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Posted by Classic Properties REALTORS ® on 2/9/2020

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Did you know buyers are willing to pay nearly 3.5 percent more for a home that features green or high-performance features? And while that may not sound like a lot, it factors out to be a whopping $8,750 for every $250,000. The key to getting the most for your green upgrades, however, lies in knowing exactly which ones tilt the scale in your favor. Here's a list of best green improvements homeowners should make this year to get the most ROI:

1. Replace Your Front Door

The reasons for replacing a dated and drafty front door are many:

  • It improves your home's energy efficiency.
  • It improves your home's security.
  • It increases your home's curb appeal. 

As far as green upgrades go, a new, Energy-Star Certified door can shave up to 10 percent off your utility bill. And if you opt for steel door replacement, you may see as much as a 101-percent ROI when it comes time to sell

2. Replace Your Garage Door

Replacing your existing garage door with a new garage door can earn you an ROI of up to 97.5 percent, says HomeAdvisor. Opt for one that's energy efficient and features double-layer doors with extra insulation to get the best return on your investment. 

3. Upgrade Your Windows

Energy-efficient replacement windows can net you an ROI of between 77 and 79 percent. And you'll get bonus points for using real wood. Window replacement has all the same benefits of door replacement -- keeping your family cozy and comfortable while lowering the costs of heating and cooling your home. Oh, and they look nice to prospective buyers, too. 

4. Replace Your Roof

If your roof functions well or is relatively new, replacing it won't help your ROI. But if you've spotted the telltale signs of roof failure, such as missing shingles or water stains on your interior ceiling, you'll want to replace that before listing your home for sale. Roof replacement that's both efficient and aesthetic carries an ROI of up to 80 percent. And while your contractor is up there, opt for a roofing material that's going to increase your home's energy efficiency, such as cool metal. Metal reflects the rays of the sun instead of absorbing them, and can increase your home's energy efficiency by leaps and bounds. 

If you're thinking of selling your home in the near future, consider boosting its efficiency before the day. You'll be able to list at a higher price point, and you'll be able to choose from a bigger pool of buyers than comparable homeowners in the area who haven't made the effort. 

Posted by Classic Properties REALTORS ® on 11/29/2015

LED light bulbsIt is probable that electric rates will rise soon, again. Let’s explore some ways to help lower your utility bill. First, change your light bulbs to LEDs. These bulbs cost a bit more, but in the long run, they will save you money, using less wattage and last a very long time. If you have a lot of lights, you may want to buy these bulbs over time. But read on. If you have light company, such as National Grid, call them and ask for an energy audit of your home. They will send someone out who will do a walk through to determine how your home can be made more energy efficient. Some states, such as Massachusetts, have companies who will replace all your light bulbs with LEDs for no cost. Also, they may offer you a discounted rate to upgrade the insulation in the attic and other energy-sapping places that will save you money in heating and lighting. Check these suggestions out—it will be good for your wallet, as well as saving the environment. It’s the responsible thing to do, and will save you money, overall.

Posted by Classic Properties REALTORS ® on 3/17/2013

Ceiling fans are an inexpensive way to help with the heating and cooling of your home. You can find many that cost under $100 and they have little ongoing cost. And for those of you who like DIY projects, this one will take you a couple of hours to upgrade an existing light fixture. While ceiling fans don’t drastically lower the temperature in a room, they do help to reduce it slightly as well as produce a light breeze which makes you feel cooler. The result? Less use of the air conditioner that results in 3-8% savings on cooling costs. Remember that in the summer months, your fan’s blades should be moving counter clockwise. In the winter months, ceiling fans can take on a whole new role. When you reverse the fan’s blades to rotate clockwise, you cause the air to circulate without causing that chilly breeze. This allows for better circulation of the warm air that naturally rises to the ceiling. It’s often best to have the fan speed set to low in the winter to avoid too much air movement and the effects of a breeze. Lastly, and maybe the most important, is the decision on which fan to purchase. There are few things to keep in mind when you are out shopping for a ceiling fan. 1. The size of the room – ceiling fans come in all sizes and choosing one that is meant for your home’s room dimension is key. It’s recommended that you choose a 40-42 inch blade span for a room 70-100 sq feet and a 42-48 inch for 100-140 sq feet. A room that’s bigger may need two small fans to be effective. 2. The location of the installation – for rooms with lower ceilings, a flush mount ceiling fan will work best, while rooms with high ceilings will need a down rod so that the fan is in the right place. You also want to make sure for areas such as an enclosed porch, that you check out the UL (Underwriters Laboratories) rating to ensure the fan has either a damp or wet rating. 3. Finally, you want to pick a fan that fits your decor and life style. Fans come in all sorts of styles and can have features from various lighting to remote controls. Changing a current light fixture in your home to a ceiling fan can saving you hundreds over the life of the fan. Especially with Energy Star rated ceiling fans available, savings can add up quick.

