When buying a new home, it’s important to know what energy efficient home features to look for. These features are good for both the environment and your wallet, according to New York State Association of Realtors.
An energy efficient home will have plenty of natural light. For example, the home could have picture windows and skylights. Ample natural lighting will reduce the amount of electricity you need.
One of the most important features to look for is proper insulation. The better a home is at retaining heat in the winter and staying cool in the summer, the less you will need to rely on electricity and/or fossil fuels.
Windows and Doors
Another feature to look for is EnergyStar-certified windows and doors. These windows have had efficiency of their glass, gas, spacer and reinforcement evaluated. Be on the lookout for other EnergyStar-certified features such as lights, heating and cooling, and water systems.
Find out if the kitchen and bathroom fixtures and appliances (toilets, sinks, washing machines, dishwashers, etc.) have water-conserving features.
Additional Energy Efficient Home Features
Some other, less common energy efficient home features include solar panels and rain water collection and storage systems.
With these tips in mind, you’re well on your way to finding the green home of your dreams! Ready to get started? Check out this article on How to Prepare for House Hunting.