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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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8232 Kanter Avenue, Norfolk, VA 23518

Front of property located at 8232 Kanter Avenue, Norfolk, VA 23518

8232 Kanter Avenue, Norfolk, VA 23518

Spacious Roosevelt Gardens Ranch!

Property Details for 8232 Kanter AVE, Norfolk, VA 23518

Located in the established Roosevelt Gardens neighborhood, this lovely home is sure to please. This quiet community offers everything nearby… bay front beaches, military bases, schools, neighborhood park, community recreational center, shopping, restaurants, and much more! With a professionally converted garage, this home offers a surprisingly spacious floor plan with 3 bedrooms, 1 bath, dining area, living room, a walk-in attic, and bonus room with fireplace. The fenced backyard also provides privacy, storage shed, patio extended driveway for boat storage, and dog run. Don’t miss this great opportunity. Call for your private showing today!

Listing Details

  •  Single Family
  •  10202212
    REIN

Schools

Interior Features

  •  3
  •  1
  •  1
  •  1,622
  •  Perm Attic Stairs, Window Treatments; Flooring: Carpet, Ceramic, Wood
  •  Dishwasher, Dryer, Microwave, Elec Range, Refrigerator, Washer
  •  Central Air
  •  Nat Gas

Exterior & Lot Details

  •  1
  •  Ranch
  •  Storage Shed; Fencing: Back Fenced, Chain Link, Full, Wood Fence
  •  Brick, Vinyl
  •  Multi Car, Driveway Spc
  •  City/County; City/County;
  •  1955
  •  Not Waterfront
  •  No Pool

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

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

Downtown Loft With Views!

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

BEAUTIFUL 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! Call today and let’s take a look at your next home!

Listing Details

  •  Condo/Townhouse/Co-Op
  •  10198026 
    REIN

Schools

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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120 James Landing Road, Newport News, VA 23606

Front of house located at 120 James Landing Road, Newport News, VA 23606
120 James Landing Road, Newport News, VA 23606

Beautiful Colonial Home On Half Acre!

Property Details for 120 James Landing RD, Newport News, VA 23606

Beautiful colonial home on over 1/2 acre corner lot. Kitchen has newer cabinets and stainless steal appliances. This home features a large den with fireplace, large bedrooms with walk in closets. Roof is newer and water heater is less than 5 years old. Large bonus room with full bathroom over the garage.

Listing Details

  •  Single Family
  •  10197080
    REIN

Schools

Interior Features

  •  4
  •  3.1
  •  3
  •  1
  •  2,730
  •  Fireplace Wood, Scuttle Access, Walk-In Closet; Flooring: Carpet, Vinyl, Wood
  •  Dishwasher, Dryer, Microwave, Elec Range, Refrigerator, Washer
  •  Central Air
  •  Nat Gas

Exterior & Lot Details

  •  2
  •  Colonial, Traditional
  •  Aluminum, Brick
  •  Garage Att 2 Car, 2 Space
  •  City/County; City/County;
  •  1974
  •  0.54 acre(s)
  •  Not Waterfront
  •  No Pool

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1403 Marsh Wren Circle, Portsmouth, VA 23703

Front of condo located at 1403 Marsh Wren Circle, Portsmouth, VA 23703
1403 Marsh Wren Circle, Portsmouth, VA 23703

Beautiful End Unit Condo With Lots Of Living Space!

Property Details for 1403 Marsh Wren CIR, Portsmouth, VA 23703

Beautiful end unit condo with lots of living space. Open floor plan with vaulted ceilings. Hardwood floors throughout. Master bedroom with a new barn style door. Walk onto the patio for your coffee or relaxation with a view of the water. Centrally located to shopping, interstates as well as military bases. A definite must see!

