Energy efficient upgrades are some of the best investments you can make in your home, especially if you are planning to sell your property. Many home buyers are looking for houses with eco-friendly features, and listings with these amenities included can help attract potential buyers.
A great starting point to help determine how best to update your home, is the EPA program, Energy Star. You have probably seen the blue Energy Star on home appliances. Products with the Energy Star logo are certified as energy efficient, so just purchasing them is a step forward in a ‘green’ direction.
Energy Star also has a wealth of information about different things you can do to save energy. From Q&As, to helpful videos regarding energy efficient products, chances are whatever you want to find out about upgrading your home, you will be able to find it at Energy Star. There is even an excellent Save Energy @ Home tool, which takes you room by room to discover different ways you can save energy around your house.
Cook County, is participating in the Smart Meter Initiative. Digital meters are being sent to homes across the state, to help residents understand their energy usage, and better conserve it. Also through Cook County, you can also access information about completing a home energy assessment, which is key to making the best informed decisions about your home’s energy efficiency.
You can also take advantage of the Smart Thermostat Initiative, organized by Environmental Law & Policy Center. This initiate provides a rebate of up to $150 on the installation of a smart thermometer in your home. This rebate program ends May 31st, 2017, however, so you will need to install your smart thermometer soon. There are 8 different models which qualify for the rebate.
I would also suggest reviewing the Smart Power Illinois website, where you can learn about the Smart Grid being put into use across the state alongside the Smart Meter installations. Energy efficient upgrades can help conserve the environment and sell your home. When you are ready to sell or buy, you want to work with a Realtor® who cares, and is ready to put their expertise to work for you. Learn more at our website, DriscollProperty.com, then contact the Driscoll Properties Team at 847-533-6786 to help you discover the home of your dreams