Millennials are buying homes, and they want to live sustainably. That means your energy-DEFICIENT older home is not an appealing prospect in the housing market.  One way to show this eco-friendly generation that your property appeals to their values is through LEED certification. It is LEED certification that could help you sell your home in a market filled with people trying to lessen their impact on the Earth.

What is LEED certification?

The United State Green Building Council has a program called Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Program (LEED). It created a rating system for the energy efficiency of a home. A house can achieve a certification ranging from silver to platinum depending on the rating or score. Scoring categories include the materials used to build the structure being recycled or sustainable materials, indoor air quality, water efficiency, and reduced energy use. This may be something that is accomplished through LED lighting or solar panels.

How can I have my home certified?

The first thing to do is figure out where you could make energy efficiency improvements to your home. Then, register for LEED here. You will have to meet project goals and have them verified by LEED’s onsite certification process. Once certified, you’ll have a major selling point should you ever decide to sell your home, and all generations of buyers will see your home as one that is updated and efficient, meaning they won’t have to spend as much on utilities bills, and they’ll be eco-friendly.

Is it worth it?

If your home is older, it can be very difficult to impossible to get a platinum certification, as you aren’t going to be able to change the materials the home is built from, etcetera. However, some updates to get even the most basic of certifications will save you money while you’re in your home and reduce your carbon footprint. In some respects, the carbon footprint reduction means it is always worth it. Realistically, you should consider how much your investment will return comfort and savings. If you are planning on selling your home, it is worth a little more consideration. After all, LEED certification is simply peace of mind until you add it to the features of your listing. Then, it can equal a bidding war that could have you making more from your sale.

LEED certification is at the very least worth knowing about, so you can decide whether or not it is right for you. Many commercial buildings are now seeking the certification, as global conscientiousness amounts to public support and thus more earnings. It is always advisable to become more efficient, but you’ll have to decide for yourself if you want to go for the certification.