Santa Cruz Real Estate Blog

Tips to Save Energy and Add Value

When it comes to energy efficiency, look for smart features and expertise to help you save energy and money and add value to your home.

1. Begin with a Right-Sized Home.

If the home you buy is simply too large for you or your family’s needs or plans, you stand a good chance of wasting energy through excessive heating and cooling costs. If it’s too small, you’ll feel cramped and uncomfortable. It’s a big investment, so seek balance and buy it “right” from the outset. 

2. Purchase Energy Star Appliances Such as Your TV, Dishwasher, Washer and Dryer, and Microwave.

And especially the refrigerator, as it alone contributes about 10 percent of the energy use in a home. Also, unplug electronics not in use or turn off power strips to avoid phantom charges. 

3. Install Efficient Lighting Such as Compact Fluorescent (CLF) or LED Bulbs in Every Fixture.

Lighting accounts for about 6 percent of an energy bill each year.

4. Get an Energy Audit and Have Tests Performed to Identify Ways of Improving Your Efficiency.

You can always upgrade your heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) system as well as your thermal envelope, which includes insulation, windows, and doors  and the seals or weather stripping around them. Visit energy.gov/energytips for more tips.

...
Current Homes for Sale
Santa Cruz County
City # Price Range
Aptos Homes 134 $225k - $6.9m
Capitola Homes 54 $125k - $14.0m
Rio Del Mar / Seascape Homes 80 $415k - $6.9m
Santa Cruz Events 251 $25k - $12.0m
Santa Cruz Homes 251 $25k - $12.0m
Santa Cruz Real Estate 251 $25k - $12.0m
Monterey County
City # Price Range
$0-$300000 191 $249k - $4.7m
Alta Mesa-Monterey 191 $249k - $4.7m
Big Sur Homes 10 $1.3m - $6.3m
Carmel Homes 240 $15k - $24.5m
Fishermans Flats 191 $249k - $4.7m
Glenwood Circle Monterey 191 $249k - $4.7m
Monterey Homes For Sale 191 $249k - $4.7m
Oak Grove Monterey 191 $249k - $4.7m
Old Town Monterey 191 $249k - $4.7m
Pebble Beach Homes 78 $550k - $28.0m
New Listing

Email Alerts

Subscribe Today!
Why List

With Us?

Learn More!
What People

Are Saying

Recommendations!