When it come to buying a home, energy efficiency is becoming increasingly important. Homebuyers understand that the affordability of the home is affected by the cost to maintain the home, so more and more buyers are searching for homes that will have the lowest possible utility bills.
Here are some ways you can ensure that you are buying an energy- efficient home:
- Ask for Old Bills
Ask the old owner for their utility bills from the past year. This can help you determine not only what the monthly bills will look like, but also where the highest energy usage is coming from and if there are easy ways to lower it.
- Look for Labels
When touring the house, look for labels, such as Energy Star stickers on appliances and low-flow labeling on toilets.
- Did the Owner Go the Extra Mile?
Look for features in homes that clearly show that the owner has gone the extra mile. Does the home have solar panels, LED lighting, tankless water heaters, etc?
- Dont Forget, Size Does Matter
Larger homes use more energy. Smaller homes typically have smaller rooms and few stories, so require less energy for heating and cooling. Remember to prioritize the size of home that will fit your need without excess and unnecessary space.
- Invest in an Energy Audit
For just a couple hundred dollars, a professional can perform an energy audit on a home pre-purchase. This will identify any problems with energy efficiency that the home may have. They can also help provide a full picture of how much it would cost to solve some of these issues and bring future energy bills down.
- Consider Eco-Conscious Construction
Chances are there is an eco-conscious builder that will make sure your new home is energy efficient without breaking the bank.