Are energy efficient homes more valuable for resale in Connecticut?
While going green is good for the environment, it can also be good for a homeowner’s wallet – energy efficient homes is the #1 home improvement that is appealing to to all homebuyers.
More than 80 percent of homebuyers said they would pay more for home features that saved energy and trimmed utility bills, according to a recent survey by the National Association of Home Builders.
That piece of information can be valuable to home sellers who are looking to get the value for their home this fall. Home improvements that also reduce utility bills – such as skylights and energy-efficient heating, ventilation and cooling systems – may be the investments that ensure a seller’s home will get top dollar and multiple offers.
If you are interested in making cost cutting, energy-efficient improvements a selling point for your home this fall, you can achieve the benefit with basic, moderate or impressive improvements. What you choose to do will depend on your budget, time frame and the perceived benefit in terms of a speedy sale. Here are a few energy efficiency tips to help you cut down on your utility bills:
Replace Your Windows with Energy Efficient Windows
Your CT windows will have a major effect on how much you pay for energy in the winter and summer months. Vinyl replacement windows are one of the most energy efficient options available: these types of windows are extremely effective insulators for your home, due in part to the windows low U-factor.
Basically, a U-factor score measures the heat loss or gain through a material, so the lower the value, the greater the window’s resistance is to heat flow and the higher its insulation. Also, vinyl windows are recyclable so eventually, when you replace them, they can be reused to make new resources for other homeowners. Vinyl replacement windows easily meet all of Energy Star’s eco-friendly criteria, which qualify you for federal tax credits, a great benefit for any homeowner.
As a CT homeowner, your home is a big investment and an important part of your life. Replacing old mismatched or drab windows can vastly improve the look of your home and the value of your investment. Even if you are not planning on selling your home in the near future, replacement windows make you the envy of the neighborhood and increase the comfort level within your home.
Replace Your Entry Doors
Another way you can save money on energy bills is to replace your entry door with an energy efficient door. For example, nearly all Therma-Tru doors are Energy Star qualified and NFRC certified. Energy Star rated doors must insulate well and provide a complete seal.
Fiberglass doors insulate up to five times better than wood doors. Fiberglass entry doors do not conduct heat, which minimizes the exchange of heat between the two sides of the door, and in the winter, your door will be warm to the touch.
According to EnergyStar.gov, replacing drafty doors with energy-efficient doors that meet Energy Star requirements lowers energy bills by 7-15%. Each of our doors is sturdily constructed of durable fiberglass or steel around an insulated core, and then finished with triple-seal weather-stripping to maximize energy savings.
Upgrading or Installing a Skylight
While many energy-efficient home improvements work their magic behind the scenes, an Energy Star-qualified skylight is front-and-center – it will saving energy and adding beauty to your home. Skylights appeal to a homebuyers’ aesthetic senses and their innate passion for savings. Skylights are especially well received in kitchens and baths where they provide natural light, fresh air and privacy. A no-leak solar powered fresh-air skylight can help reduce electricity costs by providing passive ventilation and natural light.
Energy efficient home improvements are great for resale – very appealing to homebuyers!