Of course, you may be planning to sell your home, and the idea of improvements that will save the next owners money is less than appealing. Even then, however, you can benefit from going green.
Researchers at the University of California, Berkeley and the University of California, Los Angeles have measured the effect of green home improvements on the price of a house in California. Using an average California home price of $400,000, they found that in their most conservative estimate, homes with a green home label sold for at least $8,400 more than homes without that designation, a 2.1 percent premium.
"Green homes transact for significantly higher prices as compared to other recently constructed homes that lack sustainability attributes," the paper concluded. And Nils Kok, one of the paper's authors, said the premium, at least on rental properties, existed during the housing downturn as well.