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ENERGY STAR ratings in Palm Beach County

Posted by Lorea Thomson on Tuesday, March 8th, 2016 at 10:31pm.

In a recent study by the National Association of Homebuilders, the following features in homes are the most wanted by various age groups.  Outcomes indicate that new buyers are insisting on the latest energy efficient and environmentally “smart home” features.

ENERGY STAR rated appliances are appliances certified by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (E.P.A.). In 1992, the E.P.A. announced ENERGY STAR ratings as a “voluntary labeling program designed to identify and encourage energy-efficient products to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.”  Across the generations, all new homeowners preferred and requested ENERGY STAR rated appliances.  Note other important features desired by homebuilder’s buyers.

Millennials (born 1980 or later)

  • ENERGY STAR-rated appliances
  • Exterior lighting
  • Patio
  • Front porch
  • Both shower stall and tub in master bathroom
  • Ceiling fans
  • Hardwood on main floor
  • Deck
  • Living room
  • Dining room
  • Laundry room

Gen X (born 1965 – 1979)

  • ENERGY STAR-rated appliances
  • ENERGY STAR-rated for entire home
  • ENERGY STAR-rated windows
  • Ceiling fans
  • Exterior lighting
  • Front porch
  • Hardwood on main floor
  • Patio
  • Living room

Baby boomers (born 1946 - 1964)

  • ENERGY STAR-rated appliances
  • ENERGY STAR-rated for entire home
  • ENERGY STAR-rated windows
  • Insulation higher than required by code
  • Exterior lighting
  • A full bath on the main floor
  • Ceiling fans
  • Patio
  • Laundry room
  • Hardwood on the main floor

Seniors (born 1945 or earlier)

  • ENERGY STAR-rated appliances
  • ENERGY STAR-rated windows
  • ENERGY STAR rating for entire home
  • Insulation higher than required by code
  • A full bath on the main floor
  • Seating in kitchen with table area
  • Ceiling fans
  • Double kitchen sink (side-by-side)
  • Insulation higher than required by code

Palm Beach County has seen an increase in energy efficient homes constructed.  Although the appliances are more costly, they are certified to save energy without sacrificing functionality or features. The ENERGY STAR label means you will save money and help the environment.

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