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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! 1705 Dancers Court, Virginia Beach VA 23464

Front of property located at 1705 Dancers Court, Virginia Beach VA 23464 1705 Dancers Court, Virginia Beach VA 23464

We SOLD This one!
Updated Kempsville Cul-de-Sac House!

Property Details for 1705 Dancers CT, Virginia Beach, VA 23464

If you are looking for an amazing home in the Kempsville area that is located on a cul-de-sac, has a large yard and an updated kitchen, bathrooms and carpet then welcome home. This 2000+ sqft 3 bedroom 2.5 bathroom gem has it all. From the privacy of your backyard you can enjoy nature while you grill out or sit in your screened back porch. Inside you will find an updated kitchen with a large pantry. Then enjoy your gas fire place in your living room. On top of it all you will have a brand new roof and an over sized garage. Come check it out today!

Listing Details
  •  Single Family
  •  10189035

Schools

Interior Features

  •  3
  •  2.1
  •  2
  •  1
  •  2,043
  •  Cathedral Ceiling, Fireplace Gas-natural, Walk-In Closet; Flooring: Carpet, Ceramic, Laminate
  •  220 V Elec, Dishwasher, Disposal, Dryer, Microwave, Gas Range, Refrigerator, Washer
  •  Central Air,Heat Pump
  •  Heat Pump

Exterior & Lot Details

  •  2
  •  Contemp, Traditional
  •  Corner, Deck, Wooded
  •  Vinyl
  •  Garage Att 1 Car, Oversized Gar
  •  Call; City/County;
  •  1978
  •  Wooded
  •  Not Waterfront
  •  No Pool

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SOLD! 1856 Haviland Drive, Virginia Beach VA 23454

Front of house located at 1856 Haviland Drive, Virginia Beach VA 23454 1856 Haviland Drive, Virginia Beach VA 23454

Sorry! We have SOLD this one already!
Adorable Ocean Lakes Brick Ranch!

Property Details for 1856 Haviland DR, Virginia Beach, VA 23454

Adorable home in a well established and maintained neighborhood! Conveniently located near NAS Oceana and Dam Neck. Community amenities to enjoy!! GREAT LOCATION!! Call today to schedule a showing.

Listing Details

  •  Single Family
  •  10183328
    REIN

Schools

Interior Features

  •  3
  •  2
  •  2
  •  1,401
  •  Fireplace Wood, Skylights, Window Treatments; Flooring: Carpet, Vinyl
  •  Dryer, Elec Range, Refrigerator, Washer
  •  Central Air
  •  Electric,Heat Pump

Exterior & Lot Details

  •  1
  •  Traditional; 1 Living Lvl
  •  Brick, Vinyl
  •  Garage Att 1 Car, Driveway Spc
  •  City/County; City/County;
  •  1987
  •  Clubhouse, Playgrounds, Pool, Tennis Cts
  •  Wooded
  •  Not Waterfront
  •  No Pool

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SOLD! 816 Mains Creek Road, Chesapeake VA 23320

Front of property located at 816 Mains Creek Road, Chesapeake VA 23320 816 Mains Creek Road, Chesapeake VA 23320

Great Bridge All Brick Ranch With Huge Yard!

  • Property Details for 816 Mains Creek RD, Chesapeake, VA 23320

    New roof, newer windows, all brick home. Hardwood floors refinished and freshly painted. All new PVC plumbing throughout. HVAC inside and out replaced within the last 5 years. Huge private fenced yard with no neighbors behind you! Ideal family home in the heart of Great Bridge. One of the best school districts.

    Interior Features

    •  3
    •  1.1
    •  1
    •  1
    •  1,269
    •  Fireplace Wood; Flooring: Vinyl, Wood
    •  Dryer, Dryer Hookup, Elec Range, Refrigerator, Washer, Washer Hookup
    •  Central Air
    •  Heat Pump W/A

    Exterior & Lot Details

    •  1
    •  Ranch
    •  Fencing: Back Fenced, Chain Link, Full
    •  Brick
    •  2 Space, Driveway Spc
    •  City/County; City/County;
    •  1966
    •  Not Waterfront
    •  No Pool

    Listing Details

    •  10172464
      REIN

    Schools

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SOLD! 1324 Crane Crescent, Virginia Beach VA 23454

Front of house located at 1324 Crane Crescent, Virginia Beach VA 23454
1324 Crane Crescent, Virginia Beach VA 23454

OOPS! We SOLD This One Already!
Redwing Home Near Oceana and Oceanfront!

Property Details for 1324 Crane CRES, Virginia Beach, VA 23454

Private, quiet Redwing neighborhood of Va Beach located behind Taylor’s Farm off Oceana and General Booth Blvds in close proximity to Dam Neck, NAS, NEX Oceanfront & Beaches nicely & well maintained two story home with built 1985 almost 1700 sq ft w/living & dining room, kitchen w/breakfast area, laundry/spare room, ceramic flooring throughout the home…huge privacy fenced yard, storage shed, patio, Ocean Lakes High.

