The main benefits of an energy-efficient home are generally understood—they lower your energy bills and provide some much-needed relief for the environment. When people choose to build an energy-efficient home or make energy-saving upgrades to their current home, these are the benefits considered. However, there are several other benefits that come with choosing an energy-efficient custom home, some of which you might find unexpected.
An energy-efficient home has higher air quality, which means a healthier family. These homes are drier and have superior ventilation, making them resistant to mold growth and also decreasing the risk of illness for everyone in the household, according to a report by American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE). The improved air provides a quality of life boost to individuals who suffer from respiratory and cardiovascular illnesses. For instance, those suffering from asthma have fewer attacks while living in an energy-efficient home.
Energy-efficient homes mean lower power plant pollution. This is great for the environment at large, but it also improves local air quality and supports a healthier community. The local area will benefit from better air that supports healthier lungs and fewer illnesses affecting everyone. According to the ACEEE report, one year of energy consumption reduced by just 15% in the U.S. would result in nearly $20 billion in avoided health harms and approximately 30,000 fewer asthma attacks, showcasing that even a small improvement can go a long way.
Better Local Economy
Many people commit to an energy-efficient home because it provides lower energy bills, potentially saving the household hundreds of dollars each year. When families save money on their energy bills, they enjoy more disposable income that is often spent locally. Local businesses receive a boost, jobs are potentially created, and the local economy enjoys a significant uptick that benefits the entire community.
Higher Home Resale Value
As more and more people look for ways to lower their carbon footprint and minimize their impact on the environment, energy-efficient homes have become increasingly popular. Their desirability and superior construction noticeably raise their value and make them easy to sell when it’s time to move. The investment in an energy-efficient home just makes sense when you consider how much money it can save you in the long run.
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