Energy-Efficient Enticements

Lower utility bills, better resale value – it’s no wonder why buyers are increasingly interested in energy – efficient features. But which ones are particularly popular with house hunters?

Appliances: Identified by a blue logo indicating they’ve met strict efficiency guidelines, ENERGY STAR® appliances use 10 to 50 percent less energy than standard ones. That’s a lot of savings, for you and for the next owner of your house

Windows: Energy-efficient features such as vinyl or fiberglass frames, multiple panes, low – emissivity glass, and argon gas, for example, help reduce heat transfer, meaning you (and future owners) will be throwing less money out the window each month.

Insulation: Find out about your options. Spray foam insulation, for instance, is energy efficient as it effectively seals your house’s envelope, expanding to fill gaps. That tight envelope minimizes heat transfer and, as a result, maintaining a comfortable temperature inside your house will cost less.

HVAC Equipment: Heating and cooling costs account for the typical household’s biggest energy expenditure. Efficient ENERGY STAR® approved air conditioners, furnaces, boilers and heat pumps can produce significant saving on this expense – an appealing prospect for homeowners and homebuyers alike.

Tankless Water Heaters: While traditional heaters keep gallons of water warm until needed for use, the tankless variety (which has a longer lifespan) heats water on demand. Again, opt for an ENERGY STAR® rated product to maximize your savings.

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