Chicago Ranked one of the Top 10 Most Energy-Efficient Cities

October 03, 2013

Chicago real estate green trendsThe American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy has ranked America’s 34 largest cities on energy efficiency, and Chicagoland came in at number nine! This ranking came from five key areas, and one area in which  Chicago ranked highly that will please Chicago real estate buyers was energy transparency. Chicago requires that home energy use be disclosed as part of real estate transactions.

The Midwest Real Estate Data Multiple Listing Service helps real estate professionals to comply with this requirement by gathering the monthly and annual electricity and gas costs from MyHomeEQ.com. From there, the system estimates costs over time and provides them as a part of every listing so homebuyers can have an idea of what the true expected costs on their new home will be.

Taking a responsible position on energy costs is helping Chicago not only be a leader in energy efficiency across the country, but helping to raise more responsible citizens. Sharing knowledge about costs can help buyers seek out more efficient homes and plan for more energy-efficient upgrades for homes that they purchase. These energy-efficient upgrades often have many benefits, including tax rebates, lower monthly costs and more that can lead to even more money coming back into the local economy so everyone wins. To learn more about the ways you can save, check out the Department of Energy rebate program.

What other ways do you think Chicago can improve to move us up the rankings from number nine to number one? Let us know in the comments!

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Mitch Levinson is the author of “Internet Marketing: The Key to Increased New Home Sales” published by BuilderBooks. He is an Internet marketing expert with expertise in search engine optimization, website development, email marketing, social media and CRM consulting services. He is known for creating effective programs that can be tracked through analytics to prove effectiveness and ROI. Mitch is founder and president of MLC New Home Marketing and MLC FlatFee Realty, as well as managing partner of mRELEVANCE, LLC, a Marketing, Communication, Interactive agency with offices in Chicago and Atlanta. He currently leads the Chicago team. A Multi-Million Dollar Sales Producer who earned an MBA in Computer Information Systems and eCommerce, he brings a unique perspective and experience to the field of real estate communications. Mitch combines the two interests in order to help home builders and developers gain a competitive advantage through the Internet and technology. When he isn’t behind a computer, he enjoys participating in sports and coaching his kids’ teams. Mitch resides in Arlington Heights, Ill., a northwest suburb of Chicago, with his family, which includes two rambunctious labs. Visit my Google+ profile.

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