- Get a home energy evaluation to spot ways to make your house cooler in summer and warmer in winter. It will give you a plan for energy efficiency, an attractive selling point.
- Swap in high-efficiency, compact fluorescent (CFL) light bulbs that will cut your utility bills immediately.
- Improve insulation which can trim up to 20% off heating and cooling bills, according to Energy Star.
- Install low-flow faucets and shower heads and save between 25% - 60% on water.
- Use programmable thermostats to help cut heating and cooling costs by 5% - 15%. Check out Nest thermostats.
- Consider investing in solar power to save up to 25% on electric bills and add $20,000 to the value of a home for each $1,000 in annual energy savings. Massachusetts currently offers some tax incentives to install solar panels.
- Document your improvements and energy savings so real estate agents can give that info to buyers.
Check out the website NextStepLiving.com for more information.
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