Looking back to building standards from the 60's and earlier, most home buyers can recognize that an older AC unit, single pane glass, and minimum insulation will all contribute to higher energy bills. What may not be as obvious is that this is all a relative conversation. Building standards are constantly changing, and buyer expectation for energy efficiencies are raising the bar constantly. As a buyer, the more you know about energy efficiencies, and the more your Realtor understands about the affects of the various features of a home on the day to day cost of living in a home--the more money you stand to save over time. And these saving can be huge. Most of us understand the impact of what a 1/2 point of compounded interest has on the savings over time--effective energy planning can have similar impact to your budget and savings.
So whether you are buying new, or buying a resell, let's talk about the green factors that play into your decision process for your new home.
Side Note: As a buyer of Real Estate in Texas, did you know that you do not pay the commission for a Buyer's Agent (Realtor) to represent you in the transaction? If your Realtor has experience buying and selling homes, you will always be advantaged by using a Realtor. A full time Realtor buys and sells homes every day, every week, and every month of the year. Regardless of how many homes you have bought and sold in your life time, hire a strong Realtor that brings something to the table that you need--current and local market experience. Save money. Hire the best.