New homes come with the ultimate benefit of being new. As with anything new, things tend to run seamlessly and efficiently, especially if you’ve chosen an experienced Sonoma Ranch home developer.
Yes, one of the virtues of a brand-new home is the savings that come from reduced energy and maintenance expenses. In fact, in an American Housing Survey (AHS), homeowners in a new house spent less than $25 per month on upkeep and maintenance. In a similar survey, homeowners residing in a new house spent nearly 27% less on electricity than those who lived in used or older homes.
New homes are nearly 30 percent more energy-efficient than a home built five years ago, even if they’re not certified “green.”
If you’re environmentally conscious, you can even select EnergyStar efficient appliances, WaterSense fixtures, Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) systems, and even renewable resources and materials used in the construction of your new home. With older homes, you don’t have easy control over these wide arrays of options. Ultimately, these factors are less harmful to the local environment, as well as to the costs of living in your recently purchased home, long-term.