Builders know that new home buyers love walk-in closets and granite counter tops, but a recent survey reveals that energy-efficient features are popular too.
In fact, the survey, conducted by the National Association of Home Builders, showed that energy-efficient windows and appliances along with programmable thermostats rank in the top ten features builders are most likely to include in new homes. It also says that new home buyers are even willing to spend more on a home that will lower their utility costs.
So just how much energy will you save with these features?
Low-E Windows & ENERGY STAR®-Rated Windows
Low-E refers to low emissivity. Windows with low-E glass coatings reflect infrared light, keeping heat inside your home during the winter and outside in the summer. These types of windows can reduce energy loss by as much as 30 to 50 percent, and help you save between 7 to 15 percent on your annual energy bill, according to the Department of Energy.
Windows with the ENERGY STAR label comply with strict EPA requirements. You’ll find ENERGY STAR-rated windows that feature low-E coatings as well as energy-efficient framing materials, multiple panes of glass, and gas fills between double- or triple-pane windows.
To see how much you can save on energy bills by installing ENERGY STAR windows, check your city .
ENERGY STAR Appliances
You might be surprised at how much electricity you save with an appliance featuring the ENERGY STAR label. For example, a new fridge uses about 15 percent less energy than a non-certified model, and 40 percent less than a model sold back in 2001. We’ve come a long way in the past 15 years!
And how about dishwashers? Absolutely, they use less energy, plus they also use 4.25 gallons of water or less per cycle. Back in 1994, dishwashers used about 10 gallons per cycle.
Last but not least, let’s look at washers and dryers. If you request an ENERGY STAR-certified washer for your new home, you’ll end up using 35 percent less water and 20 percent less energy than if you’d opted for a non-certified model. An ENERGY-STAR-rated dryer will use 20 percent less energy.
Programmable thermostats allow you to adjust the temperature of your home throughout the day, so you don’t waste energy heating and cooling an empty house. And get this: Just setting your thermostat back 7 to 10 degrees from its normal setting for eight hours can save you as much as 10 percent a year on your energy bills.
Clearly, these energy-efficient features will help you reduce your carbon footprint and lower your energy bills, but there’s one other little fact you might appreciate: they add to your home’s resale value, according to another study. Not that you want to move anytime soon, but isn’t it nice to know just in case?
Learn more about incentives, rebates, and the HERO Program’s unique financing for these features.