By Sirena Rubinoff, Networx
More and more Americans are turning their attention to eco-friendly amenities and features during their search for the perfect new home. Some are looking to incorporate their green theoretical leanings with their day-to-day lifestyle. Others are counting on energy-efficient features and appliances to ultimately result in lower bills and less maintenance. Either way, green home details are hot in today's real estate market and are guaranteed to attract home buyers who believe that they add home value.
Home Buyers Want Energy Efficient Appliances
Utility bills seem to be rising by the minute these days, but we have all become accustomed to certain utilities that now we can't live without. Eco-friendly home buyers will want to know that the appliances in their new home will be energy efficient and durable. This doesn't mean you have to replace all of your appliances, but any green appliances that you do have will score points for your home. There are a number of energy efficient products on the market today and if you don't know where to start looking, check out the Energy Star program, which is jointly run by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Energy. Every appliance with the Energy Star stamp of approval meets a strict set of energy efficiency guidelines and is made with advanced technologies that utilize 10 to 15 percent less energy and water than standard models. Check out Energy Star for a list of money-saving appliances, including clothes washers, dishwashers, refrigerators, freezers, air conditioning units, dehumidifiers, and more.
Add Home Value with Energy Efficient Windows
If you live in an area with extreme temperatures that require the use of heat or air conditioning inside your home, potential buyers will appreciate efficient windows that actually work towards maintaining the indoor temperature instead of allowing the heat or A/C to be whisked away. Low-E Argon windows and window film are specially made to reflect heat, rather than conduct it. In the winter, this will reduce energy loss in warm rooms and in the summer, it prevents solar heat gain so your rooms stay cool inside. You can easily reap the benefits of Low-E Argon without having to foot the bill of installing new windows. All you have to do is buy and apply a film to the outside of your windows. Yearly savings of hundreds of dollars on utility bills will be a great selling point to energy-conscious potential buyers. Check out energy efficient window frame options.
Boost Curb Value with Ecological Flooring
Bamboo and cork flooring are rapidly becoming popular as alternatives to hardwood floors made of timber. Both green flooring options are cheaper than hardwood and neither involves killing off whole portions of forests. Cork oak, for example, can be harvested every 8 to 14 years once the tree is 25 years old. So, the same tree can provide multiple harvests of water-resistant bark over the course of a lifetime. Bamboo is also a plentiful resource that grows quickly and can be harvested with minimal impact to the environment. Home buyers who are looking for green amenities will appreciate that their floors have not contributed to deforestation, and they will love the moisture-resistant, easy cleaning quality that comes with bamboo or cork floors. Check out Yanchi for high quality and low price bamboo floors or Evora for beautiful cork floor tiles that are a fraction of the cost of hardwood.
Other Ecological Features that Increase the Value of a House
One final way to easily go green in your home before putting it on the market is to replace all of your light bulbs with energy efficient ones. This will save you money while you show your home with all the lights on and it will be another point for you on the potential buyer's checklist of energy efficient amenities. Good luck!