Do Skylights Add Value to Your Home?
Traditional skylights have been around for quite some time, so if yours are looking a bit shabby, it could be worth it to get an upgrade. In fact, new skylights add tremendous value to your home. This small investment can have a major impact not only on energy savings but also on how your house will present to buyers when you decide to sell one day. Find out how an update to your old skylights using Solatube products can increase the wow factor of your entire space!
Giving Your Home an Environmentally Friendly Edge
When homeowners invest in green technologies for their homes, they are not only doing their part to minimize their carbon footprint; they are also making their homes much more attractive to potential buyers. The majority of people shopping for a house these days are environmentally aware – even if they might not be specifically looking for sustainable features when they view a house, they will still be impressed if they see them!
There are also plenty of buyers, particularly in the 25-40 age group, who are focused on having a sustainable lifestyle and who will only consider a home that boasts several energy-saving features. Not investing in at least a few eco-upgrades for your property can severely limit your potential buyer pool when the time comes to sell. This is where our energy-efficient dual-paned glass comes in. To put it simply, the technology behind our glass skylights reduces the heat entering your home. In return, your A/C doesn’t have to work as hard!
The resale value of a home that features green technologies can be as much as 10% higher than that of a traditional home of comparable size. Homeowners and potential buyers are becoming increasingly aware of the financial and environmental benefits of investing in the latest green upgrades, and anything that harnesses solar power seems to be a particularly popular choice.
A recent study published by a sustainable trends journal showed a steady increase in homeowners taking out “green loans” to add energy-saving touches to their property, with 4 out of 10 of these borrowers indicating they would make further eco-upgrades to their homes within the next year. This is a trend that will no doubt gain momentum in years to come as the public becomes increasingly environmentally aware.
Reducing Your Home’s Carbon Footprint
Retrofitting your home with Energy Star equipment and technologies can save homeowners up to 30% on utility bills over the course of an average year. Cutting back on electrically powered light usage in favor of solar daylighting is another great step in the right direction. All Solatube products are Energy Star certified and guaranteed to cause zero energy drain on your home.
Why Natural Light Can Be a Big Selling Point for Homebuyers
Nothing brightens a home like natural sunlight, but many houses simply don’t have enough windows or the right kind of exposure to benefit from the sun that’s beaming right outside the walls of their home. In some cases, a house might have so many other structures around it that the sun is completely blocked from entering the windows at any angle.
When a potential homebuyer walks into a house and sees shadows and dark corners, it either consciously or subconsciously leaves them with a negative impression. This is because humans are conditioned to seek the light. From the beginning of time, sunlight has been associated with growth, warmth, and prosperity. We might live in a world where we spend much of our time indoors, but we still have an innate understanding of the importance of natural light. Skylights or tubular skylights are a perfect solution for low-light areas of the home. Buyers also beam themselves when they see a well-lit space.
Read more about the health benefits of natural light here.
Improving Your Residential Lighting with Solatube
There is a simple solution for homeowners who don’t have as much natural daylight in their homes as they would like. Tubular skylights connected to a rooftop dome can deliver the sun’s rays (minus the UV light that you don’t want) into the darkest recesses of your home. This amazing technology can be incorporated into your residential lighting system in less than four hours and requires absolutely no maintenance.
Customers can also select from a beautiful line of interior ceiling fixtures that add a modern touch to your home. These attractive fixtures, coupled with the diffused natural light that they emit, will definitely get you loads of compliments from visitors.
Another option, of course, is Soaltube’s traditional skylights. Our newest line of modern, sleek skylights and skylight teams have been voted #1 in Southern California by the San Diego Union-Tribune Readers Poll two years in a row! View more on our skylight technology and how to get a quote here.
Don’t Forget Your Tax Credit!
That’s right, adding any kind of solar-powered upgrade to your home makes you eligible for a 26% federal tax credit. Simply save your receipt and fill out IRS form 5695 when the time comes to do your taxes. This, coupled with the savings you will enjoy from no longer having to turn on artificial lights during the day, will help you recoup the cost of your solar tube installation in no time.