Utility bills take up a lot of our time, energy and can be a pain in the butt to deal with. Your utility bill might not be the first thing that comes to your mind when looking for your new home, but it should be. A cheaper version of your house could easily cost you a lot of money in the long run by requiring constant maintenance and being an energy hog whereas a home that costs more but has the right utilities installed could be a lifesaver.
Windows, Doors & Insulation
One of the biggest things you should look at is proper insulation. Houses with excessive windows can leak heat in the winter and cause your oil bill to rise just to keep up with your room temperature. Worse, if they are poorly installed even more heat can seep out through the cracks around your windows and door mounts. A lot of older windows have one glass layer, which is an easy way for heat to leak out. Newer windows have triple layers of glass to help prevent heat from escaping, acting like a greenhouse.
Old boilers can take a while to heat or cold water. When you warm or cool off your water, and you let t run for one or two minutes, you’re wasting gallons every time you do that. A great way to get green is making sure your new house has a modern boiler which drastically reduces the time and energy required to heat or cool your water.
Renewable Energy Utilities
Going green has many benefits, as esco companies can offset your carbon footprint and some provide renewable energy certificates. While costly to install, one of the best utility bill savers is renewable energy. This includes solar, geothermal, wind, Hydropower, Biomasses and Hydrogen Fuel Cells. Installing one or more of these can drop your bill in half, or more. Some have even been drastically by almost 80%. If you’re looking, selling or building your house make sure your renewable energy sources has a Renewable Energy Certificates or REC. These certificates prove you produced 1 megawatt of energy per hour and was distributed throughout the main electric grid. Best of all, if you provide the 1 megawatt per hour, you can get paid for your contribution.
Utilities are an essential part when it comes to shopping, selling or building your dream home. Houses with significant energy resources could help reduce humanity’s carbon footprint, make the environment better and help you save on your energy bill. It’s a win-win for you and the planet.
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