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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! 24 Benton Ave, Portsmouth, VA 23702

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24 Benton Ave, Portsmouth, VA 23702

SORRY! We sold this one already!

New Construction Near Base!

Property Description

Great New Construction waiting on you to come make it your home. Centrally located close to shopping centers, Community College, Military base and hospital, highway, waterside and so much more.

Key Details

  • Bedrooms 4
  • Full Baths 2
  • Half-Baths 1
  • Square Footage 2,300
  • Year Built 1945
  • MLS Listing ID #10113841

Location

Building

  • Flooring Carpet, Wood
  • Foundation Crawl
  • Interior Features Walk-In Closet
  • Miscellaneous Features Warranty Plan
  • Type of roof Asphalt Shingle
  • Siding Vinyl
  • Total Building Square Footage 2300
  • Stories 2.0000
  • Style Contemp
  • 1945

Rooms

  • Total Rooms 8

Structures

  • Has Garage 1
  • ParkingDescription Driveway Spc, Multi Car, Off Street, Garage Att 1 Car
  • Pool Description No Pool

Systems

  • Appliances 220 V Elec, Dishwasher, Dryer Hookup, Energy Star Appliance(s), Microwave, Washer Hookup
  • Cooling System Heat Pump W/A
  • Equipment Ceiling Fan
  • Heating Heat Pump W/A
  • Sewage Type City/County

Water

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

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GONE! 153 Morrison Ave, Virginia Beach VA 23452

Front of property located at 153 Morrison Ave, Virginia Beach VA 23452
153 Morrison Ave, Virginia Beach VA 23452

Oh No! This one is gone!

Near Lynnhaven Mall And NAS Oceana!

Property Description

Spacious & Centrally Located Rancher in Lynnhaven area near NAS Oceana. New Laminate Flooring throughout. New Plumbing. New Stainless Steel High Efficiency appliances. Fresh Paint. Large Fenced Backyard. Open and Bright Sunroom. Large 2 Car Garage. Move in ready. Window Treatments. Walk in closet.

Key Details

  • Bedrooms 3
  • Full Baths 2
  • Square Footage 2,326
  • Year Built 1976
  • MLS Listing ID #1652478

Location

Water

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

Systems

  • Sewage Type City/County
  • Heating Electric, Heat Pump W/A
  • Equipment Cable TV Hookup, Ceiling Fan, Sump Pump
  • Cooling System Central Air, Heat Pump W/A
  • Appliances Elec Range, Refrigerator, Microwave, Energy Star Appliance(s), Washer, Dishwasher

Structures

  • Pool Description No Pool
  • ParkingDescription 2 Car, Attached, Garage, 2 Car
  • Garage Description Vacant
  • Fence Type Back Fenced, Full, Wood Fence
  • Fence Yes

Rooms

  • Total Rooms 6

Building

  • Style Ranch
  • Stories 1.0
  • Total Building Square Footage 2326
  • Siding Brick
  • Type of roof Asphalt Shingle
  • Interior Features Walk-In Closet, Window Treatments
  • Foundation Crawl
  • Flooring Ceramic, Laminate
  • Number of Fireplaces 1
  • Exterior Features Corner, Patio

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SOLD! 206 Chenango Cres, Suffolk VA, 23434

Front of House located at 206 Chenango Cres, Suffolk VA, 23434
206 Chenango Cres, Suffolk VA, 23434

SORRY! We sold this one already!

Huge, Elegant 4 Bedroom Home In Chuckatuck!

Property Description

Feel the elegance as you walk into this beautiful home. Starting with the marble and gold flooring the foyer. Gas FP.Swirl ceilings & many bonus features. 2 Mstr BR, extra wide doors, update kit w/ granite counter tops.This home shows pride of ownership. A true home to call your own. Sq ft per owner

Key Details

  • Bedrooms 4
  • Full Baths 3
  • Half-Baths 1
  • Square Footage 2,400
  • Acreage 0.24
  • Year Built 2002
  • MLS Listing ID #1635347

Location

Building

  • Exterior Features Barn, Patio, Storage Shed
  • Number of Fireplaces 1
  • Flooring Carpet, Ceramic, Marble
  • Foundation Slab
  • Green Certification Rating Storm Doors
  • Interior Features Bar, Cathedral Ceiling, Gas Firepl, Handicap, Scuttle Access, Walk-In Closet
  • Type of roof Asphalt Shingle
  • Siding Vinyl
  • Total Building Square Footage 2400
  • Stories 2.0
  • Style Split-Level

Rooms

  • Kitchen Level 1
  • Living Room Level 1
  • Total Rooms 12

Structures

  • Parking Description 4 Car, Off Street
  • Pool Description No Pool

Systems

  • Appliances Dishwasher, Disposal, Dryer Hookup, Energy Star Appliance(s), Gas Range
  • Cooling System Central Air
  • Equipment Cable TV Hookup, Ceiling Fan, Gar Door Opener, Security Sys, Satellite Dish
  • Heating Heat Pump, Natl Gas
  • Sewage Type City/County

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GONE! 301 Florida Ave, Portsmouth Va, 23707

Front of 301 Florida Ave, Portsmouth Va, 23707
301 Florida Ave, Portsmouth Va, 23707

ANOTHER ONE GONE!
Huge Victorian House With Wraparound Porch!

