What are your energy expectations?


I know when we were looking for our first home we never talked about the monthly electric bills. We were pre-approved at the bank for our mortgage, we had our cars paid off, we both had steady income. I thought we were set and understood how it all works. However, nobody ever asked us about our utility expectations. When the monthly mortgage payment comes in the mail, it is always followed by the electric bill and water bill. Why are these not as important as how much you can afford when you buy a home. If your electric bill is 65% (or even 100%) less, why can’t you afford more house. When looking at the cost of a home, spend the extra on your insulation, efficient heat pump, and water efficient fixtures – they will all make it easier to pay the mortgage each month. Even if the mortgage payment is $50 higher, your electric bills and water bills will offset that expense and you will have money in your pocket to spare.

Net-Zero House

For more thoughts on saving money, protecting the environment, and on architectural design visit my websites:

www.facebook.com/virginiaarchitect

www.harrisonburgarchitect.com

www.twitter.com/thegainesgroup

www.thegainesgroup.com

One Comment Add yours

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s