Energy efficiency is the key phrase with just about anything you buy that uses electricity or any type of energy. We like to look at how much money we're saving over the course of several months or a year, especially when buying an appliance. But did you know that you can make your home more energy-efficient without revamping the entire construction? Many home buyers are looking specifically for these types of energy-efficient fixes and this could add value to the overall cost of your home.

Here are five ways to make your home more energy-efficient.

#1. Energy-efficient windows.5 Ways to Make Your Home More Energy Efficient

Windows are one of the biggest sources of heat gain and heat loss in a home. For the Florida area, we're also looking at heat intake. The harder our air-conditioners run the more expensive it's going to be on the electricity or gas bill. By replacing the windows or at least weatherizing them, you can save hundreds of dollars a year depending on how much you're losing. Air leakage around the frame can transfer through windowpanes as well. When you choose a window, consider the frame, not just the glass. The material, design and type of glass all affect energy loss.

#2. Upgrade insulation.

Regardless of whether you're trying to keep heat in or cold air in, insulation plays a huge factor. Most homes only have the minimum required insulation or may even fall short of that minimum. By adding insulation to the attic or the crawlspace, you can save yourself a lot of energy and money over the life of your home.

#3. Use smart programmable thermostats.

Programmable thermostats have been around for years but now with new "smart technology," these thermostats sense whether people are home or not. If you choose to go on vacation for a couple of days, these programmable "smart" thermostats can actually recognize that there is no one in the home and either turn the heat up or turn the air conditioning down depending on what is needed to save energy. Plus, many of these thermostats can be controlled by your smartphone so that you can turn on the air conditioning several hours before you get home.

#4. Pay attention to the home's thermal envelope.

Natural energy will escape through the home's exterior but an air filtration system could make your heating and cooling system work harder to maintain climate control. You might want to schedule an energy audit with an HVAC company to point out and correct any noticeable leaks. They will find leaks around door frames and windows, underneath baseboards and around chimneys and vents. This is a great place to start with energy efficiency.

#5. Buy energy-efficient appliances.

Now, I'm not saying you should run out and spend tens of thousands of dollars on new appliances but each time an appliance gives out consider purchasing a better efficiency unit than the one you had before. Over time, these energy-efficient appliances could save you hundreds of dollars a year.

For more information on updating your home's efficiency please contact my office today. I can offer tips and suggestions on what home buyers are looking for and if you're planning on selling provide valuable keys to staging your home and getting it sold quickly.