Sunday, January 4, 2009

Energy Efficiency Basics for your Marietta Home

Your new Marietta home can be beautiful, functional and yes – energy efficient – just by making smart choices when you begin remodeling and decorating.

Marietta has its share of warm weather throughout the year, so finding ways to save on your energy bills is likely one of your first priorities. Luckily, there are many things you can do today that are friendly on the environment, your air conditioning and your wallet!

  • Check the caulking around all doors and windows. If it shows any signs of cracking, peeling or wear, replace it with a high-grade, silicone caulking which is designed for doors and windows. If you are replacing your windows, choose double-paned windows and look for the Energy Star rating. Bonus – you can claim your new window purchase on your Federal tax return!
  • When landscaping your home’s exterior, choose larger shade trees to block the sun’s strong rays. You can save a considerable amount on your cooling bill each month just by shading your home with native shade trees.
    Also, look for low-water plants, trees and shrubs when landscaping to save on water usage.
  • Install a programmable thermostat and use it to automatically increase the temperature when you are not home. Most programmable thermostats are quite reasonably priced, yet can save you hundreds of dollars a year in cooling costs.
  • Install ceiling fans throughout your Marietta home. Ceiling fans effectively circulate the cool air, thus keeping your home cooler and more comfortable. Bonus – ceiling fans use very little electricity to operate!
  • Take it outside. The quickest way to heat up your Marietta home is to fire up the oven. Use your outdoor grill instead and keep your home cool and comfortable!
    Bonus – grilled food is healthy and delicious, and doesn’t dirty any pots and pans!
  • Use window shades and curtains to block the sun’s rays from entering the home during the heat of the day. Use lightly colored shades and curtains and close them before the sun enters the home.
  • Consider replacing your old air-conditioning unit with a more energy-efficient one. Look for one with the Energy Star label.
  • Use an attic fan to draw hot air from the attic, where temperatures can soar during the warm summer months.
  • Add more attic insulation, if necessary. Insulation is cost-effective and easy to install, yet can make a huge difference when it comes to your cooling bills.
For more information on Marietta real estate, contact Tina Fountain Realtors at 404.842.1555


Richard said...

The easiest of solar power is solar hot water heater. In our area with credits it is very cost efficent and will be paid off in about 7-8 years.