Energy Star Rating

The government has developed a program called Energy Star which helps us to learn about and implement ways to use energy more efficiently and cheaper in our homes. It’s a joint program by the EPA and the Department of Energy. The website has lots of useful information, and you can even take a survey to determine how energy efficient your home is, and it provides recommendations for energy-saving improvements you can make in your home. You can also hire a local professional to conduct an energy audit of your home, or you may be able to find out more from your local utility provider like KCPL, which has a section on their website devoted to energy use.

This type of information is useful in many ways; not only does it help to reduce greenhouse emissions, but you’ll also increase comfort in your home and reduce your utility bills. Also, you can claim tax credits for many energy-related home improvements such as new windows or insulation. As a seller or buyer in the real estate market, energy efficiency is something to consider and I think the issue will only gain importance and relevance in the future.

About the Author

Sarah Snodgrass is a residential real estate agent specializing in Kansas City's historic neighborhoods and enclaves.

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