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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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Gone! 5513 Barnhollow Road, Norfolk VA 23502

Front of property located at 5513 Barnhollow Road, Norfolk VA 23502 5513 Barnhollow Road, Norfolk VA 23502

OOPS! This One Is Already GONE!
Tri-Level House Near Bases, Interstate, Mall!

Property Details for 5513 Barnhollow RD, Norfolk, VA 23502

3 bedroom, 2.5 bath tri-level home located in a great location. Close to bases, interstate and the mall. Great Home for first time home buyer or investor. Could be used for an in-law suite as well. A must see!

Interior Features

  •  3
  •  3
  •  3
  •  1,519
  •  Flooring: Carpet, Laminate
  •  Dishwasher, Disposal, Dryer Hookup, Elec Range, Refrigerator, Washer Hookup
  •  Central Air
  •  Electric

Exterior & Lot Details

  •  1
  •  Tri-Level
  •  Fencing: Back Fenced, Chain Link, Wood Fence
  •  Brick
  •  Garage Att 1 Car
  •  City/County; City/County;
  •  1959
  •  0.44 acre(s)
  •  City
  •  Not Waterfront
  •  No Pool

Listing Details

  •  Single Family
  •  10173211
    REIN

Schools

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SOLD! 3109 Pleasant Ave, Norfolk Va, 23518 – Ocean View!

Front of house located at 3109 Pleasant Ave, Norfolk Va, 23518 - Ocean View! 3109 Pleasant Ave, Norfolk Va, 23518 – Ocean View!

OOPS! We SOLD This One Already!
Spacious Ocean View Home Near Beach!

Property Description

Welcome home to your spacious four bedroom two and a half bath home with a two car garage. This gorgeous home is nestled just blocks from the beach. From the open floor plan to the expansive master bedroom and bathroom you will not be disappointed. This home has been meticulously cared for and updates abound. Enjoy your new Nest thermostat, brand new LG front loading washer and dryer, custom window trim in all the downstairs windows, all wood blinds, gutter guards, and Brisa sliding screen door. Nothing has been missed on this impressive home.

Key Details

  • Bedrooms 4
  • Full Baths 2
  • Half-Baths 1
  • Square Footage 2,700
  • Year Built 2013
  • MLS Listing ID #10169419

Location

Building

  • Exterior Features Deck, Patio
  • Flooring Carpet, Ceramic, Laminate
  • Foundation Crawl
  • Interior Features Bar, Scuttle Access
  • Type of roof Asphalt Shingle
  • Siding Stone, Vinyl
  • Total Building Square Footage 2700
  • Stories 2.0000
  • Style Traditional

Rooms

  • Total Rooms 6

Structures

  • Has Garage 1
  • Parking Description Garage Att 2 Car, Off Street
  • Pool Description No Pool

Systems

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

Water

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

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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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SOLD! 2016 Cassidy CT, Suffolk, VA 23434

Front of house located at 2016 Cassidy CT, Suffolk, VA 23434 2016 Cassidy CT, Suffolk, VA 23434

OOPS! This house is SOLD Already!
Wilroy Estates House Near Highway, Fenced Yard, Covered Porch!

Property Details for 2016 Cassidy CT, Suffolk, VA 23434

Beautiful single owner home in Wilroy Estates. Bring your buyers to tour this 4 bedroom 2 and half bathroom 2 story home with attached 2 car garage. Granite countertops with stainless steel appliances in the kitchen. Located on over a third of an acre lot with a fully fenced backyard. Huge open master bedroom with walk in closet. Separate tub and shower with dual sinks in the master bath. Enjoy relaxing on your large covered front porch. Close to shopping schools and parks. Home is located close to the highway for easy commuting. Don’t miss out on this lovely home.

Interior Features

  •  4
  •  3
  •  3
  •  2,618
  •  Walk-In Closet; Flooring: Carpet, Ceramic, Wood
  •  Dishwasher, Dryer Hookup, Microwave, Range, Refrigerator, Washer Hookup
  •  Central Air
  •  Forced Hot Air,Nat Gas

Exterior & Lot Details

  •  2
  •  Transitional; 2 Living Lvl
  •  Patio; Fencing: Back Fenced, Full
  •  Vinyl
  •  Garage Att 2 Car, Off Street, Dr
  •  City/County; City/County;
  •  2014
  •  0 0
  •  0.37 acre(s)
  •  City
  •  Not Waterfront
  •  No Pool

Listing Details

  •  Single Family
  •  10159155
    REIN

Schools

WHAT’S NEARBY 

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SOLD! 3506 Spottswood Place, Hampton VA 23661

Front of house and trees located at 3506 Spottswood Place, Hampton VA 23661 3506 Spottswood Place, Hampton VA 23661

Sorry! We SOLD This One Already!
Charming Hampton House With Generator, Vacuum!

Property Details for 3506 Spottswood PL, Hampton, VA 23661

Come home to this charming 4 bedroom 3 full bath home in Hampton. This home features beautiful heart pine floors, whole house generator, central vacuum. Tons of space in the tiled kitchen with Corian Counter tops. Lovely view of the lush backyard landscaping from the tiled Sun room. Master bedrooms on 1st and 2nd floor. 3 luxurious bathrooms with Corian vanities and tub surrounds. This one of a kind home is a must see!

