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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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10 Kennedy Dr, Portsmouth, VA 23702

Front of house located at 10 Kennedy Dr, Portsmouth, VA 23702 10 Kennedy Dr, Portsmouth, VA 23702

Completely Renovated House In Quiet Neighborhood!

Property Description

Completely Renovated beautiful 4 bedroom 3 bath home in a nice quiet neighborhood. Centrally located to Shopping Centers, Highway and beaches. Lots of space to grow. Call today for your private viewing!

Key Details

  • Bedrooms 4
  • Full Baths 3
  • Square Footage 2,018
  • Acreage 0.32
  • Year Built 1962
  • MLS Listing ID #10142063

Location

Building

  • Exterior Features Patio
  • Number of Fireplaces 1
  • Flooring Carpet, Laminate, Wood
  • Foundation Slab
  • Interior Features Pull Down Attic Stairs, Walk-In Attic
  • Type of roof Asphalt Shingle
  • Siding Brick, Vinyl
  • Total Building Square Footage 2018
  • Stories 2.0000
  • Style Colonial
  • Year Built 1962

Land

  • Conforms to Zoning UR

Rooms

  • Total Rooms 9

Structures

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

Systems

  • Appliances 220 V Elec, Dryer Hookup, Microwave, Gas Range, Refrigerator, Washer Hookup
  • Cooling System Central Air
  • Heating Nat Gas
  • Sewage Type City/County

Water

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

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SOLD! 3623 Dock Point Arch, Chesapeake, VA 23321

Front of house for sale located at 3623 Dock Point Arch, Chesapeake, VA 23321 3623 Dock Point Arch, Chesapeake, VA 23321

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Gorgeous River Breeze Home With Two Car Garage!

DESCRIPTION

3 bedroom 2.5 bath detached condo in River Breeze. Large family/dining room with gas fireplace and decorative columns. Huge master bathroom Private backyard with patio. 2 car attached garage.

KEY DETAILS
  • Bedrooms:
  • 3
  • Full Baths:
  • 2
  • Half Baths:
  • 1
  • Square Footage:
  • 2,210
  • Acreage:
  • 0.08
  • Year Built:
  • 2004
  • Listing ID #:
  • 10146168
  • Street Address:
  • 3623 Dock Point Arch
  • City:
  • Chesapeake
  • State:
  • VA

Building

  • Amenities:
  • Ground Maint, Playgrounds, Trash Pickup, Water
  • 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:
  • 2210
  • Type Of Roof:
  • Asphalt Shingle
  • Unit Description:
  • 2 Living Lvl, Det Single Fam
  • Year Built:
  • 2004

Land

  • Conforms To Zoning:
  • Rmf1

Rooms

  • Total Rooms:
  • 7

Structures

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

Systems

  • Appliances:
  • Dishwasher, Dryer Hookup, Elec Range, Refrigerator, Washer Hookup
  • Cooling System:
  • Central Air
  • Heating:
  • Forced Hot Air, Nat Gas
  • Sewage Type:
  • City/County

Water

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

Schools

Southwestern Elementary School

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SOLD! 7462 Hughart St, Norfolk, VA 23505

Front of house located at 7462 Hughart St, Norfolk, VA 23505
7462 Hughart St, Norfolk, VA 23505

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West Norfolk 2 Story Home!

DESCRIPTION

Amazing features including 2 master bedrooms, a bedroom with full balcony, modern kitchen with stainless package and granite. All bathrooms boast granite and decorative tile features. Distressed plank laminate adds gorgeous touch to open floor plan. New architectural roof, hot water heater, siding, windows, porches, gaspac heat/air. Entirely new wiring and LED lighting. Put this one at the TOP of your list!

KEY DETAILS

  • Bedrooms:
  • 4
  • Full Baths:
  • 3
  • Half Baths:
  • 1
  • Square Footage:
  • 1,740
  • Acreage:
  • n/a
  • Year Built:
  • 1907
  • Listing ID #:
  • 10143641
  • Street Address:
  • 7462 Hughart St
  • City:
  • Norfolk
  • State:
  • VA

Building

  • Exterior Features:
  • Storage Shed
  • Flooring:
  • Carpet, Ceramic, Laminate
  • Foundation:
  • Crawl
  • Siding:
  • Vinyl
  • Stories:
  • 2.0000
  • Style:
  • Traditional
  • Total Building Square Footage:
  • 1740
  • Type Of Roof:
  • Asphalt Shingle
  • Year Built:
  • 1907