Listing Details

  •  Single Family
  •  10187524
    REIN

Schools

Interior Features

  •  3
  •  2.1
  •  2
  •  1
  •  1,669
  •  Flooring: Ceramic, Wood
  •  Dishwasher, Disposal, Dryer, Microwave, Elec Range, Refrigerator, Washer
  •  Central Air
  •  Heat Pump

Exterior & Lot Details

  •  2
  •  Traditional
  •  Fencing: Back Fenced, Full, Privacy
  •  Vinyl
  •  Off Street, Driveway Spc, Street
  •  City/County; City/County;
  •  1985
  •  6098 sq ft
  •  Not Waterfront
  •  No Pool

 

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SOLD! 608 Trumpet Court, Chesapeake VA 23323

Front of property located at 608 Trumpet Court, Chesapeake VA 23323 608 Trumpet Court, Chesapeake VA 23323

OOPS! This one is SOLD!
Country Custom, City Water, Horses Allowed!

Property Details for 608 Trumpet CT, Chesapeake, VA 23323

Country living custom built all brick ranch with 10 ft ceilings granite counter tops double oven Jenn-Air cook top, SS appliances Jack and Jill bath, jet tub in master . New arch roof. Sunken living room, bar deck (made of trex) for entertaining around the inground pool (surrounded with decorative concrete) pool liner is only 3 years old . 47 inch halls . All bed rooms have fans and walk in closets. The attic is floored and is huge for storage with a doorway thru the room over the garage. Master bath floor is heated. Horses are allowed. City water with septic system with no known issues. This is a very nice and well kept home . Country yes but not far from anything you need. Near interstate , inter-coastal water , dismal bike trail and rec fields.

Listing Details

  •  Single Family
  •  10178969
    REIN

Schools

Interior Features

  •  5
  •  3
  •  3
  •  3,800
  •  Bar, Fireplace Wood, Scuttle Access, Skylights, Walk-In Attic, Walk-In Closet; Flooring: Carpet, Ceramic, Laminate, Wood
  •  220 V Elec, Dishwasher, Disposal, Dryer, Dryer Hookup, Microwave, Washer, Washer Hookup
  •  Central Air,Two Zone
  •  Heat Pump,Heat Pump W/A,Two Zone

Exterior & Lot Details

  •  1
  •  Ranch
  •  Deck, Horses Allowed, Patio, Poolhouse, Pump, Storage Shed; Fencing: Back Fenced, Partial
  •  Brick
  •  Garage Att 2 Car, 2 Space
  •  City/County; Septic;
  •  1997
  •  3.02 acre(s)
  •  220 X 550 X 312 X 44
  •  Not Waterfront
  •  In Ground Pool


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SOLD! 1040 Trestle Way, Chesapeake, VA 23324

Front of property located at 1040 Trestle WAY, Chesapeake, VA 23324 1040 Trestle WAY, Chesapeake, VA 23324

OOPS! We’ve SOLD this one already!
9 Foot Ceilings On This Crossbridge Commons Homes!

Details for 1040 Trestle WAY, Chesapeake, VA 23324

Adorable detached single family 3 bedroom, 2.5 bath home with 9 foot ceilings downstairs and cathedral ceiling in master. Fenced backyard with patio great for entertaining. Single car att gar. 2 car driveway parking. Near I-464 & minutes to downtown Norfolk, bases & hospitals.

Interior Features

  •  3
  •  2.1
  •  2
  •  1
  •  1,443
  •  Cathedral Ceiling, Scuttle Access, Walk-In Closet, Window Treatments; Flooring: Carpet, Ceramic, Laminate
  •  Dishwasher, Dryer, Microwave, Elec Range, Refrigerator, Washer
  •  Central Air
  •  Nat Gas

Exterior & Lot Details

  •  2
  •  Transitional
  •  Patio; Fencing: Back Fenced
  •  Vinyl
  •  Garage Att 1 Car, 2 Space, Drive
  •  City/County; City/County;
  •  2003
  •  3049 sq ft
  •  Not Waterfront
  •  No Pool

Listing Details

  •  ALL OTHERS AREA 31
  •  1040 Trestle WAY
  •  Chesapeake
  •  VA
  •  23324
  •  31 – Central Chesapeake
  •  Single Family
  •  10172216
    REIN

Schools

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Gone! 1653 Michigan Avenue Unit #A, Virginia Beach VA 23454

Front of property located at 1653 Michigan Avenue Unit#A, Virginia Beach VA 23454 1653 Michigan Avenue Unit#A, Virginia Beach VA 23454

OOPS! This one is already GONE!
Huge Opportunity!

Property Details for 1653 Michigan AVE #A, Virginia Beach, VA 23454

Mother in law suite or investors! Duplex in the back. Rent out the back to pay the mortgage in the front. This property has huge potential. Less than 3 miles to our beautiful oceanfront. Duplex has an additional 4 bedroom and 2 bathrooms. Some of the best schools and nearby shopping and all bases. $3010 in monthly income.

