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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! 110 Smith Avenue, Portsmouth, VA 23701

Front of property located at 110 Smith Avenue, Portsmouth, VA 23701 110 Smith Avenue, Portsmouth, VA 23701

Whoops! We SOLD This One Already!
Big, Bright, Open and New!

Property Details for 110 Smith AVE, Portsmouth, VA 23701

Open the door, You’re HOME! Absolutely beautiful, big, bright, open and new! Want a big Kitchen? Island, Eat in area AND separate dining room. Want an even Bigger Master on the 1st floor with Walk-in Closet and Private Master Bath with floor to ceiling tiled shower? Want a nice living room but still need a separate family room too? How about a Garage? Extra parking space for Boat or RV. Big Fenced Yard? Forget the Jones’. Smith checks ALL the boxes!

 

Listing Details

  •  Single Family
  •  10205459
    REIN

Schools

Interior Features

  •  4
  •  2
  •  2
  •  1,775
  •  Scuttle Access; Flooring: Carpet, Ceramic, Laminate
  •  Dishwasher, Dryer Hookup, Microwave, Elec Range, Washer Hookup
  •  Central Air,Heat Pump
  •  Electric,Forced Hot Air,Heat Pump,Programmable Thermostat

Exterior & Lot Details

  •  2
  •  Cape Cod; 2 Living Lvl, Det Single Fam
  •  Fencing: Back Fenced
  •  Vinyl
  •  Garage Det 1 Car, 3 Space, Driveway Spc
  •  City/County; City/County;
  •  1941
  •  10019 sq ft
  •  Not Waterfront
  •  No Pool

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3110 Norway Place, Norfolk, VA 23509

Beautiful 3 Story Norfolk Home Near ODU, Naval Bases!

Property Details for 3110 Norway PL, Norfolk, VA 23509

This beautiful 4 bedroom 3.5 bath home has 3 stories. 2 master suites-3rd floor is a large master bedroom suite with sitting area, gas fireplace, and full bath with jetted tub. 2nd floor has a 2nd large master bedroom with balcony and full bath. 2nd floor also contains a laundry room, 2 other large bedrooms, and full bath. Main floor is large open floor plan with a den, living room , dining room, half bath and nice kitchen with all appliances, pantry. 2 car driveway, 2 zone HVAC, fenced back yard with shed. Close to hospitals, ODU, downtown and naval bases.

Listing Details

  •  Single Family
  •  10204876
    REIN

Schools

Interior Features

  •  4
  •  3.1
  •  3
  •  1
  •  2,572
  •  Cathedral Ceiling, Fireplace Gas-natural, Master BR FP, Scuttle Access; Flooring: Carpet, Ceramic
  •  Dishwasher, Disposal, Dryer Hookup, Microwave, Elec Range, Refrigerator, Washer Hookup
  •  Central Air,Heat Pump,Two Zone
  •  Nat Gas,Programmable Thermostat,Two Zone

Exterior & Lot Details

  •  3
  •  Contemp; 3 Living Lvl, Det Single Fam
  •  Patio, Storage Shed; Fencing: Back Fenced, Full, Privacy, Wood Fence
  •  Vinyl
  •  Off Street, Driveway Spc, Street
  •  City/County; City/County;
  •  2006
  •  5663 sq ft
  •  Not Waterfront
  •  No Pool

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4401 Hubbard Ave, Suffolk, VA 23435

Front of home located at 4401 Hubbard Ave, Suffolk, VA 23435 4401 Hubbard Ave, Suffolk, VA 23435

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

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

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6425 Olde Bullocks Circle, Suffolk, VA 23435

Front of property located at 6425 Olde Bullocks Circle, Suffolk, VA 23435 6425 Olde Bullocks Circle, Suffolk, VA 23435
Open Concept, Large Kitchen, Deck, 2 Car Garage!

Property Details for 6425 Olde Bullocks CIR, Suffolk, VA 23435

Welcome Home! Traditional home in Burbage Lake Villiage features open concept living space with large kitchen. Family room with gas fireplace & formal dining. Large 2 car attached garage with opener. Nice back yard & deck. Walk to rec center, playground, tennis court & pool. New Roof!

