Saving Green with Energy-Efficient Building Products



you're in the market for a new home, make sure you carefully examine
the houses you visit to see which building products installed in the
home can help save on your long-term energy bills. Choosing a home
constructed with energy efficient and easy maintenance products can help
keep the "green" in your home ... and in your wallet.

"Look beyond the number of bedrooms and bathrooms when visiting homes
for sale," says Mark Clement, co-host of MyFixitUpLife home improvement
talk show. "Homebuyers should walk in with a checklist that includes
seeking out ENERGY STAR® qualified appliances, windows and HVAC systems.
They should also be looking for a roof with an exceptional warranty, an
energy-efficient fiberglass entry door, and preferably an insulated
precast concrete basement. Low-maintenance exterior siding, trim
shutters and other details also play into the equation."

Clement, a professional contractor with 20+ years of experience,
believes homebuyers can save long-term funds by making smart purchasing
decisions in the beginning. "You don't buy a house for today, but a home
for tomorrow," says Clement. "You want it to last without having to
replace half of the home while you live there."

From his experience, Clement offers consumers this "take along
checklist" for evaluating homes "from the bottom up" when visiting
houses for sale:

A second inspection by an HVAC professional may also pay for itself
in a few months of utility bills. HVAC systems are often over or
undersized. Ductwork that's too small takes a trained eye to spot. In
other words, even if a furnace's rating is 98 percent efficient, if the
ducts it runs into are too small the unit will never run at peak
efficiency --- and you'll pay for it in your utility bills.



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