As sustainability continues to be a key focus for many Australians, more and more buyers are looking for features that make a property energy efficient.
In today’s world, more and more people are becoming aware of the importance of sustainable living. With concerns about climate change and extreme weather events such as bushfires and floods, many homeowners are looking for ways to make their property more energy-efficient and reduce their environmental impact.
According to realestate.com.au data analyst Karen Dellow, who authored The REA Insights Energy Efficiency Housing Report, US research showed that declaring an energy-efficient rating influenced the value of a property and encouraged owners to make energy-efficient improvements to their home.
Here are 8 sustainable features that buyers and renters look for in a property:
1. Passive house design
This type of design is becoming increasingly popular due to its energy efficiency. A passive house is designed to minimise the need for heating and cooling, which can save a lot of money on energy bills.
2. Solar panels
Solar panels are a great way to reduce a property’s carbon footprint and save on energy costs. With solar PV rebates available through government initiatives the popularity of solar in Australia as a long-term investment will continue to grow.
3. Energy-efficient appliances
Appliances such as fridges, washing machines, and dishwashers that have an energy rating of at least 4 stars will use less energy and save you money on your bills.
4. Low-flow toilets
Toilets that use less water can help save on water bills. Look for toilets that have a water efficiency rating of 4 or higher. Here is a great guide to buying eco-friendly and low flush toilets.
5. Greywater recycling system
A greywater recycling system can help you recycle wastewater from baths, showers, and laundry to use for irrigation or flushing toilets. This can help reduce your water usage and save you money on your water bills.
6. LED lighting
LED lighting is more energy-efficient than traditional incandescent bulbs and can last up to 10 times longer. This means you’ll save money on your energy bills in the long run.
7. Rainwater harvesting system
A rainwater harvesting system can be a great way to collect rainwater to use for irrigation or flushing toilets. This can help reduce your water usage and save you money on your water bills.
8. Insulation and thermal efficiency
Proper insulation is key for making property energy efficient. Make sure your home is properly insulated to keep the heat in during winter and the cool air in during summer.
Double glazing is an effective way to improve the thermal efficiency of a home and can help to save on energy bills. In Australia, homes that have double glazed windows typically sell for a higher price than those that don’t. This is because potential buyers know that they will be getting a property that is more comfortable to live in and cost less to heat and cool.
You can make your house more sustainable, save money on your energy bills and increase the value and appeal of your property to potential buyers by following some of the suggestions we’ve provided.
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