Energy Efficient

Energy Efficient

Energy EfficientHomebuyers are increasingly aware of the benefits of energy efficient homes. In fact, they’re often willing to pay more for homes with “green” upgrades, says the Omaha world-Herald.

Just how much your home will increase in value depends on several factors, like where you live, which upgrades you’ve made and how your home is marketed at sale time. The length of time to recoup the costs of energy efficient upgrades also depends on the energy costs in your area.

Need proof? In 2014, upgraded homes in Los Angeles County saw a 6 percent increase in value, according to a study from Build It Green, a California nonprofit. Upgraded homes in Washington, D.C., saw a 2 percent to 5 percent increase in 2015, according to a report by Adomatis.

Before you decide to do anything, you’ll want to find out how energy efficient your home is.

Getting a quick energy assessment or a more thorough energy audit can determine which upgrades would make the most sense for your home and your finances. An audit may include an energy rating, a number that indicates how energy efficient your home is and how much it will increase if you make recommended upgrades.

According to McGraw Hill Construction research dating back to 2006, energy efficient or green homes are in demand. “The green home building market most rapidly accelerated during the housing downturn when builders experienced in green remained in business at higher proportions than those not knowledgeable about energy-efficient and green home building.”

As the housing industry has improved, buyers are no longer just looking at depressed prices as a motivator to buy. Now buyers are looking at green features to help their buying decisions and are paying more for green.

What does it mean for a home to be “green?”

  • The use the use of spray polyurethane foam (SPF) insulation is increasing in both new and existing homes. In one study this form of insulation produced energy savings of 16% to 22%.
  • Energy efficient windows
  • New doors
  • Solar panels
  • Newer, high efficiency furnace.
  • Energy-Star appliances.
  • Heated Floors.
  • Geothermal heating system if you’re building a new home.
  • Tankless Water Heater.

Improvements you can afford for your home:

  •  A homeowner’s best friend. Seal up a leaky house to save on energy costs.
  • Programmable Thermostat.
  • Low flush toilets.
  • Efficient shower heads.
  • Efficient light bulbs.
  • Timer for lights.
  • Energy efficient power strip.
  • Smart house technologies for remote access. Control the thermostat or close the drapes from your smartphone.
  • A clothesline, if your HOA allows.

Renewable Energy Alaska Project (REAP) said that “Savvy investments in energy efficiency retrofits for buildings could yield more than three times their value, amounting to about $1 trillion in energy savings in a decade, says new research from Deutsche Bank and The Rockefeller Foundation.

The study said that yield would be just one of the returns if $279 billion were spent for retrofits of residential, commercial and institutional buildings in the United States.

In addition to saving about 30 percent of the United States’ entire energy spend during the course of a year, completion of the energy efficient retrofits could reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the country by 10 percent and create 3.3 million job years — which means the projects could create an estimated 3.3 million cumulative years of employment — the study said.

Styl Properties, Inc. is part of a nationwide group of thousands of investors who are helping tens of thousands of homeowners every year.  We may not be the “traditional” route, but we CAN help and we can do it quickly.

Give us a call today at 402.999-0577 to let us know what YOU need help with!

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