If you are looking to make upgrades to your home, you should consider more efficient and sustainable options.
Recently, the National Association of Realtors came out with a study that said 61% of clients are interested in, and will pay more for, sustainability and energy efficiency.
As a homeowner, if you are looking to make upgrades to your home, you should consider more efficient and sustainable options—even if they are marginally more expensive. The vast majority of homebuyers will compensate you for that additional efficiency.
Here are three options such options:
1. Energy-efficient appliances. Do not make the assumptions that all appliances are energy efficient—there are ENERGY STAR-approved and non-ENERGY STAR-approved appliances. ENERGY STAR-certified appliances such as fridges, washing machines, and clothes dryers can be as much as 40% more water efficient and 25% more energy efficient than standard models. Those numbers go way up if you compare new energy-efficient appliances with models that are more than a few years old.
Something as simple as replacing an old thermostat with one that’s programmable and can learn your routines can decrease your energy usage by up to 30% as well.
2. Solar panels. In some states, it is already required that new construction homes are built with solar panels, and it is only a matter of time before it is required here. In addition to decreasing your monthly energy bill, there are all kinds of state and federal incentives in place to help you pay for solar panels.
3. Windows and siding. Your home loses a lot of heat through air gaps in the windows and having poor siding and insulation. While it might cost a lot of money to replace these things, you will not only add to the efficiency of your home, but you will also add to its curb appeal.
If you have any more questions about how to increase your home’s value through sustainability or you have any other real estate needs, please feel free to reach out to me. I would love to help you.