Listing Details

  •  Single Family
  •  10201567 
    REIN

Schools

Interior Features

  •  3
  •  2.1
  •  2
  •  1
  •  2,000
  •  Cathedral Ceiling, Skylights, Walk-In Closet; Flooring: Carpet, Ceramic, Wood
  •  Dishwasher, Dryer Hookup, Elec Range, Refrigerator, Washer Hookup
  •  Central Air,Two Zone
  •  Forced Hot Air,Nat Gas,Programmable Thermostat,Two Zone

Exterior & Lot Details

  •  2
  •  Traditional; 2 Living Lvl, Det Single Fam
  •  Deck, Well
  •  Vinyl
  •  Garage Att 2 Car, Oversized Gar, Off Street, Driveway Spc
  •  City/County; City/County;
  •  1994
  •  Playgrounds, Pool, Tennis Cts
  •  0.27 acre(s)
  •  Not Waterfront
  •  No Pool

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SOLD! 505 Hadleybrook Drive, Chesapeake VA 23320

Pool area of condo located at 505 Hadleybrook Drive, Chesapeake VA 23320 505 Hadleybrook Drive, Chesapeake VA 23320

SORRY! We SOLD This One Already!
Lovely Community Minutes From Greenbrier With Pool Access!

Property Details for 505 Hadleybrook DR, Chesapeake, VA 23320

Don’t miss this one! Lovely, well-maintained community minutes from Greenbrier shopping, restaurants and entertainment. Two master suites w/walk-in closets and full bathrooms. Great room with dining area, kitchen has 42″ cabinets and spacious pantry closet. All kitchen appliances convey. Washer and dryer included. Enclosed private patio and storage area. Condo fee includes water/sewer, trash, pool access and ground maintenance.

Listing Details

  •  Condo/Townhouse/Co-Op
  •  10191723
    REIN

Schools

Interior Features

  •  2
  •  2.1
  •  2
  •  1
  •  1,354
  •  Scuttle Access, Walk-In Closet, Window Treatments; Flooring: Carpet, Laminate, Vinyl
  •  Dishwasher, Disposal, Dryer, Microwave, Elec Range, Refrigerator, Washer
  •  Central Air
  •  Nat Gas,Programmable Thermostat

Exterior & Lot Details

  •  2
  •  Quadraville; 2 Living Lvl, End Unit
  •  Patio, Storage Shed; Fencing: Privacy
  •  Brick, Vinyl
  •  Assigned/Reserved
  •  City/County; City/County;
  •  2012
  •  Ground Maint, Pool, Sewer, Trash Pickup, Water
  •  649 sq ft
  •  Not Waterfront
  •  No Pool

 

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SOLD! 2709 Dunkirk Avenue, Norfolk VA 23509

Front of property located at 2709 Dunkirk Avenue, Norfolk VA 23509
2709 Dunkirk Avenue, Norfolk VA 23509

Great Location Near Bases and Shopping!

Property Details for 2709 Dunkirk AVE, Norfolk, VA 23509

Great location and so much space for the money! Master bedroom with bath. Close to bases, interstates, shopping and more! Partially completed attic as two bonus rooms. Great deck with wrap around ramp to entertain! 2015 updates include: new siding, roof, HVAC, and water heater. Recently painted throughout and carpet allowance negotiable.

Listing Details

  •  Single Family
  •  10190509
    REIN

Schools

Interior Features

  •  5
  •  2
  •  2
  •  2,284
  •  Perm Attic Stairs, Walk-In Attic, Walk-In Closet; Flooring: Wood
  •  Dryer Hookup, Washer Hookup
  •  Central Air
  •  Electric,Hot Water,Nat Gas,Programmable Thermostat

Exterior & Lot Details

  •  1
  •  Traditional
  •  Deck; Fencing: Back Fenced
  •  Vinyl
  •  Driveway Spc, Street
  •  City/County; City/County;
  •  1948
  •  Not Waterfront
  •  No Pool

 

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SOLD! 5025 Carolina Road, Suffolk VA 23434

Huge Fron Yard of 5025 Carolina Avenue, Suffolk VA 23434 5025 Carolina Avenue, Suffolk VA 23434

Sorry! We SOLD this sucker already!
Gorgeous Recently Remodeled Colonial On 1 Acre!

Property Details for 5025 Carolina Rd, Suffolk, VA 23434

Gorgeous recently remodeled colonial home on huge 1 acre lot surrounded by fields! Detached barn, chicken coop, big long driveway! This home is stunning from head to toe! Old fashioned country living with modern luxurious interior!

Listing Details

  • Single Family
  • 10191147
    REIN

Schools

Interior Features

  • 3
  • 2.1
  • 2
  • 1
  • 1,984
  • Bar, Fireplace Wood, Scuttle Access, Walk-In Closet; Flooring: Carpet, Ceramic, Laminate
  • 220 V Elec, Dishwasher, Dryer, Microwave, Elec Range, Refrigerator, Washer
  • Central Air,Heat Pump
  • Electric,Heat Pump,Programmable Thermostat,Wood

Exterior & Lot Details

  • 2
  • Colonial
  • Barn, Patio
  • Brick, Vinyl
  • Garage Att 1 Car, Carport, Multi Car, Driveway Spc
  • Well; Septic;
  • 1979
  • 1 acre(s)
  • Not Waterfront
  • No Pool

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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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