Improve Your Home's Energy Efficiency with Technology
More and more, home buyers are looking for ways to incorporate home technologies that increase the long-term value of their house but also provide convenience, safety and comfort. These days, energy management tops the list of desired features in new homes, according to a recent survey by the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB).
NAHB's 2007-2008 consumer preferences survey of more than 2,300 recent and prospective home buyers examined the features, products, amenities and layouts preferred in a new home.
In the home technology features category, the number one choice among respondents was energy management at 61 percent - up from 45 percent in 2004. Also ranked highly in this category were multi-zone heating, ventilation and air-conditioning (HVAC), lighting controls and home theatres.
Staying in the home technology features category, three of the top five most-wanted technology features - energy management, HVAC and lighting control - also provide energy-efficiency. By incorporating the following technologies, home owners can save money on their utility bills:
By incorporating technologies that help make your home operate more efficiently, Energy Star estimates that home owners can save $200 to $400 annually on their energy bills.
For more information on these and other home technologies available, visit the National Association of Home Builders online at www.nahb.org/forconsumers.