So you’re preparing to buy a new Mount Pleasant home. More than the purchase process, one of the important things you need to consider is to implement ways to save money on your property for years to come. Thinking about these considerations this early will allow you to start saving precious dollars sooner than later. With that in mind, here are three things that you should perform immediately to reduce the consumption and maintenance costs of your soon-to-be purchased Mount Pleasant real estate in the long term.
Inspect the doors, windows, and attic for leaks
Leaky areas are the main reasons for substantial energy loss in a home. As soon as you move in, check all the seals on the windows and doors, and schedule the installation of new caulking and stripping if necessary. If the windows are old, you might want to consider installing new energy efficient windows. With regard to attic, it should contain at least six inches of insulation everywhere. If the insulation is inadequate or damaged, have more insulation installed.
Install ceiling fans in frequently used rooms
Ceiling fans consume less energy than air conditioners, and are an effective way to circulate air around the home. By using them in conjunction with your HVAC system, you’ll be able to keep your thermostat a degree or two higher or lower than you need it to be, which means your HVAC won’t be working as hard to keep your home temperature steady, thus potentially netting you significant savings on utility costs.
Insulate exposed pipes
Water passing through uninsulated pipes can lose its heat as it travels from the heater to the tap or shower. Insulating exposed pipes, especially those that are located near cold concrete, can result in a temperature difference of two to four degrees. This also helps the hot water reach the faucet faster.
Getting started on your energy efficiency goals for your new home.
Some of these suggestions require minimal labor and spending, but overall, they can really mean a lot to your energy saving goals. That said, you don’t really need to wait until you’re fully settled in before you start them. If you want to find a Mount Pleasant property that requires the least work to make it more energy efficient, get in touch with an established expert on Mount Pleasant homes, such as those from Real East Van.
(Energy Efficiency Building Envelope Retrofits for Your House, CMHC-SCHL.com)
(19 Things a New Homeowner Should Do Immediately to Save Money, TheSimpleDollar.com)