Energy Efficiency And Your Home

Dated: 10/20/2014

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With colder weather quickly approaching it's time to start getting yourself and your home ready for winter. Preparing your lawn with proper aeration and maintenance of your sprinkler system, having your furnace serviced and cleaned, as well as rotating between summer and winter clothes are all important. One common thought on most homeowners minds is the increases in their monthly electricity and gas bills. These bills can be big expenses for many, especially if you own an older home. 

Construction and home designs have improved drastically over the years to meet current demand and safety regulations. Building materials that were used regularly between the 1960's-1980's have been replaced with safer and more energy efficient materials. Home builders have also increased structural integrity to improve the efficiency of modern homes to help decrease the monthly expense of heating or cooling your home. 
What many home owners don't realize is that there are many ways to help reduce those monthly bills with just a few minor upgrades. To give you a good example, I recently purchased a home that was built in 1982 and still has the original furnace and windows. I knew going into it that the furnace and windows were not energy efficient, especially in comparison to modern building methods. My original thought was that the furnace and windows would need to be replaced to be more energy efficient, so I hired professionals to come out and asses the situation. 
What I learned was surprising and informative, and gave me a new perspective in what to do to prepare my new home for the winter. The windows throughout the home were double pain and showed no signs of water damage. I asked about replacing them, and the technician informed that to keep cost down he wouldn't recommend it. The windows were structurally sound and in good condition considering their age. Instead of replacing, he recommended I replace the blinds to provide a thermal barrier between the window and the inside of the home. What I discovered was that I could replace the blinds throughout the house with energy efficient thermal blinds for less than $500, a fraction of what it would cost me to replace the windows.
I was shocked, but obviously pleased with the information I was being provided, but still skeptical. After some quick research online I found this was a common practice and recommendation for families looking to save a little money each month.
Matt Lawson is a real estate agent in Denver, Colorado who is a specialist in Aurora, Denver, Parker, Highlands Ranch, Littleton, and Castle Rock. Matt is a relocation expert who also specializes in assisting first time home buyers, investors, residential owners and buyers, and new construction. He will fight to get you the BEST DEAL possible whether you are buying or selling your home. You can contact Matt by phone at (303) 437-6103, email at [email protected], or by visiting his website at www.DenverTopHomes.Com. 
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