How To Make The House You Buy More Energy Efficient

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When you find the right home to purchase, you may be very excited when you find out that the seller has accepted your offer. Once this happens, you may need to rush to get the steps completed that are necessary for closing on the house. When this is all said and done and you are handed the keys to the house, your work will still not be complete. At that point, you will need to move into the house, and you may want to complete the following steps once you are in to make sure your new house is as energy-efficient as possible.

Check and adjust the water heating setting

One thing you may want to do when you move in is check the water heating setting and adjust it if necessary. A hot water heater should be set to 120-degrees F maximum. If you find that it is set higher, turn it down. This temperature is hot enough for anything you might need, yet it will help you keep the costs down for heating water.

Replace the filters in the HVAC system

A second thing you should do is check the filters in the HVAC system. If they are clean, it is probably because the previous owner changed them right before moving out. If they are dirty, you should replace them. Dirty air filters can cause your furnace to use more energy to heat your home. In addition, dirty air filters can lead to damage to furnaces. By changing the filters, your system will operate better and more efficiently.

Get a programmable thermostat

If the house you purchased does not currently have a programmable thermostat, you may want to hire an HVAC company to install one for you. A programmable thermostat can help you save money on your heating and cooling costs, and it can help your home stay more comfortable in temperature all year round. If you use a programmable thermostat properly, you could save 10% or more on your energy costs.

Switch out the lightbulbs

Newer types of lightbulbs, such as CFLs and LEDs, cost more to purchase, but they are more energy-efficient than older types of bulbs. If you want to save money on your electric bill, replace any incandescent bulbs you find in the home with CFLs or LEDs. These bulbs will last a very long time and cost very little to operate.

There are a lot of steps involved with shopping for houses for sale, and you can learn more about the process by talking to a real estate agent today.

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26 May 2017

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