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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! 508 Hillwell Road, Chesapeake VA 23322

Front of house for sale located at 508 Hillwell Road, Chesapeake VA 23322 508 Hillwell Road, Chesapeake VA 23322

SOLD! Sorry about that…
All Brick Ranch In Pleasant Grove!

DESCRIPTION

3 bedroom, 2 bath all brick ranch in sought after school district situated on very large lot offering a huge 20*30 man cave, screened back porch, shed and a large sun room off the dining area! Great for relaxing or entertaining. Power to the cleared area of yard for a pool or other amenities. First floor master with on suite.

KEY DETAILS
  • Bedrooms:
  • 3
  • Full Baths:
  • 2
  • Square Footage:
  • 1,850
  • Acreage:
  • 0.25
  • Year Built:
  • 1960
  • Listing ID #:
  • 10146154
  • Street Address:
  • 508 Hillwell Rd
  • City:
  • Chesapeake
  • State:
  • VA

Building

  • Exterior Features:
  • Storage Shed, Wooded
  • Flooring:
  • Carpet, Ceramic
  • Foundation:
  • Crawl
  • Green Certification Rating:
  • Insulation-Cellulose, Storm Doors
  • Interior Features:
  • Fireplace Gas-Propane, Pull Down Attic Stairs, Skylights, Window Treatments
  • Siding:
  • Brick
  • Stories:
  • 1.0000
  • Style:
  • Ranch
  • Total Building Square Footage:
  • 1850
  • Type Of Roof:
  • Asphalt Shingle
  • View:
  • Wooded
  • Year Built:
  • 1960

Rooms

  • Total Rooms:
  • 7

Structures

  • Parking Description:
  • 4 Space, Close To Mass Transit, Driveway Spc, Multi Car
  • Pool Description:
  • No Pool

Systems

  • Appliances:
  • Dishwasher, Dryer, Microwave, Elec Range, Refrigerator, Washer
  • Cooling System:
  • Heat Pump
  • Equipment:
  • Cable Hookup, Ceiling Fan, Security Sys
  • Heating:
  • Heat Pump, Propane Gas
  • Sewage Type:
  • City/County

Water

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

Schools

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SOLD! 237 Waterwood Way, Suffolk VA, 23434

Front of house located at 237 Waterwood Way, Suffolk, VA 23434
237 Waterwood Way, Suffolk, VA 23434

SORRY! We SOLD this one already!
Big NorthEast Suffolk Home With Large Yard!

DESCRIPTION

Instant equity with this purchase! New carpet and vinyl installed downstairs. Needs TLC . Large yard. Buy today!!!

KEY DETAILS
  • Bedrooms:
  • 4
  • Full Baths:
  • 2
  • Half Baths:
  • 1
  • Square Footage:
  • 1,943
  • Acreage:
  • n/a
  • Year Built:
  • 2002
  • Listing ID #:
  • 10143679
  • Street Address:
  • 237 Waterwood Way
  • City:
  • Suffolk
  • State:
  • VA

Building

  • Exterior Features:
  • Patio
  • Flooring:
  • Carpet, Vinyl
  • Foundation:
  • Slab
  • Interior Features:
  • Fireplace Gas-Natural, Scuttle Access, Walk-In Closet
  • Number Of Fireplaces:
  • 1
  • Siding:
  • Vinyl
  • Stories:
  • 2.0000
  • Style:
  • Transitional
  • Total Building Square Footage:
  • 1943
  • Type Of Roof:
  • Asphalt Shingle
  • Year Built:
  • 2002

Rooms

  • Total Rooms:
  • 7

Structures

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

Systems

  • Appliances:
  • Dishwasher, Disposal, Dryer, 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

Schools

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SOLD! 1716 Baez Ct, Virginia Beach, VA 23464

Front of house located at 1716 Baez Ct, Virginia Beach, VA 23464 1716 Baez Ct, Virginia Beach, VA 23464

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Upgraded and Maintained In Brandon, Virginia Beach!

Property Description

Don’t miss this +1,800 sqft, 4 bedroom 2.5 bathroom home with a bonus room overlooking a quiet culdesac. this gen has a brand new roof and new kitchen within the past year. Hardwood floors in the living room and dining room. One car attached garage with plenty of off street parking. This is one of the largest homes of its style in the neighborhood.

Key Details

  • Bedrooms 4
  • Full Baths 2
  • Half-Baths 1
  • Square Footage 1,562
  • Year Built 1977
  • MLS Listing ID #10139375

Location

Water

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

Systems

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

Structures

  • Pool Description No Pool
  • Parking Description Driveway Spc, Garage Att 1 Car, Off Street
  • Has Garage Yes

Rooms

  • Total Rooms 8

Land

  • Conforms to Zoning R5D

Building

  • Year Built 1977
  • Style Twinhome
  • Stories 2.0000
  • Total Building Square Footage 1562
  • Siding Vinyl
  • Type of roof Composite
  • Interior Features Bar, Walk-In Closet
  • Ease of Access Main Floor Laundry
  • Foundation Slab
  • Flooring Ceramic, Marble, Wood
  • Number of Fireplaces 1
  • Exterior Features Cul-De-Sac, Patio

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GONE! 5805 Bartee St, Norfolk Va, 23502

Front of home located at 5805 Bartee St, Norfolk Va, 23502 5805 Bartee St, Norfolk Va, 23502

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Big Handicap Accessible Home In Glenrock!

Property Description

Large home in good neighborhood with handicap accessibility. Can be used as a 6 bedroom or 4 bedroom home. Formerly used as a group home.

Key Details

  • Bedrooms 4
  • Full Baths 2
  • Half-Baths 1
  • Square Footage 2,316
  • Year Built 2005
  • MLS Listing ID #10121716

Location

Building

  • Exterior Features Deck
  • Number of Fireplaces 1
  • Flooring Carpet, Vinyl
  • Foundation Crawl
  • Interior Features Cathedral Ceiling, Gas Fireplace, Pull Down Attic Stairs, Walk-In Closet
  • Type of roof Asphalt Shingle
  • Siding Vinyl
  • Total Building Square Footage 2316
  • Stories 2.0000
  • Style Traditional
  • 2005

Rooms

  • Total Rooms 8

Structures

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

Systems

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

Water

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

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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

SORRY! This one is already gone!

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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