Power of energy effeciencyJanuary 29, 2008
In today’s environmentally challenged, energy conscious world, it pays to be efficiency minded when considering the energy features of a prospective property. According to the National Association of Home Builders, there are specific elements that identify energy efficient homes. An educated homebuyer should be familiar with each one.
Look for double paned windows with low-e coating that conserve heat during the winter and deflect the summer sun. Confirm that the house is fortified with the proper amount of insulation in the roof, walls and floor. Check that the heating and air conditioning systems are as energy efficient as possible. Heating and air conditioning account for up to fifty percent of a home’s utility bill. Take note of the landscaping around the home. Intelligent placement of trees and shrubbery can have a significant impact on cooling your home. Consult Energy Guide labels when choosing your lighting fixtures and appliances. The label will estimate the operating costs of that particular item. Although it may be a challenge to take everything into account now, when the first utility bill arrives in the mail you will be happy you took the time and improved your “energy I.Q”.