If you plan to sell your home in Albuquerque, it’s important to keep your home running in a way that will cut down on energy use. Not only will doing so save you money now, but it will entice more potential buyers.
How can you make your home more energy efficient?
1. Make the Switch to LED
LED bulbs have made a huge impact on energy conservation. LED bulbs last at least 25 times longer and consume up to 90 percent less electricity than incandescent bulbs.
You can save up to $75 in a year just by switching 5 of the most used bulbs in your home. Imagine how much you could save if you switched all of them.
2. Seal Those Leaks
Heating and cooling make up half of your home’s energy usage. A bunch of little leaks can add up to opening a 3 x 3 foot window.
Take simple steps like caulking windows, sealing leaks around chimneys and recessed lighting, and sliding draft guards under your doors to save up to 20% on heating costs.
3. Heat and Cool Efficiently
If your home is empty part of the day, install a programmable thermostat and in colder weather schedule your home’s heat to lower when you are away or asleep and increase when you are returning home or waking-up.
During summer weather, schedule the thermostat to raise the temperature when you are away or asleep, and lower it at other times.
4. Maintain Your HVAC System
Make sure to clean or change your furnace filters regularly. A dirty furnace filter will slow down air flow, making the system work harder to keep you warm (or cool) and costing you more money.
Consider getting a winter tune-up. Just as a tune-up for your car can improve your gas mileage, a semi-annual or yearly tune-up of your heating and cooling system can be vital to improve efficiency, saving you money and making your home more comfortable.
By following these few steps, you can make a big dent in your energy bills. And when you sell your home, it will be more attractive to buyers in Albuquerque.
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