There’s no question that buying a home is the most time consuming and financially demanding investment you can make. So, it’s only sensible to avoid being swept up by trends. Well, maybe except for one –- green homes.
What Is a Green Home?
Green homes continue to trend on the Hanover, NH real estate scene. These eco-aware homes are strategically built or remodeled with sustainability in mind–which, put simply, means the house is designed to use water, energy, and natural resources more efficiently than the average home.
There are many ways to verify whether the home you’re buying is a green home. For example, you can can conduct a simple energy audit by checking if the house comes with energy-saving light fixtures, such as LED bulbs or Compact Fluorescents Lamps (CFL).
While the regular incandescent bulb will cost you $4.80 in energy consumption annually, using LEDs or CFLs, in comparison, will only cost you $1-$1.20. That’s a significant amount of savings on your electric bill every year.
Other ways you can save on energy, aside from replacing bulbs, include checking if the house has good insulation, making sure the windows are either double-paned or weatherproof. Finally, if you’re buying a home that includes all of the kitchen appliances, find out if those appliances are energy efficient.
In terms of saving water, if installing a compost toilet is out of the question (although highly recommended), simply having a rain catcher to gather water for non-human consumption is a step in the right environmental direction.
Additionally, examine the current water system in the house to see if can be retrofitted with water-efficient plumbing fixtures, which conserve water usage and result in savings for the homeowner.
Lastly, ask your real estate agent what type of materials were used to build the home. Choose homes composed of non-toxic and, if possible, locally sourced materials that leave a comparatively small ecological footprint.
Is Buying a Green Home Worth It?
The most common misconception about green homes is that they’re inconvenient. But, the truth is, green homes and traditional homes share the same comforts for their occupants. The distinction lies in building practices and the use of sustainable materials in the construction.
Aside from being energy and water efficient, green homes are also cost efficient. Not only are you racking up savings on your electric and water bills, you can gain tax breaks and other money saving incentives from the government by owning a green home. Moreover, green-home ownership can qualify you for insurance policy discounts and can raise the home’s resale value as it compares to traditionally built homes.
Indeed, investing in a green home is not only good for the environment, but also good for your family’s overall health and well-being, not to mention your long-term budget, making your investment green in two ways.
Housing Solutions Real Estate, LLC, will always and ONLY represent your best interests when looking at any homes for sale, be it in Hanover, or any of the Upper Valley areas we serve. Call us today for a no-obligation consultation, or to have any of your green home buying questions answered. 603-643-4800.