Selling your home is a task that can be an arduous and frustrating process. But there are definitely ways you can expedite the sale of your home if you are willing to make a bit of an investment, or already have made the investment, in certain environmentally friendly features.
Many home buyers inquire about and are willing to pay for features in their new home that they know will have less of an impact on the environment than their counterparts of the past. Here, we highlight five of these features of interest.
Energy-efficient air conditioning
Inefficient air conditioning units can increase home cooling costs by 30% or more, but also pollute the environment with carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases. According to the EPA, “CO2 account(s) for about 84% of all U.S. greenhouse gas emissions from human activities.” So improve your home’s value, reduce your energy costs, and help the environment by upgrading your air conditioning system to one that is Energy Star® approved.
Prospective homebuyers will look for the Energy Star® logo on appliances around the home because they know these products have been approved by the government to reduce emissions and contribute to improved environmental conditions. So if you can, treat your home to as many of these appliances as possible and brag about them in the listing. The list of options includes but is not limited to washers and dryers, refrigerators, air conditioners, televisions, and even ceiling fans.
This is probably the most historical and obvious home feature that helps the environment (and your electricity bills!). Potential homebuyers who care about the environment will hope to see this feature on a home they’d be interested in.
Solar panels – perhaps the most commonly known energy saving method for the home
Ensuring that your home is as energy efficient from a lighting standpoint as possible will aid in the sale of your home. According to Lutron, adding a dimmer to a light can create between 4% and 9% more efficiency than a simple on/off switch. The dimmer the lights are, the more energy efficient the light is.
Adding sensors to a room so that lights go out when a room is unoccupied is also quite useful from an efficiency standpoint – why keep a light on in a room when no one is using it?
Finally, ensuring that you have and utilize shades on your windows can reduce the need for air conditioning and keep the home naturally cooler. Simply put, a thoughtful lighting plan in the home can have innumerable energy-saving benefits.
If your home is made of brick, you are in luck!
According to Built Green, brick is a highly sustainable material and is ideal for home construction. Brick is made of clay, which is quite easy and efficient to gather, and the process of making bricks produces little waste. Brick also “has an almost limitless life-span and can be recycled or salvaged for use after demolition” for things like landscaping material when crushed into smaller fragments.
Brick- the surprising environmentally-friendly material
As you can see, there are really many small things you can do (or may already be doing without even knowing it!) that can contribute to a more energy-efficient home.
The proactive listing of these environmentally friendly home features can contribute significantly to the sale of your home, as more and more home buyers are considering such features critical to their purchase. The side benefits are that you are only doing good things for our planet in improving your home’s overall efficiency, and you will save money over time on energy bills.
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