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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! 8232 Kanter Avenue, Norfolk, VA 23518

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8232 Kanter Avenue, Norfolk, VA 23518

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Spacious Roosevelt Gardens Ranch!

Property Details for 8232 Kanter AVE, Norfolk, VA 23518

Spacious Ranch in the established Roosevelt Gardens neighborhood is sure to please. This quiet community offers everything nearby… bay front beaches, military bases, schools, neighborhood park, community rec 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 dog run. Don’t miss this great opportunity. Call for your private showing today!

Listing Details

  •  Single Family
  •  10202212
    REIN

Schools

Interior Features

  •  3
  •  1
  •  1
  •  1,622
  •  Perm Attic Stairs, Window Treatments; Flooring: Carpet, Ceramic, Wood
  •  Dishwasher, Dryer, Microwave, Elec Range, Refrigerator, Washer
  •  Central Air
  •  Nat Gas

Exterior & Lot Details

  •  1
  •  Ranch
  •  Storage Shed; Fencing: Back Fenced, Chain Link, Full, Wood Fence
  •  Brick, Vinyl
  •  Multi Car, Driveway Spc
  •  City/County; City/County;
  •  1955
  •  Not Waterfront
  •  No Pool

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SOLD! 435 Monticello Avenue Unit #400B, Norfolk, VA 23510

Street view of building that unit 435 Monticello Avenue Unit#400B, Norfolk, VA 23510, is located in 435 Monticello Avenue Unit #400B, Norfolk, VA 23510, Norfolk VA

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Downtown Loft With Views!

Property Details for 435 Monticello AVE #400B, Norfolk, VA 23510

BBEAUTIFUL Downtown Norfolk Unit available in the sought after Welton Loft’s. Fantastic views of the city, walking distance to many restaurants and other activities. New wood flooring, ceramic backsplash and granite countertops are just a few of the amazing finishes. The charm of the original building exude in this space from the exposed brick walls, concrete ceilings, exposed piping and part of the original spiral staircase. With walls of windows you will have amazing views of the city! HVAC just replaced in Feb. 2018! Call today and let’s take a look at your next home!

Listing Details

  •  DOWNTOWN AREA
  •  435 Monticello AVE #400B
  •  Norfolk
  •  VA
  •  23510
  •  11 – West Norfolk
  •  Condo/Townhouse/Co-Op
  •  10198026
    REIN

Schools

  •  Blair Middle
  •  Walter Herron Taylor Elementary
  •  Maury

Interior Features

  •  1
  •  1.1
  •  1
  •  1
  •  1,130
  •  Walk-In Closet; Flooring: Ceramic, Wood
  •  Dishwasher, Disposal, Dryer, Elec Range, Refrigerator, Washer
  •  Central Air
  •  Heat Pump

Exterior & Lot Details

  •  1
  •  Mid Rise; 1 Living Lvl, Corner Unit, Loft
  •  Brick
  •  Close to Mass Transit
  •  City/County; City/County;
  •  1920
  •  Elevator, Sewer, Trash Pickup, Water
  •  484 sq ft
  •  Not Waterfront
  •  No Pool

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SOLD! 1403 Marsh Wren Circle, Portsmouth, VA 23703

Front of condo located at 1403 Marsh Wren Circle, Portsmouth, VA 23703
1403 Marsh Wren Circle, Portsmouth, VA 23703

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Beautiful End Unit Condo With Lots Of Living Space!

Property Details for 1403 Marsh Wren CIR, Portsmouth, VA 23703

Beautiful end unit condo with lots of living space. Open floor plan with vaulted ceilings. Hardwood floors throughout. Master bedroom with a new barn style door. Walk onto the patio for your coffee or relaxation with a view of the water. Centrally located to shopping, interstates as well as military bases. A definite must see!

Listing Details

  •  Condo/Townhouse/Co-Op
  •  10207376
    REIN

Schools

Interior Features

  •  3
  •  2
  •  2
  •  1,646
  •  Cathedral Ceiling; Flooring: Vinyl, Wood
  •  220 V Elec, Dishwasher, Dryer, Dryer Hookup, Microwave, Elec Range, Refrigerator, Washer, Washer Hookup
  •  Heat Pump
  •  Heat Pump

Exterior & Lot Details

  •  1
  •  Townhouse; 2 Living Lvl
  •  Vinyl
  •  Garage Att 1 Car
  •  City/County; City/County;
  •  2002
  •  Clubhouse, Ground Maint, Pool, Security, Trash Pickup
  •  1 acre(s)
  •  Not Waterfront
  •  No Pool

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GONE! 8131 Ships Crossing Road, Norfolk VA 23518

Front of condo located at 8131 Ships Crossing Road, Norfolk VA 23518 8131 Ships Crossing Road, Norfolk VA 23518

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Ocean View Condo With Pool, Clubhouse, Fitness Center!

Property Details for 8131 Ships Crossing RD, Norfolk, VA 23518

This beautiful condo features an upgraded kitchen to include granite counter tops with matching back splash, stainless steel appliances, deep sink and more. Gorgeous OPEN FLOOR PLAN with 2 MASTER SUITES, showcasing HUGE WALK-IN CLOSETS, 2.5 baths, LOFT reading/sitting area, dining area and den. This 2-bedroom, 2.5 bathroom condo is much larger than most other 2 bedroom condos in the area. A tranquil WATERFRONT MARINA COMMUNITY WITH POOL, CLUBHOUSE & FITNESS CENTER. Enjoy your private patio, nearby beaches and easy access to the Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek-Fort Story formerly the Naval Amphibious Base, Little Creek and the Norfolk Naval Base.

Interior Features

  •  2
  •  2.1
  •  2
  •  1
  •  1,533
  •  Bar, Scuttle Access, Walk-In Closet; Flooring: Carpet, Vinyl
  •  Dishwasher, Disposal, Dryer, Microwave, Elec Range, Washer
  •  Central Air,Heat Pump
  •  Heat Pump

Exterior & Lot Details

  •  2
  •  2 Unit Condo
  •  Patio, Storage Shed; Fencing: Other
  •  Aluminum, Brick
  •  Assigned/Reserved
  •  City/County; City/County;
  •  2014
  •  Clubhouse, Dock, Exercise Rm, Ground Maint, Pool
  •  Deep Water, Deep Water Access, Dock, Lake, N
  •  No Pool

Listing Details

  •  OCEAN VIEW
  •  8131 Ships Crossing RD
  •  Norfolk
  •  VA
  •  23518
  •  13 – North Norfolk
  •  Condo/Townhouse/Co-Op
  •  10198551

Schools

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SOLD! 4401 Hubbard Ave, Suffolk, VA 23435

Front of home located at 4401 Hubbard Ave, Suffolk, VA 23435 4401 Hubbard Ave, Suffolk, VA 23435

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Very spacious 3 bedroom 2 bath home

Description

Very spacious 3 bedroom 2 bath home, 2 double car detached garage with room and bath over garage. 2 car attached garage with bonus room over garage.

Listing Information

    • Address: 4401 Hubbard AVE
    • City: Suffolk
    • State: VA
    • Area: 61 – Northeast Suffolk
    • Listing ID: 10154389
    • Property Type:SINGLE

Property Information

    • Style: Contemp
    • Bedrooms: 3
    • Total Baths: 2
    • Year Built: 1996
    • Sq ft: 1971
    • Lot Size: 0.37 acre(s)
    • A/C: Heat Pump
    • Heat: Heat Pump,Programmable Thermostat
    • Appliances: 220 V Elec,Dryer,Elec Range,Refrigerator,Washer,Washer Hookup
    • Interior: Fireplace Electric,Skylights; Flooring: Carpet,Vinyl
    • Exterior: Deck,Patio
    • Construction:Aluminum,Vinyl
    • Garage: Garage Att 2 Car,Garage Det 2
    • Pool: No Pool
    • Utilities: City/County; City/County;
  • Water front: Not Waterfront

School Information

    • Grade School: Creekside Elementary
    • Middle School: John Yeates Middle
  • High School: Nansemond River

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Gone! 120 James Landing Road, Newport News, VA 23606

Front of house located at 120 James Landing Road, Newport News, VA 23606
120 James Landing Road, Newport News, VA 23606

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Beautiful Colonial Home On Half Acre!

Property Details for 120 James Landing RD, Newport News, VA 23606

Beautiful colonial home on over 1/2 acre corner lot. Kitchen has newer cabinets and stainless steal appliances. This home features a large den with fireplace, large bedrooms with walk in closets. Roof is newer and water heater is less than 5 years old. Large bonus room with full bathroom over the garage.

