Real Estate Resources: Homeowners Guide to Energy Efficiency

For the majority of us, buying a home will be the biggest financial decision we will make. Many factors go into the purchase of a home, such as location, size of house, number of bedrooms and baths, purchase price and amount of taxes on the property. All of these factors play an important role in making the decision to buy the house or not. However, another important factor in deciding whether the house is right for you is the ongoing costs such as maintenance, utilities and related costs.

The majority of homeowners need to be concerned with these ongoing expenses and look to limit these expenses. One of the most important ways to reduce expenses is for homeowners to make their homes as energy-efficient as possible. By utilizing solar power, wind power, water power and doing home improvements such as new windows, doors and insulation, homeowners can make their homes more energy-efficient, reduce the amount of resources used and ultimately save money.

Homeowners have many different options available to make their homes less dependent on resources, many can be done by the homeowner. These improvements can range from simple ways such as caulking windows and doors to reduce the amount of draft in houses and using energy-efficient lighting and appliances. By doing some of these simple methods, homeowners can save as little as a couple of dollars per month, to hundreds of dollars by utilizing many of these simple methods. However, homeowners can also radically reduce their dependency on natural gas and oil by using new technologies of solar, wind or water power.

By using the natural resources from the sun and other sources, homeowners can substantially reduce or even eliminate the need for oil or natural gas. With the initial investment in the equipment needed to convert natural resources to energy to run the household, people can save thousands of dollars each and every year. Plus, homeowners that convert energy sources may be eligible for grants and tax credits from the government. Every investment regardless of size, into energy-efficient behavior can help save resources, help save the environment and in turn save money.

Going green is the way that homeowners in particular, and all citizens in general, can do their part to preserve our Earth’s resources and begin to utilize natural resources. From the smallest act such as turning off lights and appliances when not in use to the largest such as installing solar lights and heating, each can help save the environment. To help identify ways to go green, here are a few helpful resource sites: