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.

Post a Comment

Current Homes for Sale
Santa Cruz County
City # Price Range
Aptos Homes 99 $360k - $5.5m
Capitola Homes 37 $190k - $4.4m
Rio Del Mar / Seascape Homes 47 $485k - $5.5m
Santa Cruz Events 191 $50k - $23.8m
Santa Cruz Homes 191 $50k - $23.8m
Santa Cruz Real Estate 191 $50k - $23.8m
Monterey County
City # Price Range
$0-$300000 270 $160k - $5.4m
Alta Mesa-Monterey 270 $160k - $5.4m
Big Sur Homes 11 $1.5m - $8.0m
Carmel Homes 220 $419k - $18.2m
Fishermans Flats 270 $160k - $5.4m
Glenwood Circle Monterey 270 $160k - $5.4m
Monterey Homes For Sale 270 $160k - $5.4m
Oak Grove Monterey 270 $160k - $5.4m
Old Town Monterey 270 $160k - $5.4m
Pebble Beach Homes 76 $600k - $37.0m
New Listing

Email Alerts

Subscribe Today!
Why List

With Us?

Learn More!
What People

Are Saying

Recommendations!