|source: NAR 2008 Profile of Home Buyers and Sellers|
With rising energy costs, home buyers are increasingly aware of
energy efficiency and other environmentally friendly features of homes.
Forty-three percent of recent buyers considered a home's heating and
cooling costs very important.
- In fact, heating and cooling costs were considered very important
by the largest share of home buyers across all regions, ranging from 47
percent in the Northeast to 38 percent in the West.
- Energy efficient appliances were a very important consideration for
26 percent of buyers. A comparable percentage viewed energy efficient
lighting as very important also.
- Energy efficient appliances and lighting along with landscaping and
environmentally friendly community features were cited as very
important by more buyers in the South and West than elsewhere.