For Immediate Release:
April 18, 2017
Scott Patterson, Patterson-Hughes Consulting
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Home Energy Expert: 5 Tips to Make Dallas Houses More Eco-friendly
City lags in home energy efficiency, but that won’t last, according to owner of home inspection group
DALLAS, Texas – Dallas has a thriving real estate market that was rated number one in Forbes’ “Best Buy Cities: Where To Invest In Housing In 2017.” But there is one important area where Dallas homes lag behind: the green factor.
Dallas ranks 74th among the 100 largest U.S. cities in key green indicators that include “smart-energy policies and initiatives,” according to an analysis by WalletHub. By comparison, Austin – which has in recent years implemented a range of energy conservation measures – ranks 26th.
However, the energy efficiency landscape in Dallas may be changing soon, according to Clayton Bailey, owner of Dallas-based Green Scene Home Inspections (GSHI). Bailey said that local officials have demonstrated a commitment to bringing Dallas into more eco-friendly and efficient territory, and the time is now for homeowners to get ahead of the curve.
The City of Dallas currently has energy guidelines in place for new construction homes and renovations, but there are no regulations at this time for existing homes. But that may soon change: in Austin, home owners are required to have an energy assessment before the sale of any home. This is the type of regulation people in Dallas can reasonably expect in the future, according to Bailey.
James Martin, MetroTex Association of REALTORS 2017 President said, ” I have seen home buyers have an increasing demand for energy efficient homes. 7 out of 10 people believe eco-friendly features add value to a home. Those who are mindfully tracking monthly energy and utility costs over time may think that a green home is the best way to control increasing costs and manage their budget. Health conscious individuals see the potential health benefits of green living especially those with allergies.”
“Energy saving measures that you take at home have a positive impact on the entire community – and your monthly bills,” Bailey said. He shared the following easy changes people can make right now that will save them money, and make their homes more eco-friendly:
- Check your duct work. If you have high heating and cooling costs or rooms in your house that are hard to heat or cool, you may have poorly functioning ducts. ENERGY STAR® reports that about 20 percent of the air moving through the duct system is lost due to leaks, holes and poorly connected ducts in a typical house. Make sure all ductwork that runs through unconditioned spaces, like an attic, garage or crawl space, is sealed. Watch for sharp turns in air ducts that restrict air flow.
- Upgrade your attic insulation. According to ENERGY STAR®, most homes are under-insulated. “You may have insulation, but you probably don’t have enough,” Bailey said. ” The right amount of insulation helps the home retain heat in the winter and cooled air in the summer, reducing utility usage.
- Get a smart thermostat. Save nearly 10 percent on energy bills when you set your programmable thermostat so that it’s not heating or cooling your home (more than necessary) during times when you need it least. Gain even more control with a smart thermostat, which can be adjusted remotely through internet-connected devices like smartphones. “The latest devices are even responsive to the weather and other factors,” Bailey said.
- Ditch the incandescent bulbs. Switch to LED. They cost a little more, but they save you money in the long term. “They last longer, are more energy efficient, don’t put out heat, and there are many more options available to you now than with incandescents,” Bailey said. “LED bulbs come in every shape, size and color.”
- Ask a professional. Home owners who want a thorough evaluation of their home’s energy efficiency can hire a professional to perform an in depth energy audit. “We use different techniques like thermal imaging and blower-door tests to accurately assess how a home is performing.” An energy audit typically costs between $300-500 depending on the size of the house. Bailey said that because this type of information about a home is especially useful for prospective home buyers and proactive home sellers, GHSI is now offering a free energy efficiency evaluation, called an Energy Report Card, as part of every home inspection. “We want to arm people with information so they can make smart decisions about their homes.”
Bailey said that by taking action today, homeowners will not only get a head start on likely new regulations – they will also realize the immediate benefits of an eco-friendly and energy efficient home.
“We applaud Dallas’ efforts to make energy efficiency a priority in housing, and we want to help DFW homeowners get on the right track,” Bailey said. He invites homeowners to contact GHSI at (214) 796-7707 or visit www.greenscenehomeinspections.com to learn more.
About Green Scene Home Inspections (GSHI)
Green Scene Home Inspections, (GSHI) serves the Greater Dallas/Fort Worth area, featuring licensed, certified, trained, professional home inspectors dedicated to providing the most complete and thorough home inspections. As an added benefit, GSHI provides helpful information on personal and overall household energy consumption and carbon emissions. GSHI believes in “People-Planet-Profit,” signifying that the needs of its clients, and a responsibility to be good stewards of the planet, come before financial gain. To learn more, visit www.greenscenehomeinspections.com.