone! 604 D St, Chesapeake VA, 23324

Front of property located at 604 D St, Chesapeake VA, 23324
604 D St, Chesapeake VA, 23324

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Large and Lovely, Stately Home!

Property Description

Lovely, stately home in historical area with lots of space and character.

Key Details

  • Bedrooms 6
  • Full Baths 3
  • Square Footage 2,709
  • Year Built 1906
  • MLS Listing ID #1648430

Location

Water

  • WaterFront Description Not Waterfront
  • Water Body Type City/County

Systems

  • Sewage Type City/County
  • Heating Radiant
  • Equipment Attic Fan, Cable TV Hookup
  • Cooling System Window/Wall
  • Appliances 220 V Elec, Elec Range, Microwave, Washer, Dryer

Structures

  • Pool Description No Pool
  • ParkingDescription 3 Car, Close to Mass Transit, Off Street, Street
  • Fence Type Chain Link, Wood Fence
  • Fence Yes

Rooms

  • Total Rooms 12

Building

  • Style Tri-Level, Victorian
  • Storie s3.0
  • Total Building Square Footage 2709
  • Siding Aluminum
  • Type of roo fSlate
  • Interior Features Cathedral Ceiling, Mstr Bdr Firepl, Scuttle Access, Walk-In Attic, Walk-In Closet
  • Foundation Basement
  • Flooring Carpet, Ceramic
  • Number of Fireplace s2
  • Exterior Features Corner

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GONE! 8232 Kanter Ave, Norfolk Va, 23518

Front of home located at 8232 Kanter Ave, Norfolk Va, 23518 8232 Kanter Ave, Norfolk Va, 23518

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Lovely Roosevelt Gardens Home!

Property Description

Located in the established Roosevelt Gardens neighborhood of Norfolk, this lovely home is sure the please. This quiet community offers everything nearby: Bay front beaches, Military Bases, schools, neighborhood park, Community Recreational Center, shopping, restaurants, and much more! With a professionally converted garage, this home offers a surprisingly spacious floor plan with 3 bedrooms, 1 bath, dining area, living room, a walk-in attic, and bonus room with fireplace. The fenced backyard also provides privacy, storage shed, patio, extended driveway for boat storage, and a dog run! Don’t miss this great opportunity…you’ll be glad you visited! Call for your showing today!

Key Details

  • Bedrooms 3
  • Full Baths 1
  • Square Footage 1,622
  • Year Built 1955
  • MLS Listing ID #10124956

Location

Building

  • Exterior Features Storage Shed
  • Number of Fireplaces 1
  • Flooring Carpet, Vinyl, Wood
  • Foundation Crawl
  • Interior Features Perm Attic Stairs, Window Treatments
  • Type of roof Asphalt Shingle
  • Siding Brick
  • Total Building Square Footage 1622
  • Stories 1.0000
  • Style Ranch

Land

  • Conforms to Zoning R-6

Rooms

  • Total Rooms 8

Structures

  • Parking DescriptionDriveway Spc, Multi Car
  • Pool Description No Pool

Systems

  • Appliances Dishwasher, Dryer, Microwave, Elec Range, Refrigerator, Washer
  • Cooling System Central Air
  • Equipment Attic Fan, Cable Hookup, Ceiling Fan, Security Sys
  • Heating Nat Gas
  • Sewage Type City/County

Water

  • Water Body Type City/County
  • WaterFront Description Not Waterfront

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SOLD! 257 Harrier St, Virginia Beach Va, 23462

Den of townhouse located at 257 Harrier St, Virginia Beach Va, 23462 257 Harrier St, Virginia Beach Va, 23462

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Beautifully Upgraded Corner Condo in Northridge!

Property Description

Move-In ready! Beautifully upgraded corner unit 3 bedroom, 1-1/2 bath townhome with new stainless steel appliances, new carpet upstairs and new glistening wood floors downstairs. Freshly painted and updated bathrooms. Separate laundry room and ceiling fans in all bedrooms. Storage shed and 2 off street parking spaces. Close to town center, interstate & shopping.

Key Details

  • Bedrooms 3
  • Full Baths 1
  • Half-Baths 1
  • Square Footage 1,440
  • Year Built 1982
  • MLS Listing ID #10129975

Location

Building

  • Exterior Features Patio, Storage Shed
  • Flooring Carpet, Wood
  • Foundation Slab
  • Green Certification Rating Storm Doors
  • Interior Features Walk-In Closet, Window Treatments
  • Type of roof Asphalt Shingle
  • Siding Vinyl
  • Total Building Square Footage 1440
  • Stories 2.0000
  • Style Townhouse

Rooms

  • Total Rooms 5

Structures

  • Parking Description 2 Space, Driveway Spc, Off Street
  • Pool Description No Pool

Systems

  • Appliances Dishwasher, Dryer, Microwave, Elec Range, Refrigerator, Washer Hookup
  • Cooling System Central Air, Heat Pump
  • Equipment Ceiling Fan, None
  • Heating Heat Pump, Hot Water
  • Sewage Type City/County

Water

  • Water Body Type City/County
  • WaterFront Description Not Waterfront

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SOLD! 840 W Lake Circle, Chesapeake Va, 23322

Front of Townhome located at 840 W Lake Circle, Chesapeake Va, 23322 840 W Lake Circle, Chesapeake Va, 23322

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Beautiful Condo With Two Master Suites!

