Top Energy-Efficiency Features In Demand from New Home Buyers

New homes these days are significantly more efficient than older properties thanks to changes in building codes and consumer demand for environmentally friendly houses. Home buyers and builders are increasingly focusing on energy-efficient features for new homes this year to save money and conserve the environment, according to the National Association of Home Builders. The NAHB noted builders are more likely to follow green building standards to help give consumers the energy-saving components and technologies they want in a sustainable home. 

"Our builder members are telling us that more and more buyers are looking at new homes for their efficiency in design and functionality," Tom Woods, chairman for NAHB, said in a statement. "Whether it's improved insulation or sustainable building materials, today's new homes can reach higher energy performance and greater durability than was possible even 20 years ago."

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4 Ways to Decrease Your Energy Bill This Winter

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As temperatures drop, your energy bills start to climb. Here is a list from Trulia for an energy efficient home that will help lower your energy bill this winter.

Get Rid of Drafts

If you keep the heat from leaking out of your house, your heating system won’t have to work as hard. Take care of drafty windows and doors you have been avoiding. For a quick fix, try weatherstripping, spray-foam insulation, plastic window film and heavy curtains. For a more permanent fix, upgrade to high performance windows and doors. Upgrading doors and windows will also increase the value of your home.

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