5 Ways Your New House Could Save You Money
By Mary Ripley on August 6, 2018
When you’re in the market for a new home, you want to make sure that you get the best value for your money, and that includes low energy bills. The chance that you’ll find a completely energy-efficient home — or even a LEED-certified home — in Northeast Ohio is not great. However, there are a few things many homes have that improve energy-efficiency, and realtors don’t often advertise them. When you’re house hunting, keeping an eye out for these 5 things could save you lots of money in the future.
1. A New HVAC System
If a home has had an HVAC system installed in the last few years, chances are it’s Energy Star-rated. That’s important, becauseEnergy Star-rated HVAC systems can save you up to $115 per year on your energy bills depending on where you live.
2. New Appliances
And just like HVAC systems, many new appliances have the Energy Star seal and are much more efficient than older appliances. So ask your realtor how old that HVAC or refrigerator is. You may be pleasantly surprised to find they are Energy Star certified.
3. A Programmable Thermostat
Why heat or cool your home when you’re not there? The amount of money you can save with a programmable thermostat is quite remarkable.
Some homes with recently installed HVAC systems will have programmable thermostats, and because the cost of installing one to replace an existing thermostat isn’t astronomical, many homeowners choose to retrofit their thermostats to include programmability.
4. Tankless Water Heaters
Tankless water heaters are great ways to save money on heating bills, because they aren’t constantly heating water for the whole house. They only heat water when you need it.
These are often installed in smaller homes that don’t require much hot water or for specific uses like in garages or wet bars.
5. Good Insulation and Windows
Properly installed insulation and good windows can prevent wasted energy. Nothing makes your money fly out of your wallet faster than heating and cooling bills for an improperly insulated home or drafty windows.
Always look for newer windows and seals. Recently installed windows will not only have better seals, but they may also have energy-efficient upgrades like double or triple panes with insulating gas blown in. Some new windows even have UV coats that prevent your furniture and floors from fading.Tags: