As you look for a home within you budget, don’t forget to take note of energy-draining features.

1. Cathedral ceilings
One of the worst offenders. Homes with vaulted ceilings will cost you twice as much to heat in the winter.

2. Vintage windows
Be weary of vintage charm. Older windows often need updates, including resealing gaps to keep winter breezes out.

3. Out-of-date systems
Before falling in love with an older home’s character, check if the HVAC systems are up to code. An inefficient heating or cooling system can be costly.

4. Older appliances
Ten-year-old appliances can be about half as efficient as new models. Double-check the manufacture date of any appliances that come with the home.

5. A roof in decline
A ragged roof is not just unattractive, it can make it impossible to control the temperature inside your home. Investigate if there are any costly roof repairs that are needed before you close.

Countless other home features can end up costing you big in the long run. A savvy Realtor can help you find an energy efficient home that meets all of your needs. Find a RE/MAX agent here: