Bozeman Real Estate
Earth Day Improvements For Your Home
by Tim Ford
The least expensive way to reduce your energy bill is to simply change your habits. Turning off lights and appliances when not in use and setting the thermostat lower in winter and higher in summer can really make a difference. In winter, open window blinds when the sun is out to let in passive heat. When the sun goes down, close the blinds to add insulation. In summer, flip the technique and close the blinds during the day to keep out the heat. Additionally, keeping up on basic maintenance of boilers and furnaces can ensure they’re operating at peak efficiency.
Sealing leaks around walls, windows, & doors with caulk or spray foam insulation and weather stripping can reduce drafts by up to 30%, according to energy.gov. They also state that adding insulation to the attic or crawl space is one of the fastest and most cost-effective ways to reduce wasted energy use.
When adding insulation to an attic, it’s also worth ensuring there is adequate ventilation. This not only helps keep the home cooler in the summer, but it can also prevent damaging ice dams in the winter.
Programmable thermostats are also a great way to reduce energy when not at home. There are a lot of new smart thermostats that offer some neat options.
The great thing about energy efficient upgrades is that they can have 3 (or more!) benefits by increasing a home’s value, cutting the costs of heating and cooling, and helping out the environment.
As usual, I have included data for the number of homes sold during the first 2 months of 2019. In addition to the 96 homes sold during this time period, another 121 homes are currently pending, or under contract, as of the date of writing this article.
The included data reflects sales of single-family homes in the greater Bozeman area, including Four Corners, Gallatin Gateway, Bridger Canyon, and Bozeman city limits. The data includes home sales reported through the local Big Sky Country MLS, and does not include private party sales, Condominiums, or Townhouses.