Have you focused on adding energy-efficient improvements to you home? You did?! Great job! You're going to have a big advantage when it comes time to sell your home (not to mention you're saving money in the meantime). Several studies site that green houses sell faster and for more money that similar homes that lack energy-efficient upgrades.
Are you thinking about selling? It may be valuable to make some key changes to boost the attractiveness of your house to potential buyers, while adding to your bottom line.
What Influences The Decision To Buy A Home?
So just what influences homebuyers? 90% of people shopping for a new home consider efficient very important (National Association of Homebuilders). 72% said that energy efficiency features would influence their decision. 61% said that they would pay as much as $5,000 more for an energy-efficient house.
The takeaway is that if you are selling your home, make sure you list and highlight your energy-efficient features. Show off your low utility bills as proof and reassurance. If you can't brag about your home having these maybe it's time to give us a call and see what we can do to help you with your utility bills right off the bat and add home value for the future.
Low Water Bills
Lowering your water bill won't be as enticing to a buyer as low electric and heating costs, but it can't hurt to consider your water efficiency. Every little bit you can do to save adds up over time and makes a difference. Some simple steps you can take are to install low-flow faucets in your sinks and showers, and consider replacing older toilets with high-efficiency models. A tankless water heater will do double-duty. Not only will it lower your utility bills, but it can also help keep your water bill down by reducing the gallons of water you waste down the drain while you wait for the shower to come to temperature.
Other Energy-Efficient Measures To Take
You can also increase the energy-efficiency of your home by taking these steps:
Seal drafty areas.
Invest in good insulation.
Purchase Energy-Star appliances.
Upgrade light bulbs to compact fluorescents or LEDs.
Install storm windows keep hot air out in the summer and cold air out the winter.
Upgrade your thermostat to a smart thermostat and take the thinking out of it.
Go big with solar panels and really save on your electricity bill.
Don't hesitate to contact us for more information if you are on the fence about any of these investments. We are here to help and can give you real-life examples about how households have saved. Once you start seeing those monthly savings add up, you'll find yourself looking for more steps to take to keep saving big.