When looking for the perfect home to buy in California, there are a number of factors to consider. If you look for options with energy-efficient upgrades, you could save a significant amount of money. In fact, studies show that for every $1,000 paid in upfront costs, up to $10,000 can be saved within a three year period. Check out these energy-efficient upgrades to look for and contact Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices at (310) 373-0021 if you need help finding the right home.
Replace an Old Toilet with a Low-Flow Fixture
In 1994, a federal law was passed that prevented toilet manufacturers from making toilet tanks with more than 1.6 gallons per flush. At the time, this often led to toilets that did not flush very powerfully but advances in toilet technology have led to great options. For example, you can find a low-flow toilet for less than $100 that gives you a great flush and uses less than 1.3 gallons per flush – and this is likely to impress a buyer looking for an eco-friendly option.
Install Energy Efficient Appliances
Any appliance with the Energy Star symbol is a good option. This means that it is certified by the government to reduce energy without reducing performance, and is ranked as either a desirable or essential feature in 90% of moderate-income home buyers. This includes energy-efficient dishwashers, washers, dryers, and refrigerators.
Install Energy-Efficient Windows
In the same survey referenced above, home buyers from all economic backgrounds said that Energy-Star rated windows were one of their most-wanted features. This includes windows with triple-pane insulation glass and low-e insulation glass. Replacing double-hung windows with insulated windows can recover as much as 75% of the costs.
Have a Programmable Thermostat Installed
Programmable thermostats are great, eco-friendly additions to a home – and they generally don’t cost too much. They allow you to set a time for the AC or heating to turn on and off, and they can help you go to work without leaving it running, yet you can set it to turn back on an hour before you get home. This assures you do not have to wait for your home to get to a comfortable temperature – it was already working on it during your evening commute.
We Can Help You Buy or Sell a Home
No matter if you are looking to buy or sell a home, you can count on Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices to help. We can offer you tips, go over the best practices, and ensure that your end result is just what you want. Call us now at (310) 373-0021 to get started.