More than 40 percent of the country’s energy is being used by residential and commercial buildings. So it only makes sense that we take the required steps to ensure that our buildings are more energy efficient. Not only is this better for the economy, but it will also make your home more appealing when it’s on the market. According to a survey conducted in 2015 by the NAHB, 88 percent of people purchasing a home want one that is energy efficient, and provides low utility bills as well as maintenance costs. Here are some Stream Energy tips to make your home more energy efficient before you put it on sale.
Have Your Home Professionally Audited
Buyers want to hear that you have taken all the necessary precautions to make sure that the home they could potentially own has been professionally audited for energy efficiency. This will provide buyers with the assurance they need that they will save money on water and electricity bills once they move in.
Change Your Shower Head
A water efficient shower head can shave approximately $25 off your water bill each year. A good shower head will cost you somewhere in the region of $30-$100 depending on the brand. It’s a small investment that will tick another box on the list of a potential buyer.
A water efficient shower head can shave approximately $25 off your water bill each year.
Dual or Low Flush Toilets
Approximately 30 percent of all water used in a home is flushed down the toilet. Dual or loo flush toilets are designed so that the volume of water used for flushing is reduced. They use less than six liters less for each flush, which is a total of over 16,000 litres of water per year, which makes for a very expensive water bill!
If you have a ground floor bathroom, it’s a good idea to insulate the floor underneath. Not only will it keep the tiles warm, it will also reduce your heating bill.
Extractor fans are great for reducing condensation and moisture in your bathroom. However, you can also purchase extractor fans with heat recovery capabilities. They work by heating up the cold air that comes into your bathroom; this means that you won’t have to keep the radiators on as much.
Stream Energy believes there is more to making your home more energy efficient than making it more buyer friendly. Reducing the amount of energy wasted in homes reduces the levels of greenhouse gas emissions, and improves the quality of the environment that we like in. If we want to make the world a better place for ourselves and the next generation, we are going to have to make a conscious decision to make changes to our lifestyle.
Make sure that you let your real estate agent know exactly what you have invested into making your home more energy efficient; after all, you want them to be able to articulate the information to potential buyers.