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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! 4 Lewallen Dr, Newport News VA, 23608

Front of house located at 4 Lewallen Dr, Newport News VA, 23608 4 Lewallen Dr, Newport News VA, 23608

OOPS! This one is already SOLD!
2 Story Corner House Near Busch Gardens!

Property Description

Come see this lovely 2 story house on large corner lot in Stoneybrook subdivision close to all schools, shopping, Busch Gardens and military bases. 4 bedroom 2 baths. Breakfast area. Dining room, fully equipped kitchen. 7 ceiling fans. Wood fireplace. Carpet, ceramic tile, wood floors. 1 car garage & carport. Covered patio. Storage shed/ 2-16 SEER air conditioner, 2 zone. A must see house. Will sell fast.

Key Details

  • Bedrooms 4
  • Full Baths 2
  • Square Footage 1,868
  • Acreage 0.39
  • Year Built 1960
  • MLS Listing ID #10156666

Location

Building

  • Exterior Features Corner, Patio, Storage Shed
  • Number of Fireplaces 1
  • Flooring Carpet, Ceramic, Wood
  • Foundation Crawl
  • Green Certification Rating Storm Doors, Water Heater-Tankless
  • Interior Features Fireplace Wood, Pull Down Attic Stairs, Scuttle Access
  • Type of roof Asphalt Shingle
  • Siding Brick, Vinyl
  • Total Building Square Footage 1868
  • Stories 2.0000
  • Style Traditional

Land

  • Conforms to Zoning R3

Rooms

  • Total Rooms 8

Structures

  • Has Garage Yes
  • Parking Description Carport, Close to Mass Transit, Driveway Spc, Garage Att 1 Car
  • Pool Description No Pool

Systems

  • Appliances 220 V Elec, Dishwasher, Dryer Hookup, Elec Range, Refrigerator, Washer Hookup
  • Cooling System 16+ SEER A/C, Central Air, Two Zone
  • Equipment Cable Hookup, Ceiling Fan, Sump Pump
  • Heating Basebd, Hot Water, Nat Gas, Programmable Thermostat
  • Sewage Type City/County

Water

  • Water Body TypeCity/County
  • WaterFront DescriptionNot Waterfront

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SOLD! 129 Chinook Street, Virginia Beach VA 23462

Front of property located at 129 Chinook Street, Virginia Beach VA 23462 129 Chinook Street, Virginia Beach VA 23462

OOPS! This One Is Already SOLD!
Remodeled House In Pocahontas Village!

Property Details for 129 Chinook ST, Virginia Beach, VA 23462

Come see this wonderfully re-done home in the heart of Virginia Beach. This 3 bedroom, 2 bath home is newly remodeled with fresh paint, new floors and brand new bathrooms. The kitchen is light, bright and open. Big backyard! And a front porch perfect for relaxing. If you are looking for a great home in a quiet and established neighborhood then this home is for you. Give me a call for your own private showing.

Interior Features

  •  3
  •  2
  •  2
  •  1,482
  •  Walk-In Closet; Flooring: Carpet, Ceramic, Laminate
  •  Dishwasher, Dryer Hookup, Elec Range, Refrigerator, Washer Hookup
  •  Central Air
  •  Heat Pump,Nat Gas,Programmable Ther

Exterior & Lot Details

  •  1
  •  Ranch
  •  Patio; Fencing: Back Fenced, Full, Wood Fence
  •  Asbestos, Brick
  •  Multi Car, Off Street, Driveway
  •  City/County; City/County;
  •  1962
  •  Not Waterfront
  •  Above Ground Pool

Listing Details

  •  Single Family
  •  10167913
    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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GONE! 2434 Drum Creek Rd, Chesapeake, VA 23321

Front of house located at 2434 Drum Creek Rd, Chesapeake, VA 23321 2434 Drum Creek Rd, Chesapeake, VA 23321

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Drum Creek Farms Custom Home With Huge Master Suite!

Property Details for 2434 Drum Creek RD, Chesapeake, VA 23321

Large Custom Home in Drum Creek Farms. Prime Western Branch location on half acre lot. 5 BIG Bedrooms – each sleeps king bed comfortably. 3 Full Baths, including first floor bed & bath. Flexible & Function Floor Plan offers Formal and Casual Living Spaces. Eat in Kitchen seats 8-10 plus separate Dining Room. 2nd Floor Laundry. HUGE Master Suite with sitting area and private bath. Screened back porch and patio in large fenced back yard. Survey and Floor Plans provided by Sellers.

Interior Features

  •  5
  •  3
  •  3
  •  3,323
  •  Fireplace Gas-natural, Pull Down Attic Stairs, Walk-In Closet; Flooring: Carpet, Ceramic, Wood
  •  Dishwasher, Dryer Hookup, Gas Range, Washer Hookup
  •  Central Air,Two Zone
  •  Nat Gas,Programmable Thermostat,Two

Exterior & Lot Details

  •  2
  •  Traditional
  •  Deck, Patio; Fencing: Back Fenced, Wood Fence
  •  Vinyl
  •  Garage Att 2 Car, 4 Space
  •  City/County; City/County;
  •  2006
  •  0 0
  •  0.455 acre(s)
  •  100X195
  •  Not Waterfront
  •  No Pool

Listing Details

  •  DRUM CREEK FARMS
  •  2434 Drum Creek RD
  •  Chesapeake
  •  VA
  •  23321
  •  33 – West Chesapeake
  •  Exit Realty Central
  •  Single Family
  •  10150823

Nearby Schools

OLIVE BRANCH PRESCHOOL CENTER

Preschool | PK | PUBLIC | 170 students

Distance: 2.3 miles

WESTERN BRANCH HIGH SCHOOL

High | 9-12 | PUBLIC | 2183 students

Distance: 1.4 miles

WESTERN BRANCH MIDDLE SCHOOL

Middle | 6-8 | PUBLIC | 836 students

Distance: 1.6 miles

WESTERN BRANCH PRIMARY SCHOOL

Elementary | PK-2 | PUBLIC | 700 students

Distance: 1.5 miles

WHAT’S NEARBY 

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SOLD! 8037 Ransom Rd, Norfolk, VA 23518 Unit B

Front of Condo located at 8037 Ransom Rd, Norfolk, VA 23518

8037 Ransom Rd, Norfolk, VA 23518 Unit B

Sorry! This one is SOLD!
New Waterfront Construction!

