Energy efficiency adds value to your home. In today’s marketplace prospective buyers want their new investments free from massive upkeep costs. This makes high utility bills a deal breaker and efficiency based tax breaks very appealing.
It also makes it worth adding energy-saving measures to your home before putting it on the market, if only to encourage buyers. Energy-friendly measures aren’t always difficult or labor-intensive, either. Rather, many are actually simple and easy to implement.
Let’s examine some of the easiest ways to make your home more energy efficient. These measures can lower utility costs and streamline power efficiency without requiring major investments or labor.
Insulating Your Pipes
We’ll start with one of the simplest ways to conserve energy in your home. Insulation. Water heaters and hot water pipes hemorrhage heat, making your system work harder for fewer tangible results.
Cover your pipes with foam and your heater with a blanket to increase the temperature of the water that actually gets delivered. This allows you to turn down your water heater. Since foam normally costs about $2 for a 6 foot sheet, it’s a highly affordable project you can complete without a contractor. The savings are modest, about $8 to $12 per year, but it’s a good place to start.
Installing Low-flow Plumbing Fixtures
High-efficiency showerheads and new 1.6gpf (gallons per flush) toilets make a big difference in your water costs. Low-flow toilets alone save up to 12,000 gallons of water per year. If you live somewhere where water is scarce and therefore expensive, this is an excellent way to cut down on your monthly costs while saving valuable resources.
Since all new toilets in the USA are low-flow toilets, it’s easy to find one at a reasonable price (less than $200). The cost of buying the toilet might normally take several years to pay off with your reduced water bill; but remember, it’s an investment designed to help sell your home. A higher home sale price will easily offset the initial investment.
Consider Smart Home Technology
Smart home technology offers homeowners several easy ways to save energy, including self-dimming light bulbs and smart thermostats. Smart thermostats can automatically adjust your home’s climate to provide comfort when you’re around and save money while you’re gone.
Self-dimming bulb packages are an even smaller investment than thermostats. The lights run on schedules that only use electricity while you’re home or in a specific room.
Organizations like Energy Star (which certifies the energy efficiency of various buildings and appliances) are enthusiastic about the future potential for smart home technology to reduce costs and help the environment.
Remember, when it comes to saving energy, every little bit counts. From small projects like covering your own pipes to investing in efficient appliances and self-regulating technology, there are more than enough ways for anyone to improve their home’s efficiency.
If you want to compete in the fast-moving real estate market, you’ll want to consider all your options and implement as many as you can afford. Not only can you get a better offer, but you can also help protect the rest of the planet.