An Energy Efficient Home
An energy efficient home is on the top of everyone’s wish list whether you are buying, selling or just improving your current home. Many new builds come with energy efficient home plans that older, existing homes don’t have. Tru Realty has a few steps you can take to improve the energy efficiency of your home.
Complete An Energy Audit
It can cost upwards of $400 to get a certified specialist to take a look at your property and determine how energy is being wasted, but you can complete this type of evaluation on your own without all of the expenditure. Try the candle test and take a flame on a tour of your home, being aware of areas where the flame wavers and drafts may be coming in from outside. Once you’ve determined the problem areas, you can tackle the project of re-caulking which will seal up any openings that are leading to energy loss and more expensive heating costs.
Fix-Up Noticeable Insulation Issues
Completely overhauling your insulation is not among the easiest of fixes, but there are some simple ways you can improve its effectiveness without a lot of hard work. Instead of a comprehensive analysis, head up to the attic to take a peek at the insulation there. Using a mask and a pair of gloves, check the insulation for spaces where air could be gaining access to your home. If you come across any vulnerable areas, add some extra insulation and seal the area with expanding insulation for a little added coverage.
Install A New Faucet
While heat conservation is one of the most important factors in energy efficiency, taking care of the water supply will also have a significant impact on your home’s environmental footprint. Instead of sticking with old-style faucets, head down to the hardware store for low-flow taps that will automatically cut down on water use without you or your family having to think twice. This type of fix is an easy enough installation and your water savings will be facilitated every time you turn on the tap.
There are a number of small changes you can make around your home to easily conserve energy and cut down on water waste. If you’re doing some small renovations because you’re preparing for a move, contact Sarah at Tru Realty (480) 327-6700 for some additional helpful advice on how to create an energy efficient home.