I saw this neat graphic from Mr.Handyman.com on ways to make your home more energy efficient. It's good for the environment and good for your wallet, can't beat that! Also, when I work with first time home buyers, many are concerned what the utilities for a whole house will be. Luckily for many it's about the same for heating, cooling and electricity for their small apartment as it is for a whole house! Many rentals have inefficient heating, appliances, windows, and sometimes the minimal requirements for insulation. One of the benefits of owning your home is being able to choose which appliances you use, what type of heating etc. Also, with many electric companies giving rebates for making energy efficient upgrades it's a win win. Here in Eugene, Oregon EWEB gives rebates and sometimes tax credits for improvements like vinyl windows, insulation, ductless heating, and some appliances. In addition, many of these changes will increase the re-sale value of your home or investment property. To re-cap: good for the environment, good for your wallet, good for when you sell your home; Win, Win, WIN!
As a Realtor® I can do a walk-thru of your home and point out ways to make your home more energy efficient and add value to your home whether you are interested in selling later or in the near future. For you first time home buyers I can help you find a home that has energy efficient qualities or help you know what simple upgrades you can make to make your new house even better.