Leadership is all about value. Create it, and save it. That’s why renewable energy is the best option for residential property buyers to invest their hard earned cash into renovating with sustainable energies, the return is there.
If you’re buying a home for future investment purposes or a place to live, recent studies show that the net present value of future energy savings can add real value to real estate. There are three reasons why this is leading the charge:
- Heating is biggest cost factor
- Improved resale value
- Long winter drives heating costs
- Heating is by far the biggest cost in operating costs.
In Germany, they label heating as a ‘second rent’ meaning that AFTER you pay for the mortgage or rent on a property, the second rent relating to heating is applied. The German Tenants Association (DMB) state that almost two-thirds of operating costs of a residential home are heating and hot water.
- Improved resale value
Those who invest in homes with the idea that property values will increase over time have to make very cautious decisions on what to spend hard earned cash on. Renovate the kitchen? Replace the bathroom? Redecorate? Considering that the majority of operating costs comes in property originate from heating and hot water, it makes sense to invest in the biggest opportunity to save. Studies in Germany, the USA and UK have proven that investing in renewable energies can improve the resale value of a home from between significantly.
Here are 3 facts emphasising how employing quality and certified renewable energy systems in the home can increase value.
Energy Star properties had a 13.5% high market value relative to non-Energy Star ones. Pivo, G., and Fischer, J. “investment returns from responsible Property investments: energy efficient, transit-oriented, and urban regeneration office Properties in the US from 1998-2007.” indiana university, October 2008.
- In a study by Eichholtz, sales price premiums were found to be 19% higher in Energy Star offices between 2004 – 2007 and a 13% premium was found for certified buildings 2007-2009. Eichholtz, P., Kok, n., and Quiqley, J. “the economics of Green Building.” Maastrict university and university of California – Berkeley, August 2010.
- Building sales prices have increased by 10% with Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design certification and 5.8% with Energy Star in an analysis of building sales from 2003-2007. Miller, n., spivey, J. Florance, A. “does Green Pay off?” Journal of real estate Portfolio Management, Vol.14, no.4, Oct-Dec. 2008.
- Longer winters drives heating costs ever upwards
Longer and harder winters have increased heating costs for homeowners, as central heating units are turned on sometimes until May. Looking towards future energy savings via present day investment is the key for people wishing to add real net value to their real estate.
Questions to consider when adding value to your home:
- Future tenant demand – how can additions be considered a value added benefit?
- Operating expenses and how to keep them low – how can you keep your future costs down?
- Perceived risk – what can you rely on relating to low maintenance costs for the future?
At Innasol, we are nerds in relation to renewable energy and believe that after decades in the hub of sustainable energy innovation in Austria, biomass, head pods and pumps are the best investment for property buyers to invest in their homes. Whether you are looking to add value to your investment property or to the home you live and celebrate family birthdays in, we believe that helping you make the most of your life savings and getting valuable return, without costing the earth, is our goal. Moreover, our approach results in our partners receiving highly competitive access to the best products and training in the market and our customers getting the best, most cost-efficient heating systems for their requirements. This is a happy win-win situation for all concerned.
At present, we offer biomass boilers, including our ‘plug-and-play’ biomass heat pods, and both ground and air source heat pumps. Biomass boilers are supplied to us by ETA; the market leader. ETA’s biomass boiler range operate by burning wood (logs, pellets and woodchips) inside highly efficient, self contained units to provide heating and hot water to homes and businesses of all sizes. Additionally, IDM Energie provide our heat pumps, which move thermal energy opposite to the direction of spontaneous heat flow by absorbing heat from a cold space and releasing it to a warmer one. This is similar to the methods used in refrigeration, but in reverse. As with everything at Innasol, we are proud of what we help to achieve, install and maintain every day. We are also constantly improving our offering and continually searching for the best in renewable energy, for our customers, our partners, and the planet.
What do they look like?
If you want to see how the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) from the UK government can help subsidise your investment, just check out our information here.
This is a Government-backed scheme designed to financially reward those who use renewable energy and make it worthwhile to produce renewable heat. Thousands of happy Innasol customers have already started to reduce their energy bills, become more self-sufficient and earn extra income while reducing carbon footprints. You are eligible for the incentive if you are a domestic user who operates biomass boilers, heat pods and heat pumps. Once our efficient and latest technology renewable heating systems are installed, the domestic RHI scheme provides you with guaranteed, index linked payments for seven years with tariff levels even higher than the commercial RHI. By implementing these ideas, not only would you add value to your home, manage risks associated with longer winters and high operating costs of heating homes and water, but also get a little financial help along the way.
A bit more info about the RHI
Contact us now to find a partner who can help you. We have over 2000 partners in metro and rural locations around the entire UK who are green champions and passionate to help you add value to your home, save the environment and save your wallet when it comes to heating costs. See our case studies showing you how the whole concept works!
If you want to see other ways renewable energies can demonstrate leadership, check out our blog on leadership