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Cities with Large Carbon Footprints are Hot Spots for Energy Saving Home Tech

San Jose has one of the largest carbon footprints, but the greatest percentage of homes with energy-efficient technology. Buffalo, N.Y. has the smallest carbon footprint of the 100 largest U.S. cities.

- California cities have the most energy-efficient homes but not the lowest carbon footprint.

- San Jose, Calif. has the greatest percentage of home listings with energy-efficiency technology, at 24 percent, but the fifth largest carbon footprint.

- East Coast cities top the list of places with the smallest carbon footprint. Buffalo, N.Y. has the smallest carbon footprint, but only 3 percent of listings feature energy-efficient terms.

- Millennials are more interested in making upgrades to enhance their home's energy-efficiency than other generations.

Nov 15, 2016

SEATTLE, Nov. 15, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Cities with some of the largest carbon footprints are also hot spots for energy-efficient home technology, according to a new Zillow® analysis[i].

California cities top the list for energy-efficient homes -- but not for low carbon footprints. Of the 100 largest cities in the country, San Jose has the greatest percentage of home listing descriptions featuring energy-efficient terms -- such as "solar panel" and "wind power"[ii] -- but the fifth largest carbon footprint[iii]. Buffalo, N.Y. has the smallest carbon footprint but only 3 percent of home listings feature energy-efficient terms.

The analysis highlights how energy-efficient home technology -- popular with millennials and West Coast homeowners -- is catching on as a trend in some of the places that need it most.

"Climate change is top-of-mind in California, and whether homeowners are reacting to environmental ethics or high energy costs, they are most likely to market energy-efficient technology when selling their homes," said Zillow Chief Economist Dr. Svenja Gudell. "Between density and drought, Californians have a lot of reasons to find ways to make their homes more efficient – for the sake of the environment and their pocketbooks, too."

In San Jose, Calif., 24 percent of listings feature energy-efficient terms and 14 percent in Sacramento, Calif. East Coast cities have the smallest carbon footprints, with Buffalo, New York City and Miami at the bottom of the list.

Cities with Greatest Percentage of Home Listings with Energy-Efficient Terms

City

Percent of Listings
with Energy-Efficient
Term

Average Carbon
Footprint[iv]

Median List Price of
Homes with Energy-
Efficient Terms

Median List Price of
Homes without
Energy-Efficient
Terms

San Jose, Calif.

24.1%

53.4

$                848,500

$                  750,000

Sacramento, Calif.

14.2%

39.6

$                289,900

$                  279,900

Fresno, Calif.

14.2%

40.9

$                250,000

$                  225,000

Chula Vista, Calif.

12.6%

43.2

$                539,900

$                  489,900

Riverside, Calif.

12.3%

45.6

$                429,800

$                  401,213

Cities with the Smallest Carbon Footprint

City

Percent of Listings
with Energy-Efficient
Term

Average Carbon
Footprint

Median List Price of
Homes with Energy-
Efficient Terms

Median List Price of
Homes without
Energy-Efficient
Terms

Buffalo, N.Y.

2.5%

33.5

$                164,000

$                    64,900

New York, N.Y.

2.7%

35.7

$             1,380,000

$                  750,000

Miami, Flor.

0.8%

35.9

$                644,000

$                  459,000

Newark, N.J.

0.6%

36.7

$                274,500

$                  190,000

Washington, DC

3.1%

37.4

$                745,000

$                  549,900

 

Energy-efficient homes are sought after by homebuyers and are usually priced at a premium. The median list price of homes with energy-efficient technology is 62 percent higher than homes without, and according to the Zillow Group Report on Consumer Housing Trends, the energy-efficiency of newly built homes is the main driver in attracting buyers to new construction. The same survey found that millennials are more interested than other generations in making upgrades to enhance their home's energy-efficiency.

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35 Largest U.S.
Cities

Percent of
Listings with
Energy Efficient
Terms

Average
Carbon
Footprint

Median List Price of
Homes with Energy
Efficient Terms

Median List Price of Homes
without Energy Efficient
Terms

United States

3.8%

48.1

$                     299,900

$                        185,000

New York

3.0%

35.7

$                  1,380,000

$                        750,000

Los Angeles

8.0%

38.4

$                     749,900

$                        775,000

Chicago

1.7%

44.1

$                     445,000

$                        247,250

Houston

4.8%

45.4

$                     389,900

$                        329,000

Philadelphia

2.4%

38.2

$                     330,000

$                        150,000

Phoenix

7.6%

46.5

$                     299,900

$                        274,900

Las Vegas

0.9%

43.8

$                     320,370

$                        248,000

San Antonio

6.8%

46.5

$                     262,990

$                        239,900

San Diego

11.3%

41.8

$                     675,000

$                        678,000

Dallas

4.5%

43.6

$                     439,000

$                        429,000

San Jose, Calif.

24.0%

53.4

$                     848,500

$                        750,000

Jacksonville, Miss.

3.2%

42.9

$                     286,250

$                        172,000

San Francisco

7.0%

37.4

$                  1,399,000

$                     1,363,474

Indianapolis

2.5%

47.6

$                     131,450

$                        125,000

Austin, Texas

8.3%

47.6

$                     432,250

$                        419,900

Fort Worth, Texas

4.0%

45.9

$                     269,248

$                        259,900

Detroit

1.4%

46.3

$                       99,900

$                          28,500

Columbus, Ohio

2.4%

44.7

$                     164,900

$                        139,900

Memphis, Tenn.

1.2%

46.6

$                     169,900

$                          78,477

Charlotte, N.C.

2.8%

47.1

$                     345,000

$                        289,999

El Paso, Texas

5.1%

47.6

$                     191,950

$                        159,000

Boston

4.3%

37.5

$                     579,000

$                        719,000

Seattle

7.5%

39.5

$                     749,000

$                        649,950

Baltimore

1.7%

39.6

$                     220,000

$                        129,000

Denver

6.6%

44.1

$                     503,999

$                        492,250

Washington, D.C.

4.3%

37.4

$                     745,000

$                        549,900

Nashville, Tenn.

2.0%

45.7

$                     355,000

$                        339,000

Milwaukee

2.3%

43.2

$                     143,450

$                        115,000

Tucson, Ariz.

9.2%

42.8

$                     204,990

$                        175,000

Portland, Ore.

4.5%

41.7

$                     545,950

$                        439,900

Oklahoma City

6.1%

48.1

$                     233,000

$                        183,975

Omaha, Neb.

1.5%

53.7

$                     348,225

$                        170,000

Albuquerque, N.M.

7.7%

45.5

$                     246,900

$                        207,000

Fresno, Calif.

14.3%

40.9

$                     250,000

$                        225,000

Sacramento, Calif.

13.6%

39.6

$                     289,900

$                        279,900

 

Zillow

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[i] Zillow analyzed listing descriptions among homes on the market in the 100 largest U.S. cities looking for energy-efficient terms such as "solar panel" and "wind power".
[ii] Zillow analyzed 79 energy-efficient terms. For the full list of terms, email press@zillow.com.
[iii] Carbon footprint data provided by CoolClimate Network, based at the University of California, Berkeley.
[iv] Carbon footprint numbers are the average footprint per household and is measured in metric tons of CO2 equivalent, which is how much carbon dioxide a typical household is responsible for releasing each year.

 

SOURCE Zillow

For further information: Jordyn Lee, Zillow, press@zillow.com


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