Rooms

  • Total Rooms:
  • 7

Structures

  • Parking Description:
  • 4 Space, Driveway Spc
  • Pool Description:
  • No Pool

Systems

  • Appliances:
  • Dishwasher, Dryer Hookup, Microwave, Elec Range, Refrigerator, Washer Hookup
  • Cooling System:
  • Central Air
  • Heating:
  • Nat Gas
  • Sewage Type:
  • City/County

Water

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

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SOLD! 133 Waterfront Dr, Chesapeake VA 23322

Front of house located at 133 Waterfront Dr, Chesapeake VA 23322 133 Waterfront Dr, Chesapeake VA 23322

OOPS! We SOLD this one already!
Remodeled Waterfront Ranch!

DESCRIPTION

Beautifully remodeled home across from deep water! High vaulted ceiling in living room and beautifully remodeled kitchen with high-end stainless steel, energy saver appliances from 2015. Quartz counter tops and new ceramic wood look floors throughout the kitchen. All 3 bathrooms newly remodeled with upscale wood look tile and new vanities and fixtures! New roof, Heat and air, and new plumbing in 2015. Large, fenced yard has beautiful stamped concrete with fire pit and large shed with raised concrete slab. French drains installed in back yard. Very sought after school district and close access to the community boat ramp. Seller will pay up to 3 % closing costs with acceptable offer!

KEY DETAILS

  • Bedrooms:
  • 3
  • Full Baths:
  • 3
  • Square Footage:
  • 1,247
  • Acreage:
  • n/a
  • Year Built:
  • 1993
  • Listing ID #:
  • 10141013
  • Street Address:
  • 133 Waterfront Dr
  • City:
  • Chesapeake
  • State:
  • VA

Cedar Road Elementary

Great Bridge Middle

Grassfield High School

Building

  • Flooring:
  • Carpet, Vinyl
  • Foundation:
  • Crawl
  • Interior Features:
  • Cathedral Ceiling, Fireplace Gas-Natural, Scuttle Access, Walk-In Closet
  • Miscellaneous Features:
  • Rehabilitated
  • Number Of Fireplaces:
  • 1
  • Siding:
  • Vinyl
  • Stories:
  • 1.0000
  • Style:
  • Ranch
  • Total Building Square Footage:
  • 1247
  • Type Of Roof:
  • Asphalt Shingle
  • View:
  • Water
  • Year Built:
  • 1993

Land

  • Conforms To Zoning:
  • R10s

Rooms

  • Total Rooms:
  • 5

Structures

  • Has Garage: Yes
  • Parking Description:
  • Driveway Spc, Garage Att 1 Car, Oversized Gar
  • Pool Description:
  • No Pool

Systems

  • Appliances:
  • Dishwasher, Disposal, Dryer Hookup, Elec Range, Refrigerator, Washer Hookup
  • Cooling System:
  • Heat Pump
  • Equipment:
  • Ceiling Fan
  • Heating:
  • Heat Pump
  • Sewage Type:
  • City/County

Water

  • Water Body Type:
  • City/County
  • Waterfront:
  • 1
  • Waterfront Description:
  • Deep Water Access

 

 

SOLD! 1333 Great Bridge Blvd, Chesapeake, VA 23320

Front of house located at 1333 Great Bridge Blvd Chesapeake, VA 23320 1333 Great Bridge Blvd Chesapeake, VA 23320

Sorry! We already SOLD this house!
Majorly Upgraded Home With Lots Of Land!

Property Description

Lots of land & major upgrades! New roof, windows, HVAC, kitchen with granite & stainless. Updated baths. Split floor plan for bedrooms allowing for privacy. New flooring, paint, & lighting. Put this one on top of your list!!

Key Details

  • Bedrooms 3
  • Full Baths 2
  • Square Footage 1,317
  • Acreage 0.206
  • Year Built 1955
  • MLS Listing ID #10133853

Location

Building

  • Flooring Carpet, Ceramic, Laminate
  • Foundation Crawl
  • Type of roof Asphalt Shingle
  • Siding Vinyl
  • Total Building Square Footage 1317
  • Stories 1.0000
  • Style Ranch

Rooms

  • Total Rooms 6

Structures

  • Parkin gDescription Driveway Spc
  • Pool Description No Pool

Systems

  • Appliances Dishwasher, Microwave, Elec Range, Refrigerator
  • Cooling System Central Air
  • Heating Heat Pump
  • Sewage Type City/County

Water

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

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Gone! 5143 Westerly Dr, Virginia Beach Va, 23464

front of home located at 5143 Westerly Dr, Virginia Beach Va, 23464 5143 Westerly Dr, Virginia Beach Va, 23464

SORRY! THIS ONE IS GONE!
Kempsville Ranch With 2 Car Garage!