Listing Details

  •  Condo/Townhouse/Co-Op
  •  10207376 
    REIN

Schools

Interior Features

  •  3
  •  2
  •  2
  •  1,646
  •  Cathedral Ceiling; Flooring: Vinyl, Wood
  •  220 V Elec, Dishwasher, Dryer, Dryer Hookup, Microwave, Elec Range, Refrigerator, Washer, Washer Hookup
  •  Heat Pump
  •  Heat Pump

Exterior & Lot Details

  •  1
  •  Townhouse; 2 Living Lvl
  •  Vinyl
  •  Garage Att 1 Car
  •  City/County; City/County;
  •  2002
  •  Clubhouse, Ground Maint, Pool, Security, Trash Pickup
  •  1 acre(s)
  •  Not Waterfront
  •  No Pool

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Gone! 114 Bluff Terrace, Newport News, VA 23602

Front of property located at 114 Bluff Terrace, Newport News, VA 23602 114 Bluff Terrace, Newport News, VA 23602

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Remodeled Condo With Granite Countertops, Open Layout!

Property Details for 114 Bluff TER, Newport News, VA 23602

Stop looking for that perfect home…this is it! This 2002 condo was just remodeled a few years ago with granite counters, upgraded cabinets and has a nice open layout. Walk to the end of the neighborhood for a beautiful view of the Warwick River and Deep Creek Inlet. In these nice summer evening sit on the screened back porch or in front of the fireplace this fall and winter! Call today and lets take a look at your next home.

Listing Details

  •  Condo/Townhouse/Co-Op
  •  10207313
    REIN

Schools

Interior Features

  •  3
  •  2.1
  •  2
  •  1
  •  1,679
  •  Flooring: Carpet, Ceramic
  •  220 V Elec, Dishwasher, Disposal, Dryer, Microwave, Gas Range, Refrigerator, Washer
  •  Central Air,Heat Pump
  •  Forced Hot Air,Nat Gas

Exterior & Lot Details

  •  2
  •  Traditional
  •  Brick, Vinyl
  •  Garage Att 1 Car
  •  City/County; City/County;
  •  2002
  •  Ground Maint
  •  4356 sq ft
  •  Not Waterfront
  •  No Pool

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GONE! 309 Oak Lake Run, Chesapeake VA 23320

Front of house for sale located at 309 Oak Lake Run, Chesapeake VA 23320 309 Oak Lake Run, Chesapeake VA 23320

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Charming Knells Ridge House With First Floor Bedroom!

Property Details for 309 Oak Lake RN, Chesapeake, VA 23320

Lovely home with colorful charm and personality! Must see to appreciate. Hardwood floors in front living area, carpeted upstairs and in bedrooms. This charming home is perfect for those needing a downstairs bedroom!! Full bath upstairs and downstairs. New sliding doors that lead from the formal dining room to the patio area. Conveniently located in Chesapeake and close to dining, shopping and highway access. Condo fee covers your front yard maintenance and personal trash pickup.

Listing Details

  •  Single Family
  •  10176296

Interior Features

  •  3
  •  2
  •  2
  •  1,446
  •  Flooring: Carpet, Ceramic, Wood
  •  Dishwasher, Dryer, Microwave, Elec Range, Refrigerator, Washer
  •  Central Air
  •  Nat Gas

Exterior & Lot Details

  •  2
  •  Traditional
  •  Patio; Fencing: Back Fenced, Privacy, Wood Fence
  •  Vinyl
  •  Garage Att 1 Car, Off Street, Dr
  •  City/County; City/County;
  •  1996
  •  Ground Maint, Trash Pickup
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SOLD! 4612 Carriage Drive, Virginia Beach, VA 23462

Front of townhouse located at 4612 Carriage Drive, Virginia Beach, VA 23462 4612 Carriage Drive, Virginia Beach, VA 23462

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3 Bedroom Townhome In Virginia Beach!

Property Details for 4612 Carriage DR, Virginia Beach, VA 23462

Move in today! This home is ready and waiting for YOU!! This 3 bedroom, 3 1/2 bath condo was just renovated to improve your quality of life and give you a home to be proud of. New laminate flooring, new carpet, new stainless steel appliance package, and fresh paint throughout. Not only is there a huge master bedroom with walk-in closet located on the 1st and 2nd floor, but the third bedroom also has its own separate full bathroom. After enjoying this lovely home inside, step outside and relax on your private patio and deck. Don’t wait! This one won’t last!

