If you’ve done all you can to improve the energy efficiency of your home and are still experiencing higher utility bills than you’d prefer, your garage may be the culprit.
Most homeowners know they can cut costs by making their homes more energy efficient. Doing the same for the garage is an afterthought — or is not thought of at all. Consider, though, that most garages are not heated. So especially during the cold season, the garage becomes yet another potential source of frigid air, separated from your living space in some cases by just drywall and a door.
A typical two-car garage measures 480 square feet, about 20 percent of the size of the average U.S. [...]
Smart homes are becoming the norm. About 12.5 percent of total U.S. households are currently smart homes, and it’s predicted the number will climb to 28 percent by 2021.
Save time and energy and improve your lifestyle by adding smart versions of these five common household devices to your home today.Bathroom Fan
Smart bathroom fans feature built-in Bluetooth speakers, so you can safely play music while showering or getting ready. Wi-Fi-connected controls allow you to turn the fan and light on or off from your smartphone, meaning no more accidentally leaving the fan on for hours. Many smart fans are also Energy Star-qualified and are built to conserve [...]
For many Americans, energy efficiency is an important consideration when it comes to buying or renovating a home. An energy-efficient home offers not only a greener, more sustainable lifestyle —it also maximizes ease, comfort, and cash savings.
The US Department of Energy estimates that the average household can save up to nearly $1,200 per year with some simple energy-efficient improvements. To get started, hire a professional energy auditor to assess your home’s energy use and identify possible upgrades to improve efficiency and reduce your monthly bill—or perform a do-it-yourself inspection focusing on some of the most common ways your home could be wasting [...]
Many folks are aware of the hidden costs of buying a home—things like closing costs, homeowner’s association (HOA) fees, and property taxes. That’s not all you have to watch out for, though. There are other, even more hidden costs associated with owning a home. Let’s take a look at some of the less commonly discussed money pits that could be hiding in your home right now—and what you can do about them.1. Refrigerators
Most of us probably take our fridge for granted — after all, it just always seems to be there, stocked with food. It can be an incredible money pit, though, if you don’t keep a close eye on it. The average American household loses [...]
With places to visit from the Lincoln Memorial to the National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C. is a great place to live. So when the time comes to sell your home, you should have no trouble, right?
Yes, living in a desirable area helps when you put your place on the market. It also helps that so many people move to D.C. to work in the political sphere. There are always incoming interns and lobbyists vying for space. But one of the best ways to give your listing an edge is to make your home eco-friendly. Many Americans understand the benefits of cleaner environment, so they realize the importance of individual efforts in making the world most sustainable.
Green living [...]