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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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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! 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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SOLD! 831 Lexington St, Norfolk, VA 23504

831 Lexington St, Norfolk, VA 23504
831 Lexington St, Norfolk, VA 23504

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Well Maintained! Large Yard!

Well maintained, almost like new, one owner home, with eat-in kitchen, newer appliances, heat pump, water heater, etc. Front porch and large partially fenced backyard. One year home warranty plan. spaces! YOU WILL NOT BE DISAPPOINTED!!! Traditional, Huntersville, 23504, Cable TV Hookup, Ceiling Fan, Security Sys, Refrigerator, Elec Range, Disposal, Washer, Dryer, Walk-In Closet, Window Treatments, Storage Shed, Attic, Breakfast Area, Foyer, Porch, Utility Closet, Street, Warranty Plan, Heat Pump, Central Air, Jacox Elementary, Lafayette-Winona Middle, Granby High School!

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Gone! 518 Rivers Reach, Unit #202, Virginia Beach Va, 23452

Front of 518 Rivers Reach, Unit #202, Virginia Beach Va, 23452
518 Rivers Reach, Unit #202, Virginia Beach Va, 23452

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Lynnhaven Area Condo With Community Pool!

Super cute 2 bedroom 2 bath condo located in Lynnhaven area of Virginia Beach. This condo offers spacious bedrooms, wood flooring in living area, fireplace and finished sun room. Community pool awaits you for summertime! St. Albans Glen, Lyme Regis, Contemp, Ceiling Fan, Dryer, Dishwasher, Disposal, Elec Range, Refrigerator, Washer, Storage Shed, Assgnd/Resrvd, Water, Trash Pickup, Pool, Security, Ground Maint, Pet Restrictions, Vacant, Heat Pump, Central Air, Brookwood Elementary, Plaza Middle, Princess Anne High School!

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GONE! 4001 Dock Landing Rd, Chesapeake VA , 23321

4001 Dock Landing Rd, Chesapeake VA , 23321
4001 Dock Landing Rd, Chesapeake VA , 23321

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Beautiful, Spacious and Custom!

You must see this beautiful, spacious, custom all brick home. Features 2 side stairways, 5 lg bdrms w/ access to full bath. 1st flr master massive closets. Custom kitchen island w/lights storage & seating, formal/living & dining rooms. Nice flow for entertaining. Call today for an appt. Traditional, Western Branch, Riverbend, Front-mounted Range Controls, Main Floor Laundry, Attic Fan, Cable TV Hookup, Ceiling Fan, Gar Door Opener, Jetted Tub, Security Sys, 220 V Elec, Dishwasher, Elec Range, Refrigerator, Washer, Dryer, Skylights, Walk-In Closet, Window Treatments, Wood Burning Stove, Corner, Deck, Storage Shed, Breakfast Area, Fin. Rm Over Gar, First Floor Master Bedroom, Pantry, Sun Room, Utility Room, Multi Car, Attached, Garage, Natl Gas, Wood, Zoned, Central Air, Zoned, Western Branch Primary, Western Branch Middle, Western Branch High School!

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SOLD! 3641 Montgomery St, Norfolk VA 23513

3641 Montgomery St, Norfolk VA 23513
3641 Montgomery St, Norfolk VA 23513

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Cape Cod Ranch With In Ground Pool!

Home to have built in equity w/ updates! Spacious rooms with oak floors, new refrigerator in kitchen., vinyl windows 2006, furnace 2008, family room and sunroom + walkin utility rm. Turn upstairs room into a master w/ in-law suite!  Lanai w/ outdoor grilling area + cabinets, inground salt water pool + plenty of room to run outside! Shed sold as is. Cape Cod, Ranch, 23513, Estabrook, Cable TV Hookup, Ceiling Fan, Security Sys, Dryer, Microwave, Gas Range, Refrigerator, Washer, Scuttle Access, Window Treatments, Patio, Storage Shed, Converted Gar, 1st FBR, First Floor Master Bedroom, Screened Porch, Sun Room, Utility Room, 2 Car, Close to Mass Transit, Driveway Spc, Street, In Ground Pool, Hot Water, Natl Gas, Radiator, Sherwood Forest Elementary, Norview Middle, Norview High School!

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SOLD! 3440 Bob White Ln, Suffolk VA , 23435

3440 Bob White Ln, Suffolk VA , 23435
3440 Bob White Ln, Suffolk VA , 23435

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Huge Bayberry Cove Home!

2 Masters,. one up and one down. Great home with huge 3 seasons room Upstairs. Master is Massive with double entry and private ensuite and jetted tub. Large Living and Formal spaces to Entertain. Wooded lot and over sized garage. Very large home. A Must See to Appreciate. Transitional, Bayberry Cove, Cable TV Hookup, Security Sys, Dryer, Washer, Refrigerator, Elec Range, Dishwasher, Gas Firepl, Pull Down Attic Stairs, Walk-In Closet, Window Treatments, Wooded, Deck, Inground Sprinkler, Office, Study, 2 Car, Attached, Garage, Driveway Spc, Forced Hot Air, Natl Gas, Zoned, Central Air, Zoned, Driver Elementary, John Yeates Middle, Nansemond River High School!

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SOLD! 3 Crabtree Court, Portsmouth VA , 23703

3 Crabtree Court, Portsmouth VA , 23703
3 Crabtree Court, Portsmouth VA , 23703

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3 Bedroom, 2 Bathroom Ranch on Cul-de-sac with New HVAC System!

Lovely 3 bdrms, 2 full baths home w’ eat-in-kitchen & completed room over the garage. Large living rm w’ fireplace with dining room leading to lrg deck. Entire home freshly painted. New HVAC system. Quiet cul-de-sac in sought out neighborhood. $2500 carpet allowance. Deck to be repaired w’ contract. Ranch, Merrifields, Main Floor Laundry, Attic Fan, Cable TV Hookup, Ceiling Fan, Gar Door Opener, 220 V Elec, Washer, Dryer, Dishwasher, Elec Range, Refrigerator, Gas Firepl, Mstr Bdr Firepl, Walk-In Closet, Attic, Fin. Rm Over Gar, Utility Room, 1 Car, Attached, Garage, Off Street, Driveway Spc, Electric, Heat Pump W/A, Central Air, Heat Pump, Churchland Elementary, Churchland Middle, Churchland High School!

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SOLD! 225 A View Ave, Norfolk VA , 23503

225 A View Ave, Norfolk VA , 23503
225 A View Ave, Norfolk VA , 23503

SOLD! Chesapeake Bay Condo! Walk To Beach!

Quaint 2 bedroom condo on the first floor just 2 blocks to the Chesapeake Bay! Great size kitchen and living room. 2 Full baths. Don’t miss this great investment! Cable TV Hookup, Ceiling Fan, Cable TV Hookup, Ceiling Fan, Refrigerator, Dishwasher, Elec Range, Disposal, Washer, Dryer, Refrigerator, Dishwasher, Elec Range, Disposal, Washer, Dryer, Parking, 1 Car, Assgnd/Resrvd, Central Air, Heat Pump, Ocean View Elementary, Northside Middle School, Granby High School

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