Listing Details

  •  Single Family
  •  10160594

Interior Features

  •  4
  •  3
  •  3
  •  3,338
  •  Fireplace Wood, Walk-In Closet; Flooring: Carpet, Ceramic, Wood
  •  Dishwasher, Disposal, Gas Range, Refrigerator
  •  Central Air,Two Zone
  •  Forced Hot Air,Nat Gas,Two Zone

Exterior & Lot Details

  •  2
  •  Cape Cod
  •  Inground Sprinkler, Patio, Storage Shed; Fencing: Back Fenced, Other, Wood Fence
  •  Wood
  •  Off Street
  •  City/County; City/County;
  •  1939

Nearby Schools

ARMSTRONG ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

Elementary | K-5 | PUBLIC | 325 students

Distance: 0.4 miles

HAMPTON HIGH SCHOOL

High | 9-12 | PUBLIC | 1519 students

Distance: 2 miles

HUNTER B. ANDREWS

Middle | PK-8 | PUBLIC | 1200 students

Distance: 0.7 miles

MOTON EARLY CHILDHOOD CENTER

Preschool | PK | PUBLIC | 210 students

Distance: 2.7 miles

WHAT’S NEARBY 

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SOLD! 5305 Club Head Rd, Virginia Beach VA, 23455

Front of house located at 5305 Club Head Rd, Virginia Beach, VA 23455 5305 Club Head Rd, Virginia Beach, VA 23455

SORRY! This one is SOLD!
Cypress Point Golf Course Home!

Property Description

Golf course community. Gourmet kitchen with granite counter tops, wine cooler. Double cutlery drawers, double trash cans in cabinet. Chef’s dream kitchen! Hardwood floors throughout & porcelain tile. Relax in Jacuzzi tub in master bathroom with double sinks. Enjoy the Cypress Point Golf Course from your large 2 tier deck. Motivated Sellers. Buy Today!

Key Details

  • Bedrooms 4
  • Full Baths 2
  • Half-Baths 1
  • Square Footage 2,180
  • Year Built 1987
  • MLS Listing ID #10142742

Location

Building

  • Exterior Features Deck, Inground Sprinkler, Patio, Well
  • Number of Fireplaces 1
  • Flooring Ceramic, Wood
  • Foundation Crawl
  • Interior Features Fireplace Gas-propane, Pull Down Attic Stairs, Walk-In Closet, Window Treatments
  • Type of roof Asphalt Shingle
  • Siding Brick, Vinyl
  • Total Building Square Footage 2180
  • Stories 2.0000
  • Style Transitional
  • Year Built 1987

Rooms

  • Total Rooms 8

Structures

  • Parking Description 2 Space
  • Pool Description No Pool

Systems

  • Appliances Dishwasher, Disposal, Microwave, Gas Range, Refrigerator, Washer Hookup
  • Cooling System Central Air
  • Equipment Attic Fan, Cable Hookup, Ceiling Fan, Gar Door Opener, Jetted Tub, Security Sys
  • Heating Forced Hot Air
  • Sewage Type City/County

Water

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

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SOLD! 330 Glendale Ave Norfolk, VA 23505

Front of house located at 330 Glendale Ave Norfolk, VA 23505 330 Glendale Ave Norfolk, VA 23505

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Remodeled Maury Home With Garage!

Description

Exquisitely remodeled home with gorgeous new kitchen, upscale wood cabinets, new counter tops and stainless steel appliances. Beautiful new “wood look” floors make for a grand entrance to a large open living area. Large Master suite has extra room for sitting area. All bedrooms have new “wood look” flooring and upscale ceramic tile throughout the kitchen and bathrooms! Home is convenient to interstate and all military bases. Large detached garage with fenced yard! Extra long driveway can fit up to 4 vehicles. Garage in good shape, has electric. New Roof.

Listing Information

Property Information

  • Style: Bungalow
  • Bedrooms: 3
  • Total Baths: 2
  • Year Built: 1925
  • Sq ft: 1300
  • Lot Size: 5227 sq ft
  • A/C: Central Air,Heat Pump
  • Heat: Nat Gas
  • Appliances:Dishwasher,Dryer Hookup,Microwave,Elec Range,Refrigerator,Washer Hookup
  • Interior: Cathedral Ceiling,Window Treatments; Flooring: Carpet,Laminate,Wood
  • Exterior: Fencing: Back Fenced
  • Construction:Brick,Wood
  • Garage: Garage Det 2 Car,3 Space,Off S
  • Pool: No Pool
  • Utilities: City/County; City/County;
  • Water front: Not Waterfront

School Information

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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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SOLD! 740 Reservoir Ave, Norfolk, VA 23504

Front of home located at 740 Reservoir Ave, Norfolk, VA 23504 740 Reservoir Ave, Norfolk, VA 23504

SORRY! We SOLD This One Already!

Completely Rehabbed Traditional In Norfolk!

Property Description

Completely rehabbed. New kitchen, windows, siding, flooring and 3 full bathrooms.

Key Details

  • Bedrooms 4
  • Full Baths 3
  • Square Footage 1,626
  • Acreage 0.09
  • Year Built 1900
  • MLS Listing ID #10135137

Location

Water

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

Systems

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

Structures

  • Pool Description No Pool
  • Parking Description Driveway Spc, Street

Rooms

  • Total Rooms 6

Land

  • Conforms to Zoning R-11

Building

  • Style Traditional
  • Stories 2.0000
  • Total Building Square Footage 1626
  • Siding Vinyl
  • Type of roof Asphalt Shingle
  • Foundation Crawl
  • Flooring Laminate

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