No one looks forward to their utility bill each month, so when home buyers are in the market for a new home they are generally looking for energy-efficient homes. “Green homes” are homes that are built with an eye for energy savings and the environment. This includes the type of materials used in the building process as well as the efficiency of appliances, windows, and heating and cooling systems in a home among other features.
In a fairly recent study, 9 out of 10 home buyers said that heating and cooling costs are an important factor when purchasing a new home. Going “green” is a way of life and the real estate community has seen an increase in the number of buyers looking to live this way. It’s no longer a trend to be green, it’s a lifestyle.
Some features that people are looking for include triple pained windows, insulation with a very high R rating, and the use of recycled products used in the building of the home. Waste removal systems, or gray water systems, are also important when it comes to saving water. If you can water the lawn with gray water every day you are saving a ton of water each month.
It’s easy to see why people are looking to purchase greener homes; cost savings. It is much less expensive to operate an efficient home than a home that was built in the 1990s with all original windows and a 20-year-old heating and cooling system. Every penny invested in green technology comes back to the homeowner in cost savings very quickly.
Homebuyers are also looking for efficient appliances. Washers, dryers, and refrigerators are tops on their list. Even landscaping can make a huge impact on your energy bill.
Whether you’re looking to buy a new home that was built using green standards or just trying to make your existing home more green, you’ll be making a big difference when it comes to the impact on the environment.