There are a lot of different factors that go into your choice of which house to purchase. Price and location are big ones, but for people who are trying to concern themselves with environmental sustainability and energy use, some of the priorities might be a little bit different. Then there can be other ecological concerns as well regarding geography and politics even.
So when you’re deciding some of these things for house purchases, you may want to consider the potential for an environmental disaster in an area, the cost of heating and cooling in the long term, overall sustainability factors in where the house is located, and even trends in local geopolitics.
Potential for Environmental Disaster
How many environmental disasters have you heard about even in the past year? There have been hurricanes, tornadoes, wildfires, flooding, and all sorts of other crazy weather and human-made disasters. When it’s time to choose a house, you have to do a risk assessment. Consider about all the people who were living in the area of the California wildfires. All of those housing decisions were made early on by people who purchased those tracts of land, and now they have to deal with the consequences in the aftermath of the fires.
Cost of Heating and Cooling
Estimating the cost of heating and cooling over an entire season might be a big part of your environmental concerns when choosing to buy a house as well. In a place with hot summers and cold winters, you can expect a reasonably large energy bill. Sometimes this can make the difference between you being able to afford to live somewhere and not. The cost of the house can be tangential if your energy costs move outside your available budget. It’s better to think about those beforehand rather than after they surprise you.
From a sustainability perspective, you may want to choose to buy a house that is made specifically as an environmental decision. In other words, there are ways to build an environmentally sustainable house, or there are ways to buy a house already completed that was built sustainably. You can tell that some of these designs are a little different looking, or you can look for things like solar panels on the roof for indications of environmental concern.
Trends In Local Geopolitics
You may not be thinking about geopolitics when you’re trying to purchase a house, but it may be a more critical consideration than you initially think. Think about people who have bought houses in political hot zones. Even though this isn’t much of an issue in many countries, all around the world people are fighting for territory. If you choose to purchase a tract of land or a house in some of these areas of unrest, there are all sorts of external conditions that can force you to leave quickly.