When you are looking for green homes, here are some quick tips you can use to help find them. Along with your real estate agent, you'll be able to know better what to look for during your quest for the perfect home.
Look at the appliances
If you have found a home that is offering appliances with it, don't forget to check them out first. The appliances you use in your home will make a drastic difference in terms of the amount of energy you use throughout the years. Look for an energy rating on the appliances.
If the appliances are very old, you may want to consider not including them in the purchase price. While it may cost you extra to buy your own appliances for the home, you'll be saving so much money in utility costs within the first year alone that it may cover a lot of the purchase price of these new appliances. Green houses in do not include energy wasting appliances.
Check the insulation
Find out what type of insulation is in the home. A well-insulated house will keep you warm in the winter, cool in the summer and won't have a lot of drafts entering the home.
Look at the windows and doors
A lot of energy is burned throughout the house when ineffective doors and windows have been installed. Check for drafts and look at the seals to make sure they are still in good shape and don't show any evidence of cracking or peeling. Green houses usually have newer doors and windows installed that are much more energy efficient than their older counterparts.
Ask to see the utility bills
It is easy to be given a quote on utility bills with figures rounded up or down, but it is also nice to see for yourself exactly how much is being spent on energy consumption each month. If you're serious about purchasing a home, you can ask the seller directly whether you can see a copy of his bills. Some won't mind showing them to you while others will. It doesn't hurt to ask.
Which way is the house facing?
While you'll want the major windows in your home to be facing the sun with an eastern or western exposure, you'll also want to make sure that the windows aren't blocked from the exposure by any neighbouring homes. Go right up to the windows and see if there is a direct path between the sunlight and your windows. Exposure to sunlight will not only decrease your utility bills but it will also make your home lighter, brighter and cheerful.
These are just a few of the things that you should be looking for when examining green houses in Calgary. If you want more information about energy-efficient homes in the area, give your agent a call. He can provide you with all the information you need about the green houses for sale in the city.