Climate change has increasingly become more of a problem in the United States and having an energy-efficient home has become more desirable. Energy-efficient homes in Phoenix are increasing in popularity because our summers are undoubtedly getting warmer, and our utility bills are definitely increasing. According to the National Association of Realtors (NAR), there has been a notable increase on the market of homes with energy-efficient features*.

A house is more than just a structure with four walls, flooring and a roof. It’s actually a collection of complex machines, appliances, and systems – all of which require energy to operate. An energy-efficient home can help reduce energy costs for the owner. At the same time, it can reduce the impact to the environment.

What Is Considered An Energy-Efficient Home?

In a nutshell, an energy-efficient home is one that provides all the comfort and utility that homeowners need while consuming the least amount of energy. The typical American home consumes energy mainly in the following:

  • Heating & Cooling: Most homes in the U.S. have furnaces and air conditioning units powered by electricity or natural gas.
  • Hot Water: An important appliance in any home, the water heater provides instant heated water for the shower, faucet, dishwasher, & washing machine. A water heater is also typically powered by electricity or natural gas.
  • Appliances: All appliances are not created equally. Different brands and models of refrigerators will consume electricity more or less efficiently. The same applies to other everyday appliances such as dishwashers, washers & dryers, cook tops and ovens and even smaller appliances such as microwaves, toasters, and coffee makers.
  • Lighting: The kind of light bulbs used in a house affect energy use and certain smart monitors & timers control when and how lights are used.
  • Complex Systems: Just as each appliance differs on how efficiently it uses electricity, the homes entire electrical service can vary in efficiency. The house’s furnace, air conditioning & ductwork systems can also vary significantly in how efficiently they work.

How To Make Your Home More Energy-Efficient

  • Make an assessment: Check the insulation in your attic/crawl space. Over time insulation may deteriorate or get displaced by storage items. Adding insulation to these areas can go along way towards your home’s efficiency. Also check your windows and doors. Efficient and well-sealed doors and windows can significantly reduce heating and cooling costs.
  • Install solar panels: Harnessing the power of the sun, solar panels can significantly reduce your dependence on traditional energy sources. They convert sunlight into electricity, providing a clean and renewable energy source for your home saving you money and reducing greenhouse gas emissions.
  • Use a tankless water heater: Unlike traditional water heaters that must keep an entire tank of water heated at all times, a tankless water heater instantly heats water as it comes from the main water source only when hot water is needed.
  • Purchase energy-efficient appliances: Upgrade to energy-efficient appliances such as refrigerators, washing machines, dishwashers, etc. Look for appliances with the Energy Star label, which indicates they meet energy efficiency guidelines set by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. These appliances use less energy, saving you money while reducing your home’s energy consumption.
  • LED lighting: Replace traditional incandescent bulbs with energy-efficient LED lighting.  LED bulbs consume les energy, last longer, and produce less heat compared to traditional incandescent bulbs.  By switching to LED lighting, you can lower your electricity usage while brightening up your living spaces.
  • Install smart thermostats: A smart thermostat can optimize your home’s heating and cooling for maximum efficiency.  Smart thermostats learn your heating and cooling preferences, adjust temperature settings based on occupancy. They also allow you to control your HVAC system remotely via a smart phone app. By programming your thermostat to operate more efficiently, you can reduce energy waste and save money on heating and cooling bills.
  • Conserve water: Water is a vital and often expensive utility. There are a number of water-saving devices available to homeowners. Water-saving showerheads and faucet aerators can significantly reduce water usage for little cost.
  • Update the landscaping: Everyone likes a lush green lawn. But these lawns are very thirsty and millions of gallons of water each year go into watering these spaces. And home irrigation for lawns compounds the overuse of resources because they operate on electricity. Replace the lawn with native plants that are drought resistant and require little water.

Final Thoughts – Contact the Donnelly Group

Aside from the satisfaction of knowing they’re living a greener lifestyle, energy-efficient homeowners also see significant reductions in their utility bills. Because modern homebuyers tend to be both financially savvy and eco-conscious, energy-efficient homes will also maintain a healthy resale value.

If you are looking buy an energy-efficient home in Metro Phoenix, call 480-792-9700. Let the Donnelly Group guide you through the entire process from start to finish. Contact us today!