2022 REAL ESTATE EDITION
EMPHASIZING ENERGY EFFICIENCY While the U.S. Department of Energy recommends a professional assessment of a home’s energy eciency, it is also possible for homeowners to perform one on their own. Here is a list of areas to check when assessing a home’s energy usage.
WEATHER READY AT HOME In addition to preparing for disasters by stockpiling food and water, homeowners can prepare themselves and their homes for severe weather events through home maintenance and repairs.
Renovations: while updating appliances, ooring, walls and windows
Now: immediately and are renter-friendly
Measures that can be taken:
AIR LEAKS Air leaks can save up to 20% on energy per year if addressed. In addition to leaking windows and doors, check for leaks on baseboards or where dierent building materials meet. Leaks can be sealed or plugged with caulk or weather stripping. LIGHTING When replacing bulbs, residents can consider LEDS as well as energy- saving incandescent bulbs. Electric utilities may oer rebates for purchasing energy-ecient lamps. INSULATION Depending on building ages, insulation may not be up to standard. Checking attics, walls near outlets and basements can ensure heat losses are kept to a minimum. Wall insulation may require a thermographic evaluation. APPLIANCES Energy use for appliances can be estimated using the energy guide label on the appliance itself or by using an electricity usage monitor. Unplugging appliances in between uses can keep them from drawing unused electricity. HEATING AND COOLING The U.S. Department of Energy recommends upgrading systems older than 15 years. Checking ductwork for dirt streaks can reveal air leaks, which can be sealed.
the design phase of a new home or addition
Walls & oors
Windows & doors
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Insulating pipes with foam sleeves can protect them from extreme temperatures.
Overhanging roofs can shade windows from the sun while still allowing indirect light in.
Weather stripping can protect doors and windows from rain and external moisture.
sunny sides of buildings. Native trees are best adapted to the home’s climate.
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Using mold- resistant insulation can improve air quality, especially in homes that are humid or prone to ooding.
Solar panel installation can be paired with a smart inverter
Thermal curtains can protect against both extreme heat and cold while conserving energy.
for optimal energy use.
SOURCES: HOUSTON ADVANCED RESEARCH CENTER, TEXAS STATE ENERGY CONSERVATION OFFICE COMMUNITY IMPACT NEWSPAPER
SOURCE: U.S. DEPARTMENT OF ENERGYCOMMUNITY IMPACT NEWSPAPER
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