BOULDER, CO, Jun 30, 2016—These days, it seems everyone is improving their efforts to be more sustainable. From ride sharing to recycling, “green” is on the tip of nearly everyone's tongue. But how green is your home? According to Phil Boren, Broker Associate of RE/MAX of Boulder, Inc., there are some easy steps you can take to improve the energy efficiency of your home, which not only helps the environment—it saves you big bucks.
Below, Boren runs down six ways you can make your home more energy efficient.
1. “Begin by focusing on those small cracks and crevices around doors and windows,” says Boren. “According to Lowe’s, a 1/8-in. space between a standard exterior door and its threshold is equivalent to a 2 sq.-in. hole in the wall.” Close those gaps to save up to 15 percent in heating and cooling costs and also reduce the demand on your heating and cooling system.
2. Lower your water heater’s thermostat setting; less heat means less fuel, and you likely don't need your shower scalding.
3. Blanket or insulate the water heater to reduce the amount of heat lost by the unit, particularly if it is located in an unheated area.
4. Insulate water pipes, at least the hot water pipes, to prevent heat loss that can cause your water heater to work harder.
5. Change furnace filters to prevent reduced airflow through the heating/cooling system and overheating that can lead to premature compressor damage in the A/C systems.
6. Install water-saving shower heads, and, if possible, purchase a water-saving toilet.
For more real estate information, contact RE/MAX of Boulder, Inc. at email@example.com, 303-441-5647, or RE/MAX of Boulder, Inc..
Phil Boren is a 26-year veteran real estate Broker and Realtor, specializing in consulting with buyers and sellers in Boulder, CO and along the Front Range of Northern Colorado. Held Real Estate Broker's license in Texas, California and Colorado; Managing Broker for over 200 agents and Brokers for Century 21 and RE/MAX franchises. Award-winning Realtor with experience in management, sales, marketing, relocation, appraisal, REO, BPO's, foreclosures, short sales; previously held the MAI designation from the Appraisal Institute. Experienced in both residential and commercial real estate and achieved the No. 14 individual ranking in the 5-state, Mt. States Region for RE/MAX International in 2001, based on sales volume. Received my BSBA in Finance and Real Estate from the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville, where he was a 4-year starter and 4-year football letterman for Hall-of-Fame coach, Lou Holtz.