What to Look for in a Green Santa Cruz Home

Posted by Lauren Spencer on Thursday, March 28th, 2013 at 1:01am.

In today’s environmentally conscious world, more homeowners are looking for property with green characteristics. Not only is an eco-friendly house better for the environment, but it also cuts down on the cost of utility bills. If you’re about to purchase a Santa Cruz home and want to go green, see below for a few eco-friendly features you should include on your checklist.

Proximity to public transportation or work

Taking a bus or a bike to work instead of driving can really reduce your carbon footprint, so definitely take into consideration a house’s location. Insurance companies might even provide cheaper rates to owners who live close to public transportation.

Quality of insulation

Look for a house that is insulated well at the right rating for the climate. The better the house is insulated, the more heat it will retain and the happier you’ll be with the utility bills.

Water heating system

When looking for a green property, a tankless water heater is an efficient alternative. It will produce hot water on demand instead of keeping a storage tank of water warm when it’s not needed.

Green appliances

If the house you are buying comes with appliances, check to see whether they are newer energy-saving models. These efficient appliances can save you an impressive amount on your utility bills  and modern plumbing fixtures can cut down on the amount of water you waste.

Building codes

If you are buying a brand new Santa Cruz home, ask the builder about the building codes with which they comply. If the building is advertised as being built to green building standards, you should do some research and find out exactly what that includes. The definition of green real estate can vary from builder to builder.

These are just a few things to look for when buying eco-friendly real estate. If you’d like more suggestions for finding a green Santa Cruz home, please call me at 831.662.6522 or email me at Lauren@LaurenSpencer.com for more information.

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Lauren Spencer is your local real estate expert, specializing in Santa Cruz real estate and surrounding communities—this is where she lives, works, and plays too. Let her know your questions about the community and county and she'll be happy to fill you in on all you want to know! Lauren Spencer has consistently been voted best local REALTOR in Santa Cruz and is always happy to offer her advice and expertise. Call her at: 800.226.4717.

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