utilities

Improve Your Home’s Energy Efficiency with these 8 Small Changes

Recent data shows that LEED-certified green homes are on the rise. And with the savings they offer, it’s no wonder why. According to the U.S. Green Building Council, LEED-certified homes save owners anywhere from 20 to 30% on their energy costs annually. In some places, those savings are as high as 60%. But you [...]

By |2019-09-12T10:30:15-04:00September 12th, 2019|Categories: Home, Maintenance|Tags: , , , |

11 Smart Ways to Trim Your Utility Bills

Spring is just around the corner, and with it comes sunnier weather, longer days and, for us homeowners, heftier energy bills as a result. Fortunately, sky-high energy costs don’t have to be a given. If you take a few precautionary steps now, prep your home properly, and learn some handy hacks, you can actually [...]

By |2019-08-16T17:28:27-04:00March 4th, 2019|Categories: Financial, Home|Tags: , , |

The 8 Most Common Unexpected Costs of Homeownership (and How to Prepare!)

If you’re on the hunt for a home, you’re likely well aware of listing prices, down payments, and maybe even closing costs. But as expensive as those all are, they’re not the end of your homeownership costs. In fact, they’re really just the beginning. As a homeowner, you’re beholden to dozens of expenses — both [...]

By |2019-04-08T16:53:56-04:00January 29th, 2019|Categories: Financial, Purchase|Tags: , , , , , |

What to Expect from a Professional Energy Audit

An energy audit is conducted by public utility companies or independent private-sector specialists. Make sure you choose an auditor who's been certified by the Association of Energy Engineers, the Interstate Renewable Energy Council, or the National Renewable Energy Laboratory. Note that there are different accreditation requirements for auditors specializing in single family homes versus multi-family [...]

By |2018-08-22T13:53:06-04:00August 23rd, 2018|Categories: Home, Maintenance|Tags: , , , |