Luxury amenities and sprawling views are certainly important to 30A property owners; however, many are surprised to learn that property owners also value the utility savings and positive environmental impact that comes from having updated home technologies conducive for using less energy.
Essential Assets Beyond the Beach Views Unlike most realty markets, 30A is distinguished as a luxury real estate market meaning most buyers want a certain level of creature comforts beyond the typical updated necessities of homeownership (such as granite or quartz countertops, travertine and wood flooring, crown moulding, etc.). In addition to those things, most buyers want beach views. Given that 30A is a series of beach communities, this is relatively unsurprising.
Thus, it’s quite surprising that homeowners (both along 30A and beyond) have gone beyond the veneer to make more pragmatic demands of their property’s features and functions. Today’s buyers and property owners now consider energy efficient upgrades and additions to be a major asset to their property; many buyers (particularly younger ones) even classify such amenities as essential.
Essential Energy Efficient Features
There are a plethora of home technologies on the market; however, some are more frivolous than others (such as, while it is very fun to have a WiFi operated Crockpot, there are no significant benefits of owning one beyond convenience). What designates a technology as essential to 30A homeowners is the technology’s ability to make the home more energy efficient and to provide the homeowner with utility savings in the long run. Additionally, such technologies also minimize the homeowner’s environmental footprint.
As many as 90 percent of homeowners who participated in national survey reported taking deliberate action during 2014 to save on energy consumption.
Updating light bulbs: Light bulbs are a small yet effective way to initiate energy saving in a house. With a standard CFL or LED light bulb costing an average of $5 or more per bulb, many wait until replacing the old non-energy efficient bulb is critical; however, it is truly in a property owner’s best interest to update light bulbs all at once and eliminate older model light bulbs that are not energy efficient.
Sealing leaks / improving insulation: Homes on 30A vary in terms of age; national SEER and HSPF ratings increased as of January 2015, which means that if a home has never beefed up its insulation or had the home professionally tested and treated for air leaks, chances are, energy is being wasted particularly during the spring and summer months when temperatures are in the 70s, 80s, and 90s and air conditioning units run constantly.
Updating major appliances (AC units, water heaters, etc.): The new SEER for air conditioners will be upgraded to 14; the rating is noted on existing air conditioning units; the lower the SEER, the less energy-efficient the unit is for the property. Property owners who are planning to sell who have air conditioning units lower than the nationally-accepted rating may have difficulty as buyers tend to want the most effective and energy efficient technologies available.
The water heater is another appliance that has been made increasingly energy efficient in recent years. A new tank-less water heater costs roughly $2,500 with installation; however, it pays for itself over time.
Incorporating smart technologies: From security to savings, smart technologies are available for most household operations. Those that give homeowners the ability to control and monitor their energy consumption are among the most popular. These include lighting controls as well as thermostat controls. The most popular smart technology being installed in homes today is the Nest Learning Thermostat, which is a programmable thermostat that learns homeowners’ usage patterns and operates accordingly. Users can change the thermostat at any time, and each month, they receive an energy report to let them know their usage.
The more energy-saving measures implemented in the home, the more savings the homeowner sees and the more valuable they consider their upgrades. In addition to providing monetary savings, updating home technologies to be more energy efficient is also beneficial to the environment. It is for these reasons that these technological upgrades are as important (if not more so) to some 30A homeowners than quartz countertops, which, when one thinks about, isn’t that surprising after all.
With powdery-soft white sand beaches and crashing turquoise ocean waves, 30A coastal living is a little slice of heaven. There’s nothing more wonderful or relaxing than the 30A beach lifestyle. For those who want to make getaway living every day living, contact local coast living expert, Melissa Clements, and find the right 30A community and home to make those beach-front dreams come true.