Posted by Classic Properties REALTORS ® on 7/22/2012

With home heating costs on the rise, many homeowners are seeking to lessen their dependence on oil and gas products to get them through the winter months. Pellet stoves are one of the newest home heating appliances on the market today. In this article, I will explain exactly what a pellet stove is, the types of fuels used, and the benefits you may reap in becoming part in the emerging world of sustainable energy use. 1. Pellet stoves utilize a renewable resource as a fuel. The most popular pellet stoves on the market today utilize high-density wood pellets as a fuel source. These wood pellets are produced using the by-products of various kinds of wood manufacturing, from the sawdust at a wood mill, to logging residue, paper packaging plants, and even scrap materials accumulated through recycling. These by-products are then taken to a pellet manufacturer, where they are processed into small, high-density cylinders for use in pellet stoves. The concept of utilizing a by-product as a fuel source is an attractive idea for people who are looking to make an effort to be more "green" in their lifestyle, as the waste generated by wood pellets stoves seems to be, at least for the moment, a much healthier alternative for the planet than the process of extracting crude, highly toxic materials from pristine natural environments in order to accomodate our home energy needs. While the initial pollution created from combusting these materials exceed the levels you would normally get from combusting fossil fuels, the ecological benefits are definitely on the side of biofuels. 2. Pellets are cost-stable. If you currently own a home that utilizes oil or gas in order to meet your home energy needs, then you are all too familiar with the wildly fluctuating prices of those fuels in the winter months. One of the most attractive aspects of making a switch to a pellet-burning stove is the stability in cost. Because pellets are easy to produce, and are made from the byproducts of many different fields of manufacturing, cost-and-demand doesn't play too heavily in the area of pricing the fuel. While the more common uses for pellet-burning stoves currently fall under the supplemental heating category ( replacing fireplaces, space heaters, etc...) there are many households making the switch to relying on pellet stoves to supply ALL of their home heating needs. 3. Innovation With the increasing popularity in biofuel-based heating alternatives, there is a strong incentive for the companies involved to create better products for the home consumer. As previously mentioned, many wood pellet manufacturers are looking to other sources of biomass in order to increase the diversity of fuel used in their heaters. Materials such as corn and agricultural waste are currently being utilized in smaller scales as a fuel source. Given time, pellet stoves may prove to be more cost-effective, environmentally friendly, and easier to maintain than what we currently use for our home heating needs. If you are interested in purchasing a pellet stove, there are currently two options on the market for you to consider. If you already have a fireplace, you can purchase what is called an "insert pellet stove." These are installed directly into your already-existing fireplace, and are in many instances, easier to maintain than traditional wood-burning models. The second option is to purchase what is called a "freestanding" model. These can be put in any room in your home, and many people prefer these models to say, an electric space heater or baseboard heating. These will also serve to give you more control in properly heating the rooms that you frequent most, such as a bedroom or living room. For more information on using pellet stoves in your home, explore the links provided.

Posted by Classic Properties REALTORS ® on 6/24/2012

Did you know that sealing and insulating your home is one of the most cost-effective ways to make a home more comfortable and energy efficient? It is a project that is also easily done yourself. The heating and cooling of your home accounts for about 50 percent to 70 percent of the energy used. So unless your home was built as an energy-efficient home, adding insulation will probably reduce your utility bills. Even a small amount of insulation-if properly installed-can reduce energy costs dramatically. Energy Star has created a comprehensive do-it-yourself guide to sealing and insulating your home. The guide provides step by step instructions and photos to: 1.Learn how to find and seal hidden attic and basement air leaks 2.Determine if your attic insulation is adequate, and learn how to add more 3.Make sure your improvements are done safely 4.Reduce energy bills and help protect the environment Click here to download the guide. Make sure to check your state and local codes before starting any project and follow all safety precautions.

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