There are many reasons to go green and make your home energy efficient. One of the best reasons is that it can increase the resale value of your home. According to the Boston Globe, for every dollar you lower on your energy bills, you get about $15 – $20 back in resale value. Going green and making your home energy efficient saves you on your energy bill annually, and also makes your home attractive to potential buyers. A home that is energy efficient and green can be used as marketing tool to get your house noticed by buyers looking for a home that’s going to be a good investment.
There are many ways to improve your home energy efficient and go green such as: Improving attic insulation, switching to energy efficient appliances, replacing your windows with energy efficient windows, switching to LED light bulbs and switching to low-flow showerheads and faucets.
Improving your attic’s insulation alone can make you back an estimate of $116.90 for every $100 you spend. The type of insulation is important here, upgrading to fiberglass is more likely to net you more of your return on investment. You can also increase the value of your home by getting rid of old appliances and upgrading to Energy Star appliances. Energy Star certified appliances use 10-50% less energy than other appliances. They’re an investment worth making because they’ll save you on your energy bill and make your home more appealing to potential buyers. Newer appliances always look better to potential buyers because it guarantees they wouldn’t have to replace any appliances any time soon.
Getting your windows replaced alone can bump up the asking price for a home about $8,500, all while keeping the house feeling like home. New windows will keep you warm in the winter and cool in the summer.
An energy efficient home is a good investment that keeps giving back. You get your money back with savings on your energy bill and an increase in your home’s property value. If you’re not looking to sell right now, that’s okay! The annual savings on your energy bill alone is a return that makes the investment of going green well worth it.
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