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NAHB: Energy-efficient features popular for home improvements

Posted on Wednesday, May 7, 2014 at 9:54:19 AM

For people looking to spend affordable home improvement financing, there are numerous design choices out there to spruce up a property and create a more cost-effective, efficient living space.

According to a recent National Association of Home Builders Remodelers survey, eco-friendly features are increasingly prominent in renovation projects across the U.S. For example, many people have turned to low-emissive windows for their properties.

"The improved availability and affordability of high-performing building products means energy-efficient features are being incorporated into more home improvement projects," said NAHB Remodelers chair Paul Sullivan. "Remodeling can not only improve the overall layout and features of a home, but depending on the upgrades you choose, you can also save money on utilities, improve indoor air quality and strengthen the long-term value of your home."

Based on the survey, some other popular home features include ceiling fans, water-conserving fixtures and better insulation.

In addition to these steps, MSN Real Estate explained that energy-efficient lighting can also be a fantastic way to save both the environment and money. New light bulbs can cut down on a homeowner's monthly utility bill, and they tend to last much longer than traditional incandescent bulbs.