Are “green” features in a home truly beneficial? Many more builders are offering or advertising that they are building green homes right now. But are they really better, and would invest in some green improvements in your home increase its resale value?
What is a “green” feature in a home?
The word green is used to describe a feature in a home that is more earth-friendly. A feature that creates less usage of resources or less of an impact on the surrounding environment. You have probably also heard them called eco-friendly.
The Benefits of Green Home Features
Green home improvements can save homeowners money on utility bills and create a safer healthier environment to live in. Items like energy efficient appliances can actually make a significant impact on the savings in your utility bills. Low viscosity paints are safer to come in contact with making less of an impact on health.
Green Houses DO Sell More Successfully
Studies have shown that homes with green features sell faster and for more money than homes without these features. Freddie Mac reports that homes with better energy efficiency ratings sold for an average of 2.7% more than non-efficient homes.
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So What Green Improvements Should You Think About Making to Your Home?
Today’s home buyers get excited to see a home that will save them money on utility costs while also taking less of a toll on the earth around them. The National Association of Realtors puts out a list of “What Home Buyers Really Want” according to their research and data. The report shows that at the top of many homebuyer want lists are energy efficient features such as:
- Energy star rated windows (89% of buyers from the survey)
- Energy start rated appliances (86% of buyers)
- An energy star rating for the entire home (81%)
- Energy efficient lighting (77%)
- Triple pane insulating glass windows (77%)
These are things that homeowners with older and non-energy efficient homes should look into when considering updates to their home if they plan to sell the home someday. The biggest draw to these items is that they help to save money on energy bills. The U.S. Department of Energy states that energy-efficient upgrades can save up to 30% in energy costs.
It is also a good idea to look into smart features for your home. Not only is it appealing to buyers to be able to connect to systems in their home via a tech device like their phone and make life a little simpler, but these items can also help save energy too. Especially a smart thermostat that can be programmed and set from anywhere.
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