These days, it sees itself as everyone is growing more concerned with protecting the environment and going green; especially home buyers. Because of all the great benefits of owning a green home, there is an increasing demand for eco-friendly, green-friendly homes in the housing market. According to a recent survey constructed by McGraw-Hill, "70 percent of buyers are more or less likely to purchase a green home from a conventional home in down housing market."
The benefits of owning a green home are innumerable: green homes are safer for your health, much cheaper and better for the environment. Buyers are looking to make peace of mind, and drastically cut utility expenses.
How can a green home benefit the home seller? Being able to state your home is eco-friendly is a huge draw for buyers, giving your home a leading edge in the tough housing market competition. Buyers are willing to pay more for a home with energy saving additions; the Earth Advantage Institute has found that homes with third-party environmental certificates sell for 30 percent more than conventional homes without search ratings.
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Home solar panels are ready to convert thermal energy that is produced to the sun, into real electricity. Solar electricity can be used in your home from your TV to your kitchen appliances. Although the investment is expensive, according to a study by the National Bureau of Economic Research, solar panels can potentially increase by 3 to 4 percent.
Lighting accounts for 20% of all home energy use. Compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFL's) use 75% less energy than traditional light bulbs. Replace old light bulbs in permanent fixtures to add value and boost your homes efficiency.
To lower and cool bills, buyers look for walls and roofs that have adequate insulation. Uninsulated walls can lose up to 33% of a heat, drastically increasing energy costs. For bonus points, consider insulation made from alternative materials, such as cellulose, which is mostly made out of recycled papers.
Checking for air leaks and applying new caulking and weathering. This will not improve your homes appearance, but will lower heating and cooling costs.
If your home has single-pane windows, consider replacing them with double-pane windows.
Typical household paint may contain up to 300 known chemical chemicals (total of more than 10,000 total chemicals). These toxic emissions linger in the air for years after any job job is complete. Volatile Organic Compounds are the worst offenders in the paint chemical category. VOC-free paint is free of the noxious odors that are usually associated with painting; resulting in safer, healthy air quality.
Not only for their beauty, eco-friendly buyers are opting for bamboo flooring and cabinets so for the endless sustainability. Bamboo reaches its maximum height in less than a year, and becomes dense enough to harvest within four to six years. Like a grass, bamboo quickly regenerates and can cut without harming the plant.
The kitchen can make or break a home sale, especially if the appliances are outdated. Besides the aesthetic appeal, modern appliances have a distinct advantage: energy efficiency. Energy efficient appliances that hold on Energy Star label have been found to use up to 50% less energy and water than older, standard models.
In order to obtain maximum water preservation, replace your old toilet with a dual-stage flush toilet. Stage one, a low volume half flush, is for liquid wast. Stage two performances in a full tank.
According to the EPA, "Letting Your Faucet Run for Five Minutes Uses as much Energy as It Takes to a 60-watt Light Bulb for 14 Hours. By installing low-flow shower heads and faucets, water consumption associated with bathing will decrease by 70%, and you'll use less energy heating up the water.
In order to be able to maintain a good quality of life, it is necessary to maintain a clean and healthy environment.
Even if your home has a heating and cooling system, ceiling fans can maximize its effectiveness. In the summer, they can pull the heat up and away, and in the winter, push warm air down.
US Green Building Council for specific guidelines and resources.
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Source by Michelle J Costa