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Eleven Ways To Make Your Home Energy Efficient And Pay Smaller Bills!

Energy Efficiency Tips

Lower Energy Bills!
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.

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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! 3 Byers Avenue, Portsmouth, Virginia 23701

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3 Byers Avenue, Portsmouth, Virginia 23701

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Super Cute Cape Cod! Years of love and hard work have gone into making this house a home! Everything is new or almost new and in excellent condition! Gorgeous refinished wood floors. Newly renovated kitchen with new appliances. Updated bathrooms, including a nice outdoor shower! Breezeway to surprisingly big garage! Roof less than 1 yr old, new Rheem water heater. Brand new HVAC with Goodman AC installed last month! Electrical hookup for Generator. All plumbing is PVC and was replaced less than 5yrs ago. Privacy Fenced back yard. All conveniently located and move-in ready!

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638 Hollomon Drive, Hampton, Virginia 23666

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638 Hollomon Drive, Hampton, Virginia 23666

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End unit townhouse, great for a first time homebuyer or investor. Needs some TLC, Centrally located to interstate 64 and shopping. Stackable washer and dryer included. Cathedral Ceiling, Skylights. This one won’t last long a must see!

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SOLD! 6863 Belfield Road, La Crosse, Virginia 23950

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6863 Belfield Road, La Crosse, Virginia 23950

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If you’re looking for a home with a country setting, then this is your new home. This READY TO MOVE IN home has 3 bedrooms and 2 Full Bathrooms. Primary bedroom has Full bathroom with spa tub. This is a well kept home, that was a second home for the owner and was not lived in day to day. The following property features: Open spaced formal dining and Living room combination, Stone Fireplace, Covered Carport, Large lot with tree lined at back of the lot. HVAC and Hot water tank has been replaced. Near Highway 58 and Interstate 85, and a 35 minute drive in light traffic to Lake Gaston.

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SOLD! 3 Alton Circle, Chesapeake, VA 23320

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3 Alton Circle, Chesapeake, VA 23320

This 3 Bedroom Twinhome w/garage & off-street parking features an eat-in kitchen, dining room & spacious family room. The Jack & Jill bath makes it feel like 2.5 baths. Backyard is great for entertaining. New Roof, Siding, Gutters, Patio Doors & Garage Door in 2015. Amenities include clubhouse, pool, basketball court, common maintenance, & playground. Nearby Indian River Park offers bike/walking path, hiking trails, great for dog walking & cycling. Centrally located in the heart of Hampton Roads, near I-64, military bases, airport & Greenbrier Shopping Centers.

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SOLD! 3672 Essex Pond Quay, Virginia Beach, Virginia 23462

3672 Essex Pond Quay, Virginia Beach, Virginia 23462

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This beautiful end unit townhome style condo is a must see. Larger than most units at 1,560 sq feet and has a lovely water view from the back deck. Enjoy the morning with a cup of coffee or evenings relaxing out back. This unit is an end unit with 2 assigned spaces and a visitor space for convenience. Community pool, clubhouse and playgrounds as amenities for you to enjoy. All newer stainless steel appliances within the past year are yours. New wood flooring in the dining that is just beautiful! Has been professionally cleaned and is waiting for you to move in!

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GONE! 140 Holy Neck Road, Suffolk, Virginia 23437

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5140 Holy Neck Road, Suffolk, Virginia 23437

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This beautiful farmhouse is waiting for you. This wonderful 3 bedroom/1.5 bathroom home sits on just under 2 acres of land. You can enjoy the peace and quiet living of the country while still being close to the city. This home also features a fully fenced yard, two car garage, bathroom updated in 2020, and a brand new roof. Character abounds in this charming home!

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GONE! 450 W Princess Anne Road Unit 204, Norfolk, Virginia 23517

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450 W Princess Anne Road Unit 204, Norfolk, Virginia 23517

Step into the comfort and ease of condo living in the highly sought after Ghent area! Hardwood floors, stainless steel appliances and granite countertops are just a few of the luxurious features this 2nd floor condo has to offer. Enjoy the beautiful and historic views. Have peace of mind with secured and gated entrance and brand new HVAC system. Take advantage of the close proximity to grocery, dining, ODU, EVMS and all that this exciting city has to offer! Do not miss this opportunity to own in the amazing Colonnades of Ghent!

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SOLD! 1806 Broadfield Road, Norfolk, VA 23503

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1806 Broadfield Road, Norfolk, VA 23503

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3 bedroom, 1 full bath. Backyard has plenty of space to entertain, open deck, oversized garage with separate work area (back room of garage), and a dog run behind garage. Real hardwood floors in Living room, Dining area, hallway and bedrooms, Luxury Vinyl Plank flooring in room on back of house. Front and back storm doors, newer windows, lots of storage in kitchen, fresh paint throughout, New HVAC!

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SOLD! 4813 Mallard Crescent, Portsmouth, VA 23703

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4813 Mallard Crescent, Portsmouth, VA 23703

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Owner agent. Ac/Heat and water heater replaced in 2020. New floor installed in den February 2021. This beautiful 3 bed 1.5 bath with a den home has an amazing backyard with a big shed(conveys as is).

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