Interior Features

  •  2
  •  2
  •  2
  •  1,564
  •  Flooring: Carpet, Laminate
  •  Dryer, Dryer Hookup, Elec Range, Refrigerator, Washer, Washer Hookup

Exterior & Lot Details

  •  1
  •  Traditional
  •  Other
  •  City/County; City/County;
  •  1951
  •  8960 sq ft
  •  Wooded
  •  Not Waterfront
  •  No Pool

Listing Details

  •  Single Family
  •  10165154
    REIN

Schools

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SOLD! 405 Duplin Street, Virginia Beach VA 23452

Front of property located at 405 Duplin Street, Virginia Beach VA 23452 405 Duplin Street, Virginia Beach VA 23452

Completely Rehabbed All Brick Ranch In Virginia Beach!

Property Details for 405 Duplin ST, Virginia Beach, VA 23452

Completely rehabbed with top on the line product. Porcellanato tiles from Italy in the kitchen and baths. 4th bedroom would make a great mother in-law suite with its own entrance or a fantastic man cave. Also, has a walk in closet. New windows, doors, sliders w/ blinds,plumbing,french doors, front porch and back steps, fence,refinished original hardwood floors. Hvac Trane system and hot water tank 1 year old. Newer stainless appliances,attic insulation replaced. Crawl is finished. Tons of extended drive way space. 5 or more cars. Attention to detail on this house. A must see on a corner lot with a park,golf course,rec center,mall and interstates right down the road. NOT a flood zone and was not affected in the recent flooding. High elevation.

Interior Features

  •  4
  •  2
  •  2
  •  1,400
  •  Pull Down Attic Stairs, Walk-In Closet; Flooring: Ceramic, Other, Wood
  •  220 V Elec, Dishwasher, Disposal, Dryer, Elec Range, Refrigerator, Washer
  •  Central Air,Heat Pump
  •  Forced Hot Air,Nat Gas,Programmable

Exterior & Lot Details

  •  1
  •  Colonial, Ranch; Det Single Fam
  •  Well; Fencing: Back Fenced, Full, Wood Fence
  •  Brick
  •  4 Space, Multi Car, Driveway Spc
  •  City/County; City/County;
  •  1962
  •  Not Waterfront
  •  No Pool

Listing Details

Schools

  •  Plaza Middle
  •  Brookwood Elementary
  •  Green Run
WHAT’S NEARBY 

Harris Teeter 1.0 mi 4.0 stars
Kroger 1.1 mi 3.5 stars
Food Lion 1.3 mi 4.0 stars

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GONE! 106 Tidal Island Way, Chesapeake, VA 23320

Front of home located at 106 Tidal Island Way, Chesapeake, VA 23320 106 Tidal Island Way, Chesapeake, VA 23320

Sorry! This One Is Gone!
Custom Built By Award Winning Builder!

Property Description

Custom built home by award winning builder! Home is exact replica of model home which won best at Homearama in Riverwalk community! Large open floor plan, custom kitchen cabinets, stainless steel appliances, beautiful high end granite, and wood floors. Sunroom adds extra space and has windows all around. Room above garage has a separate hallway allowing guests to have their own space or easily turn into a mother-in-law suite. There are 2 laundry room upstairs and downstairs. Large wooded lot has 2 extra drains at back of property, so No flood insurance required. Seller is the original owner and home shows pride of ownership. Willing to convey items, including washer/dryer, ladders, and outdoor furniture, and possibly more. Property owners association includes swimming pool, tennis courts, bathhouse, clubhouse, and no fee boat ramp with access to the inter coastal waterway. Come and see what makes this neighborhood special!

Key Details

  • Bedrooms 5
  • Full Baths 3
  • Half-Baths 1
  • Square Footage 3,914
  • Acreage 0.571
  • Year Built 1994
  • MLS Listing ID #10139052

Location

Building

  • Amenities Clubhouse, Dock, Playgrounds, Pool
  • Exterior Features Deck, Storage Shed
  • Number of Fireplaces 1
  • Flooring Carpet, Vinyl, Wood
  • Foundation Slab
  • Interior Features Cathedral Ceiling, Fireplace Gas-natural, Pull Down Attic Stairs
  • Type of roof Asphalt Shingle
  • Siding Brick, Wood
  • Total Building Square Footage 3914
  • Stories 2.0000
  • Style Traditional
  • Year Built 1994

Rooms

  • Total Rooms 11

Structures

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

Systems

  • Appliances Dishwasher, Dryer, Elec Range, Refrigerator, Washer
  • Cooling System 16+ SEER A/C, Central Air, Heat Pump
  • Equipment Attic Fan, Ceiling Fan, Central Vac
  • Heating Nat Gas, Programmable Thermostat, Two Zone
  • Sewage Type City/County

Water

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

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