Do you know what feels good?
Saving money (in the long-run) and reducing your carbon footprint while increasing the resale value on your home. Energy efficient updates are highly sought after additions for future and current homeowners. Nationwide, these are some of the most requested updates.
Solar panels are probably the most thought of eco-friendly feature someone can add to their home. According to the National Association of REALTORS, 11% of recent home buyers said it was important or somewhat important their new house obtained solar panels.
Not all solar panels are created equally. The two different types of solar panels operate in different ways, so make sure you and your client are aware of the differences.
Ceiling fans often get overlooked when discussing energy efficient updates to a home. According to the United States Department of Energy, when using both an AC and a ceiling fan, you can raise the thermostat setting up four degrees with no reduction in comfort. This can result in a cost savings of between 15% and 40% on your electric bill during the hot summer months.
You can even use ceiling fans to help reduce your heating bill by 10% during the colder months. While heat rises from your furnace or fire place, using the reverse switch to push the heat down can help keep your rooms feeling warm and toasty.
Energy Star Products
If you’re looking for products made to help lower your cost of living and reduce your carbon footprint, then look no further than Energy Star products. Governed by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), appliances that tout the Energy Star logo must meet a wide range of strict standards. While the typical upfront investment might be more than the average appliance, owners stand to gain a significant savings. In 2014 alone, American families and businesses saved $34 billion on utility bills and prevented greenhouse gas emissions equal to the annual electricity use of more than 63 million vehicles.
What are Arizonan Buyers Looking For?
The desert presents a particular set of challenges for energy efficient homeowners. According to saved Flexmls searches, these are the most selected fields in the Green Features category.
- Solar panels (259 listings)
- Ceiling fans (82 listings)
- Multi-pane windows (80 listings)
- Solar heaters (46 listings)
- Energy Star Certified products (44 listings)
In this day and age, every cent counts. Environmentally friendly home products can help save money on yearly utility bills, while reducing the overall carbon footprint. It’s a win-win for both the buyer and Mother Nature.