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Cost Effective Ways To Make Your Home More Energy Efficient Before Selling

More and more people are starting to choose energy efficient homes when they search for a new property. If you are selling your home, and you want to make your home more energy efficient, without breaking the bank, the following tips might prove to be helpful.

The following tips are in no specific order and all should be considered regardless of order if you choose to carrying them if relevant to you.

Install a programmable thermostat

If you leave the lights on all day when you’re at work, you’ll be wasting a lot of energy, and money at the same time. The same principle applies to your heating, so installing a programmable thermostat will help you specify exactly when you want your heating to turn on and off.

Don’t let the heat out

When you do heat your home, you want to keep that heat inside it. It is a good idea to use caulk tape around your window and door frames to ensure that they are completely airtight. It is also a good idea to install honeycomb shades on your windows to help trap the heat in the home.

Install fluorescent bulbs

Fluorescent bulbs last a while, and can have a significant impact on reducing your energy bills. Installing these bulbs around the house, in the months leading up to the sale, will allow you to a paint a nicer picture of your energy expenses when pitching to any prospective buyer.

Clever landscaping

How about this for an idea: plant a small tree, or some other form of vegetation, outside of the larger windows around your house. This will help to both shade your home from strong sun rays, and can also mute strong winds. Another idea is to plant low water plants – these can help to reduce your water bills.

Change your air conditioning filter often

Changing the filter on your air conditioner will help it to operate more efficiently, while also reducing wear and tear. Also, check your air vents,(and heaters or radiators for that matter), to make sure that there is no furniture blocking their paths. This can prevent proper air flow through the home, which will reduce the efficiency of the system.

Buy an attic fan

Attic fans are not very expensive, but can be helpful in regulating the temperature within your home and keeping it cool, particularly in the warmer summer months. These fans help to make sure that your air conditioning unit isn’t working too hard, helping you reduce energy expenditure.

Replace your white goods

If you are selling your home furnished, or partly furnished, and are going to be leaving your fridge, freezer, washing machine, dishwasher, tumble dryer, and so on, make sure that you replace older models with modern, energy efficient ones. These white goods expend a lot of energy, so replacing them can make your entire home a lot more efficient.

When you comes to selling, whether or not you are wanting to sell your property really fast or not, it is important to make it as appealing as possible. A greater focus on energy efficiency will certainly make your property more appealing to prospective buyers.

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