ENERGY EFFICIENCY

     Augusta GA Real Estate home buyers are increasingly concerned about the rising cost of energy.  It is common for buyers to ask about utility costs and the energy efficiency of a home when they are considering buying it.  Remax True Advantage agent Philip Jones suggests that one way to reduce energy costs is as simple as changing your light bulbs--from standard ones to compact fluorescent bulbs that are designed to fit most standard light fixtures and lamps.

     The initial purchase price of compact fluorescent bulbs may seem a little steep--they average between $13 and $20 per bulb -- but they last at least 10 times longer than a standard light bulb and will reduce your energy bills significantly.  Manufacturers estimate that during the life of a single fluorescent bulb you will reduce your electric bill by over $40.  As an added bonus, the electric company will be able to reduce carbon dioxide emission by approximately half a ton per replacement bulb.  Compact fluorescents don't work with dimmer switches, and if used outdoors, you should make sure that the fixture is well ventilated and protected from rain.