Listing Details

  •  Single Family
  •  10197080
    REIN

Schools

Interior Features

  •  4
  •  3.1
  •  3
  •  1
  •  2,730
  •  Fireplace Wood, Scuttle Access, Walk-In Closet; Flooring: Carpet, Vinyl, Wood
  •  Dishwasher, Dryer, Microwave, Elec Range, Refrigerator, Washer
  •  Central Air
  •  Nat Gas

Exterior & Lot Details

  •  2
  •  Colonial, Traditional
  •  Aluminum, Brick
  •  Garage Att 2 Car, 2 Space
  •  City/County; City/County;
  •  1974
  •  0.54 acre(s)
  •  Not Waterfront
  •  No Pool

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Gone! 114 Bluff Terrace, Newport News, VA 23602

Front of property located at 114 Bluff Terrace, Newport News, VA 23602 114 Bluff Terrace, Newport News, VA 23602

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Remodeled Condo With Granite Countertops, Open Layout!

Property Details for 114 Bluff TER, Newport News, VA 23602

Stop looking for that perfect home…this is it! This 2002 condo was just remodeled a few years ago with granite counters, upgraded cabinets and has a nice open layout. Walk to the end of the neighborhood for a beautiful view of the Warwick River and Deep Creek Inlet. In these nice summer evening sit on the screened back porch or in front of the fireplace this fall and winter! Call today and lets take a look at your next home.

Listing Details

  •  Condo/Townhouse/Co-Op
  •  10207313
    REIN

Schools

Interior Features

  •  3
  •  2.1
  •  2
  •  1
  •  1,679
  •  Flooring: Carpet, Ceramic
  •  220 V Elec, Dishwasher, Disposal, Dryer, Microwave, Gas Range, Refrigerator, Washer
  •  Central Air,Heat Pump
  •  Forced Hot Air,Nat Gas

Exterior & Lot Details

  •  2
  •  Traditional
  •  Brick, Vinyl
  •  Garage Att 1 Car
  •  City/County; City/County;
  •  2002
  •  Ground Maint
  •  4356 sq ft
  •  Not Waterfront
  •  No Pool

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SOLD! 337 George Washington Highway N, Chesapeake, VA 23323

Front of home located at 337 George Washington Highway N, Chesapeake, VA 23323 337 George Washington Highway N, Chesapeake, VA 23323

Charming Deep Creek House!

Property Details for 337 George Washington HWY N, Chesapeake, VA 23323

Dont miss the opportunity to own a piece of history! This home was built in 1859 and has all the charm of the older homes with most of the upgrades and conveniences you are looking for today. This 4 bedroom 3.5 bath home has tons of character and lots of space. The basement has lots of space with a fireplace for those cool fall nights. Take a look at this one today.

Listing Details

  •  Single Family
  •  10206212
    REIN

Schools

Interior Features

  •  4
  •  3.1
  •  3
  •  1
  •  3,144
  •  Flooring: Ceramic, Wood
  •  Dishwasher, Disposal, Dryer, Microwave, Elec Range, Refrigerator, Washer Hookup
  •  Central Air
  •  Heat Pump

Exterior & Lot Details

  •  3
  •  Colonial
  •  Fencing: Back Fenced, Wood Fence
  •  Brick, Vinyl
  •  Driveway Spc
  •  City/County; City/County;
  •  1859
  •  0.35 acre(s)
  •  150.64 X 95
  •  Not Waterfront
  •  No Pool

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GONE! 309 Oak Lake Run, Chesapeake VA 23320

Front of house for sale located at 309 Oak Lake Run, Chesapeake VA 23320 309 Oak Lake Run, Chesapeake VA 23320

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Charming Knells Ridge House With First Floor Bedroom!

Property Details for 309 Oak Lake RN, Chesapeake, VA 23320

Lovely home with colorful charm and personality! Must see to appreciate. Hardwood floors in front living area, carpeted upstairs and in bedrooms. This charming home is perfect for those needing a downstairs bedroom!! Full bath upstairs and downstairs. New sliding doors that lead from the formal dining room to the patio area. Conveniently located in Chesapeake and close to dining, shopping and highway access. Condo fee covers your front yard maintenance and personal trash pickup.

Listing Details

  •  Single Family
  •  10176296

Interior Features

  •  3
  •  2
  •  2
  •  1,446
  •  Flooring: Carpet, Ceramic, Wood
  •  Dishwasher, Dryer, Microwave, Elec Range, Refrigerator, Washer
  •  Central Air
  •  Nat Gas

Exterior & Lot Details

  •  2
  •  Traditional
  •  Patio; Fencing: Back Fenced, Privacy, Wood Fence
  •  Vinyl
  •  Garage Att 1 Car, Off Street, Dr
  •  City/County; City/County;
  •  1996
  •  Ground Maint, Trash Pickup
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