Green technologies are as popular as ever, and Bel Air luxury homeowners are in a unique position to add value to their posh properties using eco-friendly upgrades.
Going green has many benefits—especially in Southern California—which gets plenty of sunshine and where water supplies have become tighter and tighter with each drought cycle. From adding solar panels to your roof to replacing old light bulbs with new LED ones to updating your landscaping with native flowers and shrubs, ecologically smart updates reduce greenhouse gasses, use less electricity, and help conserve water. These considerations are good for the environment, efficient for your property, and will save you money on utilities in the short term. Plus, many of these upgrades are aesthetically pleasing and will add to the home’s resale value.
Below are the most-popular eco-friendly updates for your Bel Air home.
When you decide to add solar to your Bel Air home, you should research several companies and shop around for estimates. There are a number of different systems and panels available, and you should look at both cost and performance while sorting through estimates. It’s okay to have solar panels added to an existing roof, but it can still make sense to go with solar even if a roof needs to be replaced.
Besides using the solar system to provide electricity during daylight hours, homeowners will be able to participate in a net metering program. Net metering allows homeowners to sell back their unused solar energy to their utility company, earning extra money in the form of credits on their electricity bills. Homeowners should check with their solar provider and a utility company to make sure they will be able to take advantage of a program, and that their system includes enough panels to generate extra energy. A solar company can calculate how many years it will take for the system to pay for itself.
Tankless water heater
The upfront cost of purchasing and installing a tankless water heater can be expensive, usually between $5,000-$10,000 (depending on how big the house is), but homeowners see an immediate return on investment (ROI) through lower energy bills.
Adding smart technology to your Bel Air luxury home allows you to save energy, save money, and aid the environment. Smart tech comes in many forms but is intended to make homes more energy-efficient overall, while also adding convenience.
A smart home can have many systems controlled from a single device, like a thermostat to automatically adjust the temperature and a security system that includes multiple video cameras and lights that cover every part of the exterior of the home. There are also individual smart devices such as video doorbells, lighting that can be controlled (and monitored) by a smartphone or tablet, and a wide range of smart appliances for the kitchen.
Replacing your existing kitchen appliances can be done all at once, or as needed when old appliances begin to fail. Having smart appliances in homes for sale in Bel Air will increase the house’s resale value, as the kitchen is considered the most important room for piquing buyers’ interest.