An Energy-Efficient Kitchen May Increase Your Home’s Value

Posted by Mike & Michelle Grizzell on Sunday, January 8th, 2017 at 8:10am.

energy efficient kitchenIt’s always important to find ways to increase your home’s value. Whether you are preparing to sell your home now or you may plan to in the future, finding ways to increase the value only makes sense. This can happen in renovations, fresh paint jobs, replacing your roof, or adding to your curb appeal.

Now, people are starting to find ways to improve their home’s function which in turn, actually increases the home’s value. When a future buyer can benefit from something you do to the home, this adds value to the home for a potential buyer.

Energy-efficient upgrades are starting to take over the market and a great area to improve your home would be the kitchen. Having energy-efficient appliances is a great way to improve your home’s value, function, and utility bill costs. Take a look at how to make your kitchen more energy-efficient and why it will increase the home value.

Energy-efficient upgrades

If you’re ready to improve your kitchen to something more energy-efficient, you can start by replacing all of your kitchen appliances with energy-efficient options. Everything from the refrigerator to the dishwasher could function more energy-efficiently.

The fridge uses the most energy in the kitchen and hardly ever gets replaced, so why not get a newer model that will use way less energy than old models do? Your dishwasher, microwave, oven, and other appliances all suck up energy and cost you in monthly utilities, which means that making the transition will benefit you now and future buyers later.

Lights and windows

Once you’ve handled your appliances that affect your daily routine of cooking, washing dishes, and keeping the food cold, it’s a good time to look at the lights you turn on each day and the windows in your kitchen.

Windows are expensive to replace but if you do so in order to get energy-efficient options, you’ll appeal to potential buyers later. Having double pane glass rather than your typical single pane window will keep you cooler in the summer and warmer in the winter. It will save you and a future buyer on utility bills when you have to deal with the extreme temps.

Even having lighting in your kitchen is costing you on your utility bill. Be sure to swap your lighting to energy-efficient fixtures and bulbs to save energy. It will be environmentally-friendly and you won’t have to feel so bad if you forget to turn the light off when you are done. You’ll stop wasting so much money on energy from your lights. Some even have an automatic shut-off option or motion detectors to make your life easier than ever.

Think about the future

Energy StarNot only will these updates affect your utility bill in a positive way, but you can feel good about being aware of the environment in your good decisions. You’ll notice a savings on your bill and you’ll already make your home more marketable to potential buyers. For anyone considering selling their home, it’s a great place to start investing money into your home in preparation of the sale.

Making the kitchen more energy-efficient is the perfect way to increase your home’s value and appeal to a buyer that will be able to enjoy your energy-efficient appliances, windows, and lighting when they live here. In addition, an owner of a home with energy-efficiency will enjoy tax credits if using ENERGY STAR products.

Increase your home’s value in a simple way for your upcoming sale, with an energy-efficient kitchen.

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