Steve Burke, SSP

Broker , SSP

8 Ways to 'Green' Your Home





8 Ways to 'Green' Your Home

 

In today's economy, home buyers are
looking more closely at the associated costs that come along with
homeownership, such as heating and electricity bills. The last thing consumers
want in this economy is skyrocketing bills. By implementing some easy, but key
energy and water saving options, homeowners can lower utility costs and make
their home a bit more "green."

 

Marc Roth, President and founder of
Home Warranty of America suggests the following green tips:


-Replace regular light bulbs in
permanent fixtures with compact fluorescent light bulbs, which use about 1/5th
as much energy as regular bulbs and last 12 times longer.


-Install low-flow showerheads to
save on water heating and use.

 

-Close the damper on the fireplace.
While this is simple, most homeowners often forget.


-Seal basement rim joists. This is
along the top of the basement wall where the cement or block comes in contact
with the wood frame, a common area of air leakage.


-Insulate water heater tanks for
energy savings.


-Perform duct sealing or hire a
contractor. Twenty percent of the air that moves through the duct system is
lost due to leaks, holes and poorly connected ducts.


-Add insulation to an attic.

 

-Install a programmable thermostat
so you are not wasting energy while out of the house.


For more information, visit www.hwahomewarranty.com.




 
 
 


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