These days, homebuyers are looking for many specific features and benefits when they are purchasing a new house. However, some of the most popular features are of the eco-friendly variety. In today’s world, energy consumption is something that is on everyone’s mind. Eco-friendly living is a great way to save money, help the environment, and live a happy and healthy life. If you’re committed to sustainable living, why not start with the house you live in.
Here are 5 things to look for when purchasing an eco-friendly home:
1. Make Sure Your Realtor is on Board
Years ago, people were not as concerned with the environment or being eco-friendly. If you asked a realtor to help you find an eco-friendly home, you would most likely get some funny looks. However, as energy prices skyrocket and the environment becomes a more pressing issue, more realtors are aware of sustainable living and how to find properties that meet their client’s eco-friendly needs.
2. Choose a Home with Clever Use of Space
Many realtors are saying that small homes are the new big homes. This means that people are choosing to live in smaller houses that make better use of the space. A modern and efficient home can feel as large as any mansion if it is laid out correctly and contains features and benefits that you appreciate. Additionally, smaller spaces do not cost as much to heat or cool and they have a lesser impact on the environment, making them more eco-friendly.
3. Conduct and Energy Audit
We recommend hiring a professional for an energy audit. During the audit, things like the HVAC system, plumbing pipes, ductwork, windows, insulation, and more will all be inspected. They will use special tools and infrared cameras to inspect everything so you can have a better idea of the energy usage in the home. It will help you also plan for any efficiency upgrades or changes that you may need to make if you choose to purchase the home.
4. Is the Property a Good Candidate for Solar?
Solar power is an amazing resource for many homeowners. It can power all your electrical components and works with many HVAC systems, too. In comparison to traditional energy sources, solar power is extremely cost-effective and is the ultimate in eco-friendly energy sources. Unlike traditional energy sources like gas or oil, solar power does not emit carbon monoxide or other pollutants into the air. If you are interested in using solar energy in your new home, make sure your home is a good candidate first. Some things to consider are the orientation of the house, shading nearby, and angle of the roof. All these factors can determine whether or not solar energy is a good fit for your home.
5. What About the Location?
We hear it all the time, “Location, location, location!” When it comes to buying an eco-friendly home and living a sustainable lifestyle, location is definitely something you want to consider. Check the walk score to make sure it’s close to amenities that you use. By making sure the home is close to amenities such as grocery stores, outdoor parks, dining, and entertainment, you can drastically reduce the number of times you need to get in the car and drive. Positioning yourself in a home within walking or biking distance of these features is a great way to save on gas and use the car less.
For more tips and advice on living a sustainable lifestyle and purchasing an eco-friendly home, contact My Santa Cruz Real Estate today at 800-226-4717.