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January 7, 2015 4:45 am
(BPT) - One of the top trends driving today's housing market is the demand for energy-efficient homes. If you're looking to purchase a new home, green features can save money both now and in the future.
Buyers can expect these upgrades to remain popular in 2015:
Tight Construction – When searching for new construction, the building process is often as important as the features included. Buyers are looking for tight construction, with no drafty holes, cracks or seams.
Low-emissive Windows – Double-paned windows with low emissivity (low-e) are on most buyer wish lists. Some versions come equipped with advanced window coatings that retain heat during winter and release it during summer, and block UV rays that may discolor carpets and furniture.
All-over Insulation – Homebuyers are seeking extra insulation at home, including the walls, roof and flooring. Properly installed insulation that meets national code requirements will better regulate temperatures at home, so the furnace and air conditioner won’t have to run unnecessarily. The result is lower utility costs across the board and a quieter, more comfortable home.
Atmosphere-controlling Upgrades – According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration, space heating accounts for 41.5 percent of an average household’s energy consumption. To combat this statistic, buyers are looking for efficient heating and cooling systems, such as a heat pump, to reduce their impact environmentally and financially.
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