More new home builders are including energy saving features in their homes according to a study from The National Association of Home Builders. Energy Star appliances, energy efficient windows, compact fluorescents and programmable thermostats are among the features being offered. Some big home builders are even offering solar panels as an upgrade for several thousand dollars. This all adds up to long term savings.
On a median per square footage basis, all home owners spent 78 cents per square foot per year on electricity compared with new home owners who had that down to 65 cents per square foot.
Builders site granite counter tops and double sinks are now in demand. As home sizes become smaller floor plans must be more flexible and open. Great rooms continue to be popular along with the central island kitchen where friends and family gather. Master bedrooms are coming with walk-in closets and a master bath with a private toilet. Front porches that disappeared in the past are now also making a comeback.