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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! 6108 Sunshine Avenue, Norfolk, VA 23509

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6108 Sunshine Avenue, Norfolk, VA 23509

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This is a beautiful spacious 3 bedroom, 2 full bath, home with an amazing kitchen that has been remodeled to bring out the chef in you, with granite counter tops, ceramic tile flooring, and awesome appliances. This home is truly a sunshine home with the bright huge back yard that is big enough to create a whole new adventure of fun for the family. The shed is great to put all your yard tools in. This will be an excellent catch for the next new owner. Believe me, this will not last long!

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SOLD! 7920 Van Patten Road, Norfolk, VA 23505

7920 Van Patten Road, Norfolk, VA 23505

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This unique GEM comes with 3 bedrooms 2 full baths, washer/dryer, along with new stove, refrigerator, & original hardwood floors. Spacious back yard with 2 sheds for extra storage space & screened porch.

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GONE! 122 Grant Street, Chesapeake, VA 23320

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Adorable Dollhouse! This quaint bungalow ranch is light & bright and ready to call Home! Laminate wood floors throughout. Open Kitchen and Dining Room. Full Bath with tiled shower. 2 Nice size Bedrooms. Big Back Yard!

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SOLD! 1639 Prospect Drive, Chesapeake, Virginia 23322

1639 Prospect Drive, Chesapeake, Virginia 23322

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Tastefully updated 2 story 4 Bed 2.5 Bath home is sought after Schoolhouse Crossing in desirable Hickory school district in Chesapeake, VA. Enjoy a lovely front porch. New front door. New exterior light fixtures. Bright entry w/ cathedral ceiling. Big family room. Fresh paint throughout. Large family-style eat-in kitchen w/ new Energy Star SS refrigerator, oven & microwave. Stylish granite counter tops & gorgeous cabinets. Sizable pantry. New flooring in master bath & upstairs 2 bath. New plantation window shades. Clean and well-maintained. Newer roof. Naturally lit utility room. Large FROG use as exercise room, bed, or office. New wood fence. Landscaped yard w/ enormous backyard w/ plenty of space for play/entertainment. Convenient location and access to shops, interstates and military bases. Make it yours today!

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SOLD! 1621 Orchard Grove Drive, Chesapeake, VA 23320

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1621 Orchard Grove Drive, Chesapeake, VA 23320

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Come see this beautiful three bedroom/two bathroom condo with a possible master suite downstairs. Enjoy the vaulted ceilings in the living room that make the home feel even more inviting. This wonderful home also includes a large kitchen with a dining area. Just off the kitchen you can relax in your sun room. All of this plus two assigned parking spaces, no yard work, and a pool! Welcome home.

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SOLD! 2630 Greenwood Drive, Portsmouth, Virginia 23702

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! This beautiful home has it all! On the exterior we have all new vinyl siding, new roof, all new windows to let lots of natural light and a great gathering place around the fire pit in the backyard. But the interior is where the magic begins! This house offers an open floor plan with crown molding throughout the living and dining spaces, & a unique wood accent wall in the living area. The kitchen has a full stainless steel appliance package, new cabinetry with crown molding to finish it off topped with a beautiful white granite counter. The master bathroom has a barn door for privacy, walk in closet, new tile tub surround, with nice fixtures and lighting. There are lots of finishes that make this one stand out from the crowd to include recessed lighting, low profile ceiling fans, brand new heating/cooling system & water heater. These are just a few of the things you will find in this virtually maintenance free home. Some photos shown have been virtually staged.

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GONE! 9301 Sturgis St, Norfolk VA , 23503

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Property Details for 9301 Sturgis ST, Norfolk, VA 23503

This Gorgeous 4 bedroom 3 bath Newly Renovated Home is just Right to Enhance Your Life Style and Give You a Home to Be Proud of. Spacious Living Room looking unto the Kitchen with Breakfast Bar and New Granite Countertops and Stainless Package. Large Family Room with Fireplace which leads onto a Huge Deck and Fenced Back Yard which is perfect for your Family and Guest Enjoyment. And There’s More! A Large Room over the Workshop with Full Bath and Kitchen Area that can be used as a Man Cave, Mother-In-Law Suite. Teen Hangout or just your quite place. Don’t miss out on this opportunity to live nearby the beach. Get it before it’s gone. Close to Bayview Elementary.

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SOLD! 173 Swanson Road, Norfolk, VA 23503

Front of property located at 173 Swanson Road, Norfolk, VA 23503 173 Swanson Road, Norfolk, VA 23503

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Commodore Park Cape Cod With Huge Master Bedroom!

Property Details for 173 Swanson RD, Norfolk, VA 23503

Adorable 3 bedroom 3 bath cape code in Commodore Park. Secluded neighborhood, fully fenced backyard with deck. Huge master bedroom with walk-in closet and master bath. Large garage with workspace, separate shed. Large kitchen with eat in area. New Carpet throughout.

Listing Details

  •  COMMODORE PARK
  •  173 Swanson RD
  •  Norfolk
  •  VA
  •  23503
  •  13 – North Norfolk
  •  Single Family
  •  10207761
    REIN

Schools

Interior Features

  •  3
  •  3
  •  3
  •  1,568
  •  Walk-In Closet; Flooring: Carpet, Vinyl
  •  Dishwasher, Gas Range, Refrigerator
  •  16+ SEER A/C
  •  Forced Hot Air,Nat Gas

Exterior & Lot Details

  •  1.5
  •  Bungalow, Cape Cod
  •  Deck; Fencing: Back Fenced, Chain Link
  •  Vinyl
  •  Garage Att 1 Car, Driveway Spc
  •  City/County; City/County;
  •  1942
  •  6970 sq ft
  •  Not Waterfront
  •  No Pool

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SOLD! 435 Monticello Avenue Unit #400B, Norfolk, VA 23510

Street view of building that unit 435 Monticello Avenue Unit#400B, Norfolk, VA 23510, is located in 435 Monticello Avenue Unit #400B, Norfolk, VA 23510, Norfolk VA

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Downtown Loft With Views!

Property Details for 435 Monticello AVE #400B, Norfolk, VA 23510

BBEAUTIFUL Downtown Norfolk Unit available in the sought after Welton Loft’s. Fantastic views of the city, walking distance to many restaurants and other activities. New wood flooring, ceramic backsplash and granite countertops are just a few of the amazing finishes. The charm of the original building exude in this space from the exposed brick walls, concrete ceilings, exposed piping and part of the original spiral staircase. With walls of windows you will have amazing views of the city! HVAC just replaced in Feb. 2018! Call today and let’s take a look at your next home!

Listing Details

  •  DOWNTOWN AREA
  •  435 Monticello AVE #400B
  •  Norfolk
  •  VA
  •  23510
  •  11 – West Norfolk
  •  Condo/Townhouse/Co-Op
  •  10198026
    REIN

Schools

  •  Blair Middle
  •  Walter Herron Taylor Elementary
  •  Maury

Interior Features

  •  1
  •  1.1
  •  1
  •  1
  •  1,130
  •  Walk-In Closet; Flooring: Ceramic, Wood
  •  Dishwasher, Disposal, Dryer, Elec Range, Refrigerator, Washer
  •  Central Air
  •  Heat Pump

Exterior & Lot Details

  •  1
  •  Mid Rise; 1 Living Lvl, Corner Unit, Loft
  •  Brick
  •  Close to Mass Transit
  •  City/County; City/County;
  •  1920
  •  Elevator, Sewer, Trash Pickup, Water
  •  484 sq ft
  •  Not Waterfront
  •  No Pool

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