When it comes to rethinking energy, AIRE, the Arlington Initiative to Rethink Energy, is a great resource to learn about different ways you can conserve energy use in your home, save money in your wallet, and help save our local environment. Winter is a time when it is easy to forget about energy saving ideas as we try to stay warm, but there is plenty you can do in these cold months. According to the latest information on the AIRE website, our residential buildings are responsible for 26% of the greenhouse gas emissions in Arlington County. Each decision we make when it comes to heating our homes or changing a light bulb affects our environment. On average, Americans spend almost $2,000 annually on energy use. Up to $500 of those dollars are wasted on outdated appliances and air leaks. But there are easy, low to no cost measures you can take to start saving money right away, and help the environment as well.

Listed below are some things you can put into action right away at little to no cost to you:

Listed below are some small home upgrades you can do for low cost:

For the long term there are bigger plans you can make to save energy, such as getting a home energy audit, purchasing Energy Star appliances, or renovating with Green home options. AIRE provides a great list of resources for these energy saving ideas. You can also get some rebates and tax credits depending on the home improvements you put in place, saving you even more money. Another big plus when it comes home energy updates, if you plan to sell your home soon, you can add value to your property as buyers love to see homes that are energy efficient already.Bottom of Form

The Casey O'Neal Team is here to help you before, during, and after your home-buying or selling process. Casey has prepared a special report called “The Ten Dumbest Mistakes Smart People Make When Buying or Selling a Home” that we would like to offer you or anyone you know.

To get a free copy, contact us on the site directly, by email at [email protected], call my office at 703-824-4800 or my cell at 703-217-9090, or visit the office at 5100 Leesburg Pike, Suite 200, in Alexandria.