Did you know that 48% of buyers in the market for brand new homes say ‘energy-efficiency’ is their most wanted feature? This makes sense with energy prices climbing and the cultural shift toward environmental consciousness. When looking at new houses for sale, there are many telltale signs that they will be more energy efficient than your current home. Here are a few of those signs.
- Solar Panels
If you see homes for sale that have a solar power system already installed, they should move to the top of your list. Generating passive energy at no cost to yourself is incredibly valuable, especially over time. The electricity generated from solar panels is essentially free money, as it will help to drastically reduce your electric bill at the end of the month.
People almost always underestimate their heating and cooling costs. Together, they make up one of the largest recurring expenses of owning a home. Buying a new home that has energy efficient insulation will take a chunk out of those costs. In the winter it will prevent heat loss, and in the summer it will keep the cool air inside.
- Programmable Climate Control
If you are still using old-fashioned air conditioners (you know, the ones that go in your window), then you’ll love to have central heating and cooling. Not only does it give you more control over your home’s temperature, but you can program it to whatever costs you feel comfortable paying.
- LED Light Bulbs
This one is simple and can be done to any houses for sale. Installing LED lights is cheap and can have a very quick return on investment. They both last longer and use less electricity than regular bulbs.
- Energy Star Appliances
Combine your refrigerator, freezer, oven, stove, washer, dryer, microwave, and toaster oven and then consider how much energy they must use daily. Energy saving appliances will tell you the estimated cost they save yearly. It certainly adds up over time.
When viewing all of the beautiful houses for sale, there will be many features and failures for each one. If your top priority is energy efficiency, ask your realtor about these great money saving amenities.