by Nutan Brown
on Tuesday, November 3rd, 2020 at 10:52am.
When looking for your dream home there are many things to consider, and one of those things is sustainability. A sustainable home will not only allow you to do your part for the environment, but also save some money in the long run.
Here are our top 4 sustainable features to look for in a home:
The quality of windows installed in a home can make a huge difference. Since low quality windows can account for more than 50% of lost energy, replacing them with high-performance ones will result in a massive increase in energy efficiency. Good quality windows greatly impact heat conservation in the cold winter months. However, the orientation of the windows to the sun should also be considered, as south-facing windows allow radiant heat from sunlight to enter the home each day.
Sustainable homes utilize features that minimize water usage. Even the smallest decrease in water consumption can add up over a long period of time. Features such as low-flow toilets, sinks, and showerheads go a long way in water conservation. High-efficiency washers and modern detergents get your clothes clean without needing hot water. These will allow you to save on your water bill each month while also doing your part for the environment.
A home’s heat source is very important, especially for cold winters like the ones we have here in Canada. To ensure optimal heat conservation, it is recommended that a home has a high-efficiency furnace, automated climate control, high value insulation, and heat recovery ventilation. South-facing windows, geothermal systems, and active solar energy systems are also great sustainable features for heating a home.
Solar power has become increasingly popular in recent years, as technology has improved and costs have dropped. By choosing solar, you can power your home with a clean energy source that emits less carbon emissions than fossil fuels. They have the ability to help a home of any size become more green and eco-friendly. If you are buying a home with solar panels, be sure to ask your real estate agent for specifics regarding the date of installation, how the panels work, and the estimated savings or energy bills for each month.