Buying a home is an incredibly exciting move, but it can also be really stressful for first-timers. The biggest mistake you can make is to find a home that is seemingly perfect, but that is an energy-suck—and the worst part?
Most people don’t figure that out until the first utility bill comes in.
We want you to choose a home that is as energy efficient as possible. Here are a few things you should be on the lookout for when you tour a home:
Have a home energy audit performed.
It’s actually recommended that homeowners do this occasionally, so that they have a clear picture of how their home is holding up over time.
A professional energy auditor comes in, runs some tests, and can actually pinpoint the areas of the home that are losing energy and money.
Don’t forget to check the fine details.
You may feel awkward asking to check the house’s crawl spaces, but it might be the smartest move you make while house shopping!
The seemingly small details can make a HUGE difference in the home’s ability to keep cool in the summer or warm in the winter.
Try getting a record of the previous homeowners’ past utility bills.
We know—it sounds strange. But it’s a smart question to ask and it’s the surest way to get an idea of how the home is currently operating.
You can try asking the realtor or homeowners themselves, or you can call the electric utility provider for your area and ask for the records for the address of the home you’re interested in.
Ask pointed questions about energy efficiency.
This way, your realtor will understand that energy efficiency isn’t just a good idea to you—it’s a priority! Ask about how new the roof is and what material it’s made of. Ask about the lighting throughout the house—are there currently energy-efficient bulbs?
This, of course, is an easy fix, but replacing every light bulb in the house could be a big and unexpected added expense.
Ask if the appliances are ENERGY STAR-certified, if the windows are double-paneled, and if the insulation is holding up nicely.
We wish you the best of luck in house hunting, and we can assure you that a home that has been maintained by the experts at BNG Heating & Cooling is a home that we’d recommend buying! If you’re looking to sell, give us a call so that we can make sure your home is in tip-top energy efficiency condition.