Last Winter I spent quite a bit of money on heating and didn’t want those same bills this Winter so I recently invested in making my home (a newer condo) more energy efficient and weatherproof. I had an energy audit done and took the recommended steps toward air sealing and insulating. The difference in comfort was immediately felt. Whereas I used to keep my home around 72 degrees to feel comfortable, now I keep it at 67. I guess it is because there are fewer drafts.
Something else I have noticed is the amount of snow on my roof compared to the roofs of my neighbors. This is because there is so little heat loss through my attic now. The heat is staying in the house. One thing I like to point out to buyers who are shopping for a home this time of year is to pay attention to snow on roofs. A roof should be cold, not warm and a lot of melting on a roof (besides from the sun) could indicate a home that is not energy efficient. Be sure to check with the sellers’ heating fuel provider to see what their usage was last year and keep in mind if they have supplemental heat (fireplace, wood stove, pellet stove.)
One way to be sure you’re not buying a house that is leaking heat to the outside is to have a home energy audit. I talk more about home energy audits in this blog post. The energy audit can be used as a negotiating tool and I believe will be gaining popularity in New England as buyers become more savvy.
If you are in Southern Maine/Coastal New Hampshire, you can call Jeff at STP Home Performance Solutions for an audit. He can do the audit, recommend the work to be done, give you an estimate of cost AND have the work done for you. Talk about the whole package!
If you are in Southern Maine or New Hampshire and are interested in knowing what your home would sell for, contact me on the form below.