Real Estate

Retrofitting Your Tampa Bay Home for Energy Efficiency

Energy efficient buildings and products have been around for quite a while.  Having a home that is environmentally friendly can reduce your monthly utility bills while reducing harm to the environment.

When choosing which items to add or replace in your home it is important to evaluate the cost of the item vs the return you will see.  Many energy saving items that can be added to your home have a relatively quick payback period such as

  • Programmable thermostats
  • Additional insulation or weather stripping
  • Jacket insulation on hot water heaters
  • On-demand hot water heaters
  • Low flow toilets

Other ways to go green and save on utilities include

  • Xeriscaping your yard by using native plants which require less water and us mulch appropriately
  • Replacing old appliances with newer more efficient units that have a higher Energy Star rating
  • Use ceiling fans to add air flow to a room and help you feel cooler
  • Recycling and reusing rainwater
  • Use public transportation or walk or bike to your destination when possible

You can tighten your homes airflow to reduce heat and air conditioning losses by

  • Caulk and insulate where air leakage is suspected
  • Check windows and doors for air leaks and install weatherstripping
  • Clean and maintain air conditioners and furnaces

You will find even making small changes will have an impact on both your utility bills and your impact on the environment.

Kelly Harden, Realtor®

Century 21 Shaw Realty






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