More Home Buyers Seek Energy Efficient Dwellings

Energy efficiency a growing requirement for home buyers

News Times, July 9, 2014

When Linda Connolly started selling homes in Fairfield County 18 years ago, green house equated more to plants growing in a glass structure than an energy-efficient dwelling.

Now, homebuyers want to limit their household expenses and are increasingly demanding the home they purchase features some levels of energy efficiency, according to Connolly, a real estate agent with the William Raveis office in Danbury and president of the Northern Fairfield County Association of Realtors.

Technology like solar panels, geothermal energy and energy-efficient windows and insulation impress some buyers, and there seems to be a trend in that direction, she said, but buyers she has seen still seem to be focused more on standard priorities such as location, size and price.

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