Monday December 23, 2019
The topic on everyone’s mind today is how to cope with climate change and its negative effects on our planet and our future. Fortunately, it has become the trend to care about this crisis and take steps in our own homes and communities to do something about it.
The benefits of energy conservation to the homeowner are great. You will save money on utility bills, make your home healthier, well ventilated and more comfortable. You will also improve the resale value of your home and reduce environmental harm by decreasing pollutants into the air.
A good place to start is with an energy audit. Most power companies will perform the audit free of charge, and this is all you need if your energy bills aren’t excessive and there don’t seem to be any drafty areas in the home.
A professional audit will run anywhere from $300 to $600 depending on the size of the home. Such an audit is more in-depth than the power company’s cursory assessment, and it can save you more than 30 percent on your annual energy costs.
Here are some easy, worthwhile changes a homeowner can make:
- Buy compact fluorescent light bulbs
- Use programmable thermostats
- Use water heater blankets
- Be sure your windows are double paned
- Have energy-efficient appliances
- Provide weather stripping around doors and windows
- Install improved insulation in walls, attics and crawl spaces
If you are moving into a new home, look for certifications from programs such as ENERGY STAR® and local programs like Georgia Power’s EarthCents® New Home, which promotes energy-efficient construction in the new-home markets. These are just two of the energy-saving programs available in Georgia. There are many more, depending on your location.
Another energy efficiency indicator of a new home is the HERS Index, or The Home Energy Rating System. This is the nationally recognized system for inspecting and calculating a home’s energy performance. Note that the lower the HERS score, the more energy-efficient the home.
Landmark 24 homes in South Carolina and Georgia are built to meet the recommended high energy-efficiency performance standards. These homes are located in attractive communities with an abundance of amenities. There are many architectural styles and floor plans available in a wide variety of single-family dwellings and townhome communities – and all are energy efficient to save you money, provide comfort and ensure a lucrative resale if you ever have to relocate.