“Going green” isn’t just a trendy new wave in modern home design. Actually, energy efficient features are a financially savvy home improvement that will save you money each month AND increase your home’s overall value. Sounds pretty good, right? Of course, as with any home improvements, not all green upgrades are created equal.
Here are the five best energy efficient features for improving your home value.
Energy Efficient Windows
Windows are one of the biggest sources of energy loss in your home. If your windows aren’t properly sealed or insulated, you’re likely leaking out a lot of temperature-controlled air… and paying for it. Replacing old windows with Energy Star certified windows can make a BIG difference on your monthly heating and cooling bills.
Plus, energy efficient windows can help block some of the sun’s heat during summertime, making you less likely to cover windows and turn on interior lights instead.
Sometimes the best fixes are the easiest (and cheapest) ones! Simply going through your home and replacing old incandescent bulbs with Energy Star bulbs can save you $75 a year on your electricity bill. Even better: these bulbs tend to have a much longer lifespan, so you won’t have to worry about replacing them for years to come.
How much water does your old dishwasher use? How about your toilet and shower? How much electricity is your old stove pulling in? Replacing old appliances can actually help you out threefold: new appliances save you money monthly, increase your home value, AND increase the overall aesthetics of your home!
Energy Star HVAC
Want to really cut down on your monthly heating and cooling costs? Consider giving your home an HVAC upgrade. Not sure where to start or what updates to make for your home and area? Energy Star can make recommendations for heating, cooling, and even fans. Another really easy way to save money on heating and cooling? Install a programmable thermostat.
Is it a more expensive update? Yes. Does it pay off big? Definitely. Not only can solar panels have a tremendous effect on your monthly bill, but they can also be a big selling point for your home, too. Plus, there are a number of federal, state, and local tax credits available to homeowners upgrading to green features, so installing solar panels might not actually be as expensive as you’d think.