This article discusses saving energy.

By now everyone knows that saving energy at home reduces your heating, cooling, water and electric bills. But installing energy-saving appliances and devices can also make your home more attractive to potential buyers in the Atlanta area. If you are selling your home with Duffy Realty of Atlanta, a few small upgrades that reduce the property’s energy load can make your house stand out in a crowded market.

Purchase energy-efficient appliances

New appliances such as a new refrigerator, dishwasher and washing machine can make your home more appealing to buyers. Newer appliances will saving energy better than older models. If saving energy is your major goal, look for appliances that have the “Energy Star” label on them. Energy Star appliances meet specific federal guidelines, and a bright yellow tag on the appliance will let you know how much energy it will use over the course of the year.

Invest in better windows

Windows don’t just let light into your home — they also let heat in and out. Older windows that have just a single pane are a disaster for your energy bills, as they let warm air out in the winter. Windows that let in too much sunlight will warm up your house in the summer, forcing your air conditioner to work harder and expend more energy.

Replace your home’s current windows with windows that have a” low-emissivity,” or low-E, coating. The coating is an extremely thin layer of metal that keeps heat from leaving your home in the winter or from entering your home through sunlight in the summer. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, low-E windows can help reduce your home’s energy loss by up to 50 percent. Windows with the coating are described as having Low-E glass.

Add insulation

Without insulation, heat and cold can flow freely in and out of your house, making your heating and cooling systems work harder and increasing your energy bills. Adding insulation is like wrapping your home in a blanket. In the winter, the insulation keeps cold air out, and in the summer, it helps keep cool air in. You’ll want to insulate your home’s, basement and attic to get the most energy-saving benefit. If you can only afford to insulate one area, choose the attic. An insulated attic will keep warm air from rising out of the house.

Changing habits

While energy-saving appliances and fixtures make your home appealing to buyers, how you use those fixtures can help you save even more money while you live there. For example, don’t leave your refrigerator door open for long periods of time and switch off the lights when you leave a room.

Changing some habits and the equipment in your home can save you energy — and money — when it comes time to paying your bills and attracting potential buyers to your property.

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