Why Floridian Homeowners Need To Take Climate Change Seriously
Of the fifteen major cities in the US surveyed regarding energy efficiency, Miami ranked the lowest along with Atlanta and Los Angeles. Not only do these cities rank the worst, but will also be most affected by climate change. For its inhabitants, the time to take energy efficiency seriously is now, with a steep focus on tackling the task one step at a time. From a few small steps inside the house to major property overhauls, there is much homeowners and potential homeowners can do to reduce their carbon footprint.
Homeowners May Be Doing More Harm Than Good
While consumers have been pushed to replace their appliances with energy efficient ones, newer appliances seem to place a different type of burden on the environment. Homebuyers may be tempted to do this when buying a new property. Research reveals, however, that modern appliances seem to have a shorter lifespan which places a burden on the planet, as new appliances have to be built and the old ones recycled. Those with a five-year span, even if energy efficient, places a greater burden on the environment than one with a 20-year span.
Energy Efficient Homes Have A Direct Impact On The Environment
One of the best ways homeowners can ensure that their property is energy efficient, is by taking the entire design of the property in hand. This means consulting with an eco-friendly architect or buying environmentally friendly pre-designed plans. These ensure that all matters are taken into consideration, from the materials used in the build right through to the effect the building will have on the environment. Previously, the environment was adapted to suit property development. Nowadays, consumers are becoming more aware of the benefits of putting the environment first.
Putting the environment first has other advantages as well, such massive savings on utilities. Some of the more intense designs will look at ways to use the earth’s temperature more effectively by making use of subterranean levels. The clever use of water and shade bring forth natural cooling as well, which are both welcome additions to the Florida heat and more importantly, the utility bill.
It’s All About The Numbers
Even if the environment weren’t a consideration for homeowners to make the changes, a few significant numbers might just spur them on to start the process. Homeowners can save up to $1,182 if they decide to make the necessary green changes, and potential buyers are willing to spend more than $10,000 extra on properties considered “green”. Millennials are starting to climb the ranks of homebuyers and consider opportunities that make a difference superior to those that don’t. This means for future generations to buy into the property market, green properties are essential as up to 72% of millennials base their decision on whether it can make a social or environmental difference.
Energy efficiency is no longer just a novelty, it is essential to the survival of the planet. For those who wish to soak up the sun and enjoy the splendor of Miami, the time is now to make a difference at home.