Energy Efficiency: What Buyers Need to Know

New studies reveal that over 90% of homebuyers are looking for energy efficient features in their home.  Buyers would rather spend a little extra on energy efficient features up front to save money on their bills over time than to skimp on their upfront costs and continue to pay higher bills every month.  Our society has become more and more “green” as time goes on with water saving efforts, electric cars, hotel policies, and so much more! Here are a few things that buyers need to know about energy efficiency.

It SHOULD BE Included

When in search of a new home, be sure to seek Energy Efficient features.  If you are researching a new construction builder, make sure they offer a “green” program in their homes. Homes by Tradition builds every home under Green Path requirements and each home is tested to meet or exceed these standards.  If you are buying an existing home, be sure to do your research on what energy efficient features it currently has and incorporate the cost of upgrading to “green” in your offer for the home.

It is more than just light bulbs

Yes, energy efficient CFL light bulbs and LEDs are a great start, but they are just the beginning!  Everything from insulation to HVAC systems and appliances can all be made energy efficient.  A few things to look for are water saving capabilities, programmable thermostats that allow you to modify your home temperature during hours you are not home, and power strips for all home electronics that you can turn off when not in use.

Seek a label

Look for “Energy Star” certified products & appliances for your home.  With Homes by Tradition you will receive a certificate with your HERS score based on the Green Path energy efficiency rating of your home.  When selecting your appliances, Energy Star ratings are common in a majority of today’s products.  Washers & dryers also provide water saving and energy saving features & certifications.

Once you switch to energy efficient features, keep track of your monthly bills and watch as you start saving money.  If you are building or buying NEW, try to compare your new utility bills to your previous home and you will be surprised by your savings!

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