Boost your home’s energy efficiency [Video]

Energy efficiency is a major for concern for modern homebuyers. As a result, many sellers are fine tuning their homes to adjust to this market trend.

You don’t have to perform extensive renovations to improve your home’s energy efficiency. In fact, switching out a few key fixtures will do just fine.

According to the National Resources Defense Council, low-flow bathroom and kitchen fixtures are easy-to-install, energy-saving solutions. Replacing your stock faucet with an energy-saving model will save you 700 gallons of water per year. And, trading in your shower head for a low-flow version will conserve 40 showers worth of H20.

You might also consider installing a programmable thermostat. These devices enable homeowners to schedule automated temperature times to fit their lifestyles. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, programmable thermostats can save you 10 percent a year on cooling and heating costs.

Drafty windows hurt home energy efficiency. In the winter, cold air seeps inside. In summer, air conditioning leaks out. The fix is simple. Laying down a layer of caulk will resolve this problem quickly, but you’ll have to repeat the ritual annually. So, go with weather stripping instead. In no time, you’ll be fielding offers from energy-savvy buyers.