The majority of today’s consumers are committed to lowering their carbon footprint and supporting the health of the environment—and that includes paying a higher premium for their homes.
According to a recent survey from the Propane Education & Research Council (PERC) (which surveyed 2200 people who planned to either buy, remodel, or build a home in the next two years), the vast majority of consumers are in favor of zero net energy homes—and many are willing to pay a higher premium for them. Eighty-three percent of builders and 89 percent of buyers said they would consider a zero net energy home for their next purchase or build—and 84 percent of builders and 81 percent of remodelers say they’d be willing to pay a higher price for a zero net energy home. (on average, 20 to 30 percent).
Why are consumers willing to pay more for a zero net energy home? In addition to providing serious environmental benefits, zero net energy homes also provide cost savings to homeowners—and, over time, those cost savings can make up for the higher price tag.
So, what does this mean for you? If you’ve been thinking about purchasing a zero net energy home, you’re not alone. And while these homes may have a higher price tag, the cost savings and environmental benefits are substantial—so, from a long-term perspective, it can be a great investment.