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Improve Your Home’s Energy Efficiency with Technology
More and more, home buyers are looking for ways to incorporate home technologies that increase the long-term value of their house but also provide convenience, safety and comfort. These days, energy management tops the list of desired features in new homes, according to the results of a consumer preference survey conducted by the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB). The survey polled more than 2,300 recent and prospective home buyers about the features, products, amenities and layouts preferred in a new home.
In the home technology features category, the number one choice among respondents was energy management at 61 percent. Also ranked highly in this category were multi-zone heating, ventilation and air-conditioning (HVAC), lighting controls and home theatres.
Three of the top five most-wanted technology features in the home technology features category— energy management, HVAC and lighting control — also provide energy-efficiency. By incorporating the following technologies, home owners can save money on their utility bills: