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By Jessica Gaines Jarboe | Broker in Louisville, KY

Making Your Louisville Home Energy Efficient

We hear a lot of tips on making your home more “green,” but did you know that making your Louisville home energy efficient can make a critical difference when you decide to sell your home? M

any buyers check the average cost of the utilities for a home. Having lower electric and water bills can make your property more attractive than others. Here are a few inexpensive changes that can help lower your monthly bills.

Get with the Program!

Using a programmable thermostat can save the average family up to 10% on their heating and cooling costs per year. When you are sleeping or away from home, setting the temperature to a lower setting in the winter and a higher setting in the summer can make a big difference in your bill. With a programmable thermostat you can have the temperature return to your comfort level right before you get home or wake up!

Do you want to trim $100 off your yearly electric bill? Switch to compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs). Just by changing your five most used light bulbs from incandescent to CFL you can cut close to $100 from your utility budget! It also is good for the environment because it reduces greenhouse emissions. You get double the green effect; you save your green and make your home more green!

Go Against the Flow

It is all about the flow when it comes to air and water! One of the easiest, and least expensive, steps you can take is changing the filters in your home's duct system every month. Dirty filters block air flow, and make your climate control system work harder. You should also get an HVAC tune up once every two years or so. By having your system run at its best capacity, you can save more than 5-10% on your average heating and cooling bills.

You can cut your water bill by installing low flow toilets and shower heads. It is estimated that a family of four can save over $285 per year, just by switching to a low flow shower head! Changing the shower head isn’t hard at all; most just screw right on, and it's an easy change for any homeowner to make.

By making your Louisville home more efficient, you can save money now and make your home easier to sell in the future. That is a win-win situation! Need more tips on selling your Louisville home? Call Jessica Gaines, she is your local real estate resource. So Listen Up Louisville, and you soon be seeing green!

Comments

By Wes Black,  Mon Apr 18 2011, 16:51
Thanks for the idea about changing 5 light bulds. Did that today.

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