5 Things to Look for in a New Home for Maximum Energy Efficiency


Appliances

The total energy used by your oven, refrigerator, microwave, washing machine, dryer, dishwasher, and other major appliances could end up being a huge chunk of your electric bill. Check to see if the previous homeowners installed Energy Star-rated appliances or, if you’re planning to buy your own new versions, negotiate a price that allows you to make energy efficient choices. Also pay attention to where your dryer and oven get their power from – gas vs. electric can impact your carbon footprint (as well as your utility bills).