Good evening Daniel
This is a great question that comes up a lot when I speak to homeowners and prospective buyers.
I usually refer people to check out the EPA Energy Star program, which is a government backed symbol for energy efficiency. Any product, appliance or building with this label indicates superior energy performance.
Their website can help people understand their home and the steps necessary to improve energy effiency.
Some basic steps homeowners can take is to assess their homes
Seal & Insulate - the outer walls, ceilings, windows, doors and floors may be letting too much air into and out of the home. Unseen gaps and cracks can seem like an open window, causing heating/cooling systems to work harder.
Heat & Cool Effieciently - annual maintenance is key
Speak to their local energy provider, who can further assist.
Dana T. LaForey
Licensed Real Estate Salesperson
Exit Realty Search
3928 East Tremont Avenue
Bronx, NY 10465
This isn't the place to contact the Trulia administrators. The Voices community is set up for other's (agents, comsumers, etc.) to answer your real estate related questions. Since your agent update your listing that information should push through to Trulia through time.
Keller Williams Premier Realty
Go to www.riverwayestates.com and look up under community documents. Also you can contact the homeowner association, their info is as follow:
MASC Austin Properties, Inc.
13726 Florence Road
Sugar land, TX 77498
Your question made me curious, so I went looking for some information.
Some answers may be found in this interesting article by Tina Gleisner http://goarticles.com/article/Building-Materials-New-Versus-Recycled/6994477/
Johnson and Johnson Team Realty
I have read studies about electric vs wood burning fireplaces and was surprised at the amount of heat that actually escapes out the fireplace chimney. Please consider Googling it before you make your decision. Our house has an electric someone converted before we bought it and sincerely wish it was wood burning as I like the natural smell and the "experience".
Best of luck, Please consider using a licensed & bonded contractor for the work so you have some recourse if something should go wrong.
Tankless is not always the best and most efficient choice. If you want to be more green, but you also want to save some money, you might look into the newest generation of super-insulated water heaters. They retain 90+% of the heat, and they give tankless water heaters a real run for the money. When you add in the fact that they can be a few thousand dollars cheaper to install, the newst tank water heaters are worth a look.
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I have one and I love it. I can fill a large bathtub and don't run out of hot water. It needs to be sized properly though and one disadvantage is that it can take 20 seconds or so for the water to heat up so it can be annoying for washing your hands.... more
Great question! The answer is yes there are. Or at least this has been the case the last 3 years, because of the ongoing drought. I say this as we are getting a pretty good down pour at the moment.
Where are you relocating from? I'd be more than happy to help your with your home search or to answer any questions you may have!
In a gated community there is likely a home owners association which would govern any major changes to the visible exterior of a home. I would start there and find out if this could even be approved before you invest any serious time or money into it.
Next, if they would permit the panels, I wouldn't count on resale but the payback you might receive during your stay in the home. For example, if the energy produced would return your investment in 3-5 years, it might make sense. If it's a 10 year period or more, with your stated history it might not make sense.
Part of gated communities’ attraction to many buyers is uniformity. If you are one of the few homes with these panels on the roof, it could actually hurt resale if the system is not more broadly accepted in the market by then. Tread carefully and don't believe all the hype from the salespeople.... more
Much of this depends on your home and where it is located. I am currently ditching my old oil burning furnace and going through the Community Powerworks Program. I get rebates and low cost loans to not only put in an electric mini split heat pump, but they will give me a break on insulating my old home as well. I look at the whole picture not just the heat source, but keeping the heat in once it's there.
A short answer to your question would be smart design including placement on the lot, passive solar, attention to the building envelope and much more. As a retrofit I believe an electric heat pump in the way to go. That way you will be ahead of the game when renewable energy is more common. They have been in Asia and Europe for a long time. If you want to get more ideas I suggest you check out the NW Green Home Tour on April 27th in the Seattle Area. It's a free tour where you will get to see these concepts in person. Just look it up online.... more
The next green course or "eco agent" core course is being held at the, Realtor Association of Greater Miami and the Beaches on April 22nd. The phone number is 305-468-7044 to register. While you are at it check out and subscribe to my blog "The Eco Agent" to give you some social networking ideas.
Robert A. Martini, Realtor... more