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Improving an Older Home's Efficiency

by Sandy Boswell 02/09/2020

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Living green is the goal of many young homebuyers. Once in their new home, they want to take steps toward improving their home’s efficiency. The first step to improving your home’s energy efficiency is to choose the right house.

Solar panels and LED light fixtures aside, the most efficient form of housing is an attached home. When your house nestles between the walls of adjoining homes, you share their heating and cooling through ambient temperature exchange. When a home sits above another home, their heat rises in the winter to warm that home. If it’s below another home, it’s cooled by the temperature set by the neighbor above. When energy efficiency remains a high priority for your home location, choose a condominium, townhome or duplex to improve your heating and cooling properties.

Improving an Existing Home

If you own a typical single-family, detached home, you’ll find a lot of wasted space being heated and cooled. But address these areas, and you’ll see a marked improvement in your energy consumption and costs:

  • Pile on the insulation. Many homes have expansive attics with high roofs above the ceiling joists. The deeper the insulation, the more your winter warmth stays in your home to keep you cozy. But along with adding insulation to your attic, improve its airflow so that summer heat escapes to the outdoors, helping your cooled air circulate.
  • Smarten up the windows. Older homes often have single-paned windows, and even those with double panes leak or have broken seals. Replace windows with thermal dual or triple-paned options to see an immediate improvement to those drafty winters and summers where you’re forced to keep the blinds closed. Along with thermal panes, look for smart windows. Buy windows coated with a substance called vanadium oxide (VO2) that adjusts to the temperature to either reflect or let pass infrared light to keep your home warmer or cooler.
  • Monitor your HVAC with a smart thermostat. Smart thermostats adjust your home’s temperature based on learning when you’re at home and when you’re away. Some can also detect the humidity and adjust the temperature to compensate.
  • Install automatic blinds. Adjustable powered window coverings open and close automatically throughout the day to offset outdoor temperatures.

Try These Simple Things Today

While they won’t make a drastic different, you will see an improvement in your energy bills.

  • Change incandescent bulbs for LEDs throughout the home.
  • Turn the thermostat up two or three degrees in the summer and down two or three degrees in the winter.
  • Lower your water heater to 120°F.

If your goal is to purchase an energy-efficient home, let your real estate agent know. That way, you won’t waste energy looking at ones that don’t fit your desire to leave a lighter footprint.

About the Author
Author

Sandy Boswell

Hi, I'm Sandy Boswell and I'd love to assist you. Whether you're in the research phase at the beginning of your real estate search or you know exactly what you're looking for, you'll benefit from having a real estate professional by your side. I'd be honored to put my real estate experience to work for you.

I have been a real estate agent since 1998. I have been a multi-million dollar producer most of my years in real estate. I have earned the CRS, GRI, and ABR designations and am a member of the Greater El Paso Association of Realtors, the Rotary Club of West El Paso, the Texas Association of Realtors, the National Association of Realtors, and I serve a board member of the Paseodel Este MUD 3.

Having lived In El Paso for most of my life, I attended local schools and graduated from Texas Western College. I received my Master’s Degree in Education from the University of Texas at El Paso. I taught in the public schools for eighteen years before becoming a realtor.

My family consists of a daughter, Kimberly, and a son, Brent, and their spouses and three amazing grandsons, Joshua, Jeremy, and Ben.

I enjoy working with both sellers and buyers and hope to make their real estate experiences both enjoyable and profitable.El Paso TX Real Estate, Sandy Boswell, Home Pros Real Estate Group My goal is to have a long list of satisfied clients whom I can work with for many years.

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