Energy-efficient homes are among the most sought after by buyers. A 2019 study by the National Association of Realtors (NAR) shows the top-ranked features among buyers:
- Star-rated windows – 89%
- Star-rated appliances – 86%
- Star certification for the whole home – 81%
An energy-efficient home is warmer in winter, cooler in summer, kinder to the environment, and saves you hundreds of dollars a year in energy costs.
Most of all, these green homes are healthy. They let fresh air in, reduce moisture in the air that can lead to mold, and provide clean water. This translates to eliminating toxins, bacteria, and germs at home.
Naturally, energy-efficient homes fetch higher prices in the market.
In addition to the most desirable features listed above, here are other things you can do to make your home energy efficient and increase its value.
Insulate the attic
This is one of the most cost-effective means to reduce heating bills, because heat loss is greatest in the attic. It leads to lower heating bills as soon as cold weather strikes. It also gives a 10% tax credit on insulation cost when tax time comes.
Seal, caulk, and block
Caulk gaps and cracks around windows and doors where cold winds enter. Check weatherstripping around exterior doors and replace when needed. Seal leaky ducts to conserve energy.
Switch to LED lighting
Although pricier, LED bulbs can last up to 50,000 hours versus 1,200 for incandescent ones. The latter consumes six times more energy as LEDs.
Get a smart thermostat
This reasonably priced Wi-Fi gadget lets homeowners control temperature remotely. Other models can also be programmed to adjust the temperature of a room when occupied or if empty. This spells convenience and savings.
Install storm windows
This is especially useful if air seeps through your windows. Storm windows are inexpensive, with the basic model costing around $50. More durable ones with low-e glass cost a little over $100. It may take time to recoup costs, but the comfort it gives will be worth the price, and may help boost the value of your home.
Invest in water-efficient systems
A low-flow showerhead can produce a spray that’s just as bracing while reducing your water consumption. Installing a toilet with a smaller tank is another option. In the kitchen, consider a water filtration system that allows you to drink straight off the tap –which eliminates the need to purchase drinking water in single-use plastic containers.
Install solar panels
These could be the single biggest reason behind a drop in monthly power bills . Solar panels are sources of clean, renewable energy. Available federal, state, and tax breaks have made them more affordable. In Wisconsin, solar panels are exempt from sales tax. Plus, solar also raises your home’s resale value.
Our team at the Emmer Real Estate Group can show you around communities with energy-efficient homes in south central and southeastern Wisconsin, including the Metro Milwaukee area. Our hard-working team has a wide network of professionals who can help please the most discriminating client. Call us at 262.629.474 or 920.294.474, or email contactus(at)emmerrealestate(dotted)com.