TexasIsHot – Energy Efficiency

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Jun 28 2011

Texas Home buyer Announces: Top 10 Green Tips to Improve Your Home’s Resale Value

‘Green Living’ is the buzz word that can be heard almost daily.  Going green is an effort to make a positive impact on the environment.

Making green choices has become a daily reality for many people who strive to do their part in saving and conserving resources and being good stewards of planet Earth.

These choices can range from simple steps like recycling and using energy efficient light bulbs to more large scale efforts like adding solar panels to a home and driving electric cars.

Making green choices when it comes to your home can not only be used to improve the planet, they can also up the value of your home…a win-win situation!

Below are five small scale and five large scale tips for going green to improve your home’s resale value.

Small Scale (relatively easy/requires lower budget)

1.  Conduct an Energy Audit – Energy audits access how much energy your home uses, and it can be used to determine where changes and upgrades can be made to make your home more energy-efficient.

2.  Weatherstrips and Caulk – Improve the energy efficiency of your home, cut down the bills, and add value by weather-stripping doors and caulking windows to make them airtight.

3.  Choose WaterSense and Energy Star – The EPA has partnered with WaterSense and Energy Star to label water and energy efficient products including toilets, faucets, kitchen appliances, etc.  Replacing existing water wasting and energy wasting products with WaterSense labeled ones will not only conserve precious resources it will add value to your home.

4.  Install Programmable Thermostats – When programmed correctly, thermostats help conserve energy and save money.

5.  Add Insulation – According to Green Home Guide, adding insulation is one of the most important steps you can take to improve the energy efficiency of your home.

Large Scale (costs more, but adds more value)

1.  New roof – While this can be a costly improvement, it can add tremendous value to your home and using newer, energy efficient roof products can save energy and reduce bills.

2.  New Windows – Energy efficient, look great, save money, add value = good green choice.

3.  Radiant Heat Barrier – Radiant heat barriers control radiant heat from transferring into your home requiring less energy to cool your home.

4.  Heating and Air Conditioning – If the lifespan (15-18 yrs) on the furnace and AC unit is getting close, add value by investing in energy efficient units.

5.  Green Energy – Consider solar or wind to power your house. Add value and reduce your carbon foot print.
Implementing these tips, provided by We Buy Ugly Houses Dallas: Sell Your Dallas Home Fast, will allow you to make green choices that will benefit the environment and add value to your home.

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