Property Description

Stunning two bedroom and two and a half bathroom condo. Two master suites with with vaulted ceilings and wonderful natural light. This condo provides you with a beautiful view of the lake and fountain and quaint backyard to escape in. Brand new carpet throughout and freshly painted. Two assigned parking spots just out your front door and plenty of visitor parking just across the street. Don’t miss out on this well kept community.

Key Details

  • Bedrooms 2
  • Full Baths 2
  • Half-Baths 1
  • Square Footage 1,426
  • Year Built 1999
  • MLS Listing ID #10131953

Location

  • Street Address 840 W Lake Cir

Building

  • Amenities/Restrictions Clubhouse, Ground Maint, Trash Pickup, Water
  • Exterior Features Patio
  • Number of Fireplaces 1
  • Flooring Carpet, Ceramic
  • Foundation Slab
  • Interior Features Fireplace Gas-natural
  • Type of roof Asphalt Shingle
  • Siding Brick, Vinyl
  • Total Building Square Footage 1426
  • Stories 2.0000
  • Style Traditional
  • Unit level 1
  • View Water

Rooms

  • Total Rooms 5

Structures

  • Parking Description 2 Space, Assigned/Reserved
  • Pool Description No Pool

Systems

  • Appliances Dishwasher, Dryer, Microwave, Elec Range, Refrigerator, Washer
  • Cooling System Central Air
  • Equipment Cable Hookup, Ceiling Fan
  • Heating Hot Water, Nat Gas, Programmable Thermostat
  • Sewage Type City/County

Water

  • Water Body Type City/County
  • Waterfront Yes
  • WaterFront Description Pond

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SOLD! 140 Paige Riddick Rd, Gates County Nc, 27937

Front of house located at 140 Paige Riddick Rd, Gates County Nc, 27937
140 Paige Riddick Rd, Gates County Nc, 27937

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4 Bedroom, 2 bathroom, Near State Line!

Property Description

Very well maintained 4 bedroom 2 bath home less than 1 mile from the state line. Great location for someone looking to live in Gates county but commutes to Suffolk or Franklin. Beautiful laminate wood flooring in the open living room, dining room and den area. Carpet in the bedrooms. Huge double closets in the master bedroom. All appliances including washer and dryer will convey with the property! Ample storage space in the attic. 14′ round above ground pool and a redwood playset in the 130x70ft fenced backyard. 10×12 detached shed. Home is move in ready! Agent is licensed in North Carolina #278320.

Key Details

  • Bedrooms 4
  • Full Baths 2
  • Square Footage 2,052
  • Acreage 1.4
  • Year Built 2009
  • MLS Listing ID #10105321

Location

Building

  • Flooring Carpet, Laminate, Vinyl
  • Foundation Slab
  • Type of roof Asphalt Shingle
  • Siding Vinyl
  • Total Building Square Footage 2052
  • Stories 1.0000
  • Style Modular

Rooms

  • Total Rooms 6

Structures

  • Parking Description Driveway Spc, Off Street
  • Pool Description Above Ground Pool

Systems

  • Appliances Dishwasher, Dryer, Elec Range, Microwave, Refrigerator, Washer
  • Cooling System Central Air
  • Equipment Ceiling Fan
  • Heating Heat Pump
  • Sewage Type Septic

Water

  • Water Body Type City/County
  • WaterFront Description Not Waterfront

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SOLD! 2223 Rock Creek Dr, Chesapeake Va, 23325

Front of home located at 2223 Rock Creek Dr, Chesapeake Va, 23325 2223 Rock Creek Dr, Chesapeake Va, 23325

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Brick Ranch In Cul-De-Sac With Gourmet Kitchen!

Property Description

Solid brick ranch in established neighborhood with many updates. Large Cul De Sac Lot, covered front porch, lots of off street parking and attached 2 car garage. Updated Gourmet Chef’s kitchen with high end appliances, dual fuel stove, lots of counter space, double pantry and tile backsplash. Large laundry room with folding area. Hardwood floors throughout. Formal living and dining room and large den with Refinished wood burning stone fireplace. New French doors open to back patio, and large covered porch on front of the house. Two elevated garden boxes in back. Many windows replaced. Lots of closet space. Newer HVAC And water heater. Great floor plan with easy flow. Must see today. Owner holds a VA real estate license.

Key Details

  • Bedrooms 4
  • Full Baths 2
  • Half-Baths 1
  • Square Footage 2,743
  • Acreage 0.04
  • Year Built 1972
  • MLS Listing ID #10114711

Location

Water

  • WaterFront Description Not Waterfront
  • Water Body Type City/County

Systems

  • Sewage Type City/County
  • Heating Forced Hot Air, None
  • Equipment Cable Hookup, Ceiling Fan
  • Cooling System Central Air
  • Appliances Dishwasher, Dryer, Gas Range, Refrigerator, Washer

Structures

  • Pool Description No Pool
  • Parking Description Driveway Spc, Garage Att 2 Car
  • Has Garage 1
  • Garage Dimensions 648

Rooms

  • Total Rooms 8

Land

  • Lot Size Side 123

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SOLD! 335 Puddin Ridge Rd, Moyock, NC 27958

Front of house located at 335 Puddin Ridge Rd, Moyock, NC 27958 335 Puddin Ridge Rd, Moyock, NC 27958

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Beautiful Moyock Home On Over 10 Acres!

Property Description

Beautiful move in ready horse property located in Moyock. This property has it all!! 3 Bedroom 2 Bath home located on 10.39 acres. Close to hwy 168 for commuting to Virginia or the OBX. 5 Stall barn with a 10×10 tack room. 3 pastures and a separate paddock. All fenced with RAMM fencing. The home also offers a detached 1 bedroom in law suite with a full bathroom. 1 car attached garage and 3 car detached garage (34×24). There is also a separate barn set up for chickens, a cleared trail for riding, detached living space for entertaining or to sit on the covered porch to watch the horses, a pond with a covered arbor, an equipment shed and a gardening shed.

Key Details

  • Bedrooms 3
  • Full Baths 2
  • Square Footage 2,068
  • Acreage 10.39
  • Year Built 1991
  • MLS Listing ID #10132188

Location

Building

  • Exterior Features Barn, Horses Allowed, Stable, Storage Shed
  • Flooring Carpet, Ceramic, Wood
  • Foundation Crawl
  • Interior Features Fireplace Wood, Master BR FP, Walk-In Closet
  • Type of roof Asphalt Shingle
  • Siding Vinyl
  • Total Building Square Footage 2068
  • Stories 1.0000
  • Style Ranch
  • View Wooded

Rooms

  • Total Rooms 7

Structures

  • Has Garage Yes
  • Parking Description Garage Att 1 Car, Garage Det 3+ Car
  • Pool Description No Pool

Systems

  • Appliances 220 V Elec, Dryer, Microwave, Gas Range, Refrigerator, Washer
  • Cooling System Central Air
  • Equipment Ceiling Fan, Gar Door Opener
  • Heating Heat Pump
  • Sewage Type Septic

Water

  • Water Body Type Well
  • WaterFront Description Not Waterfront

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SOLD! 5956 Eagle Point, Portsmouth Va, 23703

Front of house located at 5956 Eagle Point, Portsmouth Va, 23703 5956 Eagle Point, Portsmouth Va, 23703

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Gorgeous Hidden Cove Home With Tons Of Upgrades!

Property Description

Gorgeous home in a lovely community! This home offers TONS of upgrades! Brand new hot water heater just weeks old, newer HVAC, windows, floors, recessed lighting in the office area, re-built fence, garage door, entry door, granite in kitchen and baths, new modern sinks and floors…..SO MUCH!!! There is a built in office area perfect for the home office, a bi-level deck overlooking a large back yard area. You are going to love the finished room over the garage that can easily be used for that 4th bedroom. This home is perfect for you!!!!

Key Details

  • Bedrooms 4
  • Full Baths 2
  • Half-Baths 1
  • Square Footage 2,318
  • Year Built 2000
  • MLS Listing ID #10122882

Location

Building

  • Exterior Features Deck
  • Number of Fireplaces 1
  • Flooring Carpet, Laminate, Wood
  • Foundation Crawl
  • Interior Features Fireplace Gas-natural, Walk-In Closet, Window Treatments
  • Type of roof Asphalt Shingle
  • Siding Vinyl
  • Total Building Square Footage 2318
  • Stories 2.0000
  • Style Traditional
  • 2000

Rooms

  • Total Rooms 7

Structures

  • Has Garage 1
  • Parking Description 2 Space, Driveway Spc, Garage Att 2 Car
  • Pool Description No Pool

Systems

  • Appliances Dishwasher, Dryer, Microwave, Range, Refrigerator, Washer
  • Cooling System Central Air
  • Equipment Cable Hookup, Ceiling Fan
  • Heating Nat Gas
  • Sewage Type City/County

Water

  • WaterFront Description Not Waterfront

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