If you’re like most homeowners, you will have thought about the idea of installing solar panels on the roof. And if you need convincing that it’s a smart move, studies by an Australian University have shown that the median selling price of “green” homes is 10% higher than normal homes. On top of this they sell 2 weeks quicker once listed on the market.
So, as well as saving you money on your energy bills, having solar panels and other green features will give you a better return on your investment when you end up selling.
Other sustainable options can be:
- tinted windows
- battery storage
- grey water systems
- geothermal pumps
- air filtration systems
- energy efficient lighting
Who is buying green homes with solar panels
According to solar energy company Cola Solar, all age groups want to purchase a sustainable home but they are definitely most popular with older buyers who are closer to retirement. This is likely because they want a home that is low maintenance and also cheaper ongoing costs with energy bills and other usage.
We are seeing a trend towards new homes being more sustainable as well, which will only continue in the future as technology makes things cheaper, and the need to protect our environment becomes the mantra of more people.
If you’re building a new home, you should definitely consider getting solar as part of the initial project, as it allows you to plan the home to make the investment optimal.
Things to consider include:
Roof position – Flat roofs require solar panels to be installed on an angle so they capture the most sun, therefore traditional roof design is better. The north side is the best position and if that’s not possible, then the west.
Places to put equipment – A lot of people may not realise that solar panels come with an inverter which needs to be installed on the ground. It needs to be under shelter and near the electric panel. So plan your build with this in mind. If you get storage you will also need to decide a good place to install the batteries.
Government rebates – These change every year and seem to be slowly decreasing. So the sooner you get on board with solar the better. The Victorian Government has recently provided a big rebate scheme and hopefully other states will follow suit.
If you don’t have solar but are considering it, it is definitely worth taking the plunge. A reputable company will be able to advise you on the best panels for your situation and soon enough you will be saving money on bills, and adding value to your home!