Want to increase your home’s value up to $50K? A National Association of Realtors 2018 study reported that 61% of clients are interested in sustainability and 78% considered utility costs important. The average homeowner spends almost $2,000 annually on utilities. What is sucking up all that energy? According to the US Department of Energy, 41% goes to heating rooms, 17% to heating water, 6% to air conditioning, and the remaining 36% powers lighting, appliances, and electronics. 


Other studies have shown that adding energy efficient features that lower utility costs can increase the sales price of your Beacon Hill condo by approximately $10,000-$50,000. By investing in energy efficient features, you can improve your Back Bay condo marketability and save on your monthly utilities. Here are our top Energy tips and estimated savings:

  • Install exterior storm windows: $100 to $274

  • Replace an old toilet with a low-flow model that uses less water: $100

  • Replace your five most-used light bulbs with Energy Star–rated ones: $75

  • Insulate water heater tank: $20 to $45


Another way you can increase your Boston real estate for sale energy efficiency is using smart home automation technology. According to a 2018 Nielsen study, more than 25% of all US households own a smart speaker like Amazon Alexa or Google Home. These devices coupled with other smart devices make it easy to automate your energy consumption. Inexpensive smart plugs allow you to plug your electronics in and automate them to turn off when you leave for work. If you habitually leave the lights on (or live with kids who do!) smart light bulbs can do the same thing. Pairing your smart speaker to a built-in programmable thermostat like Nest can both adjust the temperature according to your needs and help you monitor your power consumption remotely. 


Many Boston condo owners decide to do home improvements before they sell their home like replacing worn flooring and countertops. This is a great time to go green by choosing more sustainable products. An estimated 35 Million acres of forest worldwide are lost each year to illegal logging resulting in loss of habitats, soil erosion, and other environmental damage. When choosing new wood products for your home flooring or cabinets, consider species that are rapidly renewable like pine, eucalyptus, and bamboo and avoid tropical hardwood species like mahogany, teak, and redwood that are more likely to lack sustainable forest certification. When replacing countertops, consider that natural stone is not renewable and requires a high amount of energy and water consumption to quarry and manufacture. There are a wide variety of recycled eco-friendly alternatives that mimic the luxurious feel of natural stone on the market to choose from at almost every price point.

If you are looking to sell your Boston Midtown home and want to know how making a few energy efficient features can help the marketability of your home, contact Ford Realty at 617-595-3712.

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John Ford
John Ford

Over the course of 20 years in the Boston downtown real estate market, John represented and sold numerous, condominiums, investment and development properties in Greater Boston and in the surrounding suburbs

In addition to representing Boston condo buyers and sellers, John is currently one of the most recognized Boston condo blog writers regarding Boston condominiums and residential real estate markets. John's insights and observations about the Boston condo market have been seen in a wide variety of the most established local & national media outlets including; Banker and Tradesman, Boston Magazine The Boston Globe, The Boston Herald and NewsWeek and Fortune magazine, among others.


For over 24 years, John Ford, of Ford Realty Inc., has been actively involved in the real estate industry. He started his career in commercial real estate with a national firm Spaulding & Slye and quickly realized that he had a passion for residential properties. In 1999, John entered the residential real estate market, and in 2000 John Started his own firm Ford Realty Inc. As a broker, his clients have come to love his fun, vivacious, and friendly attitude. He prides himself on bringing honesty and integrity to the entire home buying and selling process. In addition to helping buyers and sellers, he also works with rental clients. Whether you’re looking to purchase a new Boston condo or rent an apartment, you’ll quickly learn why John has a 97% closing rate.


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John Ford and his staff can be reached at 617-595-3712 or 617-720-5454. Please feel free to stop by John's Boston Beacon Hill office located at 137 Charles Street.

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