Property Description

Your home is waiting for you! Nestled in Kempsville this 3 Bed 2.5 Bath with 2 Car Garage ranch offers granite counter tops. Updated large master soaking jetted Bath with separate shower. His and hers walk in closets. New roof (2017) New water heater (2017) Electrical panel 2013, , vapor barrier and French drain system under the house. A must see!

Key Details

  • Bedrooms 3
  • Full Baths 2
  • Half-Baths 1
  • Square Footage 1,886
  • Year Built 1974
  • MLS Listing ID #10112022

Location

Building

  • Amenities/Restrictions Clubhouse, Ground Maint, Playgrounds, Pool, Tennis Cts
  • Exterior Features Deck, Patio
  • Number of Fireplaces 1
  • Flooring Carpet, Ceramic, Wood
  • Foundation Crawl
  • Interior Features Walk-In Closet, Wood Stove
  • Miscellaneous Features Vacant
  • Type of roof Asphalt Shingle
  • Siding Brick, Vinyl
  • Total Building Square Footage 1886
  • Stories 1.0000
  • Style Ranch
  • Unit Description Det Single Fam
  • 1974

Land

  • Conforms to Zoning PDH1

Rooms

  • Total Rooms 8

Structures

  • Has Garage 1
  • Parking Description Garage Att 2 Car
  • Pool Description No Pool

Systems

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

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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! 1243 Virgilina Ave, Norfolk, VA 23503

Front of home located at 1243 Virgilina Ave, Norfolk, VA 23503
1243 Virgilina Ave, Norfolk, VA 23503

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Short Walk To The Beach!

Property Description

Stunning home just a very short walk to beach , complete rehab just couple of years ago. Kit has 42 inch custom cabinets, granite counters, recessed lighting , island and ss appliances. Large mstr/Ste , wi closet, soaker tub, oversize detached garage and many other improvements.

Key Details

  • Bedrooms 4
  • Full Baths 3
  • Square Footage 2,000
  • Acreage 0.1148
  • Year Built 1952
  • MLS Listing ID #10136081

Location

Building

  • Exterior Features Deck
  • Flooring Carpet, Ceramic, Laminate
  • Foundation Crawl
  • Interior Features Scuttle Access, Walk-In Closet, Window Treatments
  • Type of roof Asphalt Shingle, Composite
  • Siding Vinyl
  • Total Building Square Footage 2000
  • Stories 2.0000
  • Style Traditional

Land

  • Lot Size Side 100
  • Conforms to Zoning R-8

Rooms

  • Total Rooms 8

Structures

  • Garage Dimensions 300
  • Has Garage 1
  • Parking Description Driveway Spc, Garage Det 1 Car, Multi Car, Street
  • Pool Description No Pool

Systems

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

Water

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

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SOLD! 1613 King William Rd, Virginia Beach Va, 23455 – Renovated!

Front of house located at 1613 King William Rd, Virginia Beach Va, 23455 1613 King William Rd, Virginia Beach Va, 23455

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Renovated Inside And Out!

Property Description

Completely renovated inside & out. Modern kitchen with stainless appliances & granite. Updated baths with tile shower. SO much new! New HVAC, lighting, plumbing, electrical, roof….this is a MUST SEE!!

Key Details

  • Bedrooms 3
  • Full Baths 1
  • Half-Baths 1
  • Square Footage 1,175
  • Year Built 1953
  • MLS Listing ID #10127988

Location

Building

  • Exterior Features Corner, Storage Shed
  • Flooring Carpet, Ceramic
  • Foundation Crawl
  • Type of roof Asphalt Shingle
  • Siding Vinyl
  • Total Building Square Footage 1175
  • Stories 1.0000
  • Style Ranch

Rooms

  • Total Rooms 6

Structures

  • Parking Description 4 Space, Driveway Spc
  • Pool Description No Pool

Systems

  • Appliances Dishwasher, Dryer Hookup, Microwave, Elec Range, Refrigerator, Washer Hookup
  • Cooling System Central Air
  • Heating Forced Hot Air
  • Sewage Type City/County

Water

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

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