In the 1950s and 1960s, people could only imagine what homes would look like fifty to sixty years from then in the future. Perhaps you could talk to your home, or the kitchen could cook for you, or the homes would be made out of futuristic looking materials.
While homes may not quite be that fancy to the average home owner, the homes of today are still certainly more advanced than the homes of a few decades ago. Floor plans have become more open, the bedrooms and kitchens have become more spacious, and there are more outlets to plug in devices to watch or listen to media. But one trend that is often overlooked is the energy efficiency of homes especially in regards to heating houses in colder climates like Churchill Manitoba which can be very expensive over the seasons. That’s what we’re going to look at next.
- You’d be surprised to learn how new homeowners on the market are consistently asking for energy efficient homes. One such example is an efficient laundry room that is located on the main floor. Another example is having a more open kitchen. No longer are kitchens being limited to a small room with only one entry point. Instead, many of the cabinets and counters in kitchens are ‘islands’ in a larger floor space, and there are significantly more entry points leading into the kitchen as well. In addition, the kitchen appliances themselves are significantly more energy efficient and use up less energy.
- Previously, having energy efficient or ‘green’ homes was seen as a fancy edition to homes. Now, it’s being increasingly seen as the norm. It’s now gotten to the point where energy efficiency is one of the top qualities new homeowners look for in homes on the market. Programmable thermostats, energy efficient appliance, and energy star rated windows are just a handful of examples that people look for in homes.
Why Go Energy Efficient?
- Are people looking for energy efficient homes just because they care about the environment. Some homeowners are that way no doubt, but for most people, it’s because the utility expenses in energy efficient homes are cheaper. When you market homes that are more affordable to maintain to people, their interest in those homes skyrockets dramatically.