Fixr, a home remodeling contractors site, surveyed potential home buyers and asked them what energy efficient product they want to see in a home that they buy. Some of the answers are surprising.
1. Dryer - Energy efficient dryers have risen to the top of the stack of energy saving equipment that home buyers want. They recognize that the dryer can be one of the biggest energy users in a house. The washer was a close second. Buyers are looking at the laundry room for energy efficiency and they are away that great products exist.
2. Heating - The heat pump reigns as the most efficient way to heat and cool a home. From a standard heat exchanger to geothermal, the top choice for energy efficient heating and cooling is the heat pump.
3. Day lighting - Putting in skylights or having extra windows can reduce the cost of electricity and increase the comfort of home. The leading places that buyers want to see day lighting or energy efficient lighting is 1) the kitchen or dining room, 2) the living spaces, 3) outdoor lighting, and 4) the bathroom. Solar outside and day lighting in the house can save thousands in electricity each year.
4. Hot water - the number one choice of energy conscious home buyers is tankless gas water heaters, followed by tankless electric water heaters. Hybrid electric won 16% of the vote. The old standard of the storage tank water heater only got 4% of the vote. To sell an energy efficient home, a tankless water heater is a must.
5. Low flow - Buyers are looking to the bathroom for the most low flow products, like faucets, showerheads, and toilets. Laundry rooms and kitchens are close behind.
6. Electricity - The most popular electricity sources for the home are solar panels. Geothermal and solar shingle tied with 13% of the vote, but solar panels were chosen 75% of the time.
Who wants an energy efficient home?
In reality, the older you are, the less likely you are to care about energy efficiency. Millennials are most likely to invest in energy-efficient homes and home products, followed by Gen X and Baby Boomers.
Energy efficiency is a great way to sell a home. In fact, it borders on a requirement for sales to Millennials who represent the bulk of today's home buyers.