Key Details

  • Bedrooms 3
  • Full Baths 2
  • Half-Baths 1
  • Square Footage 1,770
  • Year Built 2017
  • MLS Listing ID #10138498

Location

Building

  • New Construction Yes
  • Exterior Features Deck
  • Flooring Carpet, Laminate, Vinyl
  • Foundation Crawl
  • Interior Features Scuttle Access, Walk-In Closet
  • Type of roof Asphalt Shingle
  • Siding Vinyl
  • Total Building Square Footage 1770
  • Stories 2.0000
  • Style Transitional
  • Year Built 2017

Land

  • Conforms to Zoning R-11

Rooms

  • Total Rooms 7

Structures

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

Systems

  • Appliances Dishwasher, Disposal, Dryer Hookup, Microwave, Elec Range, Washer Hookup
  • Cooling System Central Air, Heat Pump
  • Equipment Cable Hookup
  • Heating Heat Pump, Programmable Thermostat
  • Sewage Type City/County

Water

  • Water Body Type City/County
  • Waterfront Yes
  • WaterFront Description Tidal

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SOLD! 5704 Fort Belvoir Ct, Virginia Beach, VA 23464

Front of house located at 5704 Fort Belvoir Ct, Virginia Beach, VA 23464 5704 Fort Belvoir Ct, Virginia Beach, VA 23464

SORRY! We SOLD This One Already!
Upgraded Cul-de-sac House In Quiet Area!

Property Description

Don’t miss out on this adorable 3 bedroom 2 1/2 bath in the center of a culdesac near playground and city view park! This home has been upgraded and maintained meticulously. The whole house has all new plumbing, new Hvac up and down with Apollo heating system, beautiful wood flooring, french rear door with inset blinds, Upgrades throughout. Fenced yard with large barn like shed. Windows and roof 8 years old. Huge master bedroom with bathroom. Quiet area with great schools and neighbors. Tons of shopping choices and a hop skip and jump to the interstate. Move in ready and wont last long.

Key Details

  • Bedrooms 3
  • Full Baths 2
  • Half-Baths 1
  • Square Footage 1,361
  • Acreage 0.1365
  • Year Built 1989
  • MLS Listing ID #10139325

Location

Building

  • Exterior Features Storage Shed
  • Number of Fireplaces 1
  • Flooring Carpet, Laminate, Vinyl
  • Foundation Slab
  • Ease of Access Level Flooring
  • Interior Features Fireplace Wood, Skylights
  • Type of roof Asphalt Shingle
  • Siding Vinyl
  • Total Building Square Footage 1361
  • Stories 2.0000
  • Style Traditional
  • Year Built 1989

Land

  • Conforms to Zoning R5D

Rooms

  • Total Rooms 6

Structures

  • Garage Dimensions 240
  • Has Garage Yes
  • Parking Description 4 Space, Driveway Spc, Garage Det 1 Car, Street
  • Pool Description No Pool

Systems

  • Appliances Dishwasher, Disposal, Elec Range, Refrigerator
  • Cooling System Central Air
  • Equipment Cable Hookup, Ceiling Fan, Satellite Dish
  • Heating Forced Hot Air, Nat Gas, Programmable Thermostat
  • 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

OOPS! We SOLD This One!

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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Gone! 1419 Lake Forest Dr, Portsmouth VA, 23701

Front of 1419 Lake Forest Dr, Portsmouth VA, 23701
1419 Lake Forest Dr, Portsmouth VA, 23701

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Waterfront Brick Ranch!

Property Description

Always wanted to live on the water? Fish from your own back yard? This is it! Well maintained 3 bed 2 bath brick ranch with water views from nearly every room. Grill & Relax on multi-level deck. Upgraded Custom Kitchen. New Roof! Attached Garage.

Key Details

  • Bedrooms 3
  • Full Baths 2
  • Square Footage 1,341
  • Acreage 0.27
  • Year Built 1976
  • MLS Listing ID #1625699

Location

Building

  • Exterior Features Deck, Irrigation Control, Pump, Well
  • Flooring Ceramic, Vinyl, Wood
  • Foundation Crawl
  • Type of roof Asphalt Shingle
  • Siding Brick
  • Total Building Square Footage 1341
  • Stories 1.0
  • Style Ranch
  • View Water

Rooms

  • Total Rooms 6

Structures

  • ParkingDescription 1 Car, Attached, Driveway Spc, Garage
  • Pool Description No Pool

Systems

  • Appliances 220 V Elec, Dishwasher, Disposal, Elec Range, Washer Hookup, Dryer Hookup
  • Cooling System Central Air, Heat Pump
  • Equipment Cable TV Hookup, Ceiling Fan
  • Heating Forced Hot Air, Oil, Programmable Thermostat
  • Sewage Type City/County

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