When searching for a new home in San Antonio, there are many facets prospective homeowners take into account: location, size, style, age, layout, and more. Today, another factor is becoming increasingly important for potential homebuyers: energy efficiency. Green homes are becoming more widely available, and green technology will continue to play a larger role in the housing market’s future.
Some of the benefits of a greener home are obvious. Lower utility costs, for example, are one major incentive for those looking for a home with greener technology.
Through the use of alternative energy sources, homeowners can save money. Solar energy combined with storage batteries can free homeowners from their reliance on the energy grid. This will allow them to avoid the cost of the grid’s peak energy demands and avoid loss of power in the event of power grid failure.
Additionally, green technology can automate utility usage to reduce accidental energy consumption. Smart thermostats, for instance, can reduce energy bills by approximately 15%. When air conditioning and heaters account for half of the cost of utilities, smart thermostats and other green technology can greatly improve energy efficiency.
Homeowners can also invest in green home improvements, which helps improve the overall resale value of their property. Studies have shown that green homes sell faster and for more money than homes without energy-efficient designations. Research has found that homes with high energy-efficiency ratings sold for 2.7% more on average compared to homes that did not.
The ideal green home is one that has net-zero energy consumption. As of 2019, there were only 5,000 net-zero homes in the United States, but an increasing focus on energy efficiency and new governmental incentives means net-zero homes may be the future of the housing industry in the United States.
However, because of the novelty of this technology, it may be hard for new homebuyers to know what to look for and how to navigate the green home market. Thankfully, there are Realtors who have specialized training to help you when hunting for a green home. Utilizing their extensive knowledge of green technology and years of experience in real estate, Realtors will guide you in finding the green home that is right for you.
Besides locating a home, Realtors can provide energy assessments as well, including energy profiles and cost estimates. These can help you as a prospective homeowner to make informed decisions about any green aspects of a future home.
Realtors, especially those with Green Designation, will also be informed on new green developments, so you can be ahead of the curve when it comes to green technology in the San Antonio housing market. With their expertise, you’ll be able to find a suitable, environmentally-conscious home.
Regardless of your needs when it comes to going green and housing, Realtors can be there for you every step of the way. For more information, visit www.sabor.com.