Listing Details

  •  Condo/Townhouse/Co-Op
  •  10204734 
    REIN

Schools

Interior Features

  •  3
  •  3.1
  •  3
  •  1
  •  1,909
  •  Bar, Cathedral Ceiling, Fireplace Gas-natural, Pull Down Attic Stairs, Walk-In Closet; Flooring: Carpet, Laminate, Vinyl
  •  Dishwasher, Dryer, Microwave, Elec Range, Refrigerator, Washer
  •  Central Air
  •  Nat Gas

Exterior & Lot Details

  •  2
  •  Transitional; 2 Living Lvl
  •  Deck, Patio; Fencing: Back Fenced, Privacy
  •  Brick, Vinyl
  •  Garage Att 1 Car, Driveway Spc
  •  City/County; City/County;
  •  2002
  •  Ground Maint
  •  Not Waterfront
  •  No Pool

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Sold! 908 Gilford Court, Newport News, VA 23608

Front of property located at 908 Gilford Court, Newport News, VA 23608 908 Gilford Court, Newport News, VA 23608

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Traditional Near Ft. Eustis With Sunroom, Deck, Gazebo!

Property Details for 908 Gilford CT, Newport News, VA 23608

Right next to Ft. Eustis and Yorktown Naval Weapons Station with fast access to highway 64. Right by Newport News Park and Newport News Golf Club at Deer Run. Gas fire place, high ceilings throughout, and cathedral ceiling in master bedroom with his and hers closets. Privacy Fenced backyard with an air conditioned Sun Room and a great Deck with Gazebo! Roof only a couple years old. This house won’t last long! Make this house your new Home!

Listing Details

  •  Single Family
  •  10200073
    REIN

Schools

Interior Features

  •  3
  •  2.1
  •  2
  •  1
  •  1,730
  •  Fireplace Gas-natural; Flooring: Carpet, Vinyl
  •  Dishwasher, Disposal, Dryer, Elec Range, Refrigerator, Washer
  •  Central Air
  •  Forced Hot Air

Exterior & Lot Details

  •  2
  •  Traditional
  •  Cul-De-Sac, Deck, Gazebo, Storage Shed; Fencing: Back Fenced, Privacy
  •  Vinyl
  •  Garage Att 2 Car
  •  City/County; City/County;
  •  2000
  •  6900 sq ft
  •  Not Waterfront
  •  No Pool

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Gone! 528 Aylesbury Drive, Chesapeake, VA 23322, Chesapeake VA

Front of property located at 528 Aylesbury Drive, Chesapeake, VA 23322, Chesapeake VA 528 Aylesbury Drive, Chesapeake, VA 23322, Chesapeake VA

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Half Acre In Hickory School District!

Property Details for 528 Aylesbury DR, Chesapeake, VA 23322

Nearly 1/2 acre lot you can do so much with! Hickory school district. 4 bed and 2 bath home has so much to offer in this 1647 sq ft house. Very well maintained with major items such as the roof, windows already replaced. Your first night in this comfortable rancher you’ll want to sit by the gas fireplace and reflect on the many happy years ahead. Folks, this house will not last long so call today!

Listing Details

  •  Single Family
  •  10197402
    REIN

Schools

Interior Features

  •  4
  •  2
  •  2
  •  1,647
  •  Fireplace Gas-natural; Flooring: Carpet, Vinyl, Wood
  •  Dishwasher, Dryer, Dryer Hookup, Microwave, Elec Range, Washer, Washer Hookup
  •  Central Air
  •  Forced Hot Air

Exterior & Lot Details

  •  1
  •  Ranch
  •  Brick
  •  Garage Att 1 Car, Driveway Spc
  •  City/County; City/County;
  •  1986
  •  0.423 acre(s)
  •  230.59 X 80
  •  City
  •  Not Waterfront
  •  No Pool

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