Beautiful Victorian-wrap around porch & fenced corner lot. Character & charm+modern updates. Gorgeous hardwood floors..Parlor&den. Formal dining w’pocket doors. Sunroom & office space. Master suite. Walk-in pantry. Utility rm w’ laundry shoot. Finished 3rd floor. Big yard. Garage, garden & greenhouse. Port Norfolk, Victorian, 23707, Handheld Showerhead, Main Floor Laundry, Pocket Doors, Cable TV Hookup, Ceiling Fan, 220 V Elec, Energy Star Appliance(s), Elec Range, Refrigerator, Washer Hookup, Dryer Hookup, Perm Attic Stairs, Walk-In Attic, Walk-In Closet, Corner, Greenhouse, Patio, Storage Shed, Foyer, Loft, Mstr Bdr w/ Bath, Pantry, Porch, Sun Room, 1 Car, Detached, Garage, Street, Forced Hot Air, Heat Pump, Programmable Thermos, Central Air, Heat Pump, Zoned, John Tyler Elementary, Churchland Middle, Churchland High School!

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SOLD! 4945 Rugby Rd, Virginia Beach VA, 23464

Front of 4945 Rugby Rd, Virginia Beach VA, 23464
4945 Rugby Rd, Virginia Beach VA, 23464

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Gorgeous Ranch In Rosemont Forest!

Property Description

Gorgeous recently update 3 bedroom 2 bath ranch in fantastic location! Close to interstate, schools and shopping open floor plan, beautifully renovated kitchen st appl. Tile in updated bathrooms. Large patio and fenced back yard come quickly this one won’t last!!!

Key Details

  • Bedrooms 3
  • Full Baths 2
  • Year Built 1983
  • MLS Listing ID #1631002

Location

Building

  • Exterior Features Storage Shed
  • Flooring Wood
  • Foundation Slab
  • Type of roof Asphalt Shingle
  • Siding Vinyl
  • Total Building Square Footage 1343
  • Stories 1.0
  • Style Ranch

Rooms

  • Total Rooms 6

Structures

  • Fence Yes
  • Fence Type Back Fenced, Privacy, Wood Fence
  • Parking Descriptio nDriveway Spc
  • Pool Description No Pool

Systems

  • Appliances Dishwasher, Energy Star Appliance(s), Microwave, Elec Range, Washer Hookup, Dryer Hookup
  • Cooling System Heat Pump W/A
  • Equipment Cable TV Hookup, Ceiling Fan
  • Heating Heat Pump
  • Sewage Type City/County

Water

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

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Gone! 220 Gale Ave, Chesapeake VA 23323

Front of 220 Gale Ave, Chesapeake VA 23323
220 Gale Ave, Chesapeake VA 23323

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Central Air, Walk In Closet!

Great property for first time buyers. Must come see!! Rent option purchase.Transitional, Pleasant View, 23323, Cable TV Hookup, Security Sys, 220 V Elec, Energy Star Appliance(s), Elec Range, Refrigerator, Washer, Dryer, Walk-In Closet, Walk-In Closet, Corner, Storage Shed, 1st FBR, Pantry, Screened Porch, Porch, 2 Car, Driveway Spc, Off Street, Electric, Forced Hot Air, Heat Pump, Hot Water, Central Air, Heat Pump, Deep Creek Elementary, Hugo A. Owens Middle, Grassfield High School!

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GONE! 505 Regina Ct, Hampton VA, 23669

505 Regina Ct, Hampton VA, 23669
505 Regina Ct, Hampton VA, 23669

SORRY! This one is gone!

Cul-de-sac Ranch With Large Yard!

Priced below appraisal. A must see house. Well kept home in cul-de-sac. New roof, large backyard with new privacy fence. Great for those backyard bbq’s & parties. Both baths renovated. New sheds/new furnace/dishwasher/ceiling fans. New floors. RV 220 volt plug in on side of house. Look no further! Ranch, Essex Park, Fox Hill, 23669, Attic Fan, Cable TV Hookup, Ceiling Fan, Satellite Dish, 220 V Elec, Dishwasher, Dryer Hookup, Energy Star Appliance(s), Microwave, Gas Range, Window Treatments, Cul-De-Sac, Patio, Assigned Storage, Attic, 1st FBR, First Floor Master Bedroom, Mstr Bdr w/ Bath, Porch, 1 Car, Attached, Garage, Driveway Spc, Off Street, Street, Warranty Plan, Forced Hot Air, 16+ SEER A/C, Central Air, Phillips Elementary, Benjamin Syms Middle, Kecoughtan High School!

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