Aesthetically pleasing upgrades that will increase a home’s energy efficiency (and value)
The reasons for making home upgrades are numerous. Maybe it’s time to put it on the San Francisco real estate market, or you want to turn that new house into a home. Whatever the reason, using green tech is the way to go. Green products yield a high return on investment due to the decrease in energy costs, and recent studies show that buyers are willing to pay more for green, energy-efficient Bay Area real estate homes. Unfortunately, not all green upgrades look great. From clunky-looking solar arrays to stormwater tanks, some green innovations can stick out like a sore thumb. But going green doesn’t have to be an eyesore.
The following upgrades will help cut down on energy costs, reduce your home’s carbon footprint and look great while doing it.
Adding solar panels to save on energy costs is nothing new; solar panels have been bolted onto roofs for decades. The ungainly array, cables and junction boxes were tough to look at — until now. Tesla has recently come out with a line of Solar Roof
products that turn the roof itself into a solar array. The tiles are built from traditional materials, like asphalt, slate and terracotta, and look great. Each tile has its own solar unit and sports a lifetime warranty.
Energy Efficient Door
Having an attractive entrance is paramount to the look of a home. It’s the first thing you see on the way in, and the last thing you see on the way out. If your current door is old or worn, replacing it won’t just add to the look of your Silicon Valley real estate home, it can save you a bundle in energy costs. Installing an energy-star
certified door made of Fiberglass or steel can greatly decrease a building’s heating and cooling costs. The decision of which material to choose depends on where you live: Fiberglass is better for harsh climates, and steel is better for more temperate zones. Whichever you choose, replacing your door can yield a 90% return on investment
Tankless Water Heater
No longer do you need a rust-rimmed tank taking up space in the basement or garage. Tankless or on-demand water heaters are wall mounted, take up little space and only heat water when you need it. This change alone can yield an energy savings of up to 50%
Native Plant Gardens
A great way to boost the value of your San Francisco real estate property is to give it some curb appeal, and one of the best ways to do so is by adding some quality landscaping. Unlike gardens and lawns of old that required near constant watering and increased water costs, native plant gardens are easier on your wallet. Native plants thrive because they are used to the climate. Therefore, they require much less maintenance, and have developed resistances to local pests
. And gardens aren’t just good for the look of the home. Studies have shown that regular contact